Thank you for choosing us to help you find the perfect companion for you and your family. The Maltese is small, lively fellow that will surely brighten up any household. This fun-loving and very loyal breed is perfect for apartment dwellers or people with limited living space as they prefer cuddling and petting by their masters rather than running around in the yard. Their gentle and loving nature make them ideal companions. Check out our list of Maltese puppies from our network of reputable Maltese breeders and bring home a friend today.
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If you are looking for Maltese puppies for sale then, you've come to right place. It can be a daunting task to find Maltese puppies that will suit your preference. Our goal is to make things easier by doing all the legwork. We can connect you to our network of trustworthy breeders to ensure that you only get the best Maltese for sale. In addition, we will arm you with knowledge about the breed, their history, as well as essential information on taking care of your new best friend.
Understanding the Maltese breed info will help you give your pup a long healthy life. Maltese are generally classified as toy or lap dogs so, expect them to spend most their time perched on your lap or laying beside you on the couch. The main Maltese characteristic is their long, flowing hair. This makes grooming options limited only by your imagination. They have little to no shedding and their coats are considered hypoallergenic which makes them best for people with allergies. These dogs love to play but do not necessarily need wide open spaces to run around. Aside from their fun-loving nature, Maltese are also excellent watch dogs. They will call your attention every time they sense a threat. Learn more about your Maltese by checking out our Facts & Information section.
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Facts - Overview
The majestic Maltese dog breed has been around for centuries and became the companion of choice by nobility throughout history. The name Maltese is generally understood as being derived from the island nation of Malta. However, there are some that point to a reference to Melita, an old (defunct) Sicilian town.
Maltese are famed for their long, flowing coat. Purebred Maltese have long, straight coats that touch the ground. Although some have curly hair, these are considered as genetic faults. They only come in pure white while those with hints of ivory or lemon on the ears are generally accepted.
Their small size and cuddly nature makes them perfect apartment dogs or for homes without backyards. They would usually have fun with things they can find around the house. This makes dog-proofing your home a must. But, the thing that these dogs love the most is attention. They will be the first one to greet you when you come home and the last to see you out the door. It is likely for these dogs to develop separation anxiety with their masters.
One thing to note, most breeders will discourage adopting a Maltese puppy if you have very small children. The reason being, these puppies are fragile and can easily be injured if mishandled or dropped even from a considerably low height. However, these situations can be easily avoided with responsible ownership.
Like most breeds, Maltese will require specific care and maintenance. Their long coats will need frequent brushing to prevent matting and tangles. Most owners prefer a "puppy cut" to make their coats easier to manage. The area around the eyes will need special attention as well since they are prone to tear stains.
Maltese are relatively resilient but there are some things to look out for health wise. It is important that you get complete documentation on your puppy's medical history from the breeder. This information will be helpful in keeping your little puppy in check.
The Maltese dog breed is a great choice if you are looking for a fun-loving and caring little pet. And, like many other pets, understanding your little puppy will guarantee both of you a happy and healthy relationship.
Facts - Personality
Like most breeds in this category, Maltese will spend most of their lives, quite literally, right beside their master. They are "lap dogs" after all. They love being around people (or other pets) and will mostly assume anyone as friendly. Here are some of the common characteristics of Maltese personality
With proper socialization, Maltese have no qualms being with other people or other pets. In fact, they would often be the one making the first move in trying to get along with others and often, they succeed.
Maltese love being the center of attention and they will do anything to get it. They will use their charm and spunk to get what they want and most owners will concede simply because let's face it, how can you say no to that face. On the other hand, this trait makes the Maltese easy to train as they respond very well to food rewards and praise.
As a companion, Maltese are caring and loyal. They will go to great lengths to protect their master and will call on you once they sense a threat. Because of their cute and cuddly nature, these dogs can be easily spoiled by their owners. You need to be careful though as they may become possessive and display unnecessary aggression to others because of it.
Maltese Temperament is greatly affected by the amount of training and socialization they receive, as well as the traits they inherit from their parents. It is highly recommended that you meet at least one of the parents to have a better understanding of your puppy's temperament. This allows you to have a better idea on what to look for in a puppy and what to expect when he grows up.
Facts - Care
Maltese are generally indoor pets and can live comfortably without needing a backyard or a wide expanse to run around. However, having said that doesn't mean that he couldn't benefit from taking short walks around the block. Regular exercise is part of Maltese care and will be more effective if you make it fun for him.
They may not be sporting dogs but they will need some training still. Maltese training includes anything from basic paper training to ball tricks. Keep in mind though that your puppy's bones will continue to develop up to 8 months. Until he reaches this point, you need to let him go at his own pace. And, like exercise, training becomes more effective if you make it fun for him.
Having a trusted veterinarian is a must-have when you embark in puppy ownership. Having regular visits to the vet is an essential part of Maltese puppy care. We can guarantee that any puppy you choose from any of our breeders are given the proper medical as well as emotional attention but once they are delivered to you, it will be your responsibility to fulfill his needs. In addition, aside from the breeder, your vet can give you more knowledge in giving your puppy the care that he deserves.
Facts - Grooming
Having your puppy accustomed to grooming early on is highly recommended. This will save you time and aggravation as he grows up. Also, don't forget to feed him or give him a treat after so that he'll show less resistance every time.
Maltese have distinctive long, flowing, white coats and no undercoat. The classic look is having their hair reach the ground and make them appear as if they are walking on a cloud. Maintaining this look however, will need more frequent brushing and regular bathing as their coats will pick up more dirt. Some owners prefer the "puppy cut" not only to keep the puppy look but also, to make their coats easier to manage. Either way, Maltese grooming will require regular brushing to prevent mats and tangles.
If you decide to keep your Maltese hair long, tie his hair back to prevent from covering his eyes. Not only will it make him see better but it will also prevent irritation and excessive tearing which leads to tear stains.
Being a pure white dog, it is easy to tell if your Maltese needs a bath. Another area to look out for is the part around the eyes as they can be covered in tear stains. Wash them with warm water and a towel. It is also a good idea to do the same with their mouths after every meal to keep them clean.
Oral hygiene, Nails
Brush their teeth at least twice a week to prevent staining, dog breath or gum diseases. If you can do it after every meal, the better. You might also want to give them purified bottled water instead as mineral water can cause staining. Always clean their dog dish after ever meal.
Nail trimming should be done regularly. One way to tell if he needs his nails done is when you hear "clicking" sounds as he walks on hard surfaces. Always use dog nail clippers. When trimming the nails, be careful not to cut too deep as the nails have blood vessels in them.
Maltese have black button noses. If your pup's turns pink, he needs to go out more…out in the sun that is. Use a stainless steel or ceramic dog dish as the plastic ones can also cause discoloration. Be aware though because a pink nose on females can also mean that she is ready to mate.
If you notice anything unusual from your pet, you need to consult with your veterinarian. Aside from the breeders, your vet will be the best source of information on how to groom Maltese.
Facts - Health
Maltese health is generally resilient but there are a few conditions that they may acquire. Be sure to get a complete medical history of your puppy and his parents from the breeder. This will be a good reference for your vet when you bring him in for regular checkups. One advantage of being a pure white breed is that; any discoloration should be treated as an early warning system.
Leg/Knee problems - the condition known as luxating patella is common with breeds in this category. However, advances in breeding techniques has reduced the chances of this affecting your puppy. On the other hand, being overweight compounded by lack of exercise will put a significant amount of pressure on his joints.
Eye problems - If your pup experiences too much tear staining, you need to bring him to a vet. Excessive tear production will mean anything from a simple eye irritation up to eye infection.
Ear problems - this will appear as brown stains around the ear area with some odor. Treatment usually involves medicine drops, but like most cases, always consult with your vet.
Feeding your puppy properly is essential for him the get the most out of life. One thing to keep in mind is that dogs, regardless of size, are carnivores. While giving him vegetables is healthy too, he still needs the protein from meat.
Ask your breeder and your vet for suggestions on proper Maltese nutrition.
Facts - History
Maltese history can be dated back in ancient Greece where they are cited in countless records and depictions on walls. Representations of the breed can also be seen in ancient Egyptian records wherein they believed that these dogs are able to cure many ailments - thus referring to the Maltese as "The Comforter" - and no, not the type of bedding.
Despite being cited numerous times in historical accounts, the actual history of Maltese and its origins remain a mystery. It is believed that they came from the island of Malta. There are also others that claim the breed was named after the Sicilian town of Melita. Then there was the claim that they were of Asian descent from Spitz type dogs.
It wasn't until the 15th century that the Maltese rose in popularity again, sitting on the laps of monarchs all over Europe. Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria were some who have been known to have favored the Maltese. However, by the 17th - 18th century, the breed was almost lost in an effort to make them smaller. The Maltese was saved by mixing with other breeds such as Spaniels and poodles, leading to other variations.
It was the English that developed the Maltese as we know it today. In fact, most Maltese in the US can be traced back to those imported by the English in the 1800s, eventually entering Westminster Kennel Club shows in the 1870s.
Maltese registered with the AKC slowly grew until the 1950s where it finally caught on and gained popularity as we know it today.