Growing a coat to "full-length" like you see on many show dog Maltese is not
easy. A Maltese that is a 1 1/2 years old that has been conditioned for
showing should have floor length hair. Most Maltese that are kepts as pets
get to run around on the carpets, sit and jump up and down off the
furniture, run in the grass, etc. All these activities can break and rub
against the ends to the hair cuasing breakage. Other issues in growing a
long coat include the type of brush you use, whether you use a contion ing
spray to groom with, how frequently the dog is ahted and with what.
Growing and maintaining a long full-lenth coat is considerable work.
Bobbie Linden - Bhe-Jei Maltese