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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.
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 Fort Collins?
A recent study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzed some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Fort Collins is ranked the 8th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A for its number of dog-friendly trails and restaurants. It also scored a B+ for the number of dog parks.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Fort Collins
Fort Collins has many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and get some exercise. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city are Twin Silo Dog Park, Spring Canyon Dog Park, Soft Gold Dog Park, and Fossil Creek Dog Park.
In Fort Collins and the surrounding area, you’ll also find several great hiking trails where you and your dog can enjoy a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore include Poudre Trail, Mason Trail, and Lory State Park.
Life in Fort Collins with a dog
Fort Collins has dozens of pet-friendly restaurants where you and your dog can grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include New Belgium Brewing Company, Rainbow Restaurant, Stuft A Burger Bar, Ginger and Baker, and Funkwerks.
Fort Collins has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. Plus, every year there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
If your friends or family are visiting Fort Collins, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are The Armstrong Hotel, AmericInn Windsor Fort Collins, and Hilton Fort Collins.
Popular dog breeds in Fort Collins
Fort Collins is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Dachshunds, Beagles, Labs, Chihuahuas, and Yorkshire Terriers. No matter which breed you decide to bring into your family, your new pup will find many other dogs throughout the city.
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