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Originally posted by LadysMom+Aug 26 2005, 12:40 PM-->
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Wish everyone who was getting a dog read about the type of dog they want to get.  I see so many people complain about how there dog acts...full of energy, too big,  or something.
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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.

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.
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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.
 

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With pets being viewed more as accessories and less as family members, it seems they've fallen right into our "disposable" lives. What I am trying to say is that I think that there are too many people who have pets that have no clue what to do to properly care for them. Same is true for parenting as well...but that's another topic alltogether. Shelters across the country are filled with animals that did not meet someones expectations. It really is a shame.
 

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I think it's one thing to knowingly buy or adopt a mixed breed pet...that's a personal choice. But if you believe you are buying a full bred dog and in reality are getting a mix, then that is fraud. And you're right Lady's Mom...while these are wonderful breeds on their own, mixed with Malts (or any other dog du jour) they may or may not be what you expect.
 

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Originally posted by LadysMom+Aug 26 2005, 12:40 PM-->
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@Aug 24 2005, 06:35 PM
Wish everyone who was getting a dog read about the type of dog they want to get.  I see so many people complain about how there dog acts...full of energy, too big,  or something.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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That's the one...and it's a real shame because there are several very wonderful breeders here in NJ.
 
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