How to Make Your Pet Maltese Live Longer

Of all the dog breeds in the world, one of the most popular is the Maltese breed.

Its compact size makes it a popular pet for families. These dogs, which are native to the island of Malta, are said to have originated in southern Central Europe, which are descended from the Spitz dog breed.

As the favorite pet of choice for most families, here are some simple tips to remember to prolong the life of your beloved Maltese.

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1-How long do they have to live?

The Maltese are estimated to live an average of 12 to 15 years.
It must be taken into account that the dog leads a healthy life. Whereas other dog breeds have an average life expectancy of 10 to 13 years. However, this applies to dogs that die of natural causes.

Why do the Maltese have a longer life expectancy? Here are the possible reasons

2-Small against big

It is believed that large animals have a longer life than smaller breeds. But does this apply to dogs? There are some studies that Pomeranians can survive a Great Dane within 10 years. In this case, the dog’s life expectancy can be calculated based on its size.

Hormones and genetics-related factors play an important role in the life expectancy of small or large breed dogs.

But how did smaller dogs survive the larger breeds? A study with 80,306 different dog breeds showed the following results:
Larger dog breeds are more prone to musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, and neoplastic disorders, while smaller dog breeds are more prone to endocrine disorders.

However, in one study, the larger dog breeds aged faster due to differences such as weight gain. As dogs get older, this is a factor in aging.

3-Maltese health problems

After reviewing the main factors in the aging process of dogs, here are some of the most common health issues affecting Malta’s life expectancy.

It’s always important to look for symptoms as some conditions can be treated if detected early, but others may not. It’s always important to schedule an annual check-up with your vet.

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