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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 Thornton?
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, Thornton is ranked the 23rd most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A+ for its number of dog-friendly hotels. The city also scored a B+ for its number of pet sitters.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Thornton
Thornton 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 Trail Winds Dog Park, Berkeley Lake Dog Park, Kennedy Dog Park, and Englewood Canine Corral.
Thornton 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 Sloan’s Lake Park, Cheesman Park, Flatirons Vista, and Doudy Draw Trail.
Life in Thornton with a dog
Thornton has a variety of 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 3 Margaritas, United Chinese Restaurant, Doug’s Diner, and Satire Brewing Company.
Thornton 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 Thornton, 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 Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, and Kimpton Hotel Born.
Popular dog breeds in Thornton
Thornton is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Boxers, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Bulldogs, German Shorthaired Pointers, and Goldendoodles. No matter which kind of dog you choose to add to your family, your new pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.
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