the cute and cuddly maltese

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  1. crazydog

    crazydog Andy

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    ok so it seems like this month's dog of interest is the maltese. well i was just wanted to educate myself a little more about them. they are just the cute and cuddly dog

    ive always wanted.
    ok so if any of you have any information on them, i would gladly like to know. im looking for more of unusual information. any information that a lot of people wouldnt know about them.

    well ive been reading up on them a little and i read on dogbreedinfo.com that maltese have to get their hairs in their ears plucked out occassionally.
    renee, i think thats what the groomers did to roxy. but im nt sure if they were supposed to yank out 500 strands all in one yank, with PLIERS!

    ok but ill take any info at all.
     
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    2pups622 Soon to Be 4 Pups!!

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    most dogs you have to pluck the hair my vet told me it can cause serious infections :eek:
    ill see what i can find on them
    :D
     
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    2pups622 Soon to Be 4 Pups!!

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    2pups622 Soon to Be 4 Pups!!

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    2pups622 Soon to Be 4 Pups!!

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    Size: Shoulder height: 20 - 25 cm (7.75 - 9.75 inches).


    Coat: Long white hair and no undercoat.

    Character: This dog is eager to learn, friendly, and sociable.

    Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets.

    Care: This dog requires quite a bit of grooming, from daily brushing and combing to applying special lotion to remove ugly tear stains. Dead hair should be brushed out, as the Maltese does not shed. Irritating hairs around the eyes need to be removed.

    Training: Encouragement rather than harsh words should always be used when training this breed. They are very sensitive.

    Activity: The exercise needs of this dog are uncomplicated. It will adapt itself to the activity level of your family.
     
  6. Rose's Gal

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    He he....if you want a really good profile, let me know!!!! lol :D I have a book that has AWSOME profiles for more than 150 breeds and it has AWSOME info. :D (I love the book by the way. lol :p ) Let me know if you want it before I post it though. It has everything from temperament to grooming, health to history, origin to cautions when buying. Just let me know if you want it! lol
     
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    I am groomer. A lot of dogs, mostly long-hair small dogs, have to get that earhair plucked out. It can get matted and twist down to the ear canal. It can also get wax stuck in it, which is extremely un-hygienic, and cause severe ear infections. There are two methods which we groomers use for this: finger pull or twist and pull(with hemostats). I don't like the idea of probing into the dog's ear canal with long sharp metal instruments, and not knowing how much hair I am actually getting. I use the finger pull, I just get a little bit out each time I see the dog. Just to let ya'll know, we have to put a special ear powder in the ear to numb the ear up and to give us a better grip on the hair. Anyway, just wanted to let you know about the "ear cleaning." :D
     
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    crazydog Andy

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    hey 2pups622, thanks alot for all that info

    rose, yes id appreciate the info if you dont mind

    pro47, thats great that youre a groomer. i can actually ask you directly. well my groomer used a hemostat and grabbed a whole bunch of hair in roxy's ear and just yanked it all out. roxy let out a loud yelp and was crying the whole time. it hink that is the twist and pull thing you are talking about. did she do it right? is it supposed to hurt her THAT much? they didnt use that numbing ear powder either. is there any other information you can give me on this ear plucking thing? is the finger pull hard to do? as in is it hard to pull out the hair and painful to the dog? i am really curious about all of this
     
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    Hey CrazyDog,
    Roxy should not have felt any pain. She most definetely could have gotten too much hair out, which should never happen. I can not believe a groomer wouldn't use the numbing powder. How inconsiderate :mad: Doing this is not hard. All you have to do is go to a petstore, and look for the ear powder. You may ask the people in there to direct you. Sprinkle some in your dog's ear. NOT TOO MUCH. Get a little bit of hair and just pull. Whatever amount you get out is fine. You may repeat this every week just to keep the ear clean. NOTE: If you smell a funny smell coming from Roxy's ears, it is more than likely an ear infection. Pulling the hair out will open up the pores for this infection to set in more. If you think it is an ear infection, go ahead and pull the hair, and then take her to the vet for meds.
    Hope this helps you and Roxy out! :)
     
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    Ok, here is the profile! (This is from Your Pure Bred Puppy:A Buyers Guide seconed addition, by Michele Welton.)

    Maltese

    Fine for Noice owners
    Good with older, considerate children
    Little in size
    Long coat

    Exercise required - LOW
    Trimming/Clipping required - HIGH
    Amount of shedding - LOW
    Activity Indoors - HIGH
    Ease of Training - MEDIUM
    Sociability with STrangers - MEDIUM

    Temperament
    One of the brightest and gentlest of the toys, he is exccedingly playful and enjoys clever games of dexterity such as "pull the hidden toy from under the cabinet with your paws." This curious, quick moving sprite enjoys dashing aroundt he yard and accompanying you for walks. Larger dogs may view him as a delicacy, so he must always be leashed for protection. He will bark to announce cisitors, but he is generally peaceful with the world. Some lines are ore confident and outgoing than others, and training and socialization also play key roles in how he turns out. If you treat him like a helpless baby or spoi/indulge him, he is likely to end up overdependent, inscure, or bratty and yappy. Treating him like the intelligent little dog he is, will encourage him to strut out into the world with self-confidence. Attentive, sensitive, and responsive to non forceful training, many individuals excel in competitive obedience and agility. Toy breeds do have special needs: Fences should be triple-checked for slight gaps through which he might wriggle. Hold him firmly in your arms and remember that falling objects can crush delicate bones. Maltese are notoriously difficult to housebreak, and excessive barking may need to be controlled.

    I have to go now, so I'll give you the Physical Features, Health Issues, and Cautions When Buying later. BYe BYe!!
     
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    Love4Pits Playful Husky Pup

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    My sister has a 8 year old female Maltese named Baby Doll and they name says it all. She's a very sweet and great with her two boys and their other dog a Boxer/Staffie cross named Jordan. I think the thing I hear the best about her other then her sweet temperment is that she doesent shed and her fur is so soft and silky. But its only because my sister grooms her twice a day so she doesent get matted and her ear hair get tweezed also it doesent seem to bother her anymore. She is a sweet dog though.
     
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    I love malteses but never got one yet. I was debating a maltese and yorkie. Maybe next dog will be a maltese. hehe
     
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    crazydog Andy

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    i really want another maltese. and yes roxy was the softest thing ever. i would sometimes hide her into bed just so i can sleep with something soft. and thank you all for the information, keep them coming. pro, no she didnt use any powder and it seems like she never have because before she started pulling she said that roxy will cry a little and it will cause her a little paint. but, wow! that was not little. she just grabbed all the hair she can get with the hemostat and just yanked it out. i could hear the hair come out too. sounded like a carpet being ripped or something. and this finger pulling thing. you can do this at home? just get the ear powder? and do i have to pull pretty hard?

    also if i get a maltese and trim it down ocassionally to make its hair shorter, will it affect it in anyway? i want to know bout clipping and trimming too.

    thanks you guys.
     
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    The rest of the profile. (Excluding the History.)

    Ok, here is the rest of the info:

    PHYSICAL FEATURES
    He stands about 8in and wighs 4-7lbs. Larger individuals are common; though not suitable for the show ring, they make sturdy pets. Smaller individuals are often not sound or healthy. His straight, silky coat should be brushed and combed every day. Pet owners may choose to have the coat trimmed/clipped short every four to six weeks. Keep his ear canals clean and dry and his bottom trimmed for cleanliness. He should be solis white, but may have light tan or lemon shadings on his ears. His ears and tail are natural.

    HEALTH ISSUES
    Both parents should be screened for luxuation patella and low thyroid. Also ask about eye problems, liver shunt, and white shaker dog syndrome in the lines. Check parents' teeth for soundness - poor teethe run through some lines. He is sensitive to anesthetics and should never be casually medicated or sedated. Individuals under four pounds (often called extreme tinies) are more susceptible to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar.) Lifespan: 13 - 15 years.

    CAUTIONS WHEN BUYING
    Other breeds in the bichon family include the Bichon Frise, Bolognese, Coton de Tulear, and the Havanese. If you're not going to keep the coat trimmed or clipped, a daily commitment to gromming is a must. Look for confident, outgoing lines with healthy teeth. Run from breeders who use the term "teaup" and/or who place their puppies before ten to twelve weeks of age.
     
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    crazydog Andy

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    awesome thanks rose.

    oh yeah i just remembered this one. it is really hard to explain. if youve ever been to the dentist and seen one of those models of the teeth and the clear rubber gums, model thingy. well basically roxy's teeth were really really wriggly. i dont know how but her gums were like rubber. all of her teeth were like this. you can hold her teeth and wriggel it back and forth and her gum moves when you do that too. it didnt seem like it was hurting her but i know she lost 2 teeth. im pretty sure thats normal that dogs lose teeth but im not sure if they fell out because theyre supposed to or if because they were all really loose. she was teething also, btw.

    do you know what was wrong? i showed my aunt before handing roxy over and my aunt had a "eww thats nasty" face on her face and she said she felt bad for her and said that she will get it checked out. but i havent heard from her abou tthat yet
     
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    Maltese

    Hello all! I have had dogs all my life - just love them!

    Right now, my partner & I have a female, spayed, short-haired tabby and we're getting a male maltese in March. We are trying to learn all we can about the Maltese and also about how to introduce the cat & dog. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
     

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