FAQ's

What’s the difference between show quality/pet quality?

When I designate my puppies "show potential" or "pet quality" many factors go into it including markings, bite, gait, topline, personality, temperament, and so many other things that someone less familiar with the nuances of my particular breed may not see or understand. Just because a Maltese looks like a Maltese to an average lay person does not mean he/she is “show potential" and it certainly does not mean he/she should be bred.  Many of my puppies are placed on a “limited” AKC registration (pet only). This does not mean they are not show potential. It just means you are getting a PET ONLY!

What is Hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia is the technical term for low blood sugar.  Tissue, such as muscle, receives glucose from the blood to use as energy.  Animals that become hypoglycemic have used up all the glucose in their blood and become weak, comatose, and may even die.  Hypoglycemia is not a disease, but simply the body’s response to a lack of glucose. It is a very real condition in TOY breeds in general. We will go over how to prevent this condition. I also have a good article on my website. And you should Google the term hypoglycemia to familiarize yourself with this condition.

Do Maltese get along with Children?

Yes. They get along with most anyone. I generally will ask people to flip the coin. How will your children get along with the new Maltese Puppy? How responsible are your children? How active? The answer to these questions will determine whether or not a Maltese is best suited for you. Many children don’t understand the concept of fragility. They don’t “mean” to hurt the puppy but accidents can and will happen. When a child accidentally “drops”, “kicks”, “steps on”, or squeezes too tightly, than the puppy will immediately conclude that CHILDREN=PAIN. And that’s when they determine that they don’t like children. It’s important to make the best decision for the new puppy and for the children in the home. Maybe a bit larger breed is better for you and your family if your children are under the age of 8 or bit more active. You and only you can make a responsible decision. Ask yourself, “Can I live with myself if my children harm this puppy”?

Do you have a health guarantee?

Yes. I guarantee my Maltese Puppies for a full two years. You can view my health guarantee via my website.

What do I do when my puppy is biting me?

Young puppies, regardless of breed, play with each other using their mouths. While it may seem “cute and harmless” when they’re small, their bites will become more painful and damaging as they get older. If your puppy starts to bite your hands during play, this behavior needs to be discouraged, and other acceptable behavior encouraged. Here’s what we recommend: If your puppy starts to bite, keep your hands, fingers, arms, etc. out of their mouths. Stop playing with them immediately. Instead, give them an appropriate toy (you can even place it directly in their mouth) and walk away. Never allowing them to bite you will help ward off this unwanted and unacceptable behavior.

Will the dewclaws be removed?

Yes, all our pups' dewclaws are removed at 3 days of age.

What is your opinion of crate training?

Dogs are den animals by nature. If their crate is accessible to them at all times, you will find that they go in it when they want to sleep or get away from any commotion that may be going on. It will become their “Safe Haven”. The crate is not to be used for punishment and should not be used to lock your puppy in it for long periods of time. They should only be used for short periods of time.

Do Maltese shed?

Maltese’s’ hair is much like human hair. Our hair falls out, but we do not shed. Maltese are a single coated breed and do not have an undercoat. While brushing your Maltese will leave “dead” hair in the brush they do not shed like many breeds.

How much and how often should I feed my Maltese Puppy?

Maltese do not require a lot of food. Generally, they will eat approximately ½ a cup per day for the first year, then approximately ¼ cup a day thereafter. Keep in mind that this is only a guide; the overall weight and age of your Maltese puppy is what determines the amount of food required. The side panel of the dog food bag can be helpful when in doubt. We “free feed” here at Cogins Maltese. Our pups have food in front of them at ALL times. They are much too tiny and young to ration food.

Is shipping available if I can’t come to your home? How much?

Yes; however, shipping depends on the size of the puppy, and the distance they need to travel. We are at times able to arrange courier service. Please feel free to call or email us to discuss these options. Shipping generally runs $300-350.

Will my puppy have all age appropriate shots and worming’s?

Yes. All my pups will come to you with all age specific shots and they are all wormed every 2 weeks until they leave my home.

How old does my Maltese have to be before coming home?

My pups are here a minimum of 10-12 wks and longer if necessary. That decision is based on the overall health of the puppy at 10 wks of age. I make my decision at that time. And my decision is always made in the best interest of the puppy. I will evaluate each puppy at 10 weeks, taking into consideration how well they did with the weaning process, their vaccinations, if they are eating well on their own and whether I feel they are able to transition to their new home without any episodes of hypoglycemia. I will not keep them longer than I have to but I also will not let them leave until they are 100% ready.

How do you determine the Projected Adult Size?

My goal is to breed Maltese that conform to the AKC standard of 4 to 7 pounds. Projected sizes are determined by taking into consideration previous litter experience, the size of the parents, and the use of a general weight chart for toy breed puppies. There are no implied guarantees but I always do my very best to ensure the puppy will be close to your expectations.

How do I keep my Maltese face “tear stain free”?

I explain to everyone that tear stains are a result of the 4 H’s… “Health, Hygiene, Happiness, and Heredity”.  If your dog is left home alone for hours at a time than you will have tearing. If your dog is not groomed properly and the hair trimmed from the corners of the eyes, you will have tearing. If your dog is not healthy, and has a yeast infection, ear mites etc…then you will have tear staining. Finally, if your dog has an inverted eyelash or eyelid, then this will cause tear staining. There are a multitude of factors. The important thing is that you find out the cause and then take care of it. I’ll be happy to assist in this process should it come to that.

Will my Maltese puppy be house broken?

My puppies begin potty training at a very young age. I teach them the concept that there is an acceptable place to go potty as soon as they learn to move on all fours. They begin on Wee Wee pads and after graduating from the nursery to the puppy lounge they than are trained to use the shredded paper. But at the end of the day they understand that they can’t just go anywhere! Potty training starts with me as the breeder and continues with you, and with due diligence and consistency you will find this task will go much easier than you expected.

Will you sell me a very small Maltese?

There are requirements and expectations to owning a very small Maltese and should you decide on one than we would discuss whether a tiny Maltese is an option for you and your family.

Are smaller Maltese as healthy as larger Maltese?

There are no guarantees in life. However, every Cogins Maltese Puppy comes with a full two year health guarantee for hereditary or congenital life threatening illnesses.  My experience is that very small Maltese can be just as healthy as 4+ pound Maltese. With that being said, the smaller pups do require much more care due to their fragile size. Please note: I do not breed for the smaller ones, my goal is to stay within the AKC weight standard of 4-7 lbs.

Is there such a thing as a “teacup” Maltese?

There is no such thing as a "teacup" or "pocket" Maltese. The Maltese is a TOY breed. The Standard calls for the Maltese to be "less than 7 lbs. with 4-6 lbs. preferred". Some Maltese do mature at less than 4 lbs. while others mature at over 7 lbs.

Are female Maltese easier to train than Male Maltese?

Female Maltese tend to be more independent. Male Maltese can be more easily distracted during training, as they just want to get to playtime! While some generalizations can be made, it’s important to remember that each dog is an individual, and their training needs may not reflect generalizations.
These behavioral traits are a result of many years of monitoring, living with, and raising Maltese puppies. Some of these behaviors may never occur, particularly in a household that only has one pet. As stated before - we can’t say it enough – each dog is an individual, and has individual personality characteristics – just like people.
As a new Maltese owner, you best understand your needs and expectations of your companion. Males and females both make excellent pets; it is just important to recognize that there can be differences, and to be knowledgeable about these when deciding on your new life companion. Please don’t hesitate to talk to us about each dog’s individual personality! We will do our best to match you with the puppy of your dreams.

Are female Maltese more docile than male maltese?

Within a “dog pack”, there is always an alpha male and an alpha female. Both alpha dogs determine the pecking order and compete to maintain and/or alter that order of their particular sex. Regardless of whether your dogs are “intact” or have been neutered or spayed, the most common fights are between two females.

Are female Maltese more affectionate than male maltese?

In my experience, male Maltese tend to be more attentive and more accepting of other pets and children. Females tend to be more independent and protective of their family members (including you!) These are generalizations; individual personalities will vary.

Another interesting fact about Maltese is that males tend to bond better with women in the home, and females tend to bond better with men in the home. Again, this is a generalization, but one that is something to consider.

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