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Do Maltese Shed?
I didn't think maltese shed, but my dog's hair seems to be
thinning & my vet says it is a normal for this time of year...
she's having some medical problems & I don't know if this is
normal or if it is a result of her illness and/or medication.
would appreciate any info...thanks.
I have a friend considering getting a Maltese. She is wondering if this
type of dogs sheds. Also, can their fur be trimmed shorter so it's easier to
take care of?
- I have 2 Maltese, a 21 month old that has curly hair. I keep her very short
due to matting problems. I let her face, ears, top knot and tail long so
she still looks like a Maltese. Her fur is very soft and silky, but curly,
it does not shed unless I run a comb or matting comb through and remove
matting. However, I found when she was losing her puppy fur at 9 months she
did shed for a short time. It was not a problem it ended as fast as it
sharted. My baby is 5 months old and has a beautiful long coat. I find it
very easy to care for, however, you must brush them everyday. Her fur is
also very soft and silky and straight. The only time I get any shedding is
when I comb her and it is very little.
- Maltese don't "shed" like other kinds of dogs. Their hair is
like yours and is a single coat. This doesn't mean you never
find "hairs," just as your own hair comes out, so does theirs,
but they don't "shed" on furniture, etc. Also, the hairs just
can be picked right off. As for short hair. I keep Lucy in a
"puppy cut," which is really easy to take care of. If you aren't
planning on showing the dog, it is the way to go, I think. I read
recently on this board that it takes about 8 mo to a year to
grow the kind of coat one sees on Maltese in the show ring. Lucy
is adorable in the shorter coat (though I admit to wondering how
she'd look with all that long hair).
- Maltese do not shed. Dogs with fur shed. Maltese has hair just like humans
and will lose some hair, as we do, on a daily basis. Maltese need regular
combing of their hair. Use a flea comb on their find hair and a natural
bristle hair brush. When bathing, use a conditioner and/or a leave-in
conditioner (after you towel dry) and you'll find they have less tangles.
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