Why buy from Dream Maltese?

What is a Maltese’s personality?

The Maltese is a warm hearted, kind spirted and loyal breed, and a dog you are sure to create a lifetime companionship with. They are very intelligent, sensitive and responsive; a Maltese will adore and protect its owner due to its extremely loveable nature.

What is a Maltese like to live with?

Maltese are one of several long-coated dogs with pure white hair. However, they do not shed their coats seasonally as shorter-haired dogs do but shed periodically instead. Because of your Maltese’s fluffy long hair, they are of higher maintenance than a shorter-haired dog. This means they need to be groomed regularly to maintain their beautiful and angelic looks.

Your Maltese appreciates your time and attention and does not do well being left at home alone for long periods of time. You should try not to leave your Maltese alone for longer than 4 hours at time. If you regularly leave your Maltese alone for long lengths of time they can become lonely and stressed and may develop behavioural issues.

Pure Maltese dogs are playful, sweet-tempered and easy-going, making them the perfect family addition in any home. They possess the spirt of a large dog in a much smaller body, you can always count on your Maltese to put a warm smile on your face.

Are they easy to housebreak?

Maltese dogs are an intelligent, eager-to-please breed, so housebreaking them can be easy if done correctly. You can begin housebreaking your Maltese puppy at 12 weeks, which is when they have full control over their bladder. The most popular method of housebreaking is the crate tool, which can be extremely useful as most dogs do not like to relieve themselves where they sleep. This will teach your puppy that there is a designated location to relieve themselves, and they must return there whenever they need to go.

Another popular method is paper training, this involves choosing a small area and laying down training pads for your puppy to relieve themselves. With this method it is important that you are more vigilant as your Maltese is likely to go in other places. When your small Maltese relieves themselves in the correct spot, be sure to give them a small treat and lots of praise! This will stimulate them and encourage learning.

The time it takes to housebreak a Maltese puppy depends on the owner and their consistency with training. It is important to have a feeding schedule that ensures your Maltese is being fed at the same time every day which makes it easier to predict when they are due to relieve themselves. Until your puppy is fully trained, they will need your constant supervision!

Are they Good with children?

Due to their lively and loveable nature, the adorable Maltese is perfect for children. They will run around and play all day if they can! However, supervision is advised especially with young children and puppies. Because of their beautiful pure white hair, children often get over excited and mistake them for a small fluffy toy which can encourage them to play more roughly than they should. This is why supervision is suggested, as the Maltese is a very delicate and fragile breed, so over-handling may cause injury to them.

Are they good with other dogs?

The Maltese is generally good with other animals including dogs and cats, however, this can depend on the temperament and size of the other dog. Although the Maltese is fearless in character, they are small in body, so you should be weary of larger dogs and always supervise during contact.

How Long do Maltese live?

With the correct veterinary attention, regular check-ups, sufficient exercise and a healthy diet, your pure Maltese can live between 12 and 15 years. So, there is plenty of time to enjoy a happy and loving life with your adorable puppy.

How Big do Maltese grow?

The Maltese breed comes under the ‘toy-breed’ category, so they will always be smaller compared to most dogs, although their height and weight may vary depending on whether you have a male of female Maltese. Female Maltese usually grow to an average 8-10 inches with male Maltese expected to grow to 9-10 inches as adults.

Are Maltese’s known to have diseases?

In the case of the pure and elegant Maltese, they are free from genetic and congenital medical problems, which is one of the reasons they can live well into their teens.

Are Maltese’s okay to travel with?

The perks of having a tiny Maltese is that you can easily travel with them, unlike their larger companions. If you are travelling by car, the best way to protect your adorable Maltese is to either place them in a crate or invest in a canine car seat. Due to their small nature, even slow-moving accidents can be fatal for your precious Maltese. If you plan on travelling for a long time (over an hour), be sure to pack some treats, water and some toys to keep your fluffy Maltese occupied!

If you are planning on travelling by plane, it is best advised to plan ahead. Before anything, it is crucial to check with the airline if pets are allowed onboard or do they have to be placed in the baggage cabin. If you are lucky enough to be allowed onboard with your small Maltese, be sure to invest in a carry bag that fits neatly under the seat in front of you, if not you may be told to pay to place the bag in the cabin or be told to disembark. It is also important to obtain a health certificate for your Maltese, so you can prove they are 100% healthy and all their vaccinations are up to date.

How much does a Maltese eat?

The amount of food your Maltese needs a day depends on their current stage of growth. For new born puppies from 8-12 weeks old free-feeding is recommended, which involves leaving food out at all time for the young puppy. This is only advised during the first month as their blood-sugar levels can drop quite rapidly. For puppies from 12 weeks to 9 months, there should be a regular feeding schedule of three times a day. As a small dog, your loveable Maltese will need to eat more often than the larger dogs. Adult Maltese can maintain a three time a day feeding schedule, or you can transition them to two if you prefer.

It is recommended to feed your Maltese dry kibble, as this improves the structure of their teeth. You can wet the kibble for a tiny puppy Maltese to soften it and make it easier to chew. Maltese dogs can eat wet food, however, regular feeding of this can upset their bowels. If there is a case where your fluffy Maltese refuses to eat the dry kibble, try mixing it with a small amount of wet food for encouragement.

When it comes to buying your precious Maltese its food, it is important that you consider a brand that will be of benefit to your dog’s health. Most well-known supermarket brands have added elements such as fillers, artificial additives and even processed meat sources that can have a negative impact on your pure Maltese’s health and body. For this reason, it is advised that you choose a food supply that will encourage the growth and development of your loveable dog. Premium dog food will include wholesome ingredients without any fillers or additives and will use real meat sources.