So you’re wondering if the Maltese is the right dog for you. For starters, the Maltese is a small dog, generally about six to nine pounds, boasting a silky white coat, and are lively and playful and love to lie on your lap. Their coal black eyes and nose sharply contrasting the straight or wavy white fur captures the attention and affection of adults and children alike. So let’s examine the seven reasons if the Maltese is your next pet.
Reason # 1: Vanity
Let’s face it. You knew this had to be on the list. From the TV reality shows like the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or those rich old ladies from Boca, there’s always a celebrity or crème de la crème woman who totes a purse with a cute, fluffy white dog. Why? A small white dog makes you look younger!
Reason # 2: Accessorize
Let’s take it a step further. Can’t afford that mink shawl or pricey sports car? No problem! A fancy dog purse with your Maltese named Chanel, her head poking out, professionally groomed and sporting a Swarovski diamond collar is more affordable and does the trick to enhance your look. Besides, wearing real fur is a fashion faux pas these days.
Reason #3: Never Have to Sweat to Stay Fit
So you don’t want to admit to having a tummy tuck or other plastic surgery. Just tell your friends your daily walks with your Maltese keeps you fit and trim. All joking aside for a moment, the Maltese needs daily walks so a stroll around Central Park will help you keep up appearances, you don’t have to jog to keep up with a big dog and get all sweaty, and this way you’re telling the truth, sort of.
Reason #4: Ideal Pet for Condo Dwellers
Onto more practical reasons, the Maltese makes an ideal condo canine and companion. You don’t have to worry about your pooch taking up most of the bed or climbing and drooling all over the furniture. A Maltese will loyally sleep by your side, on the other pillow, or at the foot of the bed.
Reason # 5: Fulfill your Need to Nurture
If you’re not ready for children but have a need for a companion and to nurture, then the Maltese is the perfect pet. The Maltese requires daily brushing if you decide to keep their hair long, a signature trademark of this breed. While they do not require a backyard, daily exercise in the form of indoor play and outdoor walks is sufficient and important to their physical and mental health. Also, they will proudly strut with a prissy name like Fifi or Prince Charming.
Reason #6: Another reason to shop
Not only are you a fashionista but naturally Fifi must be dressed to impress. Pink feathers, leather and lace, cashmere sweaters, the Maltese wardrobe is as versatile as the latest runway fashions.
Reason #7: Beauty & Brains
You're not that shallow, most of the time. Well, beyond the superficial, the Maltese is a gentle, loving, graceful and smart dog. According to history, royalty favored these dogs not just for their lap size and regal appearance but also their high intelligence. The Maltese is adept to learning tricks and are bold and quick to sound the alarm in the event of suspicious noises. I should know. My Maltese, Ma Cherie (yes a frilly name which means “My Sweetheart” for a female in French), awoke me from a deep sleep and alerted me at 2am to a quiet but rushing flood inside my condo from a pipe burst two floors above that I was able to hastily grab towels and a bucket in time to save my home and furniture from water damage. Beauty and brains. Just stay your cutie pie takes after you!