TEACUP-TOY MALTESE PUPPIES
Also called Melitae Dog, Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta, Roman Ladies Dog, The Comforter, Spaniel Gentle, Bichon, Maltese Lion Dog, and Maltese Terrier, the Maltese are thought to have originated in Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. They were loved by Greeks and Egyptians and were depicted in art and used to comfort the sick. The Maltese remained a favorite companion throughout history and was one of the earliest lap dogs. They are playful, affectionate, and trusting. They get along great with older children and pets, but they can become intimidated and cranky toward younger children. Early socialization can ensure they grow to be pleasant, gentle, and well-mannered.
These are loving dogs who are very devoted to their people. They are playful and perfectly comfortable being the center of attention. The best part is, you’re sure to be entertained by their adorable antics.
Because Maltese are intelligent and eager to please, they are extremely easy to train. Start training and socialization early, and use gentle but firm guidance. They’ll catch on fast and want to show off their new tricks.
The Maltese is a fun-loving, sprightly breed. With adequate exposure to different people and situations and consistent training, your Maltese will be a fun companion with endless love to give.
They have pure white fur that is typically straight with a silky and soft texture. Their fur can grow to be quite long if properly brushed and left untrimmed, but most Maltese parents keep their hair trimmed for a lower-maintenance look. Because they don’t have an undercoat, they are considered hypoallergenic and can be a great choice for those with allergies.
When the Maltese is shown, it is reminiscent of a graceful little cloud that floats across the floor with a gentle, light step and long fur that touches the ground.
They are very small, only about 10 inches tall and usually weighing from 4 to 8 pounds.
We recommend 60 minutes of activity per day and about 6 miles of walking per week.
The Maltese was named by the Romans after the island of Malta, where it is indigenous. An ancient mix of Bichon and Spaniel, it has been called many names through the years including the Comforter, the Roman Ladies Dog, the Spaniel Gentle, and the Maltese Lion Dog. They are affectionate and gentle, and often fearless. Maltese dogs were used to comfort the sick because they were believed to possess healing powers. The European aristocracy loved the breed, and it was often the subject of literature and art. The breed arrived in the United States in the 1700s and have become more popular as companion dogs.
Major health concerns to be aware of:
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Minor health concerns to be aware of:
- Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
- Dental Disease
- Portosystemic Shunt
- Shaker Dog Syndrome
The luscious white coat of the Maltese is lovely — and it is absolutely high maintenance. Your Maltese needs daily brushing to keep it free of tangles and uncomfortable mats. To be most effective, use a pin brush and a stainless steel comb. When brushing, using a gentle conditioner diluted with water can ease the process and make it pain-free for your pooch. It will also protect the fur from breakage and keep it static-free for better hair placement. This breed also needs frequent baths. Be sure to comb the fur out thoroughly and eliminate tangles before bathing. A whitening shampoo can brighten their coat, and using a conditioner can help tame their long hair. Dry gently with a towel and follow up by blow-drying the coat completely. The blow-out makes a more attractive coat. Check and clean the ears regularly, trim the nails as necessary, and brush your pup’s teeth at least a couple of times a week.