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The Maltese is considered to be the oldest of the European Toy breeds. Nobles, royals, and aristocracy favored them. They are very well mannered and affectionate. The Maltese displays a graceful and regal demeanor.

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The Maltese exudes great joy and delight. They are highly intelligent, animated, and playful. They are very social. They are happy and content being the center of attention whether they are with their family or in the show ring. This endearing breed is bright, loving, and a deeply devoted companion.

Does your Maltese bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
The Maltese is gentle, trusting, and obedient. They are typically good natured and amiable and love to be held and cuddled. They will tolerate other pets, but are not suitable for inconsiderate or ill-behaved children. They most often will establish a close bond with one person. They do not do well when left alone for extended periods of time. They may be over-protective of their owner, family, and territory, and bark or bite if they perceive a threat. They are a fearless, vigorous, and agile breed. The Maltese commit themselves fully to their owner and families.
The Maltese coat requires daily brushing and combing to prevent matting. The coat is extremely soft and silky, so gentle care is highly recommended. They need to be bathed or dry shampooed on a regular basis. The eyes need daily cleaning to prevent staining. It is also important to keep their ears clean and free from stray hair. They may be prone to eye problems, skin disorders, and respiratory problems. The Maltese do not do well in very hot climates or damp conditions. They may be finicky eaters and suffer indigestion. Dental hygiene is important to prevent tooth loss.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
The Maltese has an elegant mantle of long, silky hair. The coat is straight, lacks an undercoat, and is pure bright white in color. They are non-shedding. Their luxurious cloak of white is the hallmark of the Maltese.
The Maltese may be difficult to housebreak so crate training is recommended. They do best with early socialization. Training must never be harsh in nature. It must be done with gentle love, consistency, reward, and patience. They are adept at learning tricks. The Maltese does not need extensive obedience training, as they are naturally obedient to their Master. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Maltese puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
The Maltese does not require a high level of exercise. They are suitable for apartment or condominium living. They enjoy a daily walk, indoor play sessions, or a romp and run in a secured small yard. The Maltese loves to be social, so a play date at the park is always welcomed. They must be supervised and securely leashed. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
4-7 lbs
9-10 inches



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Maltese Questions

Are Maltese dogs "hypoallergenic"?

Yes, the Maltese breed of dog is considered hypoallergenic.

Yes it hypoallergenic

Is a teacup, or smaller bred Maltese puppy recognized by the AKC or CKC? How are they bred down that small with no effects to the breed?

Anytime an animal is bred from its original size to smaller or even larger, there will always be effects to the breed. The Maltese's average weight and height is 6 - 11 lbs and 7 - 10 inches at the shoulder. To breed smaller dogs, the breeder will select the smallest dogs of the purebred breed and breed them together and only breed the smallest of those puppies, and so on and so forth. The AKC and CKC do not recognize any Maltese that is considered "teacup" that is not in the set standards of the breed.

There is no such thing as a teacup. It is just a smaller size and probably not as healthy.

The AKC standard is 4-6 pounds


Can I find a female Maltese puppy that is small but not tiny and the price range is $0-$450?

It is possible to find a Maltese puppy for that price range, but please remember at the price range, you are most likely not going to get a quality bred pup. The reason why puppies cost so much nowadays is because breeders are putting much more into their breeding dogs/stock and working harder to produce the best puppies they can. Price normally will reflect on the amount of work done to a litter, but it also depends on where the breeder is and supply/demand. Always interview your breeder and make sure that they are doing everything they can to bring the best pups into the world.

This statement is a fabrication of the truth. People are not putting any more time or money into these dogs. They are simply asking more for them today. I personally know a couple of breeders and this is the case!

They are cute and nice pets but I think the Maltipoo is a better choice for a lot of people both because they are hardier and less expensive.

I have a Maltipoo! What a hand full!! I got her through a rescue, very cute, not as easy going as my last 3 Maltese!!!

Are all Maltese dogs hypoallergenic?

Yes, the Maltese is considered a hypoallergenic breed of dog.

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