Small dogs, especially Maltese, are generally underestimated. Of course there are some things that solely depend on size. But considering Ali one has a large dog in a small format. Since he grew up with Bellissimo
he really thinks of himself as a large dog. When Bonnie
is refusing a carrot for example, Ali will munch it down with gust as long as the really large dogs will eat it. A more practical example is temperature sensitivity. Our Filas want to go inside way earlier than Ali will. A few years back, when everyone was already back inside, it took Ali another 30min to come to that decision. By that time he proudly carried a few centimeters of snow on his back.