Hi it's me again! Thanks for your continued advice. After doing some research, I have started seriously thinking about getting a Maltese. This breed seems to have all the qualities taht I am looking for: small, affectionate, "lap dog", good for allergies, etc. What are your thoughts on getting a regular Maltese vs. a toy Maltese? I really want a very small dog but not if a toy breed is unhealthy. Please let me know your thoughts on toy breeds and and let me know what you think about my choice (Maltese), too! Is there a better breed out there? Gracias:)
i think a maltese sounds great for what you want. a maltese is already a toy and small, so i would go for a "regular" maltese. i'm not sure a "toy maltese" is really a breed, but probably a tiny version that has a great chance of being unhealthy. the smaller the dog, into the teacup sizes, the more health problems. that's my opinion.
K first off, no reputable breeder will sell a 'toy' maltese. Anyone who's selling toy or teacup anything (other than toy poodles, toy manchester terriers or toy fox terriers) steer clear of, they're only out to get a buck and not breeding with the best interests of the dogs in mind. Purebred maltese are tiny anyway, the breed standard says an adult will weigh 4 to 6 lbs. I have no idea if there's a better breed out there for you, I personally don't like small dogs like this, hehe. If you have done your research and really like what you know about the maltese, then at this point it's time to start meeting some dogs and talking to some breeders. Going to dog shows is a great place to meet some maltese, and there's shows every weekend nationwide. Whatever breeder you get your maltese from (if you decide to stay with this breed) make sure they do a variety of heatlh testing on the parents and offer guarantees against hereditary diseases that typically affect maltese, including CERF for the eyes in particular, as this breed is succeptible to it. Good luck!
A toy Maltese just means it's a runt and outside of it's standard. It will be very much more likely to develop health problems and csn hurt itself really aesily doing the things regular dogs do tha you wouldn't think twice about. Stick with the standard sized Maltese.
Thanks for the advice! I will be sure to steer clear of "toys." One more question: Do any Maltese owners out there have allergies? Do you find that you are bothered by your dog? I have allergies but was told that Maltese are hypo-allergenic. I was also considering a yorkie because I were told that they have lap dog/affectionate companion qualities but read that they are not good for allergies. Any thoughts? Thanks again!
There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. That's straight from the AKC site. However, there are dogs that do cause fewer allergic reactions because they are single coated breeds instead of double coated, or do not shed. The maltese is one of the breeds that is listed as more appropriate for people with allergies, the yorkshire terrier is not. Be aware that doing simple things like grooming your dog daily, bathing it regularly, and feeding it a high quality food can reduce pet dander and allergic reactions as a result. But regardless of what breed you decide to go with, make sur eyou go visit the breeder and interact with their dogs so you can at least get an idea of how sensitive you will be to the dogs.
What about a Papillon?? My co-worker suggested this. I looked them up and they seem to have long hair, though. But, they do say they are small, affectionate, lap dogs. So what would the differences be between a Papillion and a Maltese? Thanks!
I have a Maltese (Lucy) who will be three in August. She is the love of my life and I am so happy and thankful that I have her. As a puppy she was the perfect puppy - one in a million everyone would say to me. She never went through the nipping or biting stage; I can count on one hand the number of accidents she had in the house; she never played with or chewed anything that wasn't her own toy; she learned sit, lie down and rollover all in a single one-half hour session. If people hadn't seen it for themselves, they would never have believed that a puppy could be so good. As an adult she is even better. She is not yippy at all, in fact she rarely barks; her activity level is whatever I want it to be without complaint; she constantly kisses me (we can't get enough of each other); her temperament is outstanding as she has never growled at, snapped at or tried to bite anyone-ever; she is simply an outstanding dog. Now, a big factor to consider is grooming. The need never goes away and requires daily attention (easier said than done). I do all my own grooming and it is difficult, although she makes the job much easier because she is so good about it. I know it doesn't sound like a chore, but trust me, it is so much bigger than you can imagine. Also, when choosing your puppy, make sure you can see and handle the parents to help determine what he/r ultimate temperament may be. I passed on at least 30 Maltese puppies not because they weren't good puppies, puppies are as puppies go, you can't hold too much against a puppy, but because their parents were not very nice little dogs. Growling, snapping at and trying to bite everyone, including their owners. Then I found Lucy who as a puppy was outstanding, but both her parents too! Also, make sure to check their bite as dental problems are common among small dogs and especially Maltese. Typically, the better the bite - the fewer the dental problems providing you are brushing properly. Make sure to check for luxating patellas (movement of the kneecap), also common among small dogs. Luxating patellas are costly to fix and can be crippling either way. I know because last Tuesday Lucy had her first surgery to correct them. You can only do one at a time and it's a long recovery period (2-4 months, maybe longer). AND, her first surgery didn't take properly, so once she's healed they need to redo it. It's very, very hard to go through. I do think a girl Maltese is easier to raise, train and keep than a male Maltese. I am excited for you, good luck!
Oh, one more thing - Lucy is at the very top of the standard at 10 inches and 7 pounds and I am delighted that she is actually a little larger than most Maltese. I mean after all, 7 pounds is still very small. If she were any smaller I would be afraid to even pick her up as she is already pretty fragile.
I you are looking for a little dog with a big heart, think about a Bichon Frise. They are also very smart, happy, lap dogs. As I type, my 3 1/2 month old Chloe' is on my lap. She is just the best puppy I could ever want....I highly recommend the breed. Julie
Thanks for the advice! JMP, your little Lucy sounds like a real gem!! How did you find such a good breeder? Do you mind if I ask how much she cost? I was leaning more towards adopting from a shelter. Also, does anyone have any thoughts on Papillons?? I heard they are adorable, affectionate toy dogs but may not be good for my allergies. Please let me know what you think. Have a great day!
Papillons are awesome little dogs, the ones I've met have been anyway. They didn't strike me as 'yappy' the way some small dogs are. There's someone in our kennel club who owns some paps, and she says they're not as easily trainable as eveyrone makes out, but they still wouldnt' have any other dog.
Hi Q, Lucy was $400.00 in October of 2001. I did not get her from a "breeder", but rather a nice couple who bred their Maltese housepets just once and then had them spayed and nuetered after the litter was born. Certainly they were only pet quality and Lucy does have physical flaws, but I just can't believe that I have such a great little dog. She is so smart with outstanding reasoning skills. Since her very few accidents in the house she had when she was only 10 weeks old, she has never gone in the house since. I can't believe she is so flawlessly housetrained. I have never raised my hand to her, it has all been done with mutual love and respect. As far as adopting, I have been searching for a year now to adopt a male maltese. There are very few Maltese out there needing adopting which is the good news, but the ones that do need adopting generally have so many problems (health and behavioral) that I have not found one yet that I believe would be a good fit with Lucy and myself. Sometimes I do come across one that I would really like to have, but they come in with another dog and they are required to stay together. To me it appears that by far, most small dogs that are turned in for whatever reasons (often not good with kids) were also not housetrainable and their owners got to a point where they just couldn't take it anymore. It's not impossible to housetrain them, but there is certainly no guarantee that one would be successful upon an adoption and could end up being an extemely aggravating experience and the joyful, happy one people envision. Nonetheless, I am still searching. If you go to the Dog Fancy website at dogfancy.com, you will be able to get a list of breeders many with puppies available. Also, the AKC website can provide a list too. You will pay quite a bit more, but it will be worth it. I hope I have been helpful. Warm Regards, JMP
I have done some more research. I am still definitley thinking Maltese would be the best breed for me. But, I have also found Japanese Chin and Papillon. Both breeds seem to be small, affectionate, and good for people who work during the day. I work out of my home part time, though, so they won't be alone on a constant basis. But, do you know if these dogs are good/bad for people with allergies? Any pros/cons you can offer about these breeds? Thank you.
both the japanese chin and the papillon are double coated breeds that do shed, and as such an allergy sufferer would need to be careful about getting one. Brushing and baths would help, but I don't think it'd be the same as getting a single coated breed like a maltese.
I agree about the Bichon Frise, and if you want to see the best one ever, go to http://email@example.com/FrostyPG.html He's my puppy. I don't know why, but if you click the picture, it shows a picture of Zelda.
I really think a Bichon Frise would be really good for you. They are everything you seem to need. They do nothing to my allergies. Malteses are really precious and are better for allergies than most dogs. Go with one of these two breeds. If you really want a lap dog, the bichon's name means "Curly Lap Dog".
Thanks for your great tips and advice. Besides dogfancy.com (which seems limited) how can I find a good breeder? What is the appropriate amount to pay? Should I be skeptical of those who ship dogs? That seems unsafe, but then again I don't know much about breeding. I am still going to look at some shelters and petfinder.org because I feel adopting a pet could be great, too, I am just worried about potential health problems. I mainly want to find a Maltese breeder. However, I will consider Bichon Frise, too, but how big do they get? I like that the Maltese is small. Thanks again for all your help!! I am so appreciative.
Hi Q (me again), I don't know where you live, but here in Madison, Wisconsin there is a wonderful and large kennel club. Maybe there is a kennel club near you that you could contact. They will be able to refer you to some local breeders and also provide lots of other information and support. Also, just as an fyi, I know 8 people who have a Bichon (including my sister) and of the 8, 7 have told me that they wished they had selected a different breed. They all cite a number of different reasons, but all of them said they just got too large. My sisters at 14 inches and 25 pounds is no longer a lap dog and he is the smallest of the 8. None of them are overweight either; they are large, solid dogs. When you can't see both parents, it's hard to tell how big the puppy will get. However, there are many, many Bichons in rescue so you should not have any trouble finding one that you think will be a good fit. Please don't misunderstand me. I am not indicating in any way, shape or form that the Bichon is not a great breed of dog. I'm just simply passing on what I have heard from them and seen when it comes to their size. Clearly they (their owners) need to accept responsibility for any behavioral issues that make them wish they had a different breed. There is currently a Maltese on petfinder by the name of Mr. Brinkley. He has a very nice bio indicating a more positive reason for being in rescue and does not indicate abuse, nor any medical problems. He is with Northcentral Maltese Rescue in Racine, Wisconsin. You may want to check him out. In fact, I was thinking of calling about him myself. I think it's wonderful that you would like to adopt. Keep me posted. Thanks, JMP