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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 San Diego?

WalletHub analyzed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, San Diego is ranked as the 9th most pet-friendly. The city excels when it comes to pet health and wellness, ranking 2nd out of all the cities in the country. Additionally, the city was ranked 8th for outdoor pet-friendliness. Plus, San Diego is noted to have the most animal shelters per capita.


A similar study from SmartAsset also ranked San Diego as the 9th most pet-friendly city in the country. 

Dog parks and activities in San Diego

As a big and sunny city, there are plenty of dog parks in San Diego. According to the study from SmartAsset, San Diego has about 1.2 parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Capehart Dog Park, Quartyard, Balboa Park, Kate Sessions Park, and Nate’s Point Off-Leash Dog Park.


With plenty of sunlight and nearby coastlines, there are several great dog-friendly beaches for you and your pup to explore. Some of these include The Original Dog Beach, La Jolla Cove, and Fiesta Island Park.

Life in San Diego with a dog

San Diego is tied for the most dog-friendly restaurants per capita. There are over 581 dog-friendly restaurants in the city, meaning you’ll always have somewhere to grab a bite with your furry friend. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in the city are Sally’s Fish House & Bar, Bay Park Fish Co., Bay Hill Tavern, and Antique Row Cafe.


San Diego is home to many other dog-friendly businesses, including groomers, daycares, and pet stores. There are also eight dog-friendly shopping centers for you to explore with your dog.


If you have friends or family visiting the city, there are over 650 dog-friendly hotels so their companions can come along for the trip. In addition, many of these hotels don’t charge any additional pet fees. A few of the best dog-friendly hotels in San Diego include Hotel Solamar, Pendry San Diego, Ocean Beach Hotel, and Staypineapple.

Popular breeds in San Diego

San Diego is home to a wide variety of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are: French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Poodles, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Rottweilers, Australian Shepherds, and Yorkshire Terriers.

 

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