Q: Should I get a male or female puppy?

A: The notorious question! And my answer is... it doesn't matter. Male or female, they are the same. Both are equally smart, loving, and obedient. Some people fear that a male will pee all over the house, but if they are neutered by 6 months of age, they will likely never even lift a leg. It's when a male goes through his "sexual puberty stage" that he wants to start marking his territory. So have him snipped before 6 months and all is rainbows and lollipops. Same with females going into heat.. They will bleed all over your house and summon every dog within miles if not spayed by 6 to 9 months, they get tender and cranky just like humans and are almost more of a pain in the rump than boys, but If she goes into heat before your vet suggests spaying her, just use a doggie diaper and wait out the storm. But don't give her chocolate ;/

Q: My Maltese puppy has white spots on his nose. Is this normal?

A: Yes. Maltese puppy noses are white/pink when they are born, and they gradually fill in to black as they grow up. Normally they are filled in by eight weeks, but every dog is different. Sun exposure plays a big part. Just like with humans, our skin pigment can change with sun exposure, such as freckles and tanning. Even adult Maltese can develop white spots on the nose if they are outside a lot. Same goes for freckles on their skin. They can also get sun burned. Maltese have very fair and sensitive skin.

Q: My Maltese has peach shading on his ears. Is this normal?

A: Yes. Maltese are allowed to have peach coloring on their ears and a spot on the back. But, most Maltese outgrow their peaching completely. If you want to show a Maltese, you will want a peachless coat. Peaching is acceptable, but not desirable in the show ring.
Q: How do you price your puppies?

A: We price our puppies by their quality according to the AKC standard. We look at such things as physical features, coat, and body proportion. We do not breed for teacups, which is unhealthy. But, sometimes we get teacups naturally along the way, and we do not price them for glamorous or greedy purposes. Whether three pounds or seven, a Maltese is a Maltese. And one is not more valuable than the other.
Q: When are Maltese puppies homed?

A: We home our puppies anywhere from 10 to 14 weeks. But, it all depends on the puppy. They are individuals, and it just depends on the puppy and when the mom decides it's time to wean. We allow our moms to decide when their babies are ready. It's not natural or healthy to force a puppy from his most nutritious food source. Most of our Maltese puppies are still nursing at six to seven weeks old. Our moms tend to start weaning around seven to eight weeks. And we start vaccinations after nine weeks. We observe our puppies for vaccine side effects for at least a week before they are released. After ten weeks, if they are eating well and using potty pads, we will let them rehome with our veterinarians go ahead. Some breeders tend to keep their puppies longer, but we prefer that your puppy bonds with you, not us. But rest assured, if a puppy is in any way not ready, it isn't going anywhere! I am in no hurry to part with my babies.
Q: My Maltese is always digging in his bed or on my couch like a crazy dog! Is something wrong with him?

A: No. Maltese love to nest! They like to fluff up their bedding and crawl under or inside it. It's absolutely normal. They also like to hide their toys, your keys, and the kitchen sink inside their bedding.  Try wadding up a nice big warm blanket and placing it on the floor  or in their bed in a big mess. Watch our puppy go bananas! They also make special nesting blankets just for this purpose. You can find one in our store.
Q: Does Little Maltese remove dew claws?

A: No. We believe removing dew claws is inhumane and cruel. Just like declawing a cat, you are cutting off a part of your pets body, amputating a toe. Removing dew claws is an illegal procedure in some countries. Some say that dew claws pose a minor threat of getting caught on something and ripping off, and I say, so does my babies pinky, but I'm not amputating it.
Why do dogs have dew claws? Well, some herding breeds use them to actually turn, so I believe their is a purpose on all dogs. Whatever the reason, God put them there, and unless we encounter a problem, we aren't removing them.

Q: Do Maltese bark a lot?

A: Some do. But like all dog breeds, they need to be trained in manors. Training your Maltese when they are young is the best way to avoid excess barking.  The Maltese breed was originally only owned by royalty back in the day. And they weren't just for hanging jewels on, they were usually the alarm system. Maltese are very in tune to noises and intruders. They were usually kept on estates along with rottweilers. The Maltese would alert of unwanted guests, and the rottweilers would chase them away. Our Maltese alert us when someone is in the driveway, but usually listen promptly when told to hush, unless they feel extra threatened. We have anywhere from three to twelve Maltese in our home every day, and I am still sane.

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