"What Is The Right Puppy For You"

Do you want a puppy for show, breeding or just a  

companion?

There are different qualities you will be looking for each


Wanting a Pet?


If you want a pet or companion you will be able to get

one pretty reasonable but it might have some flaws that

would keep it from being a breeder or show dog. These

flows might be:

  * Poor Coat - curly, woolly, cottony 

     or to  thin, instead of smooth and silky.

  * Weak Pigmentation - The rim around the eyes,

     the noise, and the foot pad should all be  black

     if any of  these things are not black

     it is considered a flow.

  * Incorrect tail set - Tail might not curl over the

     back properly or drop down or be straight.

  * Poor top line - back might slope and not be level.

  * Incorrect size or too small - Maltese standard size is

     4 - 7 but 4 - 6 is preferred.

  * Both testicles - (in a male) has not dropped down

     properly.

  * Incorrect-bite or overbite is considered a flaw.

  * Front legs not straight - having Chondrodysplasia

     - Fiddle Front can be hereditary.

It's a genetic disorder  in dogs which manifests itself in

puppies born with crippling deformities,eventually

evident in the abnormal shape and length of their limbs.

Want it for Breeding?

There is a fine line between breeding and show quality. A

breeding dog and show dog should have none of these

flaws listed above. How ever it might have a minor flow

from winning in the show ring. No really small female

should be used for breeding. Often a breeder will sell a

prospective show quality dog as a breeder.


To Show?

If you are interested in a show quality dog, it is

wiser to wait until puppy is at 12months old. At 12 weeks

of age the puppy can be sold as “prospective” show

quality but true determination cannot be made until at

least 6 months. By this time their 2nd (or permanent)

teeth are in and all possibility of overbite or under-bite

can be ruled out. You will be able to fully assess it’s

movement, structure, and coat quality and determine how

closely it adheres to the breed standards. You can

determine if it has the outgoing personality needed

for the show ring. Remember that no dog is perfect but

you can tell at this point if it’s future in the show ring is

promising.

 For any questions or concerns

Please Call/Text: 480-294-2625

We'll love to hear from you!