Behavior Breed Lists Teacup Maltese: A Guide To The Puppy That Never Grows Up

Teacup Maltese: A Guide To The Puppy That Never Grows Up

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The tiny Maltese breed stands at under 7 inches, and despite their pint-sized nature, they are supersized on personality.

Surprisingly, not much is established regarding the roots of the Maltese dog breed. In fact, interestingly, there isn’t any historical evidence linking it to the island of Malta.

It’s actually considered to be a descendant of Swiss Spitz type dogs, and during the late 19th century, it strutted around with the title “Lion Dog”. This is particularly amusing as these miniature Maltese my have the heart of a lion but certainly don’t have it’s roar.

The Toy Maltese For Your Kids

Teacups are categorized under the toy group of pets, together with the regular Maltese. The mini Maltese is frequently called toy dogs because of the frequency they are brought home by parents as their kid’s first puppies. The fact they are lap dogs, resemble a teddy bear, and fit in a tiny teacup helps!

This breed is also quite popular amongst the first-time dog owners and individuals that do not fancy the larger breeds. Thanks to their diminutive size they barely take up any space around the household. You can relatively easily allow the dog to accompany you wherever you go.

Teacup variants of the Maltese first popped up in the 17th and 18th century, when breeders attempted to make the small dog even smaller. Miniature Poodles and Spaniels were crossed through the line, including one point where an impressive eight breeds were identified as being Maltese.

Aside from the size difference, there’s little else to distinguish the teacup from the remainder of the Maltese breed. For a dog to qualify as a teacup, its weight must be beneath 7 inches, with the majority ranging between 4 and 6 inches. For their weight, they usually register between 3—5 pounds. In fact, the American Kennel Club still fails to recognize it as a separate breed, instead officially classifying the teacup as a small Maltese dog.

Fondly referred to as Santa Clause dogs, the snow-white coat of the teacup Maltese adds to their enduring appeal. With their small and stubby legs, every movement stimulates the effect of bouncing. The deep vivid black eyes and nose against the backdrop of white fur embellish this factor, contributing to their charm.

Personality Of The Teacup Maltese

It’s comparatively straightforward to cascade into love with these cute animals. Beneficially they enjoy being around people round the clock. They crave attention, and their playful puppy nature goes on all through their life, even in adulthood— though this bonding with family and community makes the teacup Maltese get separation anxiety when left alone.

Though small, the teacup dog is brave and confident—and has a voice to match. The dog is quite loud, and can keep barking when they want to draw your attention to something. When left alone for long, they will be quite dramatic, making a scene with all the whines and whimpers. In case Ziggy feels threatened or anxious, he may also yelp out loud.

The teacup Maltese thrives when it comes to being a family pet. The little dog is quite intelligent, learning new tricks quickly and playing with toys.

Be careful with young children though, since the teacup is a delicate animal. Rough games with the children can quickly result in fractures.

Actually, it is recommended that you hold off allowing them to play together until your children are old enough to understand that you want them to be gentle with the pet.

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Health Concerns Of The Teacup Maltese

One of the main problems witnessed with this pet is the lack of exercise. This results in muscle atrophy and conditions like obesity. Collapsed tracheas are also a concern, where a genetic weakness in the rings of cartilage that surround the trachea eventually cause rings to collapse inward.

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is a common issue, and it can result in seizures and threaten your pooch’s life. The dog should be adequately fed. That means at least 3 or 4 times a day, in order for it to maintain his blood sugar levels.

The smaller size of the pet also makes the teacup prone to heart, liver and respiratory health issues. For instance, heart problems can include the dog having an enlarged heart, heart murmurs, or cardiomyopathy.

Grooming your Teacup Maltese

Sure, they are cute—but maintaining them that way is quite the workload since the silky fur of the Maltese easily picks up dirt.

This means you will be giving your tiny sized dogs their bath much more frequently compared to other dogs.

The teacup sheds often and that long coat needs to be brushed every day. Note that this breed just has a single coat. As it doesn’t have an undercoat, you can use different grooming tools to style your pets fur in any way you like.

Is your heart set on bringing one of these small dogs home? As you go through the different teacup Maltese puppies for sale, ensure that you engage with a reputable breeder. He or she should also provide you with the health certificates of the pup’s parents, for you to make a well-informed decision.

You can also choose to go the rescue route, getting a tiny dog that needs a family. There are plenty of the teacups held up in rescue centers, mainly because managing the health problems can get quite costly, putting a strain on household budgets.

Interested in teacup puppies? Please read our in depth article on the breeds on this link.


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