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The Maltese Terrier is an affable and energetic breed of toy dog. Although long hair, Maltese terriers have no undercoat, so they shed very little hair. For this reason, grooming is often important, as is removing the dark tear stains from around the eyes. The pregnancy of a Maltese Terrier is the same as other breeds, with an average litter size of three pups. Owners can expect a Maltese Terrier to live between 12 and 14 years of age. Recognize pregnancy

Gestation refers to the time when young are developing in the womb. Gestation is 63 days on average for all dog breeds but can occur after 58 births by as late as 68 days. No tests are passed to check pregnancy, either with urine or blood samples. A veterinarian can diagnose a Maltese terrier pregnancy after about 26 to 35 days, with 85 percent accuracy, by touching the abdomen. Evidence of pregnancy with X-rays (possible after 45 days) can determine the number of puppies with a 95 percent rate of accuracy.

a Maltese terrier shows some physical changes by her fifth week of pregnancy. The nipples and mammary glands begin to enlarge and darken after about 35 days, although this will not be visible by day 45. Obvious weight gain begins between the fifth and seventh week, and the dog has a more frequent need to urinate. The terrier can start milk as early as seven to nine days before giving birth, but a day or two is common.

Owners may find some behavior changes in their Maltese Terrier during pregnancy, especially in the last few weeks. It is advisable for the dog to be separated from children during the past two weeks as they could become irritable. In the last days of her pregnancy, the dog starts looking for a place to deliver her litter. She tears up blankets, papers, and beds to build a nest for her pups and eschews businesses.

After the first four weeks of gestation, a Maltese terrier requires additional protein in their diet, such as small amounts of egg, lean muscle meat (excluding pork), or liver. Your food intake needs almost double at this point, but the owner doesn't have to feed them too many carbohydrates and fats. Maltese Terriers must always have water available for their increased fluid needs.

The terrier requires gentle exercise every day during pregnancy. Short, nonstrenuous walks keep them fit and they prevent excessive weight.