With their soft and glossy white fur, small size, and gentle, loving nature, Maltese dogs have made great companions to humans for over 2,000 years. Another breed completely unaware of their small size, the Maltese is gentle and fearless, and will greet everyone (giant barking dogs alike) as their friend. Maltese dogs are ‘companion dogs’ by their nature; they love to be cuddled and loved and to stay close to their owners. It is this quality combined with their cute-as-a-button appearance that makes the Maltese dog so popular.
Puppy-lovers are onto a good thing with Maltese puppies, which retain the attitude and look of a puppy way into their adult lives. Small and playful, Maltese puppies are never happier than when being shown some love and affection by their owners. This breed is designed to love and be loved, and because of this Maltese do not do well when left alone or given little attention. These dogs are well-suited to an owner who loves nothing more than to cuddle up on the sofa. You should not be fooled however, into thinking they do not require any exercise. Being light and fluffy, it is often tempting to carry the Maltese everywhere, but this should be avoided. In reality Maltese puppies and dogs need a decent daily amount of exercise and training, and in fact excel at learning tricks. Because of their long white fur, the Maltese is a high-maintenance dog which requires regular brushing and trips to the grooming parlour for cuts.
Maltese are very people-orientated; they love nothing more than to spend time with their families. Though they make for good lapdogs, Maltese are also incredibly lively, and as such benefit from lots of regular play and exercise. Maltese puppies thrive on attention from their owners and the ability to please them, making them perfect to teach tricks to. If rewards in the form of lots of cuddles and love, and of course the odd treat here and there, are emphasized, Maltese puppies will be eager and fast to learn anything you wish to teach them. Due to their adorable looks and people-friendly nature, Maltese puppies can also make great show dogs. If you’re looking for a Maltese puppy specifically to put into shows, speak to Teacups.co.uk, who can match you with a puppy who demonstrates show potential.
Caring for your Maltese
Maltese are primarily house dogs, and don’t tolerate either extreme hot or cold weather very well. They still appreciate a regular walk, weather permitting, but can be kept adequately active indoors. Puppies shouldn’t be taken for long walks outside until they are at least six months old, as their bones are still developing up until this point. Maltese are generally healthy, but like all breeds can be born with or acquire certain health conditions. Buying your Maltese puppy from a responsible breeder will greatly reduce your chances of getting a puppy with health problems.
To maintain your Maltese’s beautiful white fur, you should brush him regularly, and take him to the grooming parlour for cuts to prevent his fur becoming an unmanageable length. Another common grooming issue with Maltese dogs is tear stains below the eyes. You should expect tear stains to begin with Maltese puppies when they are between four and five months old. To prevent tear staining you should gently clean his eyes once a day with warm water.
Training your Maltese
A Maltese puppy is a highly intelligent animal. They have the ability to learn new behaviours quickly and with plenty of enthusiasm. Maltese puppies should be trained with a sensitive but consistent hand in order to mature into a polite and well-trained dog. You must set a schedule, stay consistent and train with sensitivity and compassion. The Maltese is a sensitive breed that does not respond well to yelling or other harsh training tactics. Accidents and bad behaviour have more to do with bad training than a bad dog, so train the dog well and you will have a well-behaved companion.
Buy a Maltese For Sale
Maltese puppies are incredibly popular, and as such they are high in value and there is an abundance of breeders to buy from. It is important, however, to ensure that you get your pup from a trusted breeder like Teacups.co.uk. As with any highly-popular breed, there are many irresponsible breeders out there more concerned about making money than about matching their puppies to the right home. Buying from a good breeder will ensure that your Maltese puppy is healthy and happy, and therefore will benefit you greatly in the long run.
Ideally puppies should be kept with their mothers (and therefore the breeders) until they are between eight and ten weeks of age. If a breeder tries to sell you a puppy that is much younger than this, this should raise a red flag. Puppies that are taken away from their mothers too early have a much higher chance of developing health problems. For assurances look for a breeder who is a member of the Kennel Club and has agreed to abide by the club code of ethics. Use your instinct when meeting a breeder, if you get the feeling that they aren’t knowledgeable enough about the breed or seem overly interested in the monetary side of things, it may be best to find a another breeder.