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08/31/2022

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The experience with PuppySpot was BEYOND our expectations. The team was incredibly helpful and kept us informed along the process. The app was a terrific resource, and we loved all the help aids provided to help us prepare to welcome our new puppy to our home. The companion that brought our Giggy to us was so loving and truly cared about her. Giggy is now well settled into our new home and family. We loved that the breeder called us after about a week just to check in on Giggy. End to end the...

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Maltese Characteristics

Notable for their iconic floor-length coat, Maltese are precocious, playful, and affectionate companions. Maltese are quite small, typically weighing less than seven pounds. Their long, straight coat sets them apart from other breeds and makes them look quite high fashion! Maltese are very alert and can make good watchdogs, and they are formidable athletes on the agility course.

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Small
  • Trainability Responsive

Maltese are the quintessential "fancy dog." They typically weigh less than 7 pounds, and their 7-9 inches of stature is often completely covered in their iconic floor-length coat, which can come in brown, black, or white. However, their somewhat snooty appearance is easily balanced by their playful and loyal personalities. 

 

Believe it or not, Maltese are considered relatively low-shedding dogs. This, coupled with their compact size, makes them a perfect companion for condo and apartment living. Maltese are happy to make new friends of all ages. Sometimes stubborn and willful, they respond well to rewards-based training. This ability to be trained makes them fierce competitors in such dog sports as agility, obedience, rally, and tracking.

 

Although they look delicate and aristocratic, Maltese can have a lot of energy. Because they have a long history as companion dogs, Maltese require a lot of human attention and suffer from separation anxiety. If left alone for hours each day, they can bark and become destructive. Thirty minutes of exercise is the recommended daily minimum to keep these pups happy and healthy. 

 

These dogs also have a tendency to lack patience around small children and other dogs, especially if they have been pampered by their humans on a regular basis. Ensuring these dogs are socialized properly as puppies will allow them to play happily with others instead of becoming defensive and protective.

How dog-friendly is Des Moines?

A recent study from the insurance company Swiftest reviewed some of the largest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Des Moines is the 29th most dog-friendly city, with a population between 200,000 and 350,000. The city is one of the most affordable places to live with a dog, receiving an A for the cost of dog insurance per month.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Des Moines

Des Moines has many dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to play and get its daily exercise. According to Trust For Public Land, there are 1.3 dog parks per 100,000 residents in the city. Some of the most popular dog parks in Des Moines include Raccoon River Dog Park, Ankeny Dog Park, and Rover’s Ranch.


In Des Moines, you’ll also find several great hiking trails where you can go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore are Gray’s Lake Park, Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens, Clive Greenbelt Trail, and Des Moines Trail.

Life in Des Moines with a dog

Des Moines has plenty of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab something to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Proof Restaurant, Lua Brewing, and St. Kilda.  


Des Moines has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and daycares. Plus, the city is a great location when it comes time to find a place to live with your dog. A study from Zumper ranked Des Moines as the 43rd best city for pet-friendly rentals.


If you have friends or family visiting Des Moines, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Surety Hotel, Ramada Tropics Resort, and Residence Inn. 

Popular dog breeds in Des Moines

Des Moines is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Bulldogs, English Springer Spaniels, Havanese, Golden Retrievers, West Highland Terriers, and German Shorthaired Pointers. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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