Top dogs, Malta’s favourites

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Top dogs, Malta’s favourites

Welcome to Malta: a group of islands (principally, Malta and Gozo) that make up a small republic in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea. Perhaps most famous as a holiday destination and film location. Malta is beloved by dog owners for its beautiful rocky beaches and quiet countryside, which are perfect for long walks with canine companions. Oddly enough, the Maltese dog, a toy animal with beautiful white fur, is not very common in Malta. But some of the more popular breeds may surprise you. Here are top dogs, Malta likes:

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dogs Malta likesThese dogs are very popular in Malta, particularly the short haired variety. Their intelligence and beauty makes them very popular, and most are able to adapt to the hot climate. German shepherd mixes are also popular, as they tend to very hardy.

Boxer

boxer-puppy-dogs-malta-likesThis solidly-built short haired dog is very popular. Many people are attracted to the dog’s tough appearance and friendly character. Despite their tough appearance, these dogs are very friendly and good with children, making them popular dogs for families. The main disadvantage is that the Boxer’s short muzzle makes it more prone to overheating. It can be a big problem during the hot Maltese summer. Maltese dog owners are advised to keep their dog in a cool area during the hottest hours and to provide plenty of fresh water.

Chihuahua

chihuahua-dogs, malta likesThese plucky little pooches are sometimes called “Kelb tal-But” or “pocket dogs” due to their small size. As more and more people move into apartments and maisonettes, toy breeds become more popular, as they can live comfortably in smaller spaces, and often cost less to keep than larger dogs. These strong-willed yet affectionate little dogs originated in Mexico, and thus cope well with the summer heat.

Fox terrier

fox-terrier-dogs, malta likesSmooth coated fox terriers can often be seen around the villages and farms of Malta and Gozo. On farms, these dogs are prized for their ability to deal with pests such as rats and mice. They are energetic and agile, and will happily run around the farm all day. Fox terriers are more commonly seen in villages, as village houses often have more space to run around in, as well as large stretches of countryside perfect for long walks.

Husky

husky-dogs, malta likesThis is the last dog you’d think to find in Malta. The long fur and Arctic origins make the Husky somewhat incongruous in Mediterranean surroundings, yet they are quite popular in Malta, perhaps due to their beauty and character. Although the summer heat can be an issue, it is recommended not to clip these dogs; instead, it is better to keep Huskies inside an air-conditioned space, and to only walk them in the early morning and evening, avoiding the worst of the summer heat.

Kelb Tal-Kaċċa

Kelb-Tal-Kacca-dogs, malta likes“Kelb Tal-Kaċċa” (pronounced kelb tal kach-cha) means “hunting dog”, and refers to the Pointer-like dogs used for hunting in Malta. Due to genetic isolation, the modern Tal-Kaċċa may be considered genetically pure, and local organisations are trying to get the breed recognised internationally, including preparing an official breed standard. The Kelb Tal-Kaċċa is a medium sized dog and resembles a Pointer. They tend to have gentle temperaments and be quite easy to train – important traits for a hunting dog, though they also make excellent pets.

Pharaoh Hound

pahrao-hound-dogs, malta likesThe national dog of Malta is also called Kelb tal-Fenek, or Rabbit Dog, most likely due to their hunting ability. Some believe it is also due to the shape of their ears. Believed that the Phoenicians have brought to the Maltese islands two thousand years ago. Pharoah hounds are striking dogs with an orange/red coat, sometimes marked with white on the chest, and golden eyes. Intelligent yet sensitive, these dogs are very hardy and cope well with the heat and humidity of their native land. They are excellent hunting dogs, but also excel at canine agility.

Pug

pug-dogs, malta likesThis wrinkly-faced little dog is very popular in Malta, probably due to their small size and appealing appearance. Stubborn yet sweet-tempered, they make excellent family pets. Unfortunately, their short muzzles make them more prone to heat stroke, especially in the hot Mediterranean summer. Keeping them in a cool environment and only walking them in the cooler hours of the day helps to keep Maltese pugs healthy.


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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Dubai:


  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Abu Dhabi:


  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
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