So You Would Like To Purchase A Teacup Maltese

Here's the reality of it...there is no such thing as a teacup Maltese. Maltese are a toy breed that, according to AKC
standard, should be up to 10" at the withers, and up to  7 lbsin weight, with 4 to 6 lbs preferred. Now don't get me
wrong...Occasionally pups can be under or over that range, but it should never be an intentional act on the part of the

Other phrases to look out for are: Tinies, Pocket Maltese and Micro Maltese.

These are terms used by so-called breeders that only mean one thing...dollar signs. How much..Anywnere from
$2500.00 to upward of $5000.00

Here are the facts:

Many of these "breeders"  breed their dogs down in size. (Meaning they will always take the smallest of their progeny
and breed them) This can lead to a world of health problems, such as, but not limited to, soft pallet, hypoglycemia,
heart problems, lack of teeth or improper bite, and a plethora of other issues. Not only can they be unsound physically,
but mentally as well.

Pups should be started on food (gruel) at about two weeks of age. Often they will be denied food in attempts to keep
them smaller. These are the pups you see that have a brownish/reddish/orange color all around the mouth and muzzle
area, the extent of the color indicates how bad the situation truly is.

Letting pups go before they are 12 weeks of age, or lying about their age are other ploys that are used. Even a dog
that will  be 15 lbs adult weight looks very small at 6 weeks of age.

In short: when I am contacted by perspective clients asking if I have any teacup or tiny Maltese, my answer is, "There
is no such thing", followed by a somewhat lengthy explanation. ANY good breeder will answer basically the same way.
If they don't, it's time to look elsewhere.
Adorable Accents Maltese