Maltese Temperament – Is this Breed Right For Your Family

Maltese Dog Temperament: Is this breed right for me?

The Maltese is one of the most popular breeds today. There are many reasons behind its popularity, but it all boils down to how well a dog will do with your family. If you have a large household or if you live alone, then the Maltese may not be the best choice for you. On the other hand, if you want a dog that will fit into any situation, then the Maltese might be perfect for you.

If you are thinking about getting a Maltese puppy, then here are some things to consider before making your decision.


What Kind Of Person Are You?

A person’s personality affects their relationship with animals. Some people like big cats and others prefer small rodents. Similarly, some people enjoy being around dogs while others hate them.

It is true that there are those who love Maltese Dogs. However, it is also true that there are those who don’t like them at all. If you aren’t sure which type of person you are, then perhaps it would be better to wait until you get to know each other better first.

That way you can make an informed decision about whether or not the Maltese is right for your family.


What Is Your Lifestyle Like?

Dogs need a lot of attention and care. If you are away from home for more than twelve hours a day then do not get a dog. This is not fair to the animal and it will develop many bad habits such as whining, barking, howling, and tearing up your home when you leave.

The Maltese is a peaceful dog that do not require a lot of exercise. A short walk around the block is more than enough to keep this animal happy. While it should stay indoors, it does need to go out and get some fresh air from time to time.


Is Everyone In Your Family On The Same Page?

Getting a pet is a family decision. Not everyone in your family should not have a say in what kind of dog you should get.

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