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Maltese puppies have no undercoat, and have very little to
no shedding if cared for properly. Tiny teacup maltese
puppies are considered to be hypoallergenic and many
people who are allergic to dogs may not be allergic to the
teacup maltese puppy. Tiny maltese puppies are very
easy to socialize with other dogs, and even cats.
Our teacup maltese are just "Pure Joy".
They are graceful and elegant tiny little dogs with long
silky coats of pure white. They have well conformed
square bodies with small heads, short noses and dark
sparkling eyes. Their puppies average 4 to 4.5 pounds as
adults and will steal your heart!
White w/black points
Weighs 2.5 lbs
Weighs 5 lbs
White w/black points
Characteristics include slightly rounded skulls, with a finger-wide dome and black nose that is two finger-widths long. The body is
compact with the length equaling the height. The drop ears with long hair and very dark eyes, surrounded by darker skin pigmentation
(called a "halo"), gives Maltese their expressive look. Their noses can fade and become pink or light brown in color without exposure to
sunlight. This is often referred to as a "winter nose and many times will become black again with increased exposure to the sun.
The coat is long and silky and lacks an undercoat. The color is pure white; although cream or light lemon ears are permissible, they are
not regarded as desirable. Also, a pale ivory tinge is permitted. In some standards, traces of pale orange shades are tolerated, but
considered an imperfection.
Adult Maltese range from roughly 5 to 12 lbs, though breed standards, as a whole, call for weights between 4 and 7 lb. There are
variations depending on which standard is being used. Many, like the American Kennel Club, call for a weight that is ideally less than 7 lb
with between 4 and 6 lb preferred.
Tiny Toy Maltese are bred to be cuddly companion dogs, and thrive on love and attention. They are extremely lively and playful, and even
as a Maltese ages, his or her energy level and playful demeanor remain fairly constant. Some Teacup Maltese may occasionally be
snappish with smaller children and should be supervised when playing, although socializing them at a young age will reduce this habit.
The Maltese puppy is very active within a house, and, preferring enclosed spaces, does very well with small yards. For this reason, the
breed also fares well in apartments and townhouses, and is a prized pet of urban dwellers. Teacup Maltese also suffer from separation
anxiety, so potential owners should be cognizant of this behavior.
An Australia-wide (not including Tasmania) research project carried out in conjunction with RSPCA found owners likely to dump their
Maltese terriers, citing the tendency of Maltese Puppies to bark constantly.
Tiny Maltese puppies have no undercoat, and have little to no shedding if cared for properly. Like their relatives Poodles and Bichon Frisé,
they are considered to be largely hypoallergenic and many people who are allergic to dogs may not be allergic to the Maltese (See list of
Hypoallergenic dog breeds). Daily cleaning is required to prevent the risk of tear-staining. Regular grooming is also required to prevent
the coats of non-shedding dogs from matting. Many owners will keep their teacup Maltese puppies clipped in a "puppy cut," a 1 - 2" all
over trim that makes the dog resemble a puppy. Some owners, especially those who show Maltese in the sport of conformation, prefer to
wrap the long fur to keep it from matting and breaking off, and then to show the dog with the hair unwrapped combed out to its full length.
Dark staining in the hair around the eyes, "tear staining, can be a problem in this breed, and is mostly a function of how much the
individual dog's eyes water and the size of the tear ducts. Tear stain can be readily removed if a fine-toothed metal comb, moistened with
lukewarm water, is carefully drawn through the snout hair just below the eyes. This maintenance activity must be performed every two or
three days, as a layer of sticky film is quick to redevelop. If the face is kept dry and cleaned daily, the staining can be minimized. Many
veterinarians recommend avoiding foods treated with food coloring, and serving distilled water to reduce tear staining. There are also a
few products on the market, for preventing tear stains.
Tiny toy Maltese puppies are susceptible to "reverse sneezing," which sounds like a honking, snorting, or gagging sound and results
often from over excitement, play, allergies, or upon waking up. It's not life threatening, but owners should take measures to calm their
Maltese down. Some owners cover the dog's nostrils to force it to breathe through its mouth. Always consult a physician if your teacup
Maltese puppies reverse sneezes excessively.
A crossbreed is a dog with two pure bred parents of different breeds. Dogs traditionally were crossed in this manner in hopes of creating
a puppy with desirable qualities from each parent. Crossbreeds are typically larger than the pure breeds. For pet dogs, crosses may be
done to enhance the marketability of puppies, and are often given portmanteau names. Maltese puppies are often deliberately crossed
with Shih Tzus and Poodles to produce small, fluffy lap dogs. Maltese-Poodle crosses are called Maltipoos. Maltese crossed with Pugs
are also seeing an increase in popularity. Maltese with Shih Tzus are called Mal-Shihs, Shihtese, or Mitzus. This results in a dog which is a
small, friendly animal and may have a unique low (or no) shedding coat.
Maltese crosses, like other crossbred dogs, are not eligible for registration by kennel clubs as they are not a breed of dog. Each kennel
club has specific requirements for the registration of new breeds of dog, usually requiring careful record keeping for many generations,
and the development of a breed club. At times, a crossbred dog will result in a new breed, as in the case in the 1950s when a Maltese and
Lhasa Apso were accidentally bred.
|Maltese Breed Info From Wikipedia
White w/black points
Weighs 4.6 lbs