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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 Gainesville?
Dogs are part of the family. If your pup is to thrive and have an enjoyable life, it’s important to ensure you live in a pet-friendly environment. There are many factors that determine whether a city is pet-friendly. Dog-friendly businesses, access to dog parks and hiking trails, and rentals that allow dogs are just some of the things that improve the quality of life for your dog.
Gainesville is great in many of these areas, which is why it is widely considered a very pet-friendly city.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Gainesville
Gainesville and the nearby area have many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can play and meet other dogs. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Squirrel Ridge Park, Possum Creek Dog Park, Celebration Pointe Dog Park, and Haisley Lynch Park.
Gainesville and the surrounding area are also home to several great hiking trails where you can take your dog for a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Loblolly Woods Nature Park, Forest Park, O’Leno State Park, and Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail.
Life in Gainesville with a dog
Gainesville has over 90 pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab a bit to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the area are Wahoo Seafood Grill, Swamp Head Brewery, Metro Diner, Amelia’s, and Loosey’s.
Gainesville has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. And, every year there are various pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
If your friends or family are visiting Gainesville, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the area are Sweetwater Branch Inn, Aloft Gainesville, TownePlace Suites, and AC Hotel Gainesville.
Popular dog breeds in Gainesville
Gainesville is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Poodles, Beagles, and Rottweilers. No matter which breed you choose to add to your family, your new pup will find many canine companions dogs throughout the city.
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