Maltese dogs may be small but they pack quite the pair of lungs in them. These vocal dogs are known to bark very loudly and very often unless trained not to do so from an early age.
Malteses also tend to cry and whine a lot for a number of reasons. Here are a few of these to help you better understand the potential issues when your Maltese pooch acts up.
Might Just Be Over-Excited
Maltese dogs are celebrated for their even temper and calm nature. However, they are not always able to contain their excitement. This usually happens when they are welcoming their favorite humans after a period of separation.
Maybe you went to run an errand for a couple of hours or you had travelled for work for the week. Whatever the case, expect a loud welcome from your four-legged bestie.
Need For Attention
Maltese dogs are quite needy when it comes to attention from their human companions. They will mostly whine or cry when they want to play or cuddle. Therefore, if you notice your Maltese suddenly getting restless and vocal, start with a hug and a quick game.
Maltese dogs are small but they have the guts of dogs multiple times their size.
These fearless little pooches may not launch physical attacks but they will not hesitate to bark up a storm if they feel threatened.
Underlying Health Issues
Finally, your little pooch may be barking a lot because they are not feeling well. In these cases, the barking may be weak or nothing more than a whine. If you notice this and other non-specific changes like mood and energy level alterations, you should take the dog to the vet for evaluation.