The maltese dog breed has been seeing some solid growth in its popularity over the last five years or so with more and more people adding a maltese to their family due to them being such a great little dog. That said though, we often see people reaching out and asking if the maltese dog breed will shed as so many people have allergies to dogs and many people claim that the maltese is hypoallergenic. Due to this, we have decided to make this the subject of today’s article while also going over a number of ways that you are able to manage the shedding of your pet maltese to help minimize any effects on your allergies or just to reduce the amount of white hair that you have to clean up from around your home.
Now, in the stricketest sense of the word, the maltese is not hypoallergenic but its definitely one of the most allergy friendly dog breeds and usually has a minimal effect on their owner if they suffer from allergies to dog fur. This is due to the breed not having a thick under coat that they need to fully shed once or twice per year like many other breeds. The maltese dog does shed but it is a small amount and they release it year round. That said though, the loss of the hair from their coat is slow making it very easy to manage.
This means that it is common for someone who owns maltese dogs to be able to control their shedding and live with a maltese in their home without having any allergy flare-ups or having to use antihistamines. The dog breed is popular due to this reason as well as their nice nature and small size making them apartment-friendly too. We are now going to be taking a look at our recommended methods for managing the shedding of your pet
Dealing With The Shedding Of Your Maltese
In our opinion, the quickest and easiest way to manage the shedding of maltese dogs is to use a suitable de-shedding brush and spend one or two grooming or brushing sessions for five to ten minutes with your dog each week. This should not be done daily as it may cause issues with the coat of your maltese but once or twice per week can make a big difference in the amount of shed around your home that can potentially trigger your allergies.
In our opinion, this is the most practical method as it allows you to care for your maltese by maintaining its coat while also removing any dead and nearly shed hair all at the same time. As you are removing the fur at the same time, you can then get it all at once and put it in the bin. This stops your maltese from doing about its daily routine and then shedding all-around your home causing a much longer clean up operation while potentially causing issues with your allergies.
Due to being a dog breed with a single coat, it is likely that you will be able to see results by using the brush on your maltese dog once per week for a five-minute session so it is defiantly worth trying in our opinion. Due to the maltese dog breed having been bred to be a lapdog, the vast majority of them enjoy the grooming process and will happily sit or lay still for five minutes while you brush or groom their coat for them.
That said though, we do know that some of these dogs are active and maybe a pain to get to sit still. If you maltese is one of these more active dogs then we have a little trick that you are able to use to your advantage when trying to brush its coat. Simply get yourself a Kong dog toy and then put either treat paste or some peanut butter for dogs inside of it and freeze it overnight. On the day you plan to brush your maltese, give your dog the kong toy and the taste treat inside of it should easily hold its attention for more than enough time for your to brush the shed out of your dogs coat.
If you do opt to go for the peanut butter treat than we would recommend that you go with a doggy peanut butter. Most of the human options contain Xylitol these days that can end up potentially causing your dog issues and stomach upset. The peanut butter for dogs has been specifically designed to be friendly to the digestive systems of our k9 friends and your maltese will probably love the flavor just as much.
Take Advantage Of Deshedding Dog Shampoo
Next up we have the increasingly popular Deshedding Dog Shampoo that has seen some huge growth in its popularity over the last few years. The initial de-shedding shampoos to hit the market were really bad and did nothing substantive when it comes to help stop your dog from shedding. Thankfully though, the newer deshedding shampoos have an excellent reputation with a ton of excellent reviews from other dog owners going over how effective they can be.
This can be ideal for controlling the shedding in your own maltese dog as you can easily add the deshedding shampoo to one of your dog’s weekly baths. The higher quality of these newer deshedding shampoos have the proven ability to provide you with results and they offer treatments for multiple causes of shedding. Although it can help to deal with natural shedding, it also helps to deal with parasitic infestations too that regular brushing and grooming won’t.
If you do think that your pet maltese has parasites in its hairs and that may be the reason that its shedding has increased, these specialist shampoos can be a way to treat the issue. That said though, if the dog hair on your maltese does now show any improvement from the parasites after two washes, we would usually recommend that you seek assistance from your local vet. Either way though, giving these deshedding shampoos a try can be a solid way for you to get your dogs shedding under control and help prevent their shed from being dropped all over your home.
Add A Natural Oil Based Supplement To Their Diet
Unlike the two treatments above that can help with the natural causes of shedding in your pet maltese, this next one is a specialist treatment designed to specifically deal with shedding due to having a nutritional deficiency in Omega fatty acids. Adding a doggy oil suppliment the food of your maltese dogs really can work wonders for their dog hair and coat. Unfortunately, even the premium price point dog food on the market is often short on the Omega 3 and Omega 6 that dogs need for a healthy skin and coat and this is why so many people choose to supplement it into their dog’s diet.
Our recommended oil supplement has continued to go from strength to strength over the years with more and more people adding it to their dog’s diet. It has managed to rightfully earn itself an excellent reputation amongst the dog owning community due to its excellent results and has a large number of great reviews from other dog owners you can read. They go over their own experiences using the supplements with their dogs and how well they have performed to stop their dogs from shedding after topping up their Omega 3 and Omega 6 intake with natural sources of the oils.
On top of this, some maltese dogs can have issues with hot spots, dry skin, a dull coat, and some allergies and helping top up the Omega 3 and Omega 6 sources in their diet has been shown to help prevent this. Although the primary reason for supplementing these oils into the diet of your maltese is to stop or at least help manage its shedding, they also offer some other health benefits and can work for other dog breeds too if you have other pets in your home.
Try Restricting The Time Your Dog Is Outdoors
Now, we want to include this one in our article as there is more and more research coming out to back it up from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) but due to the maltese being more of a lapdog, we are not sure how practical it will be for you. That said though, there is a number of studies coming out that does show a correlation between the amount of shed a dog will release in relation to if it sleeps outdoors or not.
As we said, it is unlikely that this will be able to help the majority of our readers who own a maltese as they almost always sleep indoors most of the time. Depending on your situation though, it may be something that you can try to see if it ends up having an effect on the amount of shed that your maltese releases or not. You still leave your maltese to play around in the garden or yard as it normally would and take it out for regular walks but if your maltese usually sleeps outdoors, you bring it indoors or build it a big, warm shed to see if it can help reduce the shed it will release.
Why Is My Maltese Shedding?
As we touched on earlier in the article, there are multiple reasons that your pet maltese may shed. The most common reason by far is due to its natural hormones in its blood telling its body to release any old or damaged hairs from its coat. This is totally natural and all dog breeds have this same hormone in their blood that causes them to shed year round even if they only shed minimally. There is nothing that we are able to do to stop this and the best option we have is to just try and manage it as best we can.
The next most popular reason that a maltese will shed is due to nutritional deficiencies in their diet and this is more common than people think. We have lost count of the number of people who feed their dogs very expensive food that is lacking in the essential Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils that they need to grow and maintain a healthy coat that can then lead to an increase in their shedding. Thankfully though, as we mentioned earlier, adding a decent oil suppliment to your dog’s diet can work wonders and get these issues back under control in as little as only two weeks.
The third most common reason that your maltese may shed is due to a parasitic infection in its coat and although there are a few over the counter treatments and shampoos that can help with this, we would always recommend that our readers seek professional assistance from their local veterinarian if they see parasites in their dog’s coat. Due to the small size of most parasites it is very hard to work out exactly what type of infestation your maltese may be suffering from with the naked eye.
Your local veterinarian will be able to check under their microscope and tell you exactly what the issue is as well as advise you on the best treatment to move forward with. Although many of the common parasites that may cause your maltese to shed can often be dealt with via over the counter treatments, some do require prescription-strength treatments and the sooner you start the correct treatment the better.
Will My Maltese Stop Shedding
This one actually depends on the reason that your maltese was shedding in the first place. If it is simply due to the natural hormones in your dogs blood the no, your maltese will not stop shedding and will continue to shed a small amount year round and this is totally normal for the breed and there’s nothing we can do top stop it. If your maltese is shedding due to an imbalance of essential fatty acids in its diet or due to an infection of parasites, then the increased levels of shedding will likely return to normal once the issue it under control and can give the appearance of your maltese stopping its shedding but it has just returned to its regular, minimal levels.