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What is the typical temperment for a maltese? My McKenzie is just the happpiest little dog I've ever seen. She loves everybody and they all love her. My yorkies on the other hand have an attitude problem alot of the time. Since McKenzie was born blind I don't know if that has played a role in her temperment. She is just a doll.
 

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I find that they are all sweet and affectionate, individual differences notwithstanding. I LOVE this breed!
 

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My girls seem to sense my moods, when I'm happy they are wild and crazy, when I feel down or ill Matilda is by my side and stays close to me all day. The girls are always happy and ready to give kisses, they always want to please us.
 

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Our maltese is so happy and wants to please us all of the time, my 3 yorkies want to be pleased...And my Chihuahua would just love to be under the blankets
 

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Lady is my first and only Maltese, but she is sweet, mellow and very easy to live with.
You said it right "Very easy to live with."
She is such a pleasure to have around. So sweet and mellow. My husband needed convincing when I was planning on getting a pup. He thought our home was going to be chaotic but no way it became even calmer because of her.
 

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I simply adore the Maltese temperament which was one of the main reasons I was drawn to them. They are sweet, loving, affectionate, and gentle and devoted to their humans-the ultimate lap dog. I love holding my 2 girls in my lap-pure bliss:wub:
 

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i love my funny boy , i love his zoomies , he knows when to be funny n loud and he knows when he has to be quiet n cuddly , hes my little shadow n i wouldnt have it anyway , every morning i pick him up n kiss him n he just looks at me like he knows how i feel . i think theres no sweeter breed out there. hes sweet , loveable , loving .. im in love with my baby
 

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They are by far the sweetest dogs. All 4 of mine are so loving , yet they all have different personalities. I find they bring a smile to anyones face.

I find my Maltese do not display any "Terrier" type qualities(digging, hunting, aggression) as I have seen with the few Yorkies I have known. Yet they chase our poor guinea fowl and squirrels, but its sort of for sport or play, and I think they would faint if they ever caught something!

I find that even though I have 2 Malts that are extremely athletic (Emma and Jilli) they are all happy with 2 runs in the yard a day for about 20 minutes and then they are calm and quiet most of the time. Occassionally scampering after plastic golf balls and toys seems to be enough exercise. I find Maltese the perfect dogs. They only want to please and at times seem to have manners naturally.

Now if a dog comes on the TV in a movie, a commercial, or any TV show- especailly dog shows like Eukanuba etc, my Emma loses her mind.........in fact we have to video tape it because its sooooo funny.She jumps up and down and runs to the TV and barks and twirls and goes crazy.

None of the others really seems to find the TV dogs. But Emma goes nuts. Oh, and if its a white dog ( Maltese, Bichon, Samoyed,etc) she goes even nuttier! I asked my husband, "How does she know she is white?"

I absolutely love this breed. Owning 4 just makes it 4 times better than owning 1.
 

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I've only had Preston for 5 months but he is attached to me like glue. When I first got him he didn't trust me, and I felt he didn't like me. I spent practically every minute with him and he grew to love (adore me). Sometimes he just stares at me with adoring eyes. He still has trust issues and gets a little anxious when I leave him with my daughters. I think Maltese are very sensitive little dogs and early socialization is particularly important with them. Preston has issues with some people and just doesn't like them. He hates my daughter's boyfriend and bit him on the leg the other day. I never had a dog before who would bite, but I've also never had a dog who loves his people so much.
 

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I agree they so lovable and just a joy to have around, my husband alway's liked the "Guy type" dog's and he has turned into a big mush with Max. "Why can't Max sit on my lap?" "Why can't Max go hang out in the garage" "Can I take Max out on the boat fishing?" LOL

That wonderful temperament and those eyes won him over, he even goes and visits another neighbor whom has a Bishon and they talk about the dog's, two grown men standing there holding two little white dog's is pricless :HistericalSmiley::HistericalSmiley:
 

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Our maltese is so happy and wants to please us all of the time, my 3 yorkies want to be pleased...And my Chihuahua would just love to be under the blankets

haha, love the part about the chi, sounds just like my dtrs.
 

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I agree they so lovable and just a joy to have around, my husband alway's liked the "Guy type" dog's and he has turned into a big mush with Max. "Why can't Max sit on my lap?" "Why can't Max go hang out in the garage" "Can I take Max out on the boat fishing?" LOL

That wonderful temperament and those eyes won him over, he even goes and visits another neighbor whom has a Bishon and they talk about the dog's, two grown men standing there holding two little white dog's is pricless :HistericalSmiley::HistericalSmiley:

oh that is priceless, I love to see a man being sweet to a little dog. It shows a wonderful quality in him. My husband is getting better, he now will talk and pet them. Altho the potty situation is still beyond him.
I hope Holly is not the only one who is not that interested in toys. My lhasa loovves toys.
Holly is such a tomboy, she hates the ducks,birds or even a kayak to come by. And the squirrels love to tease her.
She thinks she's a lab i guess.
(Anyway, my first maltese was so sweet and calm, she loved her little bear.)
Out in public tho she can be very nervous. She's my sweetie.:wub: So's Dayzie

McKenzie, your mommy is so special like you, I am so happy you have a wonderful owner..so lovely you have each other. you sound like the sweetest!
 

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My four are so different in personality but all of them just love to be loved on. They love people.Bitsy took a little time to come out of her shell since she wasn't socialzed,she was breeding stock for the first part of her life. But once she opened up and trusted,she's become the sweetest thing..
I've seen a few Malts that aren't as friendly but I think it's lack of socialization... a little love and properly focused could change that. The ones I've seen like that, the owners don't take them out much.
Most Malts I've seen are such love bugs,brave,they have no idea they're little dogs. to them,they see themselves as rottweillers in tiny bodies.
 

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I have three malts and a yorkie. All four of them love me with all their little hearts. But each one is different. Archie and Abbey are my lap dogs, Ava would rather I carry her around all day with me....and Tink runs over for some good "lovin'" and then runs back to his guard duty.

Archie is the most social when it comes to other people. Miss Abbey is teaching Ava to bark at everyone who comes into the house :blink: and she's a good learner :w00t: they are both quite shy and timid around visitors...and Tink is no where to be found....

But at home with just "us" - it's glorious. It's heaven on earth being with them. They are so loving and so cute...:wub: I love maltese.
 

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Both my Malts are extremely sweet and loving. They are also very very social. They love any human whatsoever and will kiss and hang out with anyone. (In particular babies and short females. :HistericalSmiley: If Bijou ever met a midget, I think she would leave me instantly.) What I work on with them is Casanova's severe distrust of other dogs...which he is teaching to Bijou. Other than this, they really are perfect. :wub::wub:
 

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I have 1 maltese and 2 pomeranian mixes.

My maltese is so sweet, mad and very Dependant - although I did "baby" him much more than my girls. He is very easy to live with - much more than my girls.
He never chases anything like birds, doesn't dig in the garden.

My girls have terrier in them so they always chase birds, dig and do have hunting tendencies.
They have a lot more energy.
I do find that they are a lot more intelligent than my maltese but I love him anyway :D
 

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In the standard it states they are the gentlest mannered of all little dogs, yet lively and playful
as well as vigorous. They're also trusting and affectionate. To me, this says it all.
Having said that, Cosy is busy at work attacking a
cricket. (I think I hear the cricket laughing!)
 
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