SawStar's Maltese

"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 flaws 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 is4 ~ 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 - (Chondrodysplasia)

    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.

    (Fiddle Front can be hereditary)


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. However 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, 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.

"What Is The Right Puppy For You" | SawStar's Maltese |


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SawStar's Maltese

at: 480-294-2625

in Goodyear, Arizona

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