Welcome to Bella Dolce Maltese                               


“Raising Gorgeous Maltese Puppies into social, affectionate & intelligent dogs, is my passion!”

bellaM1I am a Maltese breeder of show and companion puppies located in Phoenix, Arizona. I am a Breeder of Merit with AKC and I strive to breed beautiful, healthy Maltese that are affectionate, happy, well socialized and true to the Maltese standards.

I began showing Maltese in conformation in 2002. Occasionally I keep or hold back puppies to show or for my breeding program. By showing my dogs, I am having my breeding stock evaluated by multiple AKC judges and being given the honor of winning with them in the conformation show ring!

maltese dog

Westminster Kennel Club

Westminster 2017- Fox

Fox and I showing at Westminster


All of my Maltese dogs and Puppies are raised right here in my home where I strive for health, AKC standard quality, proper socialization and loving temperament. “In order for animals to live in our human world, they must be properly socialized, beginning at an early age.” This is my philosophy and I take it very seriously. I touch, talk, and respect my animals daily to make them all part of our family life. It shows in the dogs that I breed and the animals I raise on my property. Proper socialization and effective puppy rearing make all the difference between a confident, social & intelligent family pet and an antisocial animal.  

Kathryn and Maltese Puppies

Champion Maltese

I am a self-described, “Animal Lover” -often arriving late to appointments to help lost dogs or rescue an injured animal. I only breed purebred Maltese puppies.  We always welcome visitors who have been placed on our waiting list to our home and see where the pups are raised and to meet our family. 

I don’t have a lot of litters, so if you are looking for a Maltese puppy, please feel free to fill out an application. I will follow up with an email, then a phone interview. Waiting list times are typically 6 months to over a year. I do not have puppies ‘on demand’ and am not a “Maltese Vending Machine”.

I also offer basic Maltese training as well as behavioral consultations! I love working with this breed and look forward to hearing from you!

I always tell my clients that “I am with you for the life of your pet”, whether you need mentoring for show, home grooming, training, nutrition or vet care or just like to share photos of your beautiful Maltese puppy. I stand behind my dogs and know that you will be proud to show them off on social media like many of my clients! (#belladolcemaltese)

Fox and I showing at Westminster     



Kathryn Henzerling
Bella Dolce Maltese

Breeder of Merit- American Kennel Club   

                           Breeder of Merit

Proud Member of The American Maltese Association

Proud Member of the Arizona Toy Dog Fanciers Club.