People get a Maltese for a pet for so many different reasons. Getting a Maltese simply as a pet for your home is one of the easiest and most common reasons people have for getting this breed of dog; however there are people who purchase or adopt a Maltese for reasons that go beyond simple companionship. There are dog owners out there who take pride in showing off their Maltese dogs and their long glossy coats of hair. The dogs that are seen competing in dog shows are often those dogs that are well disciplined and impeccably groomed. If you have a Maltese that you think can do well in the world of dog shows, you should try to determine whether or not he or she is ready or fit for it.
A Maltese can look exactly like another Maltese next to it and if you are basing your plans of taking your dog to join a dog show on looks alone, you need to re-assess your plans. Most of the dogs you see in dog shows have to undergo a certain amount of training. For these dogs to absorb such detailed instructions, they have to have a certain disposition that is ideal for your dog show aspirations.
Maltese that are blue-ribbon material often have a balanced temperament that allows their owners and trainers to get their dogs to stand still when required, to preen when asked to and to follow every directive that is thrown their way. Of course, these dogs possess a rather high level of intelligence and absorbing such training commands can be pretty easy for them. The difference in whether or not a Maltese can be dog show material lies in the dog's attitude. If a Maltese can easily adjust to his obedience training without the owner and trainer having to pull out all the stops to get him to do so, there is a huge chance that your Maltese can become ready for a dog show in no time.
Grooming and Beauty
Of course, all these dogs look very alike. They are, after all, dogs of the same breed. What sets your Maltese apart from the rest of the other dogs that are like him is how you groom and beautify him. There are a lot of factors that judges consider when choosing a dog to take home the blue ribbon at these events, and knowing which parts of a dog's appearance they take note of when scoring a dog show can help you prepare your Maltese for such scrutiny. This will be no easy feat since you will need to keep your pet impeccably groomed and clean in all aspects and you will need to maximize your dog's inherent beauty with the kind of grooming you give it. Glossy coat of hair, evenly trimmed, trimmed nails, clean eye area and even the use of the right hair accessory on your Maltese can make or break your dog's chances at these dog competitions.