MALTESE AND CHILDREN
This is yet another subject to which one will find no reference on the local
don’t really care who they sell their puppies to, as long as they can put
their “Sold” signs up as quickly as possible.
) Reputable breeders on the other hand, choose homes for their puppies.
A breeder who cares about puppy placement will carefully select its
and aid with the choice of a puppy.
Maltese are outgoing and intelligent little dogs. Their small stature means
that they are great playful companions.
Bringing a Maltese into a family means being responsible and a
Maltese puppy should never be given to a small child as a “Christmas present”
for instance. t is not a fluffy
toy which will keep a child “occupied’. A Maltese needs to be groomed regularly and properly. It can be time
consuming sometimes and this also needs to be taken into consideration.
Maltese love children but they are not a good choice with small children.
Children love them because they are small enough to be carried and this
makes a dangerous combination. A
small child will not be able to understand how fragile the puppy is and
serious injuries can happen quite easily e.g., by stepping, jumping or
sitting on it.
Maltese are not suited to young children, no matter how well-meaning the
child is. Children are clumsy by
nature (it's normal and it's fine) and
accidently roll on, squeeze or drop the dog.
Children can’t help being noisy and love jumping and running.
Children should not be left unsupervised around a Maltese. Though the child
may mean well, it may not stop the Maltese from becoming agitated and
sometimes a Maltese can become irritable
and a little snappish.
For an older child, a puppy is a LOT of work. Don't count on your child
taking the puppy out, feeding, grooming and training it once the
novelty of having a puppy wears out.
Risks can be minimized by training the dog well and teaching the child all
about respect for dogs, that the Maltese is fragile and should be treated as
As with any other pet; the general principle is to teach the children to
treat all animals with kindness and respect. It is an important life
lessons which can be imparted and home is best place to learn.
Evaluate your reasons for wanting a puppy
adult dog can be a better choice in many cases, especially for first-time owners, or
owners who have very small children.
1. Research the breed.
2. Spend time gathering information from clubs
3. Research from books
4. Speak to dog trainers
5. Consult with a veterinarian
6. Visit dog shows and speak with breeders
7. Talk to dog owners
8. Ask for references
99. Be patient and take your time
" You bought me when I was 6 weeks old. I've played with the kids and I was
very happy with you. As I grew, worries about me grew too and so did my
appetite. The kids did not want to play with me anymore. When I ran up
and waited for a pat I was driven away and got kicked many times. One
beautiful morning I was put in the car. I was so happy then. Finally after many
months I got to see something different to our garden. We stopped on the
edge of the highway and you threw my favorite ball. I ran after it, but
when I returned, you were thereno longer. Helplessly I ran with the ball in
my mouth between the driving cars. Drivers hooted at me and there were also
who speeded up when they saw me. I wanted to run to the side of the
road because I was very scared. Suddenly I felt a strong blow to my side and
could not stand up any longer. Gathering my last bit strength, I crawled to the
side of the road. I tried to go find you, but I could not. There was a lot of
blood all around. It was dark, I was afraid. I was cold and I still had the
ball in my mouth. I was sure you would return for me. Nobody stopped as I
barked and howled, all in vain. After many hours a car stopped next to me.
Notwithstanding the blood and mud someone carried me into a car. When the car
eventually stopped, a man in a white coat ran up to us but just shook his
head sadly. My new owner, who only knew me for 15 minutes, hugged me and cried a
lot. At that moment I released the ball so I could lick his hand and
expressed my "THANK YOU". Then I fell asleep and the last I thing I hear
was my new owner crying. I'm not afraid anymore. Nothing hurts me and I
am no longer cold. "I died." Maybe if I didn’t chew all those slippers I
still be alive!"
Author of this sad, but in many ways true story is PsiLaska
1. Try not to buy dogs from pet stores.
2. Do not buy from puppy factories and re-sellers.
3. Do not buy from anyone who offers to deliver the puppy.
4. Be cautious when buying through the internet and having a dog
5. Be carefull of breeders who don't want to show the parents or the
6. One should always look at more dogs and not buy
the first puppy that one sees.
7. Listen to you head, not your heart.
8. Never buy the cheapest.