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Maltese Puppies

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


Temperament

Affectionate, Alert, Cheerful, Gentle, Intelligent, Lively, Loving, Playful, Social

Adult Weight 4-7 lbs
Adult Height 9-10 in
Life Expectancy 12-15 yrs
Rating 5.0 (44 reviews)
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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: 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: 11/5/2018
Name: Tia
Breed: Maltese
Client: Tamara
Loc: Colma CA

I decided I wanted a puppy and the next day this website came up and I immediately fell in love with her. Only 48 hours after I purchased her she was here. She is already like my best friend and very well trained and healthy. I highly recommend this website

Date: 9/16/2019
Name: Sapphire (now potato)
Breed: Maltese
Client: Rong Cao
Loc: 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.

Date: 2/7/2021
Name: Kloud
Breed: Maltese
Client: Cindy
Loc: Reynoldsburg, Ohio

We have now purchased two pups from Premier Pups. We have been very satisfied with both purchases. They have excellent customer service. When we took both pups to the vet, we were told both of our babies were in perfect health condition. The vert was surprised she could not find any defects. Pictured is my Maltese. She has been the light of my life. Today is her first birthday and Premier was kind enough to check in again to see how she was doing. I would purchase here agin if I am ever in the market of another dog.

Date: 3/22/2019
Name: Cory Jax
Breed: Maltese
Client: Joshua Figueroa
Loc: Corpus Christi

I purchased Cory (formerly known as Brady) from Premier Pups. I surprised my daughter on her 9th birthday with him back in June 2018. We now just celebrated Cory's 1st birthday and had a blast. He was so excited and has been deeply loved by the whole family. Thanks to the people at Premier Pups for their amazing work and strive to make dreams come true. Cory is one happy healthy pup. And my daughter got the dog she only dreamed of.

Date: 1/18/2017
Name: Lexi (formerly MADISON)
Breed: Maltese
Client: Glenda
Loc: Riverside, CA

I was really nervous purchasing a pup on the internet, but made the plunge and now am the happy owner of my little LEXI who is an adorable 3 lb Maltese. She flew into LAX on a very rainy day. I was so happy to finally meet my little girl and she was excited to see me. The starter kit was a godsend - I brought with me a spoon and a bowl and gave Lexi some water and mixed together a little baby food with karo syrup and she gobbled it up. We relaxed a little before getting on the road. I put a puppy pee pad on the floor board of car by my feet. (My husband was driving) During the drive I put her on pad and she immediately peed. Then she cuddled in my arms for the next 2 1/2 hours home. Her first night was a little hectic with all the travel. I offered her kibble and she managed to eat a few bites and then gave her baby food and karo. She was placed in her crate and cried for about 25 minutes but I ignored her. I set my alarm for 3 hours and got up to feed her as directed. I am using puppy pee pads in the bathroom and she is using them regularly on a very 30 minute time for potty! The next day we noticed she was a little lethargic and Dr. Rypka from DoctorPup was fantastic. I posted a question on the website earlier in day and he called from SC to CA on a Friday night and guided us through giving her the appropriate amount of food to keep her engine running. She wasn't having BM's which concerned me - He told me to make sure no dried stool was on her bum - there was a little so I used warm water and dawn soap to soak her bottom and 30 minutes later she had a BM! Dr. Rypka was so friendly and really calmed my nerves. Lexi is a lot of work - I'm not going to deny it, but after 5 days she is on a routine which is VERY important for ME and Her. We love her immensely. She goes for her first vet visit tomorrow, is running around the house (bouncing like a bunny) and is crying less and less each night when placed in crate for "night-night". I bought a puppy sling to wear around my shoulder and took her on a walk last night around the block. I can't wait until she has all her shots so we can begin walking together with her feet on the ground. Thank you Premier Pups for making the purchase a positive one. I look forward to sharing many years and memories together with my little LEXI Poo.

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: 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: 3/27/2017
Name: Riley Duke
Breed: Maltese
Client: Bonnie Otis
Loc: 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!

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.

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