Fancy Maltese As Furkids? How Much Do You Know About Them?

The Maltese Dogs, were once so heavily worshipped during the ancient times that even people sometimes thought they were literal gods. Nowadays, this dog is a well-known family dog that is susceptible to pampering. So what makes people adore them so much? Here are the 10 Maltese fun facts!

 

Fun Fact #1 : Their Origin

Unlike some breeds (looking at you, Labradors), the Maltese probably does come from its namesake, Malta. They were bred down from a spitz-like dog that was native to the area and was used for hunting rodents. Some suggest the little dogs actually have a background in Asia, but evidence is murky. The history of the Maltese has been difficult to tease out, as the term was often used as a catchall for several breeds of toy dogs. Many historical references to "Maltese" dogs, it turns out, were actually descriptions of Pomeranians.

Fun Fact #2 : Multiple Names

Over the course of its existence, the breed has had a number of different monikers. Some include comforter dog, Maltese lion dog, Maltese terrier, Melitaie dog, Roman ladies' dog, shock dog, and the Spaniel gentle. 

Fun Fact #3 : They Were Worshipped 

This dog was once a highly revered breed, almost god-like. The ancient Greeks depicted them in their paintings, literature and pottery. Even Aristotle called this dog " A cloud floating in the sky. " There was also evidence that the ancient Egyptians worshipped the Maltese.

Fun Fact #4 : Therapy Dog

At Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center in Florida, Riley the Maltese is helping people every day. He has been working as a therapy dog since 2009, participating in more than 400 therapy sessions. Dogs like Riley are a wonderful help at nursing homes, hospitals, disaster areas, and underprivileged schools. Petting an animal can reduce stress, encourage empathy, and decrease bullying (just to name a few of the many ways dogs can make our days brighter). Maltese make great therapy dogs because they’re loving and small, which means they can cuddle right up to whomever they're trying to help. 

 

Fun Fact #5 : Millionaire Maltese

Meet Take Trouble, the Maltese worth $2 million. When real estate developer Leona Helmsley died in 2007, she left $12 million to her pooch in her will. The government eventually trimmed the inheritance down to a measly two million, but that didn’t stop the dog from living it up until her death in 2011.

Fun Fact #6 : Non-Shedder

Sporting a thick coat of hair instead of fur, these little dogs don’t shed. Instead, they need occasional haircuts to keep their mops in check. Their white tufts are hypoallergenic, making them great for families with allergies. 

Fun Fact #7 : Royalty's Favourite

These lap dogs were a hit among royalty, queens especially would cherish these pooches, feeding them out of gold dishes. The dog's likeness has been found on ceramics and other pieces of artwork in Egypt and in Greece, where owners would construct elaborate tombs for their deceased canines. Publius, the governor of Rome in the first century, had a little Maltese named Issa that was endlessly spoiled. Her likeness was captured in a painting and the poet Martial wrote a poem praising her beauty. Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots both had and adored their little Maltese pups. 

 

Fun Fact #8: Celebrity Maltese

A Maltese dog by the name of Lucky was authenticated by Guinness Book of Records as having been photographed with the most celebrities, a whopping 363. To date, this mini pooch has sat on the laps of Kim Kardashian, Kristin Stewart, Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, Hugh Grant…. and counting.

Fun Fact #9 : Maltese, The Medicine?

The Maltese was even believed to possess medicinal powers of healing--the ailing would place the dog on their stomach or chest for comfort. Because of this practice, and the dogs warm, affectionate nature and small size, which made it easy to hold in ones arms or lap, the Maltese became known as the "Comforter". The dog was particularly popular in England during Elizabethan times (the late 16th century). Two notable owners of Maltese in those times were Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots.

10. Story of Hope

Last but not least, meet Hope, a Maltese born with no front legs.

Hope was rescued in Tennessee from a certain death. In the States, dogs born with severe deformities are to be euthanized. Her owner, Debra Huebner, found out about her and adopted her. As a puppy, Hope developed a way to move around by hopping and sliding. However, Debra was warned that these movements would do damage to Hope's belly and spine. As a result, a custom made wheels were made for her and she didn't look back ever since.