“Keeping a Maltese in show coat is like being Rapunzel’s personal stylist!!” ~Kathryn Henzerling

I always say, when bathing your Maltese, if you think you are finished rinsing their coat, then rinse again! It is important to never leave a residue of product on your Maltese puppy, as this can irritate their delicate skin. New puppies can be bathed anywhere from once a month to once a week. Occasionally, a baby wipe rubbed on the soiled area is all you need to freshen them up. Always take into consideration the weather conditions and temperature when bathing your pet, especially a new puppy. You never want your Maltese puppy to get chilled.

I prefer to bathe my Maltese every week in my kitchen sink. When bathing, only use lukewarm water, being careful to avoid any temperature too warm for their sensitive skin. Always use a tear free, soap free cleanser when bathing around the eye area. I prefer Tropiclean Spa Lavish Tear Stain Facial Cleanser or Espree Plum Perfect Facial Cleanser foam. On the body of the Maltese, there are several choices. Some of my favorites are Chris Christensen (I love the Spectrum 10!!), #1 All Systems White Lightening, Herbal Essence Color Me Happy Shampoo, Pure Paws products, or Petsilk products. I usually dilute my shampoo with water to better saturate the Maltese coat. After a gentle lathering, rinse, rinse, rinse!

Dont forget to condition your Maltese’ coat! This aids grooming and gives your baby a nice silky feel! I use Herbal Essence Color Me Happy conditioner diluted with water, Pure Paws Silk Cream or and other lightweight conditioner.

I usually tell folks to find a good groomer in their area and have their Maltese professionally groomed every 4-6 weeks. Owners can bathe, brush and maintain basic cleanliness at home on a regular basis with some simple bathing in the kitchen sink and drying with their blow dryer.