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Many know the Maltese as the pampered little lap dogs that people love to spoil. The snow-white pooches love to stay by their owner’s side, and their undeniable charm makes them totally irresistible. These reasons alone make the Maltese one of PuppySpot’s most popular dog breeds, but there are plenty of interesting facts about this popular breed we bet you haven’t heard. Read on for 6 facts you need to know about the Maltese!
1. They’re royal pups.
Favored by royalty for their pure, white coats, the Maltese has for centuries been considered an “aristocrat of the canine world.” Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots treasured these pups, treating them like royal members of their palace.
2. They have an ancient history.
With ties to the ancient cultures of Greece, Rome and Egypt, the Maltese is an old breed, thought to be named after the Mediterranean region of Malta, and listed at the very first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1877 as a “Maltese Lion Dog.”
3. They have special coats.
The Maltese coat was chosen for its special features. Roman emperors bred the dog to have a pure white coat because they equated the color white to godliness. In addition, they have silky hair coats that don’t shed, making them a great choice for people with allergies.
4. They’re fancy.
Whether in the show ring or the dog park, Maltese are some of the fanciest, most pampered dogs you’ll meet! While they can be groomed with a “puppy cut” for easy coat maintenance, many Maltese stand out for their long, sleek updo’s. One lucky Maltese pup named “Trouble” received $12 million of her late owner’s inheritance! Now that’s a fancy life!
5. They’re bolder than they look.
Despite what their toy size might suggest, Maltese dogs think they’re much bigger than they are—and they act like it, too. Because of their strong hind legs, they make great jumpers. Don’t be surprised if your Maltese pup jumps straight out of your arms on a walk to greet (or challenge) another dog!
6. They’re loving therapy dogs.
Maltese make the perfect therapy dogs, comforting people with cuddles and their conveniently lap-sized bodies. Maltese are valued by hospitals, nursing homes and schools for their therapeutic qualities.
Do you have a Maltese? What’s your favorite thing about them?