Teacup Maltese FAQ (13 Important Facts)

The Maltese are thought to have originated from the Tibetan Terrier’s ancestor or the Spitz dog breed. As the breed first became known in Malta, the Maltese may also be known as Melitae Dog, Melitaei Catelli, Maltese Lion Dog, Maltese Terrier, or the Spaniel Gentle.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Teacup Maltese is not recognized as its own breed, but instead, is viewed as the Maltese dog breed. In some cases, teacup dogs don’t meet AKC’s regulations as they’re too small.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Teacup Maltese. 

How Much Does A Teacup Maltese Cost?

Purchasing a Teacup Maltese can cost you anywhere between $750 and $2000. 

The price tag is reflected in the difficulty of breeding, i.e. it could be detrimental to the mother’s health.

Unfortunately, because these dogs have a higher value, the breeding isn’t always done ethically and they are prone to puppy mills. Some breeders prioritize monetary value over welfare and so it’s important to look for reputable breeders who will be concerned with the dog’s health.

DO’s and DON’Ts of Finding a Breeder

According to The Humane Society of United States, here’s what you should look for when finding a breeder:

  • DO find a breeder who has done the regulatory health checks and have evidence of vet checks
  • DO get a referral from other trustworthy sources
  • DO visit their surroundings 
  • DON’T purchase from an online site like Craigslist 
  • DON’T purchase if they haven’t met you in person

If you doubt the breeder’s intentions, you can alternatively look for a Teacup Maltese at a shelter or rescue center.

How Big Do Teacup Maltese Get?

By breeding the two smallest dogs of the litter, breeders produce ‘teacup’ dogs that are a lot smaller than normal breeds.

The Maltese is a small dog and weighs approximately between 7 and 8 lbs. The key difference between the Maltese and the Teacup Maltese is their size.

The Teacup Maltese are even smaller than regular Maltese and often weigh between 4 and 5 lbs, and can be anywhere up to 8 inches tall.

Do Teacup Maltese Bark A Lot?

It’s known that sometimes smaller dogs bark more than larger ones and the Teacup Maltese is no exception.

As they tend to require a lot of attention from their owner, if they’re not provided with everything that they need, they’ll be prone to barking a lot. To prevent excessive barking, ensure that your Teacup Maltese is given regular attention and taken for daily exercise.

Although you can’t ever really stop your dog from barking, there are ways to train them and ensure that they’re as comfortable as possible in their surroundings. 

How Long Do Teacup Maltese Live?

The average lifespan for a Teacup Maltese is between 12 and 15 years, which is also the same for a regular Maltese. 

If they’re properly taken care of and don’t have any notable health conditions, then their life expectancy may extend past the 15-year mark.

Why Are Teacup Dogs Bad?

Firstly, teacup dogs may be prone to more health risks than regular dogs. As they’re a lot smaller, they can often struggle more and in some cases may need more medical attention.

According to PetMD, teacup dogs are more likely to be susceptible to health issues like Hypoglycaemia, Hydrocephalus, Arthritis, Breathing Problems, Heart Disease and Liver Shunts. 

Teacup dogs are also often bred for their adorable size and a lot of breeders fail to meet breeding regulations as they are looking to make a quick income. 

Can Teacup Maltese Have Babies?

Yes, teacup Maltese can have babies. 

The average litter size for Maltese is between 2 and 5 dogs, whereas for the teacup Maltese, it’s even less, and ranges between 1 and 2 dogs in a litter.

As they’re smaller dogs, there can be a lot more risks during pregnancy and puts an increased strain on the mother, and in most cases, they may have to have a cesarean. 

Are Teacup Maltese Good Dogs?

Teacup Maltese are known for their companionship and their sweet, docile nature. As they’re so small, they make the perfect dog for indoors and are playful and very loving.

Of course, like any other dog, they need proper care, and sometimes because of their size, they may require a little more. If a teacup Maltese misses just one meal or a daily walk, it can lead to health problems.

Therefore, it’s vital that you stay on top of their health and routine.

Are Maltese Easy To Potty Train?

If they’re trained from the start and are in a routine, then Maltese aren’t too difficult to potty train.

As they’re so small, Maltese have small bladders. Therefore, it’s recommended to potty train your Maltese inside. 

To train your Maltese indoors, you can consider puppy pad training, paper training, or litter box training. If they’re directed to where they’re expected to go, they’ll eventually get used to the routine.

Are Maltese Easy To Train?

Maltese are very well-behaved, obedient dogs and they’re easy to train. Whether you want to teach them new tricks, play games with them or house train them, Maltese dogs will very rarely have any issues doing so.

However, as they tend to be smaller than other dogs, Maltese will bark quite a lot if they’re fearful or threatened, and it can be a little more difficult to train them in regard to barking. 

Are Maltese Smelly?

With larger dogs, they may have excessive skin folds that build up a smell. However, because of their size, Maltese don’t tend to smell.

If for any reason they do, they can be easily cleaned with dog shampoo.

What Health Problems Do Maltese Have?

In general, Maltese dogs are quite healthy, but as with any other dogs, they can be prone to these issues:

  • Collapsed Trachea
  • White Dog Shaker Syndrome
  • Luxating Patella
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Reverse Sneezing

Do Teacup Maltese Shed?

Teacup Maltese don’t tend to shed too much. 

Often, teacup Maltese have long white single coats and are likely to become dirty very quickly.

To maintain their coat, brush them daily and keep them clean. You’ll also need to get them groomed every 4 months.