Q. Will my Maltese puppy be housebroken when I get him?

A. No. This is a baby. Just like human babies use diapers at first, these Maltese babies will use potty pads. The puppies use potty pads at my house, but like any young life learning about things, they can have accidents. Please be patient.

Q. Can I send a blanket to your home so that my Maltese puppy will be soothed by smells of Mom when he comes home to me?

A. I prefer that you dont.  Maltese puppies will just potty and popy on it, providing me with more laundry to do. The blanket theory is a sweet idea, but is typically reserved for puppies who are taken away from their mother too early. I do not force wean my Maltese puppies and do not take their mother away from them. I allow the Maltese to stay with their mother and littermates for as long as necessary. All of my Maltese puppies go to their forever homes between 12-16 weeks.

Q. Why does it look like there is white in the eye in the photo’s of the Maltese puppies?

A. Puppies can get intimidated when a camera is in their face, if a flash goes off or a “click” is heard and will look away for a second. Unfortunately, this happens frequently and will be in many pictures, this doesn’t mean they have whites of the eyes showing and is completely normal.

Q. What is the brown stains on the face or near the eyes?

A. It is commonly referred to as ‘tear stains”. The staining occurs when a puppy is teething, when hormones are raging (before spay or neuter), if they stick their faces in bowls of food or water. While we dont like it, its part of having a Maltese or white dog. We do our best to clean the faces every day and give frequent baths but sometimes they just have to grow out of it. Occasionally, we give an antibiotic called Tylan or Clindamycin which helps stop the discoloring.