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I am still figuring oute SMand how to post photos. :) I brought home an 8 week old Maltese this past Saturday! Her name is Fleecey and she is an angel!
I'd also like to congratulate Hollywood the Maltese! Hollywood won the toy group last night at Westminster! So happy to see that title go to a Maltese and hoping she takes home best in the show! :love:
 

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Welcome! We are all thrilled about Hollywood!

I'm sure you will hear this from others, but your baby really should not have left the litter until at least 12 weeks of age; that's the age that responsible breeders such as Hollywood's keep their pups for adequate socializing and to ensure they are healthy enough to survive without their mother and littermates. 12 weeks is actually specified in the American Maltese Association's code of ethics.

At such a young age, you will need to watch out for drops in blood sugar because they have likely only recently been weaned and require multiple meals throughout the day. Having nutrical or something similar on hand is a good idea in case of an emergency. You should have a thorough vet visit as soon as possible and also start looking for an animal behaviorist to help ensure proper socialization of your very young puppy.

Keep us posted on your Fleecey's progress!
 

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Hello!
Thank you everyone for the replies! It's upsetting to hear that my baby should still be with the breeder. :/ I had read in a few dog training books 8 weeks is the typical age so I didn't think I was doing anything wrong. Not sure why the breeder would send her out at only 8 weeks. I know sometimes breeders do it because the dog is so small. However, we are talking about a 2.6 pound Maltese. :/ Not like the pups are going to turn into Cujo in 4 weeks. Ugh. I'm very concerned and upset now. Fleecey is pretty quiet. She has been a breeze to take in the car, stroller, etc. I am looking forward to getting her fully vaccinated so I can take her to puppy training classes and the dog park for socialization. After a few days I had a few members of my family come to meet her. She was the perfect little lady.
I took Fleecey to the vet this past Tueaday. The vet said everything looked good and she was a keeper. She will be getting her second round of vaccines on the 30th.
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One other thing, you should not use a collar on a Maltese, they have delicate trachea. You should get a harness, it is safer.
 
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Hej! & welcome to SM!
You will get lots of info here & a caring family of experienced people who are owned by maltese! The combined knowledge of the SM community will take you & your baby a long way down the road of happiness & healthiness when it comes to maltese.
Your girl is beautiful & I know you want the very best for her. That 2nd photo really makes me want to pick her up & cuddle w/her!
Be certain you read up on "why not to give a small dog combination vaccinations" but to space them out---that info should also be on this site. Some people have learned the hard way not to do this.
So, again WELCOME! I hope you stick around & share this darling girl w/us!
 

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Hej! & welcome to SM!
You will get lots of info here & a caring family of experienced people who are owned by maltese! The combined knowledge of the SM community will take you & your baby a long way down the road of happiness & healthiness when it comes to maltese.
Your girl is beautiful & I know you want the very best for her. That 2nd photo really makes me want to pick her up & cuddle w/her!
Be certain you read up on "why not to give a small dog combination vaccinations" but to space them out---that info should also be on this site. Some people have learned the hard way not to do this.
So, again WELCOME! I hope you stick around & share this darling girl w/us!
Thank you for the warm welcome! Fleecey and I appreciate the compliment! :D The breeder I got her from got her vaccinated at 7 weeks. So on the 30th she will hit the 10 week mark. I will be sure to do more reading up vaccine schedules. I’m terrified of not giving her the best life. I think I already have some new grey hairs and I’m seeing a new wrinkle come in.:ROFLMAO:
 

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Hi again! I really like the Easy Walk harness. It comes in 2 small dog sizes and it is very lightweight.
Hi Liz!
thank you for the suggestion Fleecey has a harness already but like her ID collar it’s too big on her. I will look into the easy walk harness for her and hopefully that will properly fit her during this stage of her life.:D
 

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Hi! Welcome 💐 your baby is beautiful. Congratulations!
You have gotten some awesome advice already, so all i want to add is a link to Dr. Dodds vaccination protocol.

I personally have never had to vaccinate my girls after one year. I titer them and they have been fully protected since then. You definitely dont want to over vaccinate your puppy. If you do a search , there is plenty of info regarding vaccination.
Looking forward to seeing more pictures!
 

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This is the harness I use on my little girl Houdini (she has 4 in different colors)i:


We now live in central TX & it is hot---so this is a cool one & we can also put it in the fridge or get it a little wet for temps over 100 (most of our days now). I had a lot of trouble finding one that fit her!!!!! Dog Eye Carnivore Dog breed Companion dog
 

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Hi! Welcome 💐 your baby is beautiful. Congratulations!
You have gotten some awesome advice already, so all i want to add is a link to Dr. Dodds vaccination protocol.

I personally have never had to vaccinate my girls after one year. I titer them and they have been fully protected since then. You definitely dont want to over vaccinate your puppy. If you do a search , there is plenty of info regarding vaccination.
Looking forward to seeing more pictures!
Hi! Thank you for the link!! I will probably just end up giving Fleecey titers after one year. I absolutely love your malts hair!!! I want to grow Flecceys hair out so she has the long hair on the ears. :)
 

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This is the harness I use on my little girl Houdini (she has 4 in different colors)i:


We now live in central TX & it is hot---so this is a cool one & we can also put it in the fridge or get it a little wet for temps over 100 (most of our days now). I had a lot of trouble finding one that fit her!!!!! View attachment 276280
Omg!! Your babies piggies are tooo cute!!! 😍😍😍 I want to grow Fleeceys hair out but this look is beyond adorable! I’ve read so many conflicting things that long hair keeps Maltese cooler in the summer but idk. We still have 7 weeks to go before I will take her to see a proper groomer. Thankfully she is awesome with me giving her a bath and blow drying. She is still super wiggly when I try to put any kind of barrettes in her hair tho. lol
Thank you for the advice about putting the harness in the fridge! I live in central TX too and these 100 degree days are awful! Fleecey HATES being outside during the day because of the heat. She will chill in her outside playpen during the evening but during the day she does her business and starts barking to go right back in the house. So I just scoop the baby back up and make sure she gets a good drink of water and play inside if she is feeling frisky.
 

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Pupdate: Fleecey seems pretty smart. She’s learned sit, come, and stay all in a week. She will even do sit and come without a treat now. She isn’t very reactive to other dogs barking, the doorbell ringing, etc. crate training has been pretty easy. She is teething like mad right now. I put a chew toy in her stroller but the mesh I see was more appealing. Lol
 
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