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Not Just a Pretty Face


close up of Lola's face

Lola has a pretty face.

This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Lola, a Maltese mix. Lola likes to get a short clip to help make her coat easier to maintain. Even though she is not pure Maltese, her coat has the silky, white Maltese coat that requires daily brushing to prevent matting.

Tear and face staining are big problems for most Maltese owners. To prevent or lessen tear- and face-staining of your adult Maltese, follow these steps:

  • Clean the eyes daily with warm water to prevent tear stains, and wash your Maltese’s beard after meals.
  • Teach your dog to drink from a water bottle. Water that has a high mineral content can cause staining, so consider purchasing purified bottled water for your Maltese.
  • Feed your Maltese from a stainless steel, ceramic, or glass bowl, not a plastic one. Be sure to wash your dog’s bowl between feedings.

If these measures don’t clear up the tear stains, consult your veterinarian. Your Maltese could have clogged tear ducts, allergies, or other health problems that are causing the excessive tearing.

While there are many products on the market to whiten your dog’s hair, be very careful if using them or any home remedies. Many of them can damage your dog’s hair, and never, never allow any products or foreign substances to get in your dogs’ eyes.

Many people put the hair on the top of their Maltese’s head into a topknot to keep it away from the eyes. If you decide to do this, be sure to use coated bands that won’t break the hair. Some people clip their dog’s hair short, on its head or all over, so grooming is easier. We keep Lola trimmed shorter on top, so we like to use two small bows to dress her up.

Lola, a maltese mix with pink bows on ears


Maltese dogs are prone to sunburn on exposed skin area, so be careful about leaving them outside with no shade on sunny days.

We love to pamper your cute, fuzzy companion at the Klip Joint. Make an appointment today!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 01/30/2014 10:16 am

    Oh yes, that is a beautiful face

  2. 03/03/2014 1:52 pm

    I really like this blog and love your approach to the breeds-
    Thanks too for visiting Little Dogs Laughed-we appreciate you taking the time to look!

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