Breed & Care Information
The Maltese is an affectionate breed with a gentle manner. They are known to be happy, lively and playful. The Maltese is easy to spoil! They love cuddling and enjoys being a lap dog, spending several hours in their owners lap.
The Maltese comes in Tiny Teacup sizes and Toy sizes ranging from 2 lbs to 8 lbs full grown. The smaller the dog the more fragile they can be. Consider a size that works well with your family.
Coat & Color Options
The Maltese is defined by their pure white, silky soft coat. The Maltese is only available in white. Their “drop coat” hair grows long and straight and drops on either side of their back. The Maltese is a hypoallergenic and non-shedding breed that will not leave fur on your clothes or furniture! If you are allergic to dogs, it is unlikely you will be allergic to the Maltese.
The Maltese requires regular grooming and bathing. Sticking to a regular grooming schedule will help make their needs more manageable. Brush your pets hair every 1-3 days to help fight tangles and mats. As their hair continues to grow a full body groom is needed every 3 to 4 weeks. The shorter the haircut, the longer it will last in-between grooms. Ask for a “Puppy Cut” to keep their hair short and manageable, but not shaved too short.
The Maltese has human-like hair and gentle skin that should be washed with a gentle shampoo. TropiClean Shampoo is a gentle shampoo that uses coconut oil and water to cleanse their coat and skin. The TropiClean Whitening Shampoo uses awapuhi and blueberry help to naturally enhance the Maltese bright white coat. The Maltese coat can be bathed every week to keep it bright and clean. Tropiclean Facial Cleanser is tearless cleanser that can be used to fight tear stains around Maltese eyes.
The Maltese is known to be a very healthy breed and does not normally pass genetic health problems down to new puppies. However, most small breeds do face health concerns related to their size.
One health condition to be aware of is Luxating Patella, or dislocating kneecap. Most puppies grow out of this, but a veterinarian can help monitor the condition as the puppy ages. A Luxating Patella may cause arthritis as they age in which surgery may be recommended.
Hypoglycemia is also common in small breed dogs. Hypoglycemia is caused by low-blood sugar and is usually the result of a lack in diet. Hypoglycemia is easily preventable by monitoring their feeding schedule. Small puppies should eat every 4 hours to prevent low-blood sugar. A high calorie supplement such as Nutri-Cal is recommended in tiny puppies. Mix Nutrical in your puppies water bowl to maintain strong blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Diet & Nutrition
It is recommended to monitor your Maltese eating habits, especially during puppy stages. Offer your puppy food every 3 to 4 hours to help prevent low blood sugar. They should be eating roughly ¼ cup to ½ cup of dog food per day based on activity level.
A high-quality, small-bite dry dog food is recommended to maintain their shiny coat, to protect their bones, to keep their teeth clean, to be gentle on their digestive system, and to overall keep them healthy. We recommend Royal Canin dry dog food. A nutritional supplement, such as Nutrical, may also be needed in teacup sized puppies to prevent Hypoglycemia.