I'm sorry, I don't either. But I know several members that have a Maltese. I think there may be a few that have Poms too. Congrats on your new puppy! You can post a pic on www.dogster.com to share. Would love to see pics when you get her :)
lorieb, I have a Maltese/pom mix. He is the best dog in the world Ha Ha!!!! Seriously. here are some pics of him. http://www.dogster.com/?56140 I have seen several pics of this mix. They all look different. What would you like to know?
Toby is so cute. My puppy is more maltese as well. Time will tell what the actual coloration is. I dont really care.
In terms of knowledge, are they a good mix for children. I have two kids; Andrew age 11 almost 12. He has mild Aspergers Syndrome ( a mild form of autism). He is affected socially. I have explained to the doctors that most pre teens have social problems. Andrew loves dogs and I thought the unconditional love oppertunities with a dog would aid him in fostering some socilization as well as the routine needs of a puppy could help Andrew keep his routine. My daughter Ashley has a bone marrow disorder and is seen often at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Right now we dont have a name or treatment, but God is taking good care of her. She loves pets/dogs/cats etc. Andrew is allergic to cats but both love dogs. She wants a puppy to love and that will love her back.
I was needing to know the basics; grooming, bathing, feeding, dental care, basic obedience training, house training; in general all of it. We are going to be new dog owners and I want to do the best job by my little guy.
Thanks for the reply and the picture of Toby is sooo cute. But i havent seen an ugly dog yet.
Lorieb, Thanks for the compliments on Toby. =0) Toby is very small. Only about 4-5lbs. fully grown. The only downfall of this with children is they can be accidentally hurt very easily. Is your son gentle? He is probably old enough. They are not too good with young children. How old is your daughter? They can be accidentally dropped very easily by young kids. And they are also very easy to step on. You have to be careful with these little guys. They also should NEVER be left outside alone. They are too small and can be taken by a hawk, eagle, owl or other critters. BUT....as far as unconditional love!!!! I can't say enough positive things about this. Toby is the sweetest, loving, kissy, licky, in your lap and face dog ever. He is just full of love to give. He hasn't met a human that he doesn't like. He is friendly to everyone. He is always happy and perky. It doesn't cost much to feed him because he is so small and he doesn't eat big quantities. Grooming him is another story. He should be brushed or combed daily. I am guilty of not always getting this done. His hair matts very easily and if I don't brush him daily it gets bad. I take him to a professional groomer about every 5 weeks. This costs about $40.00. Small dogs are prone to dental problems. Toby's baby K9 fangs did not fall out when his adult ones came in so he now has double fangs, which need to be removed. This is important because of the potential for more gum and tooth disease. He will have to be put under to do this. It is going to be about $150.00. Not cheap to remove 2 teeth. I also brush his teeth. That is important but not very easy to do. His overall health so far (he is just over 1 year old) has been pretty good. He has had to have his anal glands expressed a few times, and he either has reversed sneezing episodes or a collapsing trachia(vet has not determined which one) as of yet. The reveresed sneezing is very common and no big deal. The trachia thing could be a problem eventually. I understand that the trachia problem is notorious in the small breeds. I crate trained him. He potty trained fairly easy. He goes potty outside. He very rarely has an accident inside. I have a fenced in yard. Some people with these little dogs, paper train or litter box train them. He learned tricks and commands fairly easy too. I am guilty of not working with him more on this though. I am so happy with my choice in him. I want another one, just like him. I have a 16 year old son who just adores Toby too. All of my son's friends also love Toby. It is so funny to see all these big teenage boys playing with this little white fluffy dog. I think you will be very happy with your choice. Sorry so long. I got carried away. Anything else you want to know? P.S. Did I mention that I love him very, very much? As if you couldn't tell. LOL!
***Edited By: wendy3249 on 3/25/2005 1:59:07 PM*** Reason: added something
Andrew is almost 12 and loves dogs. He is gentle and will not hurt a living thing. His form of autism is very mild. He is actually in the gifted intelligence range. He has more issues with socialization. He is not the typical autistic child.
My daughter, Ashley, will be 10 in May. Harming the puppy by rough handling should not be a real issue.
Grooming and the price should not be an issue and I will enter it into my monthly budget. I was expecting everyday grooming and so forth. I have read about brushing their teeth but will ask the breeder and vet more when he, we're thinking of Max ( Maximus Titan) for a name.
Lorieb, I am so happy and excited for you. It sounds like your kids will do wonderfully with the puppy. Guess what, I have a Jack Russell Terrier too. His name is Max!!! Ironic, huh? You will soon find yourself so in love with your puppy, it's not even funny. Post some pictures as soon as you can. =0)