[/B][/QUOTE]You bring up such a good point, Lacey's Mom. People fall in love with Maltese, but say they just want to get a pet so they get one from a pet store or BYB. What they don't realize is that if the breeder isn't breeding to the breed standard, not only can you end up with Maltese thatis phsically very different than the standard, but you may not get the typical Maltese personality either. How often do we see posting on these forums from frustrated owners who have hyper or aggressive Maltese when they expected a laid back little lap dog. In each and every case I have read, the puppy came from either a BYB or pet shop. I have never heard a complaint about disposition from anyone who got their puppy from a reputable breeder.Originally posted by LadysMom+Aug 26 2005, 12:40 PM--><!--QuoteBegin-Laceys mom
What I've learned from my experience with Lady is that it is much cheaper in the long run to save a bit longer and get a puppy from a reputable breeder than to get a "bargain" puppy who may need expensive surgeries or have big vet bills its entire life due to a genetic illness or need expensive training to correct inbred behavior or dispostion problems.
Wonderful information Marj....although here puppies from pet stores cost at least as much, and more often, a lot more than puppies from reputable breeders. I know someone who just purchased from a broker located in Middletown, NJ...she paid $3500 for her "teacup maltese" puppy that is 10 weeks old and weighs almost 4 lbs. No doubt this person's dog is beautiful, but she did not get what she expected. The unfortunate thing is that she probably won't discover that until several months. That's not to say she won't love her pup any less, but who knows what she'll end up with down the road.
Wow, Middletown...betcha it was from American Breeders...was it not?? Although the local vets around here say that they are clean, take care of their puppies, and they use good vets..... the fact is they get their puppies from puppy mills......I got Pacino from there...I am lucky because so far, knock on wood, he is healthy and he is a full breed, (not that , that part matters) but I wish I had known beforehand the potential risks. We love Pacino and he is the best, and like I said, we got lucky......but I would never get from there again......her puppy is 4 pounds and he is only 10 weeks old?? WOW...Pacino is 7 and a half months and he is a little over 4 pounds now.....Yes, they push the "teacup" bit a little too far.......sad. They tried telling me about the "teacup" thing also...I laughed.