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Our Maltese are one hundred percent purebred and are direct descendents of famous Dams and Sires. They have become the joy of our lives and have the entire family twisted around their little paws.

Maltese need special care and attention whether they are show dogs or just cuddly pets.There are a lot of professional Maltese breeder sites dealing with all aspects of the Maltese breed as well as step by
step groomimg advice for show dogs as well as for pet Maltese. These are extremely helpful and I would
recommend that each new puppy owner gathers as much information as possible in order to care for
their pet in a way that Maltese deserve.

Many people do not have the time, patience or finances required to own a show dog and
therefore, they are quite happy to own a puppy without papers of pedigree. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. A pet Maltese can look just as beautiful and well groomed as a show dog if it is looked after correctly.

Owing a Maltese or any other breed with papers of pedigree does not necessarily mean that it is a pure bred nor does it mean, that it will grow up to be a good quality show dog. It also does not mean, that it will grow up to be a good breeding dog either. Every registered breeder will advise on purchasing a puppy with papers of pedigree. This is true for really responsible breeders as the Maltese is commonly bred with other breed, not only to further express its intelligence and temperament, but also to ensurelarge litters. This is where the 7 - 9 Kg so called purebred Maltese come from. Some with inherited handicaps and diseases which are likely to surface at a later stage.

In some cases, papers of pedigree are not a certainty that the puppy is, in actual facct, a purebred. Registration papers arrive by post and there is nothing to stop breeders from registering two truly
purebred puppies and an additional two from another litter which are not purebreds to the
same parents. This is common practice. A new puppy owner will do well to insist on a DNA test from the breeder.

I have great respect for honest and responsible breeders and to my mind they are doing wonderful work. Maltese as well as other dog breeds would not be where they are today if it were not for breeders who have practically devoted their lives to breeding. It is through my own little Maltese lady that I have had the opportunity, honour and pleasure to meet one of the most wonderful Maltese breeders imaginable. Her patience and dedication is honestly something to be admired. It would really be a joy if this could be said about all breeders

One can breed pedigree Maltese out of love for this breed, but one cannot breed Maltese for the purpose of making a profit. This is where some make a mistake. There is a lot of had work and patience involved and not everyone is prepared to accept he consequences. A breeder once acquired a pedigree female Maltese with the sole purpose of breeding her and making a profit. Due to an infection of the ovaries and uterus in conjunction with inadequate care, she cou;d not conceive. The breeder decided this was a burden and sold the little female. Fortunately, in the right hands and with correct treatment she was completely cured and boasted a healthy litter of quality puppies.

There are many theories as to where Maltese originated from and in which century.The fact remains that Maltese have been a
favourite with the ladies, the gents, the royalty and the rich and the famous ever since the very beginning.

Maltese are loving friendly and devoted to their masters with a lovely disposition and are ideal pets for apartment owners but also enjoy daily walks tremendously. Maltese love children but families with small children should opt for another more suitable breed. Maltese bones are very fragile and it is very easy for a small child to hurt them unwillingly and many accidents do occur. A professional breeder will refrain from placing a puppy into a home with small children.

Maltese get along with other dogs pretty well but will always want to be the leader of the pack, specially the females.

References have been made to black Maltese. Black Maltese do not exist. This is a breed referred to as a Maltepoo, and is a hybrid of the Maltese and a black Poodle. Should someone offer you a brown or black Maltese - it's a pavement special (Not that they aren't cute).

The biggest fashion trend in Australia is to interbreed Maltese with Shi-Tsu creating some very interesting design.

Occasionally it does happen that a Maltese puppy is born with one or both blue eyes, some owners panic, but under no circumstances does it mean that is cancerous or that the pup will be blind. It simply means, that sometime in the passed, an irresponsible breeder bred a dog with this deficiency. Breeders
will obviously not agree but it is very disappearing thst the original classic breed of Maltese is dissapearing off the face of the planet. Each and every Maltese of the old classic breed was an still is, an individua. Each one looked/looks different, had/has a different face, different coat structure and was/is of a different size. Today all Maltese seem to look exactly alike. Breeders seem to be competing and following modern
trends in order to breed Maltese very small in size with a very thin coat structure to minimize grooming time and which look very much alike. If ten Maltese are lined up next to each other,one gets the
impression that they are all cloned.

Maltese are not the kind of dogs that can be kept in an outdoor kennel. Maltese need to be groom and bathed regularly. Brushing and combing should be a daily ritual and should be a pleasure for both the Maltese and the owner. My Maltese line up for brushing every evening because they know they will each get a small biscuit afterwards.

Although our Maltese are not show dogs, we take pride in their long silky coats and would never cut it short. A long coat is as natural to a Maltese as a tail is to a German Boxer. It is worth it to invest into quality cosmetics, combs and brushes. There are shampoos and conditioners specially designed for various coat types which really make grooming a pleasure. Although there are a lot of cheaper brands on the
market, long term consequences can be catastrophic and it could take many long months to repair the damage.

It is convenient to paper train pets as well in order to avoid having to go outdoors in very cold or very bad weather.
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