Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: No training
Posted October 25, 2016
As a puppy, Belle fit into the palm of my father’s hand. She was unbelievably cute, this white ball of fluff with big brown eyes. Although she loved my father, she was generally very shy around men. She disliked children as well as high-energy adults and has on occasion snapped at petting hands.
The greatest advantage of Belle was that she hardly shed, so even though my brother was allergic to dogs, it was fine to have her in the house. However, because she didn’t shed, her coat required a lot of maintenance. Maltese are maybe best known as long-haired show dogs parading around with bows on their heads, but on the farm, we kept Belle’s coat short. Still, she’d always manage to come home laden with twigs and dirt. She loved rolling around in the most disgusting things she could find, from cow manure to once, most disturbingly, a dead hedgehog on the road. That took a lot of washes before she was allowed back into the house.
She was very loyal and quick to obey her immediate family, ignored everybody else. She was active enough, happy to go on hikes, but not playful. Completely disinterested in playing fetch. All in all, a Maltese is a great dog for people who have a small home, or who are allergic to dogs. Belle was an intelligent, quiet dog who thrived under attention, but she was maybe too delicate for an energetic and occasionally loud household.