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Beckett the Maltese

Beckett (ID 415482)

Beckett is a male white with cream Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 12, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

Beckett is as sweet as they come. He enjoys playing with his siblings and taking long naps. He can be a little wild at times, but overall he is... [read more]

$1,675.00

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Hudson the Maltese

Hudson (ID 418233)

Hudson is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 14, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

"Hi! My name is Hudson. I am a fun-loving little Maltese puppy. I enjoy playing with all my little toys and running around in the yard chasing my... [read more]

$1,875.00

Doug the Maltese

Doug (ID 416318)

Doug is a male white with cream Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 7, 2015, so he's 12 weeks old now.

"Hello! My name is Doug and I'm looking for my forever home. I will be your best friend. My tails is always wagging and I love to give you lots of... [read more]

$1,950.00

Devon the Maltese

Devon (ID 419848)

Devon is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 2, 2015, so he's 13 weeks old now.

This adorable guy is such a sweet petite little guy but is full of bouncy happiness! He has a short coby body and such a baby doll face. He is... [read more]

$1,950.00

Dinky the Maltese

Dinky (ID 421665)

Dinky is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 15, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

Dinky is a little guy. He has that cute squatty body, that is short to the ground, and is so sought after. He is much smaller than his siblings,... [read more]

$1,950.00

Snuggles the Maltese

Snuggles (ID 415650)

Snuggles is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 16, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

Snuggles is a handsome little AKC registered Maltese. Right now he likes to spend his days flopped over on his back taking long naps, with his... [read more]

$2,050.00

Rick the Maltese

Rick (ID 421781)

Rick is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 9, 2015, so he's 7 weeks old now.

Rick is quite the loving companion. He will make you wonder how you ever got along without him. He will surely make you smile with all his... [read more]

$2,050.00

Randy the Maltese

Randy (ID 421783)

Randy is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 9, 2015, so he's 7 weeks old now.

This is Randy! He loves to play and run around all day. He is a little ball of fire! Randy will be a very loyal companion to his new forever... [read more]

$2,050.00

Ryker the Maltese

Ryker (ID 422125)

Ryker is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on July 4, 2015, so he's 4 weeks old now.

Hi I am Ryker. I am small but will be the biggest protector you could ask for. I would love to join you and your family. So please give me that... [read more]

$2,050.00

Sunny the Maltese

Sunny (ID 422139)

Sunny is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 19, 2015, so he's 10 weeks old now.

“Hi! My name is Sunny. I am super sweet! I’m also super cuddly and my personality is somewhat bubbly. I’m anxiously waiting for my forever... [read more]

$2,050.00

Rhoda the Maltese

Rhoda (ID 422352)

Rhoda is a female white Maltese puppy.

She was born on June 2, 2015, so she's 8 weeks old now.

Looking for a loving pup to call your own? Then look no further, Rhoda is here! Rhoda is the sweetest pup around. Once you gaze into her eyes,... [read more]

$2,050.00

Mike the Maltese

Mike (ID 419238)

Mike is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 19, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

Mike is quite the loving companion. His coat is white and fluffy. He will make you smile with all of his adorable antics. This cute boy promises... [read more]

$2,150.00

Gabriel the Maltese

Gabriel (ID 419242)

Gabriel is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 19, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

“Hey! My name is Gabriel and I'm ready for you to pick me, so that I can brighten up our home! I'm full of life and fun. I can be the best... [read more]

$2,150.00

Rafael the Maltese

Rafael (ID 419245)

Rafael is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 19, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

You have just found “The One!” Meet the most handsome boy ever, Rafael. He is currently waiting for his forever loving family to make him... [read more]

$2,150.00

Sky the Maltese

Sky (ID 421266)

Sky is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on July 4, 2015, so he's 4 weeks old now.

"Hi! My name is Sky and I'm super cute boy! My mom is so sweet and beautiful. My dad is super smart! So that makes me sweet, beautiful, and smart.... [read more]

$2,150.00

Candy the Maltese

Candy (ID 422150)

Candy is a female white Maltese puppy.

She was born on May 15, 2015, so she's 11 weeks old now.

"Hello! My name is Candy, and I'm a super cute and sweet little girl! I'm looking for my forever home. My parents are so smart and loyal family... [read more]

$2,150.00

Jax the Maltese

Jax (ID 406653)

Jax is a male white with cream Maltese puppy.

He was born on March 2, 2015, so he's 22 weeks old now.

Jax is irresistible! He is such a cutie, that loves playing with his littermates. He is just a sweetheart. Jax will come pre-spoiled and up to... [read more]

$2,250.00

Spencer the Maltese

Spencer (ID 406654)

Spencer is a male white with cream Maltese puppy.

He was born on March 2, 2015, so he's 22 weeks old now.

Spencer is a puppy that loves to play! He is active and very quick to learn new things, he is just a joy to be around. He is ready to come home... [read more]

$2,250.00

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Mr. Chuckie the Maltese

Mr. Chuckie (ID 412267)

Mr. Chuckie is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 9, 2015, so he's 12 weeks old now.

Mr. Chuckie is absolutely adorable with his sweet, innocent puppy face and little puppy kisses! He has an incredibly thick and beautiful hair... [read more]

$2,250.00

Mirko the Maltese

Mirko (ID 420174)

Mirko is a male white with cream Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 6, 2015, so he's 12 weeks old now.

Meet Mirko! He's a spunky little dude that knows how to keep you on your feet. He loves anything stuffed and his head tilts whenever he hears a... [read more]

$2,250.00

Bezer the Maltese

Bezer (ID 420891)

Bezer is a male white with cream Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 6, 2015, so he's 12 weeks old now.

Bezer is the perfect, little guy! He has both great looks and a great personality! This little sweetheart will bring tons of love into your home.... [read more]

$2,250.00

Arza the Maltese

Arza (ID 420894)

Arza is a male white with cream Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 6, 2015, so he's 12 weeks old now.

Arza is a combination of gorgeous looks and great personality. He is a very strong boy that can't wait to meet his new family. When you hold him,... [read more]

$2,250.00

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Trixy the Maltese

Trixy (ID 418229)

Trixy is a female white Maltese puppy.

She was born on May 14, 2015, so she's 11 weeks old now.

"Hi! My name is Trixy. I am sweet little Maltese puppy. I like to play around with my sisters and all my little toys. I also like to do silly... [read more]

$2,350.00

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Becca the Maltese

Becca (ID 418232)

Becca is a female white Maltese puppy.

She was born on May 14, 2015, so she's 11 weeks old now.

"Hi, I'm Becca, and I love to play! Everyone always tells me how beautiful I am! I always get really happy and excited when you're ready to play,... [read more]

$2,350.00

Jupiter the Maltese

Jupiter (ID 420896)

Jupiter is a female white Maltese puppy.

She was born on April 22, 2015, so she's 14 weeks old now.

Jupiter is a true Maltese diva girl. She wants to be held and every time we leave she wants to go (that is in style inside her puppy purse). This... [read more]

$2,395.00

Casper the Maltese

Casper (ID 421166)

Casper is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 19, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

Casper is a great companion and loving puppy. He spends most of his time socializing with his brothers, parents and humans. As soon as you walk in... [read more]

$2,395.00

Marcus the Maltese

Marcus (ID 421167)

Marcus is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 19, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

Marcus is a very intelligent companion and loving puppy. He spends most of his time socializing with his brothers, parents and humans. Marcus is... [read more]

$2,395.00

Ronnie the Maltese

Ronnie (ID 421168)

Ronnie is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 19, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

Ronnie is a great companion and a loving puppy. He spends most of his time socializing with his brothers, parents and humans. He is always so... [read more]

$2,395.00

Sam the Maltese

Sam (ID 421170)

Sam is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 19, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

Sam is a very healthy and intelligent puppy. He spends most of his time socializing with his brothers, parents and humans. Sam will be sure to... [read more]

$2,395.00

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Georgie the Maltese

Georgie (ID 416828)

Georgie is a male white with cream Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 25, 2015, so he's 10 weeks old now.

"I'm happy, fun, loving, and gorgeous!" Georgie is a happy little guy that adores attention, gives cute little puppy kisses, and would be your... [read more]

$2,450.00

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Sammy the Maltese

Sammy (ID 416831)

Sammy is a male white with cream Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 25, 2015, so he's 10 weeks old now.

"I'm the guy you've been waiting for!" Sammy is a happy little guy that adores attention, gives wonderful little puppy kisses, and would be your... [read more]

$2,450.00

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Romeo the Maltese

Romeo (ID 416834)

Romeo is a male white with cream Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 25, 2015, so he's 10 weeks old now.

Oh Romeo, Romeo! Your Romeo is just waiting for you! He is a happy little guy that adores attention, gives wonderful little puppy kisses, and... [read more]

$2,450.00

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Baron the Maltese

Baron (ID 416838)

Baron is a male white with cream Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 25, 2015, so he's 10 weeks old now.

Royalty awaits! Baron is a regal little gentleman. He is a happy little guy that adores attention, will be a show stopper, gives wonderful little... [read more]

$2,450.00

Tim the Maltese

Tim (ID 416816)

Tim is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on April 20, 2015, so he's 15 weeks old now.

You have just found “The One!” Meet the most handsome boy ever, Tim. He has such an amazing personality! He is a bundle of joy and such a show... [read more]

$2,495.00

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Reece the Maltese

Reece (ID 417490)

Reece is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on April 21, 2015, so he's 14 weeks old now.

“my name is Reece and I believe in love. I believe in sharing smiles, hello hugs, and goodnight kisses. I believe in playing fair, taking turns,... [read more]

$2,495.00

Cooper the Maltese

Cooper (ID 420656)

Cooper is a male white with cream Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 14, 2015, so he's 7 weeks old now.

"Hi everyone! My name is Cooper, and I'm a registered Maltese. My mom says that I should be called Love Bug, because that is what I do. I love... [read more]

$2,495.00

Oscar the Maltese

Oscar (ID 421429)

Oscar is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 4, 2015, so he's 13 weeks old now.

Oscar is a handsome Maltese baby. His gorgeous coat of soft hair that really sets off his teddy bear face and beautiful bold black eyes. Oscar is... [read more]

$2,495.00

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Betsy the Maltese

Betsy (ID 416588)

Betsy is a female white with cream Maltese puppy.

She was born on May 25, 2015, so she's 10 weeks old now.

Meet Betsy. She is already a charmer with quick little puppy kisses, inquisitive nature, gorgeous hair coat, and beautiful round eyes and black... [read more]

$2,595.00

Presley the Maltese

Presley (ID 420097)

Presley is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 4, 2015, so he's 13 weeks old now.

This handsome little man is Presley! He is a beautiful Maltese puppy with cute short legs and the perfect sought after teddy bear face that... [read more]

$2,595.00

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Mr. Humpty Dumpty the Maltese

Mr. Humpty Dumpty (ID 420460)

Mr. Humpty Dumpty is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 20, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

Mr. Humpty Dumpty is absolutely adorable with his sweet, innocent puppy face and little puppy kisses! He has an incredibly thick and beautiful... [read more]

$2,595.00

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Mr. Booger the Maltese

Mr. Booger (ID 420461)

Mr. Booger is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 20, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

Meet Mr. Booger! He is as handsome and loving as they come. This little pup is always up for anything. He loves to play with toys. He is such a... [read more]

$2,595.00

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Reed the Maltese

Reed (ID 417489)

Reed is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on April 21, 2015, so he's 14 weeks old now.

Meet our shining star, Reed! He is a natural born leader. He is such a proud puppy, always walking with his head held high. Reed is definitely the... [read more]

$2,675.00

Lollipop the Maltese

Lollipop (ID 414158)

Lollipop is a female white Maltese puppy.

She was born on March 24, 2015, so she's 18 weeks old now.

Meet Lollipop! What a sweet little snuggle bug she is! She was born in my home from family pets, so she has been doted on everyday. Her... [read more]

$2,725.00

Darlee the Maltese

Darlee (ID 416251)

Darlee is a female white Maltese puppy.

She was born on April 17, 2015, so she's 15 weeks old now.

Darlee is an adorable little Maltese. She will make a precious new addition to your family! She is that great companion that everyone wants.... [read more]

$2,775.00

Scooter the Maltese

Scooter (ID 419056)

Scooter is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 8, 2015, so he's 8 weeks old now.

Scooter is small and full of energy. He is so loving and always ready with lots of puppy kisses for everyone. Scooter loves to cuddle with his... [read more]

$2,775.00

Nero the Maltese

Nero (ID 419062)

Nero is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 8, 2015, so he's 8 weeks old now.

He's patiently waiting to show you how special he is and ready to become a super addition to your family. Nero loves to run and play with everyone... [read more]

$2,775.00

Cricket the Maltese

Cricket (ID 418533)

Cricket is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on April 25, 2015, so he's 14 weeks old now.

Little Cricket is as cute as a bug! He has a lush, wavy coat and a sweet little teddy bear face. Cricket loves to play all day! He will entertain... [read more]

$2,875.00

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Kiwi the Maltese

Kiwi (ID 421669)

Kiwi is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 24, 2015, so he's 5 weeks old now.

Kiwi is a great quality Maltese male puppy with a sweet, loving temperament. He is already showing great energy at play. His coat is developing... [read more]

$2,875.00

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Remi the Maltese

Remi (ID 417491)

Remi is a female white Maltese puppy.

She was born on April 21, 2015, so she's 14 weeks old now.

“Hi! My name is Remi! I am looking for my forever family. I am looking for someone who enjoys the little things in life like cuddling on the... [read more]

$2,975.00

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Button the Maltese

Button (ID 419012)

Button is a female white Maltese puppy.

She was born on June 8, 2015, so she's 8 weeks old now.

Button is full of fun and love. This sweetie will quickly become part of the family and let you know she loves you unconditionally. She is a... [read more]

$2,975.00

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Bows the Maltese

Bows (ID 419035)

Bows is a female white with cream Maltese puppy.

She was born on June 8, 2015, so she's 8 weeks old now.

Bows is a beautiful little girl. She is perfect in every way, looks and personality. She has more puppy kisses than there is enough waking time to... [read more]

$2,975.00

Blanca the Maltese

Blanca (ID 421163)

Blanca is a female white Maltese puppy.

She was born on June 19, 2015, so she's 6 weeks old now.

Blanca is a very playful puppy from a litter of five. She loves to play with her four brothers and is well socialized with dogs and other humans.... [read more]

$2,975.00

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Lolitta the Maltese

Lolitta (ID 421664)

Lolitta is a female white Maltese puppy.

She was born on June 24, 2015, so she's 5 weeks old now.

This beautiful puppy's name is Lolitta. She is a petite Maltese. She is unique in that at such a young age she already makes eye contact and wags... [read more]

$2,975.00

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Dandee the Maltese

Dandee (ID 422404)

Dandee is a female white Maltese puppy.

She was born on June 24, 2015, so she's 5 weeks old now.

Dandee is a petite Maltese puppy. She had her nose to tail physical exam and was found to be in perfect health. Dandee has an outstanding... [read more]

$2,975.00

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Mr. Hunter the Maltese

Mr. Hunter (ID 420270)

Mr. Hunter is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on June 5, 2015, so he's 8 weeks old now.

This is Mr. Hunter! He is absolutely adorable, with his sweet, innocent puppy face and little puppy kisses! He has an incredibly thick and... [read more]

$3,025.00

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Jonah the Maltese

Jonah (ID 418650)

Jonah is a male white Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 21, 2015, so he's 10 weeks old now.

Jonah is a little boy who will be a popular addition to your home. He has a face that melts your heart. He has big, black puppy eyes and a cute... [read more]

$3,075.00

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Lovely Lulu the Maltese

Lovely Lulu (ID 421695)

Lovely Lulu is a female white with cream Maltese puppy.

She was born on June 14, 2015, so she's 7 weeks old now.

Lovely Lulu is such a precious puppy. She is playful and sweet. She loves to lick our fingers and cuddle in the pocket of our arm. Lovely Lu Lu is... [read more]

$3,195.00

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Twinkle the Maltese

Twinkle (ID 421699)

Twinkle is a female white with cream Maltese puppy.

She was born on June 14, 2015, so she's 7 weeks old now.

Twinkle is a fun-loving and beautiful puppy. She has lots of time spent with kids and especially loves our ten month old baby. They share... [read more]

$3,195.00

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Gucci (Nellie's Baby Boy!) the Maltese

Unavailable - Found a new home!Gucci (Nellie's Baby Boy!) (ID 415999)

Gucci is a male white with cream Maltese puppy.

He was born on April 20, 2015, so he's 15 weeks old now.

Gucci is truly a designer. He is full of life, and ready to celebrate with your family. He has begun potty pad training and is doing very well! He... [read more]

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Lonnie (Found My New Forever Home! :) the Maltese

Unavailable - Found a new home!Lonnie (Found My New Forever Home! :) (ID 417866)

Lonnie is a male white with cream Maltese puppy.

He was born on May 18, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

“Hello, my name is Lonnie. I am a loving, young pup looking for a loving family and home to call my own. I have been vet checked from head to... [read more]

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Welcome

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.


Find Maltese Puppies for Sale

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.


Breed Summary

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.


Perfect Matched Breed

Choosing matched Maltese puppies is crucial in having a fruitful and happy life with your pup. We offer an effective, worry-free and convenient Maltese adoption process to give you the best experience on your first step in puppy ownership. We work closely with our network of Purebred Maltese breeders to help you find a puppy that is a perfect match for you and your family. We guarantee that all of our puppies get the best care and attention so that you receive a healthy and happy puppy. To learn more about our process, take a look at our Happy Puppy Placement section.


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.

Appearance

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.


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