I’m retiring after 49 yrs
Our adults weights range 4.8 to 7 pounds that we use to breed for purebred Maltese
Temperament: Maltese dogs typically are lively and spirited, and they keep their playful personalities well into maturity. The affectionate Maltese is among the gentlest of the toy breeds. They are devoted to their masters and love attention. Many Maltese can’t handle being left alone for long, and they often exhibit symptoms of separation anxiety, including barking and chewing items in the home.
Sociability: Although Maltese generally love children, many breeders don’t recommend these dogs for homes with very young kids. At 5 to 7 inches high and only 4 to 7 pounds as adults, Maltese are so small that young children frequently injure them while playing with them. While these dogs are very affectionate with their owners, they can be a little shy around strangers. They make good watchdogs; they are always alert and will definitely notify you when someone is at the door. Despite their diminutive size and innocent appearance, Maltese can be quite feisty and bold. Although generally friendly to other animals, Maltese must be watched to prevent them from challenging dogs much larger than themselves.
Intelligence and Training: These intelligent little dogs can learn training commands quite quickly, but Maltese also can be a bit stubborn. For training, it is best to have dog treats in your hand, ready to reward your dog quickly for good behavior. Maltese can be difficult to housebreak, especially if you live in a wet or cold climate. This small Mediterranean dog really doesn’t like damp or chilly weather. Many owners find it best to give a Maltese an indoor litter box or a covered outdoor potty area.
Energy Levels: While Maltese don’t require much outdoor exercise, they still enjoy romping in the backyard and going along on short walks. They are small enough that they can be playful indoors without causing much damage. If you play with your Maltese about 10 minutes a day, your dog should have sufficient exercise.
The Malti Poo F1 (first generation) is a cross between a Maltese and a Toy Poodle.
Size: The Malti Poo comes in a wide variety of sizes, but most are 6-15 in (15-38 cm) at the shoulders and weigh 5-15 lbs (2-7 kg). A Malti Poo with more Maltese influence will have a domed skull, whereas a Malti Poo with a higher Poodle influence will have the long, narrow muzzle characteristic of Poodles.
Character: The Malti Poo is an intelligent, loving dog. The mix of Maltese and Poodle usually produces a lively, playful dog devoted to its family. The Malti Poo loves to play or curl up on the couch for a nap. Malti Poos require frequent human companionship.
Temperament: The Malti Poo can get along well with dogs and other pets if socialized when young, but it is somewhat territorial. Malti Poos may be wary of strangers and are highly protective of their family. Malti Poos get along very well with children, but should be supervised around young children to ensure they are treated respectfully.