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We had our beautiful Maltese for 12 1/2 yrs before some of her health issues caused us to have her put down. (hardest decision I've ever made!) She was the perfect traveler, loved to go. We moved when she was 9 months old, state to state. Stayed in a motel for 6 weeks until we found housing. The staff loved her. If I wasn't there, she was carted. A lot of the housekeeping staff didn't even know she was there. Never made a peep. But did love when they paid attention to her. We absolutely loved her to pieces. She had zero pain tolerance, screamed & carried on every time she had shots. When we had her spayed, she absolutely would not walk. After a week, I finally had to put her on the floor & just walk away. After about an hr of standing there, she finally walked very slowly to the kitchen. So funny! We had small grandchildren at the time & she tolerated them. Won't say she loved them, but would just move away if she didn't want to be petted. She wasn't a one person dog, shared her time between DH & I equally.
Comparing Maltese to our Havs: of course smaller bones, more delicate. So around children I would choose a Hav. Not a velcro dog, so that's a toss-up. Coat, basically the same, either keep in puppy cut or daily grooming. Barking: about the same. Intelligence, I think the Hav's pick things up quicker. Potty training: I would choose a Maltese. Our Hav's took much longer to "get it".
Just remember that every dog has it's own temperment & personality. We have 2 Hav's now, and they're very different. One very laid back, the other more rowdy. Hope this helps you a little.
Pat - AKA Kallie's & Abby's mom