That is a good question Pat. I have been looking at the pictures of "historic Maltese" on FB. Most, including the early champions did not have top knots, but hair loose and long in a natural fashion. Now you have me wondering too!
thanks for that, Debbie! hmm now I wonder why didn't some other long haired breeds ended up without bows in shows (such as the havanese for example)! Interesting.I googled and found this in the archived section of maltese only, which makes sense to me.
Many years ago, maltese were shown without the bows. This was most unfortunate, first and foremost as the dogs could not see well thru all that hair and also the judges had to" hunt" to examine their heads. Eventually, it became the custom to bring the hair up from the face and secure it with a small piece of wool or ribbon. People then began using rubber bands and the bows were put on after to hide the unsightly bands.
And I don't think Lhasa's even wear top knots....hummmm....I'll have to check with Lynn on that one thoughthanks for that, Debbie! hmm now I wonder why didn't some other long haired breeds ended up without bows in shows (such as the havanese for example)! Interesting.
Great question Pat!Yorkies, poodles and shih tzus wear one topknot. Wonder why malts have two and tzus have one?
now you got me thinking too.. so i tried to search on the web for the history of topknots. i found a website http:/bhejei.com/standar.htm and it won't let me quote the website because it is copyrighted.. however it says that Maltese in the united states are typically shown with the two topknots (except for puppies because their hair is usually not long enough) and in Europe and Australia, they are shown with a single topknot..Can anyone give me a history lesson?
.....but show dogs....who decided that two tiny top knots with paper and black bows on them are part of the standard? Is it that some big time judge decided one day that this is what they all have to look like? The more I think about it, the stranger it seems.