Welcome to our guide to the Maltese.
The DogExperts.info website aims to ask questions to breeders, vets and experienced owners to get the answers to your most frequently asked questions about the Maltese breed of dog.
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If you can answer any of the questions below, then please add your comments to the box at the bottom of the page or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to feature your dog and publish any photos or pictures of your Maltese you would like to email us.
Are you looking to buy a Maltese – then see our list of Maltese breeders.
Why Choose a Maltese?
What type of owners buy a Maltese?
What in your opinion are the best things about the Maltese breed?
Vonnie Huber of Simply Sweet Puppies says: “I really like dogs. With only having had Maltese for less then a yr, I don’t have much experience but I do love their personality, I think they are calmer and less intense then some breeds.”
Why do you think the Maltese is special?
What are your favourite things about the Maltese?
Are you glad you choose to buy a Maltese and not another breed?
How would you describe the Maltese temperament?
What advice might you give to people thinking about whether they should buy a Maltese over other breeds?
History & Origins
What are the history and origins of the Maltese?
About The Breed
What colors of Maltese are most popular?
What does the Maltese look like?
What are the pros/cons of the Maltese breed?
What can a new owner expect in terms of differences between the Maltese and other breeds?
Do they attract a lot of interest and curiosity from the public?
What type of typical personality does the Maltese have?
Is it possible to describe a fairly typical Maltese?
What is the breed standard/description for the Maltese?
Were there particular colors people preferred and that maybe you focused on?
Are there any downsides to owning a Maltese that prospective owners should be aware of?
Is the Maltese breed of dog suitable for first-time dog owners?
Some breeds can be described as greedy and prone to weight issues, would this apply to the Maltese?
What are the key differences when compared to other breeds?
Is the Maltese a breed suitable for a person or family that are out at work all day?
Some owners seek a breed suitable for barking and offering a guard dog role – how does the Maltese match up to that role?
Are there myths about the Maltese – in other words do new potential owners come to you with misconceptions about this breed?
We asked a number of breeders in the UK and America what essential advice they would give to new owners of Maltese puppies and this is what they said:
What types of questions do you get once owners get their Maltese home?
Can you tell us something most owners would not know – tips, secrets etc from your years of experience?
What is the typical temperament of a Maltese, so people know what to expect from their new pet?
When fully grown how much on average does a Maltese weigh?
When the Maltese is full grown in size what is the maximum height and length expected to be?
Is the Maltese ever crossed or mixed with other breeds of dog?
Does the Maltese smell or drool a lot?
Do you have a Maltese growth chart?
What breed group does the Maltese come under?
What type of coat do they have?
Can they swim?
What does the movement of the tail show, does it mean they are trying to ‘talk to us’ or give us some message?
Are there some types of people that you can suggest the Maltese is not suitable for, perhaps families?
How is the Maltese with children?
Do you think the Maltese is suitable for families with young children?
How does the Maltese get along with other (existing) pets and do you have any tips or advice for new Maltese owners in terms of successful integration?
Is it better to buy one Maltese or two?
Should prospective new owners be aware of any differences between males and females?
Would the Maltese be suitable as a guard dog?
Can I leave my Maltese during the day while I go to work?
What is the expected average lifespan of the Maltese?
In terms of life expectancy, how long on average would the Maltese breed live to?
Food & Diet
Do you have any special feeding routines or diet?
Do you have any feeding advice or brands that you prefer?
How to handle the Maltese puppy to start off – how much food, what type, how often?
What feeding routines and types of food/supplements do you recommend?
What to buy in terms of equipment? Bowls etc
Do owners need to consider supplements for their Maltese?
How about for older dogs?
Buying – How Much Do They Cost?
How much did your Maltese cost to buy?
Can you offer advice to people looking to buy a Maltese and how much should they spend?
What advice would you offer new Maltese owners?
What types of people are buying the Maltese and why?
Where can I buy Maltese rescue dogs or find a Maltese for adoption? Please note that buying or searching for a ‘cheap’ Maltese can be false economy as they may have health issues that cost you far more in the long-term – always buy from a good and responsible breeder!
How much do Maltese puppies for sale cost on average?
Do I need public liability insurance or a license?
How would you describe the Maltese puppy to potential new owners?
What types of owners are best suited to owning a Maltese?
What colors and sizes are most popular?
Are there things new owners do that perhaps frustrate you?
What can people expect when they become a new owner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Maltese?
As a Maltese breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
Are there specific times of the year that you breed?
Choosing a puppy from a litter, what advice could you offer potential new owners in terms of selecting ‘the one’?
How long does it take to housetrain/potty train a Maltese?
When can you take them out in public and how do you handle them around other dogs?
Will they run off – when is it safe to let them off the lead?
We invite you to email us your Maltese’s pictures, in particular we are looking for photos showing Maltese puppies at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 weeks old as well as early pictures such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 months old to a year old.
Do they have any nicknames or does the Maltese have popular names?
If my Maltese is pregnant what might the litter size be?
Could the Maltese be dangerous around young children?
How do you deal with a problem barker – any tips and advice to new owners?
How do you prevent a Maltese biting?
How do you prevent a Maltese chewing?
How do you stop a Maltese jumping up?
Does the Maltese have an issue with excessive digging?
Why does my Maltese keep growling and barking?
Is there a reason my Maltese dog is often scratching excessively?
Do they suffer from separation anxiety and how can I prevent this?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what can you say about the Maltese and their exercise needs and do you have any tips or advice for new Maltese owners?
As a breeder of the Maltese , do you prefer a collar or harness?
As an expert of the Maltese breed do you prefer a standard leash or retractable?
Can you offer any dog walking tips for Maltese owners?
Playtime & Tricks
What games and toys can you recommend for the Maltese?
Are there toys you suggest avoiding?
How intelligent is the Maltese compared to other dog breeds?
How much can they understand?
Do you have any special grooming routines or tips and advice for new Maltese owners?
How much time is involved?
What accessories are required to be purchased for grooming a Maltese?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning maintenance of nails?
How much do Maltese shed and how do I maintain their hair and how often?
How can I prevent or cure ear infections?
Do you have any tips for eye care?
Is the Maltese a hypoallergenic breed?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning cleaning and bathing your Maltese?
Can you offer new Maltese owners advice concerning fleas and maybe products you use in treatment and prevention?
What advice and tips could you offer to owners who might wish to follow your path in showing the Maltese?
What started your interest in showing the Maltese?
If a new owner perhaps wanted to meet other owners or find out more – perhaps they have an interest in joining a local club or maybe they wonder how they can start showing their Maltese – where would they begin?
Can you offer any advice to others who may be wondering if they can also start showing?
How would an owner know they have a show-quality Maltese and how would they start off?
Can you give away any of your secrets?!
Is showing very expensive and why do you think people like to do it?
What do judges look for in a winner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with Malteses?
What official organisations are there for the new Maltese owner and what benefits or services do they provide?
In buying a Maltese, can you offer advice and tips to new owners?
How did you go from being an owner to getting into breeding?
Do you think the breed’s popularity has increased, decreased or remains the same?
How did you progress to becoming a breeder and why focus on breeding the Maltese out of all the breeds you could have chosen?
What do you think makes the Maltese special to you?
Are there things that you see owners doing that frustrate you?
As a breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what is it like to train a Maltese and do you have any tips or advice for new Maltese owners?
How should new owners approach bringing a new Maltese home, any advice and tips you can give?
Should I allow my Maltese to sleep in my bed or elsewhere in the house?
Do you recommend crate training and how long does this take?
Should my Maltese sleep in a kennel or crate?
Health is always a major concern when buying a dog, do you have any advice for new Maltese owners to be aware of in particular?
Are there any health-related tips you can give to owners?
What sort of health issues should owners be on the lookout for?
What is the recommended schedule for vaccinations for your Maltese?
Can you offer any advice on how to treat and prevent worms?
What type of health issues can a Maltese have and how do you deal with preventing these?
Why does my Maltese have diarrhea?
Do they suffer from itchy and sensitive skin and if so why?
Why is my Maltese vomiting and do I go to the vets?
When should I take my Maltese for vaccinations and which ones do they need and how often?
How often will my Maltese be in heat?
Should I consider getting my Maltese spayed or neutered and when and how much does this cost and what are the benefits?
My Maltese is limping, what should I do and should I go to a veterinarian surgeon?
Do they suffer from allergies?
Why is my Maltese not eating?
How much does it cost to insure my Maltese?
What healthcare issues or diseases might be excluded from companies that provide Maltese dog health insurance?
What age would you class as an ‘older or senior’ Maltese?
Do you notice any changes in their behaviour?
What changes in food and diet would you suggest making for an older Maltese?
Do you feed any supplements to an older Maltese – or anything else which helps them as they age?
Are there any health issues particular to a senior Maltese dog?
Do you have any advice for owners of an older/senior Maltese or tips you can pass on?
Here is an interesting video on the Maltese breed.