Yes, a Maltese is high maintenance. The main reasons Maltese can be difficult to take care of is their grooming requirements and need for attention.
A Maltese must be brushed 2 or 3 times every week and be bathed at least once a month. Although they don’t shed a lot, their coat still needs a lot of attention if you want to keep both your dog and house clean.
Additionally, a Maltese can be very needy and develop separation anxiety when lacking affection and playtime. If left alone for long periods of time, a Maltese will become destructive out of frustration and boredom.
You need to spend a lot of time with your Maltese to meet its needs. If you have to be out of the house for long periods of time, try to find a dog sitter or someone who can spend time with your dog in order to cut down on the frustration and loneliness.