Maltese dogs are amongst the prettiest, fluffiest, and cutest dog breeds out there! Their flowing, elegant long coats make them the perfect breed for grooming and beauty shows. They steal all the prizes with their dashing looks. Such a long coat requires plenty of care and attention, though. But do Maltese dogs shed a lot? With all that hair, you’d think that some of it has to fall off. Simply put, yes. Maltese dogs do shed – but only a little. Since their coat is not a “double coat”, it means that the shedding will only be minimal, and expected from a hairy pupper. The good news is the shedding is minimal and much less than some other similar dog breeds.

The Maltese dog was always a sought-after show breed. Their coat is their first and foremost pride, and it tends to grow long and flowing. Groomers love this breed – they can trim and shape this coat in whatever way they want. However, in a regular home setting, a common worry from owners is shedding. You wouldn’t want all that long hair to end up on your furniture.

Luckily, the Maltese do not shed all that much. The secret is in the fact that they don’t have an undercoat! Many other breeds have them, and they tend to shed a lot. This is not the case with Maltese dogs. Regular brushing and care, and a nifty little hair roller, and you won’t even notice the shedding. The shedding is so minimal that it is all but non-existent: this is why the Maltese are considered to be a hypoallergenic breed and an excellent choice for people that are sensitive to dog hair.

Of course, if your pet does start to lose hair in large amounts, that might be a sign that something is amiss. Excessive hair loss is definitely not natural.

Causes of Maltese Shedding

Shedding is not normal for this breed, so when you notice clumps of white hair, it’s a sure sign something is wrong. A major reason why Maltese dogs can shed in unnatural amounts is stress. Separation anxiety, neglect, and lack of attention might be the triggers for a lot of shedding. Maltese dogs are social, sensitive, and bond fiercely with their owners. If you leave them alone for too long, they might get stressed. Sometimes though, excess hair loss in female Maltese dogs can be a sign of pregnancy. Certain hormonal changes and imbalances can be the cause in that case.

Of course, excess hair loss in Maltese dogs can be a sign of something more serious. Skin infection, cancer, or hypothyroidism can all be likely causes. It is always best to seek the advice of your vet. In these cases, hair loss is usually accompanied by other symptoms, such as lethargy, rash, and others. All these can be signs of an underlying medical condition, so veterinary assistance is crucial.

Still, under normal circumstances, Maltese dogs shouldn’t be shedding all that much. Keep in mind that the coat will need a lot of attention: washing, grooming, and brushing are all very important for maintaining a healthy-looking Maltese dog. With good care of their coat and regular brushing, you should see a minimal amount of loose hair around your home. And to all the would-be future owners of Maltese dogs, this certainly comes as great news!

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