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I am trying to research dogs for my kids. The maltese is among the running, so I wanted to find out more about the breed. I also want to have access to an active community that I could ask answers.
 

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Hello, and welcome! How old are your children? Be aware that *some* breeders will not sell a Maltese puppy to someone with young children. That is just due to the fact that Maltese are so small, and a child being rough or falling on the dog could cause serious injury.
Maltese are usually very sweet, cuddly, smart, can easily learn many trucks and commands. Housebreaking (as with most small breeds) can be challenging. Most are "reactive barkers," that is, they bark at the doorbell, at seeing another animal out the window, etc. There will probably be people here who say they have trained their dogs not to bark, but it does take a lot of effort.
You may know this, but dogs' coats are generally two types: short-haired dogs (whose fur falls out before it has a chance to grow long, thus they shed a lot all over your house), and long-haired dogs, who don't shed, but rather their hair just keeps on growing (much like a human). Maltese don't shed, so they're easier in terms of housework. But their long hair requires more grooming than a short-haired dog. You need to brush daily, or keep the hair cut short, either yourself or at a groomer. So that can be an extra expense.
One of the most common health issues is luxating patella (kneecap slips out of place). My first Maltese had to have surgery on both her back knees because of that. Liver shunt is another common issue. A good, responsible breeder will only breed a male and female who lack these congenital disorders. So most here would agree that it's better to spend more on a quality pup from a good breeder, and avoid expense and heartbreak of health issues later, rather than buy from, say, Craigslist or the newspaper. I learned that the hard way with my first Maltese (with her knee issues and another health issue that left her paralyzed, and ultimately even surgery could not help her, we spent $7000-8000 on surgeries, MRIs, etc.) So that makes one realize that $3000-4000 for a good quality puppy is money well spent.
Definitely learn all you can about Maltese health, especially hereditary issues, and what makes for an ethical breeder vs "backyard breeder" vs puppy mill.
 

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Welcome to SM! :Welcome 2:
So glad to see you are doing your homework and research. The above list is pretty complete. Maltese are beautiful little white balls of fluff and wonderful companions but are not considered low maintenance and are one of the harder breeds to potty train. Feel free to ask any questions about the breed. SM is full of wisdom and knowledge. Looking forward to hearing what breed you decide on for your family. :wub:
 

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IMHO, a purebred Maltese not only costs from $2500 and up, they generally weigh 7 lbs or less if they come from a top breeder and they require a lot of care and attention. Not really suitable for young children who want to play rough and tumble with their pet. A slightly larger dog might be better if you have small children.
 

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Maltese are like little fluffy white angels that bark a lot. I find people who aren't diehard maltese lovers get quite annoyed by their incessant barking at every little thing.

They do require a good amount of grooming. I can keep my pups coat pretty long as long as i brush at least twice a week. I still pay 100 bucks every 6-8 weeks to get both my dogs completely cut and groomed.

Some maltese are particularly small. My boy is full grown and weighs like 4 lbs. He has such an incredibly tiny frame and little bones. Hes extremely fast and agile though so hes able to still wrestle with my bigger dog without getting hurt.

They have amazing personalities though. My heart pretty much melts everytime i see a maltese pup. Will always be my favorite dog, however i can easily say they're not for everyone. Some patience is required.
 

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Sorry - but I just don't agree! I'm thinking this is stereotyping a bit:
:smpullhair:"Maltese are like little fluffy white angels that bark a lot. I find people who aren't diehard maltese lovers get quite annoyed by their incessant barking at every little thing.":smpullhair:

I didn't even know Abella could bark until she was 8 months old. Now she only barks when someone rings the doorbell or knocks. When I tell her "No bark" she quits barking immediately. I agree in the many training classes we attended there were lots of small "barky" dogs but this DOES NOT apply to all small breed dogs or Maltese. :thmbup: Just my opinion! :heart: HUGS!
 

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Sorry - but I just don't agree! I'm thinking this is stereotyping a bit:
<img src="http://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/images/smilies/smpullhair.gif" border="0" alt="" title=":smpullhair:" class="inlineimg" />"Maltese are like little fluffy white angels that bark a lot. I find people who aren't diehard maltese lovers get quite annoyed by their incessant barking at every little thing."<img src="http://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/images/smilies/smpullhair.gif" border="0" alt="" title=":smpullhair:" class="inlineimg" />

I didn't even know Abella could bark until she was 8 months old. Now she only barks when someone rings the doorbell or knocks. When I tell her "No bark" she quits barking immediately. I agree in the many training classes we attended there were lots of small "barky" dogs but this DOES NOT apply to all small breed dogs or Maltese. <img src="http://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/images/smilies/thmbup.gif" border="0" alt="" title=":thmbup:" class="inlineimg" /> Just my opinion! <img src="http://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/images/smilies/heart.gif" border="0" alt="" title="❤" class="inlineimg" /> HUGS!
Well, I was speaking in general terms. There's always going to be the exception.

Its really not even a stereotype though. Many little dogs can be yappy. I cant tell you how many sad articles ive read about owners abandoning their dogs because of excessive barking. This happens.

Obviously everyone's just trying to give the person who started this thread tips and characteristics about the breed. This is an important one because theres a greater chance than not they'll end up with a dog that barks quite a bit if they go with a small or toy breed. Doesn't mean it can't be corrected. The K9 training collar is a very effective tool.

And another point i was trying to make is we are all a bit bias and probably tolerate things a bit more than people who don't adore these dogs as much as us.

I've owned three different maltese and a Morkie all from different breeders. They were all barkers. My dogs and i have lived with my parents, an ex girlfriend, and my current gf and her kids. Everyone loves my dogs but you can tell at different times they all had enough.

All im saying is its better to expect the worst and hope for the best, than not be prepared for it. Especially when you have small children. This is how dogs get abandoned.

Many of the owners on this forum are a breed of their own. If you frequent a forum for maltese chances are you are pretty serious about how much you're willing to invest in your dogs life. We represent an extremely small percentage of the dog owners out there. Unfortunately most people just do not care about their pets as much as we do. We are willing to put the time in to correct issues where as other owners are not. Thats why maltese just arent for everyone. They are high maintenance dogs that require a lot of care. They bark and can be annoying to people that dont love them as much as we do. Ive seen this all first hand. Not all of them but many of them.
 

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I have 2 dogs, half-siblings---one is extremely vocal & hyper, & the other extremely laid back & quiet, obedient. ALL dogs are different---at least the 2 I have are! :HistericalSmiley::HistericalSmiley:

I do agree that small children are not usually compatible w/maltese & most good breeders would not place a maltese in a home w/small kids. I do think labs make great "kid" pets! My Lisi was so tiny at first that even we had an issue not to step on her & we have had maltese since forever.

If you do not want a big dog then at least consider a mid-sized, sturdy one w/a good temperament---otherwise you are asking for trouble.
 
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