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The Fabulous Maltese

Blaze being held by owner

This week’s Klip Joint Dog of the Week is Blaze, a lovely white Maltese from Briscoe, Texas.

Here is what the AKC has to say about this breed:

The Maltese was once known as “Ye ancient dogge of Malta,” for that is where they were first recognized and how they received their name. The breed has been an aristocrat of the canine world for over 28 centuries, owned by royalty all over the globe. Even as far back as the 1500’s they were claimed to be sold for $2,000. And while other companion dogs such as the Pomeranian have been bred down from larger sizes, the first Maltese were the same size as the dogs we see today.

Even though the Maltese is a very small dog, they tend to be brave and without fear. They are one of the most gentle mannered of all little dogs, but are also full of energy and very playful, making them great family dogs. Maltese should be brushed daily, and groomed often to prevent mats from forming in their long, white coat.

Although the Maltese is generally thought of as a lap dog, Blaze is actually a farm dog. Don’t tell him his ancestors were royalty! He enjoys helping his owners feed the pigs and cows. He also works as a service dog for people who suffer with anxiety disorders. What an amazing little guy – aristocratic indeed!

We recommend combing and brushing your Maltese at least every other day. Use a detangling spray or a mix of water & conditioner to moisten the coat prior to brushing. A metal comb, a slicker brush, and a pin brush (without balled ends) work best. To effectively brush your Maltese’s hair, lift up the top layer and brush the hair closest to the skin first, then brush and comb the outer layer.

With a little extra attention, and regular visits to the groomer for trims, your Maltese will stay sleek and beautiful – even after herding cattle!

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  1. 05/13/2013 11:26 am

    thanks for visiting Sushi Tales. Love your blog

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