Maltese Puppies For Sale
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 (41 reviews)|
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.
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.
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.
I purchased my Teacup Maltese from Premier Pups on 04/08/2016 and drove up to pick him up on 04/09/16. So I have only had him for 3 weeks, but he is adorable and so tiny. I really hope he stays that tiny, well he is 2lbs now and is suppose to be 4 - 5 lbs. I am having a few issues with the puppy pad training but I guess that is normal. So my over all experience with Premier Pups has been a good one. I know that it is a costly choice but as anything in life if you want the best you must pay for it. I love my baby boy.
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.
Max flew from Ohio to CA. I am so glad to find him with Premier pups. He is a small yet big bundle of joy in our life. I can't wait to get home everyday after work to catch a glance of him. His one look is complete stress buster. Max is possible thanks to Premier pups.
Hi everyone. I bought this cute maltese when I bought him his name was Martin i've renamed him snoopy. I live in Hamilton ohio I went all the way to Columbus to get him and I don't regret doing it because the dog is very healthy,active,loving they took great care of him. I recommend the you should buy your dog here because they take great care for theirs animals and give them a lot of love and are very responsible, I wouldn't rate it 5 stars I would rate it 100 stars and next year I'll be buy the girl
I absolutely would recommend Premier Pups. I was hesitant to purchase a pup that I didn't see in person. I also wasn't sure I wanted to put a pup through the flight from Ohio to Philadelphia. After talking to several staff members, at different times, I felt reassured that Delta Airlines handled many pups to Philadelphia Airport and that they are handled with VIP care. So, I decided my obsession out weighed my fears for a Maltese. I must say that Lexi arrived happy, energetic and full of love. As promised on their website, they called a few days to make sure Lexi was doing well and to see if I had any questions or concerns. My vet said she was so healthy she did not need any of the medications she came with as a precaution. As you can see in this photo, at 10 weeks old, day I received her, she is beautiful and healthy.
We got rocky on June 30 and we couldn't be happier ! He is the cutest little guy with so much energy ! We love our little addition to our family
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.
Been looking for a new puppy for a while, me and my wife. Once we saw Angel on the site we fell in love with her and just had to have her.
After the loss of our 11 years old Maltese (Ally) last year we didn’t think of getting another dog, but all that changed ... Browsing through many sites and reading reviews Premier Pups was the one! Looking through the small breeds, Madison (yes, kept the name) looked straight into my eyes and within a few days she was part of our family. She has been with us for 5 weeks, now a healthy, energetic 3 1/2 months old and 4 lbs that is keeping all of us active. Premier Pups made it so easy, very specific instructions of what to do, everything she would need in the coming days from food to medicine, keeping in touch with her progress; the care was beyond my expectations. I wasn’t too sure about the flight from Ohio to NY but that was surprisingly smooth. I was able to track the progress the entire way, received timely notifications from Delta and she was available for pick up within 30 min of the flight landing at LGA. The three of us and my parents went to welcome her ... she is precious, we love her! THANK YOU SO MUCH PREMIER PUPS!
My son purchased my little love for me for a Christmas present after I had lost my husband. Her name was Madison but she is now my little Tinkerbelle. Our “gotcha day” was December 2, 2017 and my little love just celebrated her 2nd birthday. She has been the perfect little companion for me. She goes absolutely everywhere I go, or I don’t go. Thank you for such a beautiful little girl to give me all her unconditional love. Proud momma, Kathy