I'm back with more puppy questions. I called a Maltese breeder last night to ask her a few questions. She was very kind and helpful. However, she mentioned to me that she doesn't like to "sell her babies to families where no one is home everyday". How realistic is this? I don't know very many pet parents who stay home or are able to work from home. One of her recommendations was to baby gate the puppy in the kitchen. This is fine with me, but since they are so little isn't it possible for them to get into things in the kitchen. I really want to get a puppy, but now I am wondering if this isn't the right choice for me.
Please advise. Am I making this harder on myself than it has to be???
I purchased a Maltipoo alittle over 3 months ago. I work day and my husband works nights. The puppy was never alone. Puppies do need you to be there with them for the feeding and potty training. I don't like to keep and dog caged up more than 3 hours especially when small. Puppies need to be watch for hypoglycemia especially small dogs. Puppies are feed 4 to 5 times a day and you'd need to be there to feed them and make sure there eating properly. I think it might be better to get a puppy when you could spend more time with them or get an older dog that doesn't need constant watching over.
It maybe harder for you since you are working,plus then you will have to paper or litter train,and then the pup will always think its OK to go in the house.The pup might also be bored while you are gone for work.
Maybe an adult dog is better right now.That way you wouldnt have to worry about housebreaking or cratetraining. Thats just my opinoon.
If you really want a puppy try another breeder or look at www.petfinder.com if they dont ahve any in your area your local shelter and petfinder will have tons of purebred puppies even some with papers after x-mas because the kids lose inerest. (just another option)
I do work very close to home (5 mintues) and come home for lunch each day for an hour. I understand that there are many adult dogs out there in shelters, but have my heart set on starting out with a puppy. I guess if I have to wait, then I'll wait. However, I would love to hear from any working (during the day) pet parents.
Since you come home everyday you could give her a potty break and play with her....alot of working people dont have that advantage. You may just have to wait for another breeder or if a pup comes up on petfinder. Where do you live? I can look for breeeders also.
It is possible to have a pup and owrk its just a little harder and housebreaking may not go as quick.since you wnat a puppy maybe get a puppy 4 or 5 months old so that way they can "hold it" longer than a younger pup and then you will have better luck housbreaking.
The lady with whom I spoke still went ahead and took my name and number. She said she would contact me when she has a Spring litter, since that is when I 'm interested in making my purchase. I was kind of surprised.
I live in the Northern VA area (Centreville, VA). I'm not too keen on having a puppy shipped to me.
Thanks for your help.
***Edited By: wantamaltese on 12/12/2005 10:17:47 AM*** Reason: Another typo.
I'm not too particular on the gender. The breeder I spoke to was selling her male maltese puppies for $700 and females were $800. The $700 range is reasonable to me for a purebred puppy. I'm just looking for a healthly pet, so I guess the champion bloodlines are as important to me.
Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it.
***Edited By: wantamaltese on 12/12/2005 10:49:56 AM*** Reason: deleted email
did you google maltese rescue in your area, an older maltese does sound better for you. i have 6(now) at home,couldnt live with out them!!! i wish you luck. there are alot of maltese in rescues, as i type this now....just waiting....i cant take them all ( i wish though)