Finding a reputable buyer

Am I Ready For A Maltese Puppy ?

A puppy is a serious responsibility. Make sure you have asked all the right questions to yourself:

  • Why do I want a dog?
  • Have I worked out all the costs involved?
  • Does my job mean that you will be leaving your dog on its own for long periods of time?
  • Do I have the correct environment for a dog? How do I feel about going for walks ?
  • Am I ready for a possible 15+ year commitment to a dog?

Life without pets means doing anything you want, from going on holiday at short notice, or even staying out later than planned. Once you have a dog to look after, all this changes.                                                                                                                                                                      A puppy is for life – your life. Take a look at your lifestyle and the environment you live in. Do you have children and what are their ages?  Do you plan to have children?
Some dogs relish family life.  Have you any pets already?  If so take into account their age, size, breed, sex and temperament. Other pets such as rabbits and cats may rule out some dogs, unless you have adequate time and experience to socialise them properly.

What are your work commitments ?

Is your house left empty from morning to evening and do you often have to stay late unexpectedly or work weekends?

Maltese bond very strongly with their owners. A stressed and unhappy dog can easily develop anxiety problems. Finally, how would you sum up your household? Quiet and calm, lively and busy or very variable?

A Maltese is a companion dog, and would be miserable left for long periods on a daily basis.

Still interested in making a Maltese part of your life ?

Contact the Maltese Club Secretary :-  email secretary@themalteseclub.co.uk

 

Where Can I Find a Reputable Breeder ? 

One of the most common questions in puppy enquiries is: “Where can I find a reputable breeder?”

And each time this question is asked my answer is the same – you need to meet Maltese owners and breeders face to face.

Ideal opportunities for meeting experienced Maltese owners is at Kennel Club Shows, such as Maltese Club Shows events – Maltese Fun Day, Cruft’s or other Championship & Open Shows.

First and foremost these shows attract a healthy number of Maltese breeders so prospective owners can meet the breed and learn what they are like in person.

Is the breed temperament and character what they were expecting?                                                                                                                  Secondly, those interested in the breed can ask owners and breeders any questions they may have about the Maltese.

The internet can provide set answers to common questions, but meeting an experienced Maltese owner face to face can ignite conversations which go on to share information about the breed that no website can truly express.

Thirdly, prospective Maltese owners can register their interest in a puppy with a reputable breeder. From meeting the breed and talking to the owners these prospective owners can begin to work out whether the Maltese is the right breed for them. If their interest in the breed grows then registering with a reputable breeder.

Joining The Maltese Club is the next step. You get a Maltese Club Year Book, News Letter for the Membership fee of £12.                     Every year a Maltese Calendar is produced showing all events for the year and full of lovely colour photos.

As we all know, Maltese breeders with the kennel affixes established and well known

in the breed do not breed frequently. Usually they will breed on average once every year or two so prospective owners have to be patient.

From a show like the Maltese Championship Show and Open Show friendships can develop between breeders and prospective owners.

When these prospective owners become owners, the friendship develops further and the relationship between a breeder and their puppy owners should only become stronger, with each keeping in touch throughout the lifetime of their Maltese.

In summary, the value of Shows should never be underestimated especially in the context of educating those who are truly interested in learning about our beautiful Maltese breed.

 

 

Puberty and neutering

Puberty

Puppies normally reach puberty any time from six months old and their elevated hormone levels can adversely affect their behaviour, so seek help if you are having any problems. This behaviour will not ‘automatically’ be resolved by neutering despite advice you may receive to the contrary. Try not to worry – it soon passes!

Bitches are normally ‘in season’ for three weeks (and are fertile during this time) so they should not be taken outside (other than the garden) or allowed to mix with male dogs. You can tell your bitch is in season when her vulva swells and she exudes a discharge which may be blood tinged. This should happen about every six months, throughout her life.

As male dogs reach puberty they start cocking their legs, and you may observe an increased interest in other dogs, independence, mounting behaviour and ‘macho’ behaviour with dogs and/or people.

Neutering

Unless you are going to breed from your dog, you will no doubt consider neutering it. This has some health and behaviour benefits and some downsides too.

PROS of spaying bitches:

  • reduces the incidence of mammary tumours, if carried out at an early age
  • ensures no phantom pregnancies
  • ensures no womb infections (pyometra)
  • ensures no ovarian tumours
  • ensures no unwanted pregnancies

CONS of spaying bitches

  • can increase the risk of urinary incontinence in older bitches
  • does affect growth rate
  • does affect maturation
  • increases the likelihood that your dog will get fat later in life (unless you control its diet strictly and exercise it regularly)
  • could affect the growth and texture of your dog’s coat

PROS of castrating male dogs

  • removes the risk of prostate problems
  • removes risk of testicular cancer
  • can reduce aggressiveness
  • can reduce hypersexual behaviour

CONS of castrating male dogs

  • may not reliably reduce aggression
  • may not reduce dominant behaviour
  • does affect growth rate
  • does affect maturation
  • increases the likelihood that your dog will get fat later in life (unless you control its diet strictly and exercise it regularly)
  • could affect the growth and texture of your dog’s coat

Your vet will be able to discuss the best course of action for you and the best time to neuter. Your dog’s breeder is well placed to advise you of how neutering may affect your dog’s future weight and coat quality.

Each dog is an individual and you should consider the advantages and disadvantages of neutering your dog carefully.

Dog puberty and neutering © Dorota Holden ( Kennel Club Guidance )