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The Maltese: Diminutive Aristocrat (Howell Best of Breed)by Vicky Abbott
Synopses & Reviews
The Maltese Diminutive Aristocrat A favorite saying of Maltese fanciers is that a Maltese is "a big dog in a little body," and this adorable little dog lives up to their claim. Admired and treasured for its beautiful white coat, expressive eyes and gentle attitude, the Maltese is capable of very big accomplishments. The Maltese's size makes it the perfect, portable companion, and it has great crowd appeal as a show dog. A perennially popular breed, Maltese are gentle, playful, inquisitive and loving. Thought to have originated on the small Mediterranean island of Malta and long esteemed by royalty and aristocrats, the refined Maltese combines good looks with a strong physique and a clownish, endearing temperament. He is the epitome of a showman and a dedicated companion, and there is nothing in the world like owning a Maltese, whether he's a top-rated show champion or the champion mischief-maker in your household.
The Maltese: Diminutive Aristocrat gives potential owners, new converts and veteran Maltese lovers all they need to know about this captivating companion. There are chapters on the Maltese's history, buying a dog, grooming, temperament, understanding the breed and the breed standard, health concerns and more. Dog shows, agility and obedience competitions and all other activities that a Maltese can participate in are discussed. Five appendices include useful resources and top dogs in the breed.
Howell Best of Breed Library
Written by the country's foremost authority on the Maltese, this Best of Breed Library title combines information the smitten pet owner needs to know to take the best possible care of his new friend with the history, show, and breeding information more enthusiastic fanciers need to help them fully understand and successfully compete with a Maltese. The book is filled with photos of this captivating breed, along with instructional diagrams and numerous appendices.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 204-06) and index.
About the Author
VICKI ABBOTT has been involved with Maltese dogs for more than 30 years. Vicki handled many of the country's winningest Maltese, including Ch. Scylla's Mina Maya Starfire and the top-winning Maltese dog of all time, Ch. Sand Island Small Kraft Lite (affectionately known as Henry). Vicki was the Recording Secretary of the American Maltese Association for 17 years, helped produce the official AKC Maltese video and is current chair of the American Maltese Association's Education Committee. Her husband, Larry Abbott, is President of the American Maltese Association.
Table of Contents
1. For Love of a Little White Dog.
2. A History of the Maltese.
3. A Look at the Breed Standard.
4. The Choice is Yours—Finding the Ideal Maltese.
5. Living with Your Maltese.
6. Keeping Your Maltese Happy and Healthy.
7. Routine Care for the Maltese.
8. Grooming Your Maltese.
9. Showing Your Maltese.
10. Broadening Your Perspectives with Your Maltese.
11. The Maltese Headliners.
12. What You Should Know About Breeding Your Maltese.
13. Special Care for Your Older Maltese.
14. The American Maltese Association.
Appendix A: Resources.
Appendix B: American Maltese Association Code of Ethics.
Appendix C: Titles a Maltese Can Earn.
Appendix D: American Maltese Association National Specialty Winners.
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