Is a Maltese Rescue “RIGHT” for You and Your Family?
Molly from the shelter
Our rescue dogs are acquired from dog shelters throughout California and from families surrendering their dogs when they can no longer provide care for them. Often it is a “guess what the breed is” determination when our volunteers evaluate dogs in a neglected state in shelters or those found as strays. Most of our dogs have not had caring owners who provided the dog with training and regular veterinarian care. The characteristics of a Rescue Maltese was compiled from several years’ experience with rescue Maltese and Maltese mixes.
Pictured on this page is Molly, a fairly typical shelter dog on arrival and after grooming.
Molly after grooming
Characteristics of Rescue Maltese
Great companion dogs as a close relationship with people is desired. Our rescue dogs like to be near a person, whether it is sitting next to you or napping in dog bed while you work.
Life expectancy is 12 to 15 years of age or longer.
Once a rescue dog feels secure, you will be showered with affection. Some of our dogs prefer the company of people vs. dogs and may not want to share your affection with another dog.
Good travel buddy who enjoys going for a ride in the car or for a walk in your neighborhood.
Some rescue Maltese are playful and enjoy dog toys and others are not interested. Usually younger dogs are more playful.
Activity level of a rescue Maltese varies by the age of the dog. An older dog 9+ years tend to nap more frequently, but are ready to go for a walk or a ride in the car.
The usual size of a rescue Maltese is between 5 lbs to 12 lbs. The majority of our dogs tend to weigh between 7 and 10 lbs. Maltese mixes may be larger.
Fondness for young children varies from dog to dog, but in general Maltese may exhibit snapping or growling at toddlers and children under the age of 6 or 7 years.
Amount of barking varies among our rescue Maltese. Maltese tend to be protective of their home and will bark when a stranger approaches or a delivery person rings a door bell.
Maltese have hair without an under coat so shedding rarely occurs. The coat texture and degree of curliness varies. Maltese require daily brushing to prevent matting (clumping of their hair). Grooming (bathing and trimming) is needed every 4 to 6 weeks, and most owners keep their Maltese in a “puppy cut” which is easier to maintain.
The degree of house training varies with some of our dogs lacking previous training. It is realistic to accept that any rescue dog will need further help.
Our rescue Maltese have received medical and dental care, but a trip to your veterinarian every 6 to 12 months is a realistic expectation. Maltese have a tendency for excess tartar on their teeth.