Maltese puppies are affectionate, cuddly, joyful, and bouncy little dogs. They are playful and kind, sporty and fun, they love to be surrounded by their human family and they never grow old – neither in spirit nor in appearance. Adorable Maltese pups want nothing more than to bring joy and love into their homes; they are natural born entertainers, perfect little cuddle buddies, they are easy to train, eager to please, and they are always happy and cheerful.
Small, gracious, and elegant, the Maltese has an average height between 9 to 10 inches and an average weight between 4 to 7 pounds. Their small stature is beautifully matched with a long white silky coat, a round face, expressive dark eyes, a tiny black nose, feathered floppy ears, and a puffy tail.
- Maltese are cheerful, devoted, and all-around happy dogs. They are very receptive to human emotion and they make wonderful therapy dogs
- Highly social and friendly, Maltese are known to make fast friends with everyone they meet, they are friendly with children of all ages, other pets, and strangers
- The Maltese has a long lifespan (14-16 years) and is believed to be amongst the healthiest of dog breeds
- Clever, curious, and eager to please, the Maltese puppies are easy to train and they find the process very enjoyable
- The Maltese retain their playful nature and young looks well into their teen years
- The Maltese shed very little and are considered to be hypoallergenic dogs
- The Maltese is easy to adapt and thrives in both small apartments and big homes as well as in active and calm lifestyles
- Fearless, alert, and vigilant, the Maltese is an excellent watchdog
It truly takes a special breeder to assist with nourishing and raising a Maltese puppy properly. Like people, the most critical moments in a puppy's life starts in the beginning. Providing a safe, natural, comfortable, and healthy environment for the nursing mother and her baby is essential. Only the nation's best Maltese breeders can provide the best quality of life. Here at Premier Pups, we work hand-in-hand with our breeders. We spend consistent on-site time with our selected breeders and can undoubtedly say that our puppies come from a caring environment. The footage produced in our videos is 100% real. We take un-staged, unedited, and only authentic scenes at our breeder locations. We only align ourselves with Maltese breeders whose standards are much higher than the rest.
Elegant and sweet with a proud and gracious demeanor, the Maltese has often been called “a living piece of jewelry”. Small in stature, the Maltese has an average weight between 4 to 7 pounds and an average height between 9 to 10 inches. The Maltese has a small compact body, a medium length muzzle, a gorgeous round face, round dark expressive eyes, feathered drop ears, and a puffy tail worn gracefully over the back. The Maltese has a gorgeous pure white silky coat that is shiny, straight, and quite long. The Maltese coat is hypoallergenic with minimal to no shedding.
The Maltese are sweet, highly affectionate and devoted dogs who love nothing more than to be near their family where they can perform tricks, entertain with stunts, and receive kisses, belly rubs, praise, and cuddles. Gentle, playful, and fun, the Maltese is excellent around children of all ages and gets along great with other pets especially if games like fetch and chase are involved. The Maltese is lively, playful, sporty, and athletic. They enjoy and excel at canine sports such as agility, rally, obedience, and tracking and they love to participate in family activities, especially ones that allow them to be in the center of attention. Though very small and precious, the Maltese are as feisty and vigilant as they are adorable. They make excellent watchdogs, and will bark any unwelcomed intruder right out the door.
in Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Our new addition has been wonderful. She is very intelligent, great with children and other animals. We highly recommend Premier Pups to anyone looking for a beautiful, smart, healthy puppy.
Baxter (Formerly Maurice)
in Savannah, GA
We picked up our sweet little guy on Friday. I didn’t have the heart to wait until we got home to give him food and water. I felt he had to have it right away. I gave him half a jar of baby food Karo mix and some water, then waited for a little over 30-minutes and held him all the way home. Before adopting him, I was preparing for over a month for a male Maltese puppy, so we were fully equipped with all necessities plus. It took him over a day to start eating dry food along with a little wet food, and sometimes we feed him the baby food/Karo to ensure he gets enough to eat. Today is his third day, and he’s already mainly eating the dry food, mostly when I feed him out of my hand. This Thursday is his first Vet visit to ensure all is going well. We love him; he has a great personality and a quick learner. I will purchase another puppy from Premier Pups in the future. Maybe another Maltese or a Maltipoo.
Brooklyn (Formerly known as Dolly)
in Wallkill, Ny
This review is well overdue. First, let me start by saying I had an AMAZING experience purchasing my puppy through this company. I purchased my Maltese in July 2019. Everyone was so patient with me, pleasantly mannered and was there to answer all of my questions that I had. I am the type of person that is extremely skeptical about online purchasing especially for something so special like a puppy. But based on all of the wonderful reviews, because of course I did my homework and thoroughly picked through every possible aspect of this website. Everything was so very true. All of the positive feedback is accurate. Ryan was especially helpful, he actually dropped Brooklyn off to us in the Orange County section of upstate Ny (Wallkill). Brooklyn is such a wonderful puppy. Everywhere we go someone stops to ask me where she was purchased. She loves to play, she listens, and most of all she loves her family sooooooooo much. Now having her, I couldn’t imagine our lives without her. I want to thank premier pups for being the most professional, honest, thorough, truthful website out here for potential puppy parents. I would definitely recommend this puppy online site to any and everyone. If ever I needed to purchase another puppy I wouldn’t think twice about using you guys again. Thank you so very much!
in Waterford, MI
Riley will be 3 this May. He is intelligent and personable! I couldnt love him more! Premierpups were very pleasurable to deal with. A+++ rating!
in Milton pa
We adopted Maddy in October of 2020. She will be 1 year old in two days. Premier pups were wonderful to adopt from. Maddy has been very healthy. We are so pleased with out Little girl.
Precious and Coco Chanelle
in Eastvale, California
So in love with our teacup Maltese Precious and our teacup Yorkie Coco Chanelle! We love them so much! Best company ever... we have purchased a total of 5 puppies from premier pups and will continue to share our preference with our close family and friends! Thank you so much premier pups! I’m very happy with my spoiled babies!
Leo (previously Lennox)
in East Hampton, Ny
We got Lennox (now Leo) on May 8, 2020 and we couldn't have been more happy to get him and have him be part of our family. He is a loving, intelligent, alert, brave, and active dog and we just love him so much. We had come across Premier Pups because a family friend had recommended them because it's where the adopted their toy poodle. We would look ever day through the website awaiting the dog for us, and then finally we found Lennox. We immidently reserved him and couldn't wait to meet him. We called Premier Pups to make sure we reserved him properly and that everything was okay. They help us every step of the way to fully adopting Leo and they were very kind. Days before Lennox's arrive we had received a text from one of the Premier Pups employees saying that Lennox was not able to fly due to Covid-19 and that they would be driving him for Ohio to my State. We were kind of skeptically at first but we knew it would all work out. They sent us many text updates on how far they were making the pick up process very easy. Then they texted us that they have arrived and we got to meet Leo for the very first time and took him home. I remember him being so tiny. We brought him home and he didn't seem at all scared and began to eat the dry food Premier Pups had provided. Lennox (now Leo) is 4 month old and is growing up to be a wonderful dog and we couldn't be happier with Premier Pups. We still look through the website to this day maybe in search for a new fur baby.
in Mountain Lakes, NJ
We have wanted a teacup Maltese for a while but didn’t know where to start. A friend referred us to Premier Pups and I am so glad we found Remy! (Previously Sapphire). We got her on Valentines Day. She is the happiest most loving puppy with a sweet and sassy personality. Premier Pups checked in with us every step of the way and she arrived with everything we needed to make her happy and healthy. We have two teacup dogs who helped welcome her too! Thank you Premier Pups!
Sophie (formerly Betty White)
in Manitou Beach MI
I pick up Sophie from Premier Pups on June 3rd and I just love her to pieces. I am very happy with the entire process and professionalism and would recommend to anyone looking for a new puppy. Sophie is everything I was hoping for-she is perfect!
Sapphire (now potato)
in Cheswick, PA
We had our eye in premier pups for a few weeks, and their communication was great. I texted a ton and always got replies fast. On Saturday, we decided to drive down to Ohio(it was a 4 hr drive) and pick up Sapphire! We renamed her potato. She is the cutest thing!!! She threw up once from traveling in the car, and so far she only eats baby food and Kari syrup. She is so cute and loved.
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The Bichon Maltese, also referred to as “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta”, “the Roman ladies' dog” and “the canine aristocrat”, is an ancient breed as old as time. The Maltese have been represented in ancient Egyptian drawings, ancient Greek monuments, English literature, and French poetry throughout history.
From the Island of Malta and across Europe, Asia, and the United States, the Maltese has gathered an impressive number of admirers and the well-deserved title of “more precious than gems” companion pet. Sweet, affectionate with an elegant demeanor, and a joyful personality, the Maltese has earned the favor of pharaohs, aristocrats, noble and royal families around the world for thousands of years, with more notable admirers like King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Aristotle.
During the 1800’s the Maltese became known as a “living piece of jewelry” and would soon become one of the most popular companion pets at royal courts around the world. Enchanted by their small size and elegant demeanor, the ladies of the courts started to carry the Maltese on their sleeves as a symbol of wealth and luxury.
Today, the precious and charming Maltese is considered to be one of the most popular breeds in the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the average lifespan of a Maltese? The average lifespan is 12 to 15 years.
Does the Maltese shed a lot? No. The Maltese sheds very little if at all. They are considered one of the best breeds for people who suffer from dog allergies.
Is the Maltese a good option for a family with children? Maltese’s are very small dogs who enjoy play, however, they are not often recommended with families that have small children as young children may not quite understand how to be gentle, especially if left unsupervised.
What colors do the Maltese come in? White. Thought they do have some tan or lemon markings around their ears the rest of their coat is fully White.
What if any healthy issues should I be concerned with? All dogs will face ailments as they grow older, just like humans. The most common health issues found in the Maltese are patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), patent ductus arteriosus, portosystemic liver shunt, white dog shaker syndrome, and hypoglycemia.
Is the Maltese an intelligent breed? Yes, the Maltese are highly intelligent. They love learning new skills and performing learned tricks, which makes training a pretty simple process.
How much exercise does a Maltese need? This breed requires a minimal amount of exercise each day to remain fit and healthy. Short strolls either in a park or a yard are great for these pooches.
How often does a Maltese need to be groomed? This depends on the look that you’re going for. If you prefer your Maltese to have a longer coat then you’ll need to brush your little one daily as well as wash their face to avoid tear staining around the eyes. If you are keeping your dog’s coat shorter, brushing every couple of days as well as cleaning of the face each day is sufficient. A weekly bath will also keep your Maltese’s coat clean and soft.
Do Maltese come in different sizes? No. Unlike Poodle mixes, there is only one Maltese.
Are Maltese’s easily trainable? Like most small dogs, the Maltese is a spirited animal that tends to do things on their terms. The most effective way to train your Maltese is with proper socialization at an early age as well as practicing patience, consistency and most positive reinforcement. These dogs love to be told they did something well, so this is a big benefit in terms of training.
Where does the Maltese originate? This breed was founded on the Mediterranean island of Malta and was developed to be the companion pet of wealthy, cultured families.
What are Maltese halos? Halos are a part of the Maltese’s black points and are quite beautiful. Not all Maltese have these.
What's the best type of food for My Maltese? It's always best to feed a high quality dry dog food instead of wet canned food to help your dog maintain healthy gums and teeth. For optimal health, offer a formula with wholesome ingredients and all-natural preservatives (such as a vitamin blend and/or herbs). Avoid artificial preservatives when you can.
What breeds are similar to the Maltese? The Papillon and the Bichon Frise are both very similar to the Maltese breed.
I’ve seen advertisements for “tea cup” Maltese, what does this mean? Please be aware that there is no official separate breed called a “teacup Maltese.” This is a marketing and advertising ploy rather than a true recognized type of dog.