Maltese puppy facts
Maltese puppies are destined to become pint-sized royalty. With their long lineage in the royal courts, this noble dog is the epitome of “big things that come in small packages”. Here are some facts you need to know before owning a Maltese puppy.
Adults reach a height of 7-9 inches and usually weigh under 7 pounds. 4-6 pounds is preferred for this small toy breed. The little larger Maltese weight from 10-12 pounds.
Characteristics With a small and compact stature, Maltese almost look like cartoon dogs. They’re usually covered with white long fur that often reaches the floor, but many are cute in the traditional puppy cut.
Their drop ears hang low, and their eyes are dark and expressive. Maltese have a plume of long hair for a tail and petite legs and feet with black toe pads.
Temperament These little guys are very sweet with loads of energy and are very smart. Though small, they make excellent watchdogs due to being highly alert and aware of their surroundings. Springing into action, they can be quite athletic, running and playing regularly. They’re also deeply affectionate and are excellent lap dogs.
Grooming and Health Needs The Maltese’s striking white coat requires regular brushing to prevent knots and tangles. To be camera ready, the Maltese also needs regular baths and conditioning treatments for their luxurious hair if you choose to keep it long. They minimally shed, but it’s important to check their nails for trimming and ears weekly for wax build up. As Maltese get older, they’re prone to having teeth issues. They need regular teeth brushing, and annual teeth cleaning from your vet along with their grooming routine to avoid plaque build-up.
Maltese are generally healthy dogs. Before getting a Maltese puppy, be sure to ask the breeder if they’ve screened the litter for PDA (patent ductus arteriosus) and if they’ve been bile-acid tested for potential issues of the liver. Most Maltese do have high liver counts so a prescription dog food is probably what's best for them.
Training Maltese have a mind of their own, and can at times be a little strong-willed. They’re treat motivated, however, so carry plenty with you as you teach Maltese puppies the basics of good dog behavior. (But, choose the treats that do not cause a higher liver count or that is manufactured outside of the United States.)
They are highly intelligent, so don’t be surprised if they try and trick you into getting what they want! Maltese are masters in obedience and agility due to their eagerness and energy.
Energy Level Maltese are energetic, but because of their size can adapt to indoor or outdoor playtime accordingly. When excited, they’ll be seen bouncing around and want some well-deserved playtime with their toys and their favorite humans.
Life Span Maltese live between 12-15 years on average.
Most importantly before you decide on purchasing a Maltese check your local animal shelter to adopt your forever fir baby. So many fir babies need a forever home.
Please don't purchase from mass breeders. These dogs live in horrible conditions and never know anything but living in a wire cage just to have puppies. We need to close down all mass breeders. Find a individual that the puppies and dogs are treated like family before purchasing.