Written By Carrie
Maltese Breeder of Majesty Maltese
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Maltese buyer guide
a Maltese Puppy
or Maltese Adult Retiree
you set out to buy a maltese puppy or maltese
adult that has been retired there are questions
that you should ask yourself or a maltese breeder
will ask you. Following are some suggestions to
follow in your search for a Maltese.
To the maltese puppy buyer, the first thing to
know is who in the home wants to buy the Maltese
puppy? Is the whole family in agreement in
wanting the maltese puppy? Please go
to this site to take a test to determine if
the maltese may be right for you. Buying a puppy
is a huge emotional and financial decision no
matter what your circumstances become. Make
sure that all involved do indeed feel
comfortable with the commitment and all desire
the Maltese breed for a pet. Having a puppy is
constant upkeep and they require a great deal of
time to potty train. Also there is obedience and
teaching the puppy the routine to fit into your
lifestyle and rules of your household. Please
study about training of obedience and potty
training before you buy your Maltese puppy.
Often dogs end up in shelters due to the fact of
behavior of the dog or the circumstances that
the owners could not take on the responsibility
of the dog any longer. Maltese require a lot of
attention and love. They are a companion breed
and they are happiest to be very close to you
and your daily task and relaxing with you as you
watch television, Maltese feel the closer they
are to you the better.
How long does a Maltese live?
dog will live an average lifespan of 13 years.
How much space does a Maltese require?
Maltese is an AKC toy breed that does not require all
that much space. An average size apartment or house
would be just fine for the Maltese dog to content. A
secure fenced yard is nice for them to play and get
fresh air and sunshine but a maltese should not be left
alone due to the dangers of them eating dangerous
plants, having wild animals attack them, and sometimes
maltese get stolen by an envious onlooker.
How big do Maltese grow to be?
come in many different sizes due to the fact there are
many “types” of Maltese being bred out there. The AKC
Maltese standard states “4-6 pounds”. Some Maltese
breeders do not breed to AKC standard, so the Maltese
may be quite a bit larger and often they are bred to be
even smaller than the 4-6 pounds due to the popularity
of the marketed “teacup maltese”. The “teacup Maltese”
is not part of the AKC Maltese standard as the Poodle
that has three AKC sizes. There is only one AKC
standard for the AKC Maltese dog breed. As a rule of
thumb, the puppy can be weighed at 12 weeks old the
weight can be doubled and add a half a pound added to
estimate an adult size. Please keep in mind there are
many factors that can effect the growth.
parents and grandparents etc., of the puppy have the
biggest role in the adult weight of the puppy. Ask the
breeder about the heritage. The health, nutrition also
affects the size of the puppy so make sure they have
been given a clean bill of health from the breeders
Do Maltese shed?
have hair so yes they shed, within reason. They are a
single coated breed, they do not have an “undercoat” as
most dogs do that is commonly seen after the dog shed
their coat with the season and hair gets everywhere. The
Maltese has hair similar in texture to that of a human.
They lose some hair when they are brushed and groomed.
The Maltese also does well for allergy sufferers doe to
the fact that they do not have dander. If the Maltese
is brushed daily and groomed regularly they do not have
the small that many dogs breeds have.
Do Maltese do well with other dogs?
are known for their brave little attitudes and
dispositions. A Maltese does not realize how little
they really are. That being said, maltese are very
outgoing with other animals including dogs. The problem
comes in when Maltese is allowed to be with other dogs
and the other dog is too rough or too large. The
question is has that other dog been around other small
toy breed dogs? Even if it is another maltese has that
other maltese shown any signs of jealousy around other
dogs? If you decide the maltese should be fine with
your current dog, please be sure to let the maltese
breeder know you have another dog before you have
purchased the new maltese puppy. The breeder will know
the correct puppy available that will be fine with
another dogs based on size, and temperament. Always be
sure to introduce the puppy slowly to the current dog of
the household so they both can adjust smoothly.
What age is a Maltese ready for their new
breeder should not let a Maltese puppy got o their new
home until 12 weeks old at the youngest. Maltese
puppies are very tiny and mature slower on some things
then larger breeds. Maltese baby teeth take longer to
erupt which makes it harder to a puppy to eat and also
is a risk of hypoglycemia if the puppy is not eating
enough. Maltese puppies also eat in very small amounts
and need to eat more often to also keep that blood sugar
high enough to prevent an onset of hypoglycemia. At 12
weeks old if the puppy is at least 2 pounds and has been
given a clean bill of health by a veterinarian the
puppies should be fine going to their new homes.
What is the average cost of a Maltese?
are not a cheap breed when they have been bred correctly
and also raised correctly by the Maltese breeder.
and cost of a Maltese very greatly. There are puppy
mills, pet stores, that have puppies that come from
puppy brokers, and also there are back yard breeders
that love their dogs but do not know or care to uphold
the AKC Maltese standard. They put their Muffy and
Buffy together to “have just one litter”. They often
know nothing of where the puppy came from because they
bought it from a pet store or out of the newspaper. So
they have bred two Maltese that they know very little
about the health or heritage of the puppies’ parents and
now they are selling those puppies, it can be a total
disaster. Then there are show breeders. Show breeders
invest years into buying, showing, studying the Maltese
breed and spend a great deal of their life to better the
Maltese breed through very carefully planned decisions
for their lines and their show career. The main thing
that separates one type of breeder from another is the
breeder’s ethics. Not all dogs bred and their puppies
that are sold are equal that is why the buyer has to do
their research. If a breeder owns 100 maltese dogs or
more they breed on a massive scale and can sell puppies
for maybe an average of $500.00. If a breeder is just
putting their two pets together and has a litter with no
complications and sells them in the local newspaper they
also maybe able to sell for an average of $500.00. The
maltese breeder like myself that shows maltese in AKC
confirmation, top notch medical care by top
veterinarians, health care screening, and also grooming
and the very best nutrition have a much higher price on
the puppies that are for sale.
What is the difference between a Maltese show
dog and a Maltese pet?
breeding is done the breeder can see things on paper and
do their research, but simply put on a first time
breeding between two adults the breeder cannot tell what
those two dogs may produce when put together for future
show dogs. After the puppies are born the puppies have
stages of growth and development that the breeder
watches for. They watch for black pigmentation, coat
texture, structure of the bones for optimum movement,
the bite must be edge to edge or a scissor bite as the
AKC Maltese standard calls for.
other thing they watch for is temperament. To be a show
dog the puppy must have an outgoing confident
personality for the competitive show ring. This is only
a few of the things the breeder will be watching for.
The maltese breeder will let the puppies go for one of
these things listed or another small thing that a pet
owner would most likely not even notice or be bothered
by and it will make a wonderful lifelong darling maltese
pet no matter what little “flaws” it has.
How often do Maltese need grooming?
Maltese love to play and they do get dirty
especially if they play outside. If they do play
outside they will need a weekly or bi-weekly bath. They
will need to be brushed daily or every other day to stay
matt free and free of the leaves and dirt they pick up
in their coat. If the pet owner decides to keep the
puppy in a “puppy cut” a short casual cut then the puppy
will need to be groomed approximately every 6-8 weeks.
What causes tear staining and how to get rid
I often get emails inquiring on to get rid of the
ugly tear staining that maltese can get on their face
and mouth. Tear staining is seen in white dogs and
white cats. The PH balance in the tears of these white
coated animals effects the coats and facial hair of
these getting discolored. We first see tear staining
when the puppy starts to grow facial hair that happened
to get fluffy and pokes the puppies in the eyes, then
following that when they get their baby puppy teeth in,
the pressure of the erupting teeth puts pressure on the
muzzle and cause them to tear more. If the puppy is a
pet or going to a pet home I will trim the hair from the
corner of the eyes which is sometimes called “scooping
the eyes” by groomers. I also sometimes use a think
conditioner to tame down the hairs that are poking the
eyes. There is a products called “Kolostral” sold at
Sally Beauty Supply that can be used for this. Just a
small dab will do wonders. If I have a maltese that is
going to be shown I do not trim the hair but again I
keep the face very clean washing daily and when the hair
gets long enough I band the hair with a top knot
rubber band and keep the hair out of the eyes.
Do maltese have any cream on them or are they solid
Maltese should be primarily white however the coat can
have some lemon in it one the ears or on the body, it
usually lightens with age. Here is what the AKC standard
coat is single, that is, without undercoat. It hangs
long, flat, and silky over the sides of the body almost,
if not quite, to the ground. The long head-hair may be
tied up in a topknot or it may be left hanging. Any
suggestion of kinkiness, curliness, or woolly texture is
objectionable. Color, pure white. Light tan or lemon on
the ears is permissible, but not desirable."
are a couple of excellent articles to read more about
Maltese tear, eye & face stain - Frequently Asked
Questions about tear stain
Tear staining Cause and Cures- Can be printed
for personal use.