Dogs 101: Maltese Most Popular Dog Breeds – Animal Facts

Maltese An adorable ball of fur, the Maltese has a
lot going for him – perhaps more than you know. Amaze your friends with these interesting
facts about the popular royal dog breed. Welcome to Animal Facts, I’m Leroy and today we are
discussing the much loved pup, the Maltese. Hi, I’m Leroy and I’m Rosie and this is
Animal Facts. Let’s get started. But, before we start,
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below. 10. The  Maltese dog is the oldest of the toy breeds and
has been around for more than 28 centuries. Rumor has it they originated on the Island
of Malta and the little dogs were brought back to England by the early crusaders, becoming
the little darlings of Britain’s royal women.  The Maltese made its first American appearance
at a Westminster Kennel Club show in 1877, called a Maltese Lion Dog. It currently enjoys
being one of the more popular toy breeds. 9. A Maltese may be small, but he’s not all
fluff. These little dogs only weigh between 4 and 7 pounds (1.8 to 3.2 kilograms), but
their sprightly prance, keen attention to their surroundings, affectionate personalities
and devotion to their humans will make them a huge part of their owners’ lives. 8. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC),
Egyptian artifacts of Maltese (or Maltese-like) dogs have been found, which means ancient
Egyptians may have worshiped the breed. Greek pottery dating from 5 A.D. shows  images
of  small, long-haired dogs like the Maltese, and according to the 18th century religious
scholar Carolus Maria DuVeil, ancient Greek writings by historians like Strabo mention
small, pretty dogs known as “Catelli” 7. There’s no doubt that part of the Maltese’s
allure is its beautiful white hair – not to be confused with fur. Like human hair, the
Maltese’s white locks grow and occasionally fall out — they don’t shed like most dogs.
According to the AKC, no breed is guaranteed to be hypoallergenic, but the Maltese won’t
bother some allergy sufferers. The dogs were specially bred by Roman emperors to have that
white coat we know today. The color white was sacred to the Romans, who wanted their pets
to exhibit an air of divinity.  6. Over the course of its existence, the breed
has had a number of different monikers. Some include comforter dog, Maltese lion dog,
Maltese terrier, Melitaie dog, Roman ladies’ dog, shock dog, and the Spaniel gentle. 
. 5. Maltese have profuse coats, meaning they
need a lot of attention. To keep their fur silky and white, they need to be brushed daily.
Most non-show owners prefer to keep their dogs in a puppy cut to avoid having to constantly
groom them.  4. Though they be but little, they can jump.
They also seem to have no fear of gravity and have no problem leaping out of your
arms or off high ledges.  3. Maltese make great therapy dogs because
they’re loving and small, which means they can cuddle right up to whomever they’re trying
to help.  2. Some of the A-list celebs who have co-habited
with a Maltese include Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Fonda, Ellen de Generes, Jessica Simpson,
Elizabeth Taylor. A Maltese dog by the name of Lucky was authenticated by Guinness Book
of Records as having been photographed with the most celebrities – a whopping 363. To
date, this mini pooch has sat on the laps of Kim Kardashian, Kristin Stewart, Richard
Branson, Bill Clinton, Hugh Grant…. and counting. 1. Meet Take Trouble, the Maltese worth $2
million. When real estate developer Leona Helmsley died in 2007, she left $12 million
to her pooch in her will. The government eventually trimmed the inheritance down to a measly two
million, but that didn’t stop the dog from living it up until her death in 2011. Want more fun, fauna facts? Go ahead and smash
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7 Responses

  1. Animal Facts says:

    Let us know about your Maltese. ❤😍

  2. Ahmed Elsed says:

    can you please do facts about German shepherd x Rottweiler mix

  3. Dee says:

    I have a 1 and a half year old female maltese shes so cute an smart 🐶🐾🐾💕🎀

  4. Animal Facts says:

    Let us know about your doggy 🙂

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  6. hiiam sarah says:

    I have a little 2 month old Maltese!

  7. Molly Walock says:

    I have a Maltese puppy named Zero he is my world💖

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