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Maltese Puppies

Affectionate ~ Gentle ~ Intelligent ~ Loving ~ Playful

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 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 and 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, a long white silky coat, a round face, expressive dark eyes, a tiny black nose, feathered floppy ears and a puffy tail.

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BREED INFORMATION

MALTESE


Temperament

Affectionate, Gentle, Intelligent, Loving, Playful

Adult Weight 4-7 lbs
Adult Height 9-10 in
Life Expectancy 12-15 yrs
Rating 5.0 ( reviews)
Maintenance
Low High
Training
Easy Hard
Shedding
Min Max
Adaptability
Easy Hard
Active
Low High

The Maltese is one of the most ancient of the toy breeds with a history that can be traced back over two millennia. Despite their prominence throughout history, the exact origin of the Maltese dog is uncertain. Many believe the breed was developed in the Isle of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea from Spitz- or Spaniel-type dogs. Others believe they were developed in Italy, and still others believe that they came originally from Asia and had a part in developing many of the smaller Asian dogs. English breeders developed the Maltese as we know him now. Many of the Maltese in the United States today trace their heritage back to English imports during the early 1800’s. 

Appearance and Grooming

Their gorgeous coats are pure white, silky, and straight, reaching all the way to the ground. They don’t have an undercoat like most breeds so shedding is minimal. Because they lack this undercoat they are intolerant to many outside elements so be sure that it’s not too hot or too cold before taking them outdoors. Because of their pure white coat, staining can be very noticeable. Regular cleaning and brushing, especially around the eyes and feet can prevent discoloration and maintain a beautiful shine. Many owners put the hair on the top of their Maltese's head into a topknot to keep it away from the eyes. If you decide to do this, be sure to use coated bands that won't break the hair. Gum disease is prevalent in this breed so regular brushing of the teeth at least two or three times a week to remove tartar buildup and the bacteria is important. Daily brushing is even better if you want to prevent gum disease and bad breath.

Temperament

These dogs are gentle-mannered, affectionate and without fear. They are among the gentlest mannered of all little dogs, yet they are lively and playful as well as vigorous. Their trusting and tender personalities make them the perfect lap dog and cuddly companion.

Family and Companionship

These dogs thrive in a home with quiet older children or adults only who will treat him with the care they need. Due to their small frame it is not advisable to have them in the same home as small children as play can be too rough on such a delicate dog. They do get along quite well with other dogs and cats if they are socialized to them at an early age.

Exercise

Due to their small stature, these dogs don’t need much in the way of exercise. A brisk 20 to 30 minute walk each day and some moderate play indoors each day will be plenty to keep this dog happy and healthy.

Training and Socialization

These dogs are people-oriented, which makes training a fairly simple process. These dogs respond especially well to positive reinforcements such as treats, praise, and play. Like most every dog, the Maltese needs early socialization including exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences. Socialization helps ensure that your puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog.

Frequently Asked Questions

The average lifespan is 12 to 15 years.

No. The Maltese sheds very little if at all. They are considered one of the best breeds for people who suffer from dog allergies.

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.

White. Thought they do have some tan or lemon markings around their ears the rest of their coat is fully White.

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.

Yes, the Maltese are highly intelligent. They love learning new skills and performing learned tricks, which makes training a pretty simple process.

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.

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.

No. Unlike Poodle mixes, there is only one Maltese.

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.

This breed was founded on the Mediterranean island of Malta and was developed to be the companion pet of wealthy, cultured families.

Halos are a part of the Maltese’s black points and are quite beautiful. Not all Maltese have these.

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.

The Papillon and the Bichon Frise are both very similar to the Maltese breed.

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.

REVIEWS

MALTESE


Date: 5/20/2020
Name: Lennox
Breed: Maltese
Client: Zouher Hanna
Loc: Whitehall PA

We bought Lennox around Mother’s Day in 2018, for my mom (and the rest of us) it was love at first sight and we had made our decision.Currently he is about 2 years and 2 months old he is very adventurous, is very alert, loves meeting new people and new dogs, he is the absolute cutest dog in the world, a amazing friend, and loves laying next to or on you.If you are looking for small dogs or a dog general I recommend premier pups they have the best customer service and cutest dogs.

Date: 7/1/2021
Name: Sophie (formerly Betty White)
Breed: Maltese
Client: Darlene Heller
Loc: 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!

Date: 6/6/2021
Name: Remy
Breed: Maltese
Client: Alexandra Alberti
Loc: 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!

Date: 4/18/2020
Name: Bear
Breed: Maltese
Client: Tiana Mast
Loc: 13938 Dover rd apple creek Ohio 44606

Bear is such a happy puppy and is also very energetic. When we bought Bear we had an great experience with premier pups. They were so helpful and even called to make sure everything was ok with him even after we bought him.

Date: 7/17/2020
Name: Jon Snow (previously Hunter)
Breed: Maltese
Client: Martha Minarczik
Loc: Tampa Florida

Jon Snow arrived in Tampa on June 23, 2020 at 1 pound 12 oz. He is now 12 weeks old and 2. 6 pounds. It was like being first time parents again only this time with a puppy. Primer Pup was in constant contact with us. This included constant phone and text messages from Lacey advising us of his travel status; the Facetime with him was priceless, I only wish I had recorded the session; then there are the follow=up check-in from Chelsea and Mike that reassured us, he was okay and that we were doing all the right things. Every time I had a question there was a live person to talk with. Jon Snow came with detail instruction for feeding, preventative medication and a real person checking in with me via a phone call every other day for the first week to ensure he was adjusting. We included membership with Dr. Pup (Dr. Gary Rypka) which I highly recommend. He actually called and spoke to us on a Sunday morning (four days after this little guy arrived) to discuss our concerns. I would not hesitate to go through Primer Pups again to get a healthy, happy puppy from reliable AKC breeders. My special thanks to Mike for all the little hints to get this little guy back on dry food and especially his constant reassurance that Jon Snow was right on que and that we were doing all the right things. Recently we were told that God created dogs as a way to show what unconditional love was all about... well Jon Snow is all that and more.

Date: 7/13/2020
Name: Leo (previously Lennox)
Breed: Maltese
Client: Favian Rios
Loc: 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.

Date: 1/31/2021
Name: Frosty
Breed: Maltese
Client: Helen Sheldon
Loc: Palmer AK

We received our boy Frosty back in 2008 when your name was Premier Pup. He was so tiny he fit in the palm of our hand. He left this world yesterday at the age of 13 and he was the best pup a person could ask for. Thank you for making him a part of our family. We hope in due time to receive another pup ??

Date: 7/5/2020
Name: Precious and Coco Chanelle
Breed: Maltese
Client: Cynthia Casillas
Loc: 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!

Date: 3/19/2020
Name: Cinderella
Breed: Maltese
Client: Mariely
Loc: New Cumberland PA

Premier has been awesome to work with A+ service . They set me up with my perfect Maltese her name is Cinderella. She is healthy , smart and love being around our children. I love how Premier texts and emails about the pups to ensure everyone is transitioning. Thank you again.

Date: 9/14/2020
Name: Baxter (Formerly Maurice)
Breed: Maltese
Client: Sara Foxworth
Loc: 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.

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