anyone own a maltese or maltipoo?
Posted 18 January 2008 - 10:00 PM
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 10:26 PM
Well, my dad went out 3 months later and bought what was suppose to be another pure bred Maltese. Let me add we have the AKC application for registeration for this so called "pure bred Maltese". Sunny is definitely a Malti-poo. Let's see, the idiot breeder kept him in a crate until my parents got him at 13 weeks old. She worked 12 hour shifts 5 days a week (works with a cousin). Because of her keeping him in a crate his eyes are messed up. One eye stays straight for the most part now unless he gets tired. The other one pretty much looks off to the side. His eyes site isn't very good either. If furniture gets moved around he barks at it. Funny at times, at other times it's annoying. He had an ear infection in both ears. Has an undershot jaw. I won't tell you some of his bad habits from being kept in a crate for so long.
Anyway, he is a pretty nice dog but will never be a Max. Sunny is a little on the slow side but is that from his early weeks of crate life? He does have some poodle tendencies as far as being on his hind legs all the time. That's entertaining at times.
So, I would say our experience with a pure bred Maltese was wonderful. Enough so that we wanted another pure bred. Our experience to date with a Maltipoo, well, I don't see anyone anytime soon wanting to buy another. But that may not be really any fault of the dog.
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:31 PM
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Posted 19 January 2008 - 12:24 AM
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Posted 19 January 2008 - 08:18 AM
Edited by FairytailGlennMinis, 19 January 2008 - 08:22 AM.
Posted 19 January 2008 - 09:22 AM
He was not house broken and I spent Feb vacation with him on a lead tied to my waist,because I knew if he went in the house just once it would be a no win situation.
On the day before I had to go back to work he went and stood in front of the door!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He was a pure love bug,he went everywhere with me and hubby but really just wanted to be held and loved on by us.
He had terrible allergies one of the worst my vet had seen,2 computer print outs long,including grass. We had to have a food company make a food just for him.It got so that he lived on steroids and even on those he was having breakouts so bad they would become runny and infected over night. So sadly at 8 we had to let him go.
I loved loved him but would probably not get another ( no come on Bonnie you would if one needed you fess up) as I discovered allergies are a problem with them.
I so miss not having a dog. I love love poodles and contacted a poodle rescue and they took my $200.00 to apply (yes just to apply )and have never heard back.
But any of the non fur little breeds are so darn adorable, I would love another little one.
Just be careful about the breeding is my advice.
Edited by bfogg, 19 January 2008 - 09:24 AM.
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Posted 19 January 2008 - 01:26 PM
That said, it has been proven that offering a quality diet plays a role in preventing many common health problems, so I am forever researching diets and my dogs are always raised on the best I can find. Over-vaccination, deworming and parasite treatments can also lead to health problems, so we forego these in favor of more natural alternatives. And of course, proper daily socialization, training and play are required by every dog to remain balanced. A lot of problems you read about are purely misunderstandings or management issues.
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Edited by mininik, 19 January 2008 - 01:39 PM.
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Posted 19 January 2008 - 01:51 PM
Angel IS registered,is now 10 1/2, and is the most wonderful little dog I've EVER had--and I've had some great ones! She has been very healthy, though she apparently hurt her back last spring(she liked to lie on the back of the sofa, and had 'baled off' there a few times, before I could stop her(my sofa,which sits out in the room and not against a wall, now is 'decorated' w/ items designed to keep her from being able to jump up there; not very attractive, but it works!) After a couple of courses of steroids, muscle relaxant, and painkillers, she has now been fine for quite a while. We also prevent her from jumping on/off the 'higher' bed here; there is a pillow ramp for the lower bed(mine). She does the 'reverse sneeze' thing sometimes, but it doesn't seem to affect her);I have never seen any sign of allergies, unless that's one-and if it is, it really has minimal effect on her.
A Maltese maintains SUCH a wonderful, puppy-like personality, in that they remain lively and outgoing and just 'bright-eyed',and are 'easy to have around'- naturally social,somewhat but not overly, independent, and not prone to developing neurotic behavior, as some toy breeds seem to be, if not handled EXACTLY correctly! I will say that I would not get ANY toy dog in a household w/ very small children; when my kids were VERY tiny, we just didn't have a dog, period-then when we did get another Chihuahua(a fond memory in itself!), they were carefully supervised, ALWAYS, with the dog(I was a stay-at-home mom, and could do so.)
My Angel is not at all 'yappy'; she is very smart and responsive to learning, and is very adaptable. My sister, who LOVES dogs but is a complete boob about training and the like, got one on my recommendation, and loves her DEARLY.
Drawbacks are the coat, which requires a good deal of care(I keep my clipped down myself, investing in a grooming table to be able to do so)-and they tend to bad teeth. VERY regular teeth cleaning should be a given. I love Angel about as I do my kids, and would have another, PROPERLY BRED, Maltese in a New York minute, including if from rescue. I would NEVER buy from a pet store, though, and would be VERY cautious about BYB--I was very lucky in where I got mine--but then, they were NOT in it for the money, and were educated and thoughtful people.
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Posted 19 January 2008 - 07:33 PM
Phoebe is the love of my life, she is the sweetest dog you will come across and never snaps, nips, growls..not a nasty bone in her body. Absolutely no health issues whatsoever. She came from a poodle breeder who bred her by accident and loved the product so much that she has repeated it a few times and has to take orders for the pups. Very special little dogs. With plenty of brains too.
So jus be careful what you buy, but I cannot say enough for poodle x breds...
This is Phoebe at about 12 weeks old
And this is her all grown up. She weighs 2.3kgs