Adopting a Maltese

I am considering adopting an adult Maltese from a rescue agency. I used to have a Lhasa, so I am familiar with the grooming needs, but I wondered whether folks (non-competitors) typically clip their dogs? And are there temperament or physical problems I should be aware of? I can't find any listed in anything I've read on the 'net, but would like to hear from owners before I adopt. It sounds too good to be true....Thanks.
Beth Norrel

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