A dog of many names, the Maltese was also known as Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta, the Bichon, and even the Comforter. Maltese have a fabulous, silky long coat of pure white hair that nearly touches the ground. It flows to the sides of the dog showing a parting run in the center all the way from the head to the back and to the base of the tail. These dogs do not shed much. However, they require grooming attention and regularity. Daily brushing and combing is needed to prevent matting.
If matting develops, use your fingers to part them and a fine toothed comb to finish removal. The removal should be prior to bathing because mats are harder to manage when wet. Eyes may get irritated by the hair so it can either be clipped or tie up with a bow. The ears should be inspected once a week for infection due to the hair in them. Some owners may opt to have a “puppy cut” or shorten the hair but the grooming regimen still applies.