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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 Paterson?
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, Paterson is ranked the 25th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A+ for its number of pet sitters. In fact, with 681 sitters per 100,000 residents, Paterson has the 3rd most pet sitters in the country.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Paterson
Paterson 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 area are Nash Park Dog Park, Goffle Brook Park, Leonia Dog Park, and James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park.
Paterson and the surrounding area are also home to several great hiking trails where you and your dog can enjoy a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, Mills Reservation, and Watchung Reservation.
Life in Paterson with a dog
Paterson has several 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 area include Delizioso Grille & Restaurant, Istanbul Cafe & Restaurant, and Elysian Cafe.
Paterson 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 you have friends or family visiting the Patterson area, 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 Baymont by Wyndham, Home2 Suites, and La Quinta Inn & Suites.
Popular dog breeds in Paterson
Paterson is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Shih Tzus, Jack Russell Terriers, Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, Beagles, German Shepherds, and Yorkshire Terriers. No matter which breed you decide to bring into your family, your new pup will find many canine companions throughout the city.
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