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On March 22 I have to give a 3 minute "presentation" on the Maltese breed. They are having us do this so that we can be educated on other breeds. I need to talk about the history of the breed, what it was orginally intended for, common medical problems, and if there is a famous dog or famous person that owns a maltese.

I would appreciate any help I can get. I'm going to do some searchs on the internet and see what I can find.
 

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I have a book on maltese I picked up at Petsmart which gives info such as History, Characteristics, Standards, Health ect. If you need anything from this book I would be happy to scan and e-mail. Just let me know.
 

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I know that Elizabeth Taylor owned a maltese and I saw I picture of Heather Locklear with a maltese puppy the other day. When I was reading about puppies I went to Barnes and Nobles bookstore and read lots of books while I drank hot chocolate. Lots of the books I didn't buy, a few I did, but it was nice to read and see if I liked the books. Just a thought. I also found lots and lots of info on the internet. I have read several places that know one knows were maltese were from. The Eyptians had them.
 

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Ok, I think I have enough info on the origins and the intended use. The last two parts I will probably need more help with. If anyone has any websites or specific book names that would be great.
 

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I have 3 maltese books and I can help you out if you want.
Just give me time to look up the stuff you need!


Famous owners of maltese: Elizabeth Taylor, Liberace, Billy Rae Cyrus, Tara Lipinski, Mia Farrow. From "An Owner's Guide To A Happy Healthy Pet: The Maltese" by Bobbie Linden
 

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Thanks! I would love help. I have 2 weeks yet until I have to give the speech/presentation. I'm going to try and stop by Barnes & Noble this weekend. I know there is stuff listed on the MO website but I would prefer not to go there.
 

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Like everyone else, I'd be happy to look up any info you need
Sounds like a great training class, helping you all to learn about the breeds. How old is Lexi?

As for famous people with maltese.. Elizabeth Taylor, Britney Spears, Heather Locklear, and Jessica Simpson's mom all own a maltese.. Jessica Simpson has a maltese mix.

Let me know if you need anything
 

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Inherited Disorders: Portosystematic Shunt, Luxatted Patella, Collapsing Trachea, White Dog Shaker Syndrome. All from same book I mentioned in my last post.

I don't know if they are 'common' but it's the only thing that the book mentioned.
 

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Lexi is 13 months old.

The common part was my input. I guess it doesn't have to be common. Just health problems that are i don't know, that are associated (don't know if that is the word I want) with the breed.
 

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Originally posted by Nichole+Mar 9 2005, 10:58 AM-->
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Inherited Disorders:  Portosystematic Shunt, Luxatted Patella, Collapsing Trachea, White Dog Shaker Syndrome. 
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Those were some of the health problems I was going to mention, but little peanut beat me to it!


Also you could include something about their size and people wanting the "teacup" dog and how they are "fashionable" right now.

I don't know what the limitations to your presentation are (and where others in your class purchased their pups, this could be stpping on some people's toes), but you could bring up the topic of puppy mills and JS.

Also, don't smaller dogs have a tendency to retain their baby teeth and that causes problems.

You could also talk about the grooming aspect of the Maltese and how it is a little more work than the average dog.

You could mention that they were bred to be companions, therefore they have many "humanlike" qualities such as wanting to be with their owner 24/7.


Don't mind me, I am just brainstorming.
I'll keep thinking for you!
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Thanks for the good ideas. They only want us to talk for 3 minutes so I won't have time to cover everything but I should have time to talk a little about the "teacup" thing.
 

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Show pictures of Lexi too! LOL
 

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You're taking her to work?

Dang, I didnt read the whole title of this thread...shut up and leave me alone!
 

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Good luck and it is great that Lexi will be there. I am taking a sign language class right now and all my classmates want me to bring Lacey in. Don't know how I can since Lacey really doesn't understand sign language, maybe I should start teaching her some hand signs. LOL
 

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The presentation is for her training class!


There are 5 dogs in the class, I think there are supposed to be 2 more but they weren't there last night. The trainers are going to divid us up 2 presentation a class. Each presentation is supposed to be 3 minutes long.
 

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Lexi "knows" hand commands for sit, lay down, and stand. She is also catching on when I point to her pen that I mean for her to get in.
 

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There is a website with a big list of famous maltese owners. I tried looking for it but I can't find it now
I will keep looking for you.
 
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