We have a 4 year old maltese shitzue, whom is normally so affectionate, loving to all of us. But in the last few weeks he is having these mawling episodes where if he has jumped on us for a cuddle and we go to start patting him he starts to attacks our hands. This is so out of charachter for him then once hes finished he puts his head down and walks off to hide under the lounge or a bed and wont come out for a few hours, and when he does his head is still drooped knowing what he has done. Can you please help me to why he might be starting to act like this, its really starting to worry me and im never sure when to pat him or not when he jumps on our laps... Lee
Answer: Mawling maltese
Hi Lee. I would take your little one to the vet. There maybe something wrong. It's a very out of context reaction, and I would assume there is something causing him pain of discomfort.