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FreeFlyFabulous

Maltese, from all the other breeds I’ve had, are the ones prone to separation anxiety. They are not meant to be left alone for too long. My dogs handle well up to 6 h alone only. That’s very important to be aware of. Grooming is something you must do it regularly and it can get pricey. Take that in consideration as well as high quality food which is the key to prevent the ugly and unhealthy tear stains. I have 4 Maltese from 10.5 to 8 years old. Feel free to ask me anything you’d like, my pleasure to help. (I’ve recently posted their pic here).


SiljaJ

This is a really good advice. He will be alone for up to 5 hours during the week, then spend all the time with us during the weekends. I have a 12 year old daughter that goes to school, and her school days are shorter than my workdays. But this I definitely my biggest concern, and something I’ll take into consideration. When it comes to grooming I want to learn how to do it myself. Is it something that is hard to learn? My sister in law has a Havanais and learn to do all the grooming, she even bought a table for it. I bet she’ll help me to begin with! Your dogs are very cute! Lovely pictures of them all :) And thank you for your good advices.


FreeFlyFabulous

I’ll reply better later when I’m free but to give you an idea, I do all their grooming myself 😊


code_red_mozi

I have been cutting my Maltese’s fur with dog grooming scissors for years. She also lets me cut her nails. I recently bought a razor for summer but haven’t used it yet. She does have some separation anxiety but lots of training and some strict rules seem to keep it at bay. She’s going on 8 and is a fantastic little dog to have!


ohyouknowitstin

And also be prepared to fall in love.


wandahickey

Lucky you!! I groom my dog, my groomer showed me . You are fortunate your sister can show you how to do it. It’s not really hard but shaping the face is always the hardest for me. If you make a mistake, it really doesn’t matter since they are a dog and don’t care how they look! The mistakes grow out pretty fast.


lmorningstars

Hi! What food would you recommend? I’m currently battling the tear stains for my puppy and she’s eating Blue Buffalo Freedom Puppy.


FreeFlyFabulous

Puppies can have stains due to teething, that should be taken in consideration. I feed mine - Main meal - Doctor Harvey's Raw Vibrance with added protein (beef, turkey, chicken, pork) and Primal Squash. Breakfast (or when they are bored from eating Dr.H) - Primal /Stella & Chewys Freeze Dried or Vital Essentials. They eat scrambled eggs for breakfast at least once a week (2 eggs for 4 dogs) and goat milk daily, after dinner, around 1/5 of a cup each. For treats they only get dehydrated chicken/turkey, liver and chicken hearts.


sweaternips

What foods prevents tear stains?


Dull-Watch8104

Non-kibble food. Go with commercially prepared frozen or freeze dried raw (brands were mentioned by FreeFlyFabulous above), or fresh cooked food like Ollie and Farmer’s Dog. You can also home cook fresh foods for your dog, but it takes a lot of research and effort to make the food complete and balanced. You may need to consult a canine nutritionist if you choose this route.


FreeFlyFabulous

That’s the answer. All my 4 have all their teeth! Well I take that back, the oldest lost a tiny side one this year, it was loose and one of the boys cracked two trying to chew up a door frame. Oldest has had 2 dentals at almost 11, boys are 9 with only one dental, youngest almost 8 and still doesn’t need one.


linseylinseylinsey

Yes, look at your finances to make sure you are ready for all the costs that come along with having a dog. When it’s a family dog, the financial impact might not have been yours.


SiljaJ

Yeah, I’ve thought about that a lot. That’s also a reason I haven’t gotten a dog in my earlier years. But now I’m in my 30’s, have a stable job and a good income.


reality_bites

Highly recommend Trupanion health insurance for any new puppy. The rates are reasonable, and on my 4 y/o Maltese saved me considerable stress as most of it was covered when he was sick.


Psa-lms

I second Trupanion. They are the only ones that pay upfront. Make sure you choose a vet that takes them! I’m a huge Maltese fan. Best dogs in the world. Think half bunny, half dog- all snuggles and love. I groom my own but I recommend going pro once in a while just as a reset. Use the scissor type nail clippers and get them used to it early (weekly or so). Same with brushing- use a wet brush (name brand every day)Eye goober comb every morning- prevents tear stains. They are obsessed with you and you are their whole world. They are typically one person dogs, so they tend to play favorites. Invest in top food. And don’t neglect the hair brushing. It’s like having a little baby that loves you unconditionally and stays a baby for 15+ years. Just dolls! Adorable and loving. Be careful. They are tiny and can be prey for hawks and bigger dogs see them as toys.


SiljaJ

I live in Norway, so we have different insurance here. I’ll do some research of it and find a good deal. :) And thanks for the good advice, it sounds like it’s a lot of work. But I think it definitely is something I would like to spend my time on. And he would bring a lot of joy to our little family.


Psa-lms

Ah! Yes ask you vet. They may have heard feedback about what is good there. I’m sure you will be very happy with your new family member!! They are the best!!


SiljaJ

I’m definitely going to get him an insurance.


FreeFlyFabulous

Oh yeah, that is a must have. Mine are on Healthy Paws.


Sarah_Dippity

I have a maltese mix, and this is my first maltese type so I am learning new things. He needs brushing every day. I groom my own pets so that is easy. Another thing...he eats more often. He needs 3 meals a day. If I forget his lunchtime meal, I sure hear about it because he lets out a little whine. Also, I learned he needs a pretty high quality food. I don't know if I'm allowed to say the brand I get, but I did a little research and found a good one. And he has a delicate stomach. Quite different from other pets I've had, but so far so good.


FreeFlyFabulous

Have you tried Chris Christensen Spectrum 10 shampoo and conditioner? It will change your brushing daily life! I brush mine once a week or when needed like when they wear an outfit, I give them a quick brush after. Mine only eat twice a day and some days they skip breakfast. Stuff like bully sticks are a no-go, we tried many times before and always ended in throw up or bad poop. They are indeed sensitive with food.


Dull-Watch8104

I’m gonna try your recommendation for shampoo and conditioner. Thanks!


FreeFlyFabulous

You’ll love it. I’ve tried so many before. I dilute them on a 1:8 ratio


Sarah_Dippity

Thanks, I'll look into that. He's pretty scruffy at 14 weeks right now. He's a growing puppy yet so I'm feeding him more than when he's grown. Bully sticks have always been a big no no with any pets. Thanks for the tips!


SiljaJ

That’s good to know, I’ll make sure he’s fed right. I’ve heard about the importance of quality food before as well. I can ask our vet which brand we should choose for him.


FreeFlyFabulous

You'd be better doing research then asking the vet. They all recommend Purina and Royal Canine crap.


SiljaJ

Really? Would think they could tell what really is the best. But thanks for the heads up, I’ll do my research.


sticksnstone

Mine does well on Hill's although he is larger than the breed standard (9 lbs) so perhaps that is why his stomach is not sensitive. I add whatever broiled or baked protein we had for dinner to supplement which is usually fish or chicken.


SiljaJ

This sounds like a good idea. Do you separately cook their food without the seasoning then?


YllA_F

As others have said, Maltese is a high maintenance kind of a breed, but are typically very loving, loyal, and just a joy to have! Definitely highly recommend grooming/cleaning on daily basis as to minimize staining; also, high quality food is a must, and they definitely need interactive play and learning as it can help with separation anxiety (that’s relatively common to the breed). They can also be picky eaters and that can certainly present unique challenges for owners. Allergies can be common as well and contribute to skin issues and fur stains …but, I have always loved having them as they truly are something special! Oh and no shedding which is lovely…but, they can be very sensitive to weather (too hot or too cold) given their lack of double coat. I’m excited for you to experience your new puppy, seems like it’ll be a happy match given your inquiries and preparations :) Have fun!


FreeFlyFabulous

So well said, that is pretty much how the breed is. I would never have a different breed after having Maltese. They are the best companion dogs!


Dull-Watch8104

I’ve had 3 dogs in my life, all of them were/are Maltese. I fell in love with the breed when I dog sat an adorable Maltese for a family friend as teenager. As much work as they require, they are the best. Will always have a Maltese in my life!


FreeFlyFabulous

I wanna see you dog!


SiljaJ

Thanks for your good advice! My biggest worry is if he’ll be ok while I go to work (and daughter goes to school), but do you think long walks and interactive play during the time I’m home with him will be enough for him to be ok while I work? Since he is a small breed my daughter can take him for walks as well when she gets home from school. We live in Norway, and it’s cold here during the winter, what can I do to help him not freeze during these cold months?


Talk-Hound

Do you have time for the dog? It will really impact what you can do especially the first four months. Constant waking up at night, walks, etc..


twir1s

Get pet insurance! This could have saved us $15K+ in surgeries and specialists.


sticksnstone

Like other small white dogs, they can be hard to potty train. Make sure you have plenty of time to potty train. Get down on your hands and knees to check your floors for hazards. Mine little one put everything he found in his mouth. Check their teeth around 6 months old. They tend to keep their baby teeth along with their adult teeth. Also use a harness and not a collar on walks. Maltese tendency to get collapsed tracheas. Train them to accept teeth brushing when little and handle their feet and ears often so they get used to it for grooming. Put them in puppy class. Just because they are little does not mean they won't benefit from training. Gently clean the "crusties" out of their eyes every day. Makes a difference on staining. They need to be feed 3x+ a day as puppies because of their small size. Your breeder may say the pup has to stay on their type of recommended food & vitamins until older or it could void a health warranty.


FreeFlyFabulous

All excellent advice here.


SiljaJ

Thanks for this. Very helpful :) I’m definitely thinking I want to take him to puppy class. Really don’t want a dog that can’t behave and I’ll do all I can to train him well. This puppy doesn’t live with a breeder any more. I’m getting him from a lady that bought him and didn’t know what she was doing. He’s (like any other puppy) biting when he plays, and that scares her children. This is the reason she’s giving him away. Who can I ask about the feeding if she doesn’t know?


hedgelesscontrarian

clean their teeth. my bad dog got 2 teeth taken out and it costs around 1k per tooth


FreeFlyFabulous

1k per tooth? That’s not realistic at all. A full dental in the most expensive area in CA is around $800 with $60 to $85 per tooth extraction.


hedgelesscontrarian

Blood work is around 200 prior to surgery. All in is around 1k per tooth based on my experience in ny


FreeFlyFabulous

Well you said around 1k per tooth, that’s incorrect information


hedgelesscontrarian

How so? You need blood work so that you get the green light to do the actual teeth cleaning + pull. I just checked my last receipt and it was 1300 for the tooth being pulled with the blood work.


FreeFlyFabulous

I guess because you said it cost 1k per tooth while you mean 1k per dental procedure. Anyways that is relative to where you live. Nonetheless, dentals are expensive and not covered by insurance.


hedgelesscontrarian

yea it is expensive but i feel i was actually lucky in that he only did it when he was 8 and now 9 so only twice when ive seen other dogs do it alot earlier.


FreeFlyFabulous

Oh for sure. My oldest girl, her littermate lost half of his teeth at age 5. She’s almost 11 and lost a tiny one from being loose probably from chewing on stuff.


shit0ntoast

Mine had a dental cleaning and a couple of teeth removed earlier this year for around $300; but I’m in NC.


nexille

I second this. Our Maltese (11 years) has a dental appointment soon and will be quite costly. We clean her teeth frequently but still not enough. Wet food can increase the plaque build up so consider the food wisely when thinking about dental.


Daikon_3183

My Maltese is the sweetest but as a lot here suggested! Brush their teeth!


_eternallyblack_

I have a female Maltese she’s 4 now. Always been on Royal Canin small bites dog food - NO people foods. She had her vet check right before she turned 4yrs old, so a few months back & she’s gotta have her teeth cleaned… she has terrible tarter … Maltese are notorious for teeth issues so definitely pay attention to that (my girl is now scheduled for a cleaning.) As far as tear stains my girl never had that problem until we moved to NC from Florida & the water in NC is terrible but once I switched her to filtered bottle water her tear stains went away. Maltese will potty train easy with treats - my girl was fully trained by 4 months old - treats & praise & consistency will get it every time (my girl was crate trained.) Also, my girl has traveled all over the USA … she’s a great travel dog.. she loves road trips & hotels .. she can be left alone in hotels or at home for long periods if needed with no problems. So I’m not sure about separation anxiety - it all has to do with how you raise them. I have had big dogs and small dogs and Maltese is by far the smartest, most loving dog I’ve ever had - soooo smart - so if used to your advantage will be a great dog, with training! My Maltese & my Persian cat play all day long - they are best buds! I highly recommend a friend for your Maltese when the time is right. Grooming is a must - start brushing daily to get them use to it If you want a long coat… I prefer the puppy cut, and I cut my girl myself at home (I’m a hairstylist so no biggie!) grooming here is about $60 a cut if I take her to PetSmart, to give you an idea.


SiljaJ

Do you know why people are against Royal Canin food? I’m glad so many are pointing out the teeth issues. So brushing them is probably a big must. How often do I need to brush them? The tap water here is amazing compared to other parts of the world, so I’m not so worried about that. It’s good to hear that it’s possible to train them to be home alone (and travel). That was my biggest worry. How did you train her for that? I’m hoping to learn how to groom him to save some money on that. Thank you for your response, it was very helpful. And your pets are so cute :)


_eternallyblack_

I wasn’t aware people weee against Royal Canin .. it’s what I’ve always used with no issues for my Persian too. I think crate training her helped to assist with being able to travel too .. she always felt safe in her crate if I had to leave her for any amount of time & once she “graduated” to being out of her crate she will just snuggle up on the bed & I’ll just leave the tv on for background noise and she just naps til we return - she’s literally traveled to roughly 30 different states with no problem. Definitely start brushing your pups teeth - I wasn’t diligent about that & my vet was very kind to me, with how Maltese are with their teeth issues and told me it prob wouldn’t have made much of a difference. Luckily my girl just needs a cleaning, nothing pulled at this point… but again, she only gets dry kibble. Grooming them at home is SO easy! The shears, or shaver I got came from Amazon it’s called “oneisall” comes with all you need. Hardest part is getting pup to stay still but they do get use to it and with the shaver attachments you really can’t mess it up and even if you do, put a lil t-shirt or sweater for a week or two till the coat grows in some. LOL!


SiljaJ

I’ll definitely look into crate training. I know his owner at the moment uses the crate, so he might already feel safe in there. How did you know when she was ready to stay out of the crate? I’ll start knitting a sweater for him right away, in case I mess it up, LOL!


_eternallyblack_

Sorry for the delayed response! I had pads in her crate with her and they were always dry when I’d take her out of her crate in the mornings - so that’s when I knew. To this day, I can count on 1 hand the times she’s had accidents (she’s 4) When she’s had an accident she’s very nice to go on the mat by the backdoor or oddly the bathroom mat LOL… no clue why. Offer lots of praise and treats and you will have your baby trained in no time!