A Maltese is a toy breed similar in some ways to the Yorkshire terrier. Maltese generally have long, flowing hair that is pure white. They tend to be fairly laid-back, but are great companion animals, as well as beautiful show dogs. One of the most striking things about the Maltese is its snowy coat. This is a primary concern when a show dog is being evaluated.
- Step 1
Check the length. A Maltese show dog should have a coat that hangs almost to the ground but does not drag. It should hide the dog's feet and legs so that he appears to be floating or skimming along the ground.
- Step 2
Check the ears. Many Maltese have a light, lemony or tan coloring on or around their ears. While this is perfectly acceptable in pets, it is not a good coloring for a show Maltese, who should be snowy white all over.
- Step 3
Look for texture. The Maltese's hair should hang straight and smooth. Any indication of crimping, frizzing, wooliness or any texture other than smooth, silky and flowing is objectionable in a show dog.
- Step 4
Evaluate the feet. They should also be clean and white. The fur should be trimmed evenly and neatly. Discolorations are common on this part of the dog as well, and are not a positive sign. The foot pads of Maltese are black, but their feet are nearly covered by their brilliant white hair.
- Step 5
Rate the color. Pure, snowy whiteness is the indication of a really strong show dog. A dog with discoloration anywhere other than on its ears will probably not make a good showing, and ear color can also significantly handicap a Maltese, although they can make up for it in other areas.
PS from Dawn: wow! when can i be like the one in the picture??? beautiful like a goddess!