Maltese Puppy Care

Puppy Care and Supplies

We recommend the following items to help take the best care of your precious puppy. Puppies need a safe place to be when not under your direct supervision. They also need a warm cozy place to sleep and learn to use the potty pads.

You will need 2 stainless steel food dishes. We also use a water bottle feeder and a water bowl. You will also need a soft and cozy washable pet bed. I suggest 2 so one is ready at all times.

I recommend training your puppy using an ex-pen, never just a crate.

Here at Villa Star Maltese, we believe superior nutrition is imperative for good health as well as a beauty. We feed both canned and dry kibble to puppies tapering off the canned after 4 to 5 months of age. We only feed high quality dog foods.

Here is a quick list to get you started.

A Suitable Play Yard that is easy to keep clean:

IRIS 34” Exercise 8-Panel Pet Playpen with Door, White

Washable Pads to protect floors: EZwhelp Washable Whelping & Puppy Pad 48″ x 60″

Washable Wee pads:

RMS Ultra Soft 4-Layer Washable and Reusable Incontinence Bed Underpads, 34″X36″

Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe, 12.7-Ounce, Pack of 12

Our preferred dry kibble-

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Maltese Breed Standard–Toy Group

General Appearance–The Maltese is a toy dog covered from head to foot with a mantle of long, silky, white hair. He is gentle-mannered and affectionate, eager and sprightly in action, and, despite his size, possessed of the vigor needed for the satisfactory companion. Head Of medium length and in proportion to the size of the dog.

The skull is slightly rounded on top, the stop moderate. The drop ears are rather low set and heavily feathered with long hair that hangs close to the head. Eyes are set not too far apart; they are very dark and round, their black rims enhancing the gentle yet alert expression. The muzzle is of medium length, fine and tapered but not snippy.The nose is black. The teeth meet in an even, edge-to-edge bite, or in a scissors bite.

Neck Sufficient length of neck is desirable as promoting a high carriage of the head. Body Compact, the height from the withers to the ground equaling the length from the withers to the root of the tail. Shoulder blades are sloping, the elbows well knit and held close to the body. The back is level in top line, the ribs well sprung. The chest is fairly deep, the loins taut, strong, and just slightly tucked up underneath. Tail A long-haired plume carried gracefully over the back, its tip lying to the side over the quarter. Legs and Feet Legs are fine-boned and nicely feathered. Forelegs are straight, their pastern joints well knit and devoid of appreciable bend.

Hind legs are strong and moderately angulated at stifles and hocks. The feet are small and round, with toe pads black. Scraggly hairs on the feet may be trimmed to give a neater appearance. Coat and Color The coat is single, that is, without undercoat. It hangs long, flat, and silky over the sides of the body almost, if not quite, to the ground. The long head-hair may be tied up in a topknot or it may be left hanging. Any suggestion of kinkiness, curliness, or woolly texture is objectionable. Color, pure white. Light tan or lemon on the ears is permissible, but not desirable. Size Weight under 7 pounds, with from 4 to 6 pounds preferred. Overall quality is to be favored over size.

Gait The Maltese moves with a jaunty, smooth, flowing gait. Viewed from the side, he gives an impression of rapid movement, size considered. In the stride, the forelegs reach straight and free from the shoulders, with elbows close. Hind legs to move in a straight line. Cow hocks or any suggestion of hind leg toeing in or out are faults.

Temperament For all his diminutive size, the Maltese seems to be without fear. His trust and affectionate responsiveness are very appealing. He is among the gentlest mannered of all little dogs, yet he is lively and playful as well as vigorous.

Maltese Medical Conditions and Disorders- A well bred Maltese is a healthy, energetic dog full of vitality and personality. We urge you to only purchase this breed of dog from a reputable breeder. All dogs carry potential for serious conditions. Many breeds have more risk toward a particular condition. The following conditions are sometimes seen in the Maltese breed

Hypoglycemia – is low blood sugar.

Patellas Luxation– The kneecap is a small bone which sits over the knee joint can move due hereditary or injury.

Liver Shunts -This is a serious congenital liver condition that usually requires surgical correction.

White shaker disease is a tremor condition seen in small white dogs. In addition, Maltese are prone tear staining and blocked tear ducts. The life span of the Maltese is 12 to 15 years.