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Where to live in Malta or Gozo?

Looking to move to Malta/Gozo. Info and advice please

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Postby SandT » Fri 4 Apr 2014 06:59 GMT

Hi again, we have a dog - a springer spaniel now and when we first moved to Malta we had a Breton spaniel (larger than our springer).

When choosing where to live we made it clear that if we didn't have a garden we needed to be very close to rough ground so that we could easily pop over for early morning and late night "visits"! We achieved this with both properties as there is a lot of rough land about.

As we are retired, we drive to one of our several favourite walking places every afternoon for a long walk and a run for our dog. We live in Mellieha and there are many great places for dog walks within a five to 15 minutes drive.

Property-wise, both of our landlords had no problem with our having a dog as we offered to include a clause in the contract stating that we'd make good any dog-damage, though we've never had any! Many apartments have balconies and/or roof space. Our dog loves sitting on a balcony and watching the world go by.
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Postby Apollo » Fri 4 Apr 2014 10:06 GMT

Thank you so much. That's great. The dogs are and always have been the priority when picking somewhere to live, lol.
Springers a great dogs, lol, hopefully ours (dobies) will get to meet up with yours one day and they can run like loonies!
Thanks again!
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Postby maxine » Mon 7 Apr 2014 16:03 GMT

The Maltese love their dogs so having one here isn't like back in the UK where renting with dogs is hard and expensive.

Remember that houses are generally in much poorer condition that you will be used to - many (most?) have damp and maltese like long and thin apartments which I don't care for much so you will need to shop around for what suits you. Look for ones with air conditioning for heat/cool and you will be happy you did :)

You might be able to find a holiday rental for a couple of weeks off season that will give you a base to work from.
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Postby Apollo » Mon 7 Apr 2014 18:38 GMT

Great advice and info, thanks Maxine! :). And good to know they love dogs!! :)
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Postby gozomark » Mon 7 Apr 2014 18:47 GMT

Apollo wrote: And good to know they love dogs!! :)


mmm... well, some do, but many dont.
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Postby SandT » Tue 8 Apr 2014 16:39 GMT

Very true, Mark. Some dogs are kept on roofs all day, come summer or winter whilst their owners are out at work and some others are kept in the garage and bark whenever anyone passes. Whilst walking our friendly old dog (who has a lovely personality and she never, ever barks or jumps at anyone and will only approach anyone very gently ) on the country walks that we take her to every day, if a Maltese family approaches, often their children will cower or whimper if they can't make a wide detour of her. We can only assume that their only contact with dogs has been with those that are not kept under control and pull on the leash and bark at everyone and everything - as unsocialised dogs do as they are so excited to be out of doors at long last.

Many Maltese DO love their dogs but there are definitely a few who don't and who keep them as I have described above.

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Postby PeaCakes » Tue 8 Apr 2014 17:55 GMT

Unfortunately I agree, and recently witnessed a terrible incident
when a very large dog, Great Dane or Doberman or similar, (on a leash I have to say) dragged his
owner across the pavement....on the floor!
The large dog went for a smaller dog. I won't say any more.
Everyone was traumatised....the owner giggled whilst a restaurant
owner tried to administer first aid to the smaller dog.

On another occasion I saw the owner of a different big dog, running trying
to catch his dog in the Church square. That same dog still roams freely
on our narrow road close to our home!
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Postby maxine » Sat 12 Apr 2014 07:11 GMT

Sorry, you are correct - I should have said that the Maltese love HAVING dogs - some, as has been explained, treat there dogs rather poorly.
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