I am excited I am a new/first time dog owner. I purchased a Pomtese puppy from a breeder on Thursday. First I am confused because is it a Pomtese (pomeranian/maltese) or a Maltpom (maltese/pomeranian)?? LOL I want to see other Pomtese owners pictures and hear feedback about their puppy. Our puppy "Chase" is adjusting well. He was around kids and large dogs and adjusted to my two kids and cats very well with no problems. He is still potty training but does go outside if I take him out often. Tips on these things would be great. Also the breeder told me that he will get to be about 7lbs. He is currently 9 wks old and weighs 2 1/2lbs. Someone told me that these dogs get to be 15-20lbs is that true? They said the father was Maltese and the mother was Pomeranian. Unfortunately they were not there when I came to get him to see because they were being held at her sisters. He is eating and drinking well. The first night was rough because he was away from the litter of four puppies that all sold that day. He cried alot to be held. Also the owner of the pet store said that he should be full grown by 6mo. is that true? Sorry so many questions. I just want to be the best pet mom I can be and like to be informed. Any help, tips or wise words would be great.
Well unfortunatly, you purchased a puppy mill dog. Lord only knows what the parents looked like, or how big your new baby will be. The pet store is really going to tell you what you want to hear so you purchase the dog. Puppy mill and mutt breeders will usually also be the same way. They really don't care if you are happy with the dog as long as you buy it.
You have a maltese pomerian mix. What you want to call it is up to you. House breaking usually takes time, it is an on going process usually until 6months old. sometimes longer. Just keep and eye on your new baby, and try to find the signs he is tell you he needs to potty. You will pick up on these in time. It isn't usual for them to cry for the first couple of nights, Don't give in. The more you give in, the harder the training will be.
the size, temperment, amount of hair, etc. will mostly depend on what traits the puppy got from each parent. If the parents were large, yes your puppy could be a 15lb dog easily. I have seen large pet quality maltese and pom's. If the parents were small then your puppy could stay small. A mix is just that, a mix of traits from 2 different breeds of dogs. You never know what you will end up with in the end. Love him to death, and we would love to see a pic if you have one. Take care
Well now I feel bad. What is a puppy mill? I spoke with this woman for quite a while and felt like I did research. She has been breeding dogs for 20 yrs. She stated the mom and dad are purebreeds. The dad is 3lbs and the mom is 7. The puppy is happy, social, looks healthy. No fleas, clean, ears, teeth and gums look good. Eats and drinks well. Is a snuggler and is doing well potty training considering he will be 10 weeks on Tuesday. I just wanted to find a puppy within a reasonable (not cheap) price who I could love. Small was my only qualification. When I saw her ads listed online as a breeder and she happened to be within an hour of my home I went to visit. They sent me home with vet records, food and a bone and told me when I get him checked by a vet if there is anything wrong with him I could bring him back. Of course, now I am attached. I hear puppy mill and I think abused dogs? Did I do something wrong by purchasing this dog from them. I just wanted to find him and give him a loving home. I really am just looking for good, supportive help so I can do the best for him. Thanks for replying. I truly appreciate your input.
Anytime you purchase a mutt that is delibertly(sorry sp?) bred, that in my mind is a back yard breeder or puppy mill. It is personal opinion. The research was done, should have informed you of the differences in getting a mutt. If the parents were small, what about the grand parents. I have a little girl who 17", and the stud was 17", her son will be 20". There is a large grand parent. I don't think you did anything wrong, puppy mill dogs are not always abused, everyone has there own idea of what a puppy mill is. Mine is anyone who breeds for money, lies to sell a dog.
When you mentioned pet store, I was thinking he was from one. I mis read that. Anyway. He will have most of his growing done around 6-8months. He will be completly done around 12-14 months. My guess is he will be around 8-10lbs. I don't usually deal with small dogs, so it is just guess.
You have a happy & healthy pup that you love. You had a good experience, which can be very rare. Sadly quite the opposite is the truth.
Just be aware that what you have is an adorable, lovable mixed breed pup. No shame in the pup being a mix. Th shame is on breeders who purposely mix 2 different breeds, give them a "catchy" name and jump on trends to rake in the money.
Also remember that although both parents may be registered, their pups can not be registered with any reputable registration organization such as the AKC.
Sadly, there are many unscrupulous folks out there making a living off the misery of their dogs. You might want to do a bit of research on Puppy Mills, just for the information and educational purposes.
Here's to a long and happy life with your pup.
"Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant". author unknown
It sounds like you will provide a great home for this little guy. I wish you the best of luck with him. I do agree that no responsible breeder would produce crossbreeds. Did this woman have any reason for crossing Maltese and Pomeranians? Did you see the parents? How were they cared for? Did she give you any sort of health guarantee? Luxating Patellas are going to be big concern for you and you should ask your vet about the symptoms and surgery. (Start saving now!) I'm also concerned that this breeder is selling small toy breed puppies before 12 weeks. 12 weeks is what several toy breed clubs including the American Maltese Association recommends.
I also have a Maltipoms. She is 11 weeks old. Her Dad was a Pomeranian and her Mom a Maltese. I thought the reply you got from someone was not nice. Feel good that you did your homework. I bought my little Ruby from a breeder as well. I went to their farm and witnessed nothing but good things. I brought Ruby home at 8 weeks and She has slept through the night from 10-7 since the first night. She is adjusting very well. We have a 5 yr old Sheshaun and also small grandchildren. It's important to socialize them as much as you can. Congrats to you. I would love to see a picture of your puppy.