Puppy Care

Maltese Puppy Care

All of our Maltese Puppies are birthed and raised in our home.  This is a newborn maltese just a few minutes old.

These puppies are several weeks old..

Welcome Home Puppy….

When you first bring home your maltese puppy, give him/her a couple of weeks to adjust to his/her new environment and being separated from mom and siblings. He/she is going to be little bit lost, confused and inquisitive at first. PLEASE do not take your maltese puppy out to show off just yet. Give him/her time to adjust to their new surroundings first and bond with you.. In about a week he/she will be ready for visiting places and meeting new people.

Vet Exam – Puppy Vaccinations/Health Certificate

All puppies come vet checked. The Veterinary examination will confirm your new Maltese Puppy has a healthy heart, lungs, eyes, ears, structure and more.  You will receive the vaccination records along with a health certificate for your new puppy. Take this paperwork with you to your Vet when you bring the puppy in for his/her booster shot. 

Puppy Starter Pack

ALL Maltese Matchmaker Puppies come with a Puppy Pack that includes a plush bed, blanket, food, toys, treats, training pads & other goodies to get you going


Your puppy eats 3x per day plus treats. One of the most common concerns of a new Maltese puppy owner is that he/she is not eating enough, Be aware that these are just tiny little Maltese puppies that only eat a small amount. If they are eating and not losing weight, then they are getting enough. When you pick your puppy up, be aware of his/her weight. You can usually feel the difference in weight loss before you can see it. Make sure that the food you are feeding is of good quality (such as the food I sent you home with), since these little guys don’t eat much, it is crucial that what they get be nutrient-dense.  This includes feeding small, frequent meals throughout the day, ensuring that your puppy is eating a balanced diet rich in complex carbohydrates and proteins and avoiding excessive exercise that can deplete glucose stores. If a Maltese is experiencing symptoms of hypoglycemia, they need immediate treatment of glucose paste, maple syrup or coconut water. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in Maltese puppies can occur due to a variety of reasons, including stress, lack of food or excessive exercise. Symptoms of hypoglycemia in Maltese dogs may include weakness, shakiness, disorientation, seizures, and in severe cases, coma. 

This is the FROMM Brand that your puppy eats.  The adult maltese love the flavor Duck & Veg. The puppies eat FROMM – puppy GOLD. The kibble is very small and easy for them to eat.  You will be sent home with the food they are eating. You can find it available at most pet stores or you can order online HERE:

Whichever brand food that you choose, Please Make sure the ingredients DO NOT contain: “Meat-by products”

Chicken By-products & Beef By-Products are OK. They include parts such as feet, beaks, intestines, organs, tails, etc. Basically everything humans don’t eat.  However if the dog food label states just a generic “Meat-by product” DON’T BUY IT!  I was heartbroken to find out that “meat” is diseased dead animals that comes from a rendering plant and is ground up for dog food. All dog food is NOT created equal. You can read an article HERE that exposes the truth about what really is in most commercial dog foods” Check your brand HERE to see how it scores.

YOUR PUPPY EATS FROMM PUPPY GOLD KIBBLE 3x PER DAY + SNACKS. These are HANDS-DOWN the FAVORITE treat in our house.  Stella & Chewy Super Beef Meal Mixers  You can find them HERE

Nap Time

Just like human babies, your new maltese puppy is a baby too and needs sleep to grow and he healthy. Allow your maltese puppy to take naps and get all the sleep they need. It is important for tiny maltese puppies to have plenty of rest as well as exercise. Because puppies love to play so much, just like with growing children, they can get over-stimulated and not know when to rest.


Crates are a personal choice.  If you decide not to use a crate for your puppy, I would recommend getting a puppy play pen for him/her. That way they have their own special safe place while you are out to dinner, shopping, errands, etc.

These metal style crates are sturdy, easy to clean,  allow plenty of air flow and they fold for traveling.  As far as size, you want something big enough for the puppy to grow into so when he/she is an adult they will be able to stand up, turn around and lie down easily. You can find them HERE

The crate on the left is 24x17x19 and perfect for a puppy to grow into.

Your puppy uses a puppy pen.  Most of my puppies are completely puppy pad trained by the time they leave to go to their forever homes. You can find the play pen HERE

Make sure the puppy has his own toys, blanket and bed in a quiet area where he can rest and feel safe and secure. His area should not be drafty. Do not place his area near a fan, vent, or near a door. His area should not be located near a furnace nor near a fireplace. A crate or puppy pen is an excellent choice if you have to leave home for a few hours and want to make sure the puppy doesn’t get into anything and also make them feel protected in their new environment.

Always make sure that your puppy has a place to call his own. I have dog beds set up in other rooms so they always have their own special areas in the house. Let the puppy explore a little bit at a time. A puppy may be small but will still like to walk around and have his feet on the ground! Do not let the puppy have full run of the home. Also a loving child may want to carry the puppy all around but you must not permit this as it can cause motion sickness and lack of appetite.


All babies born in our home are socialized from birth with daily interaction. I am always with the mothers during their births. My females find comfort with me being there with them. Handling as well as talking to the new babies everyday is important to bond with them and make sure they are healthy and getting enough to eat.  When they live here, they go outside everyday for some fresh air and playtime. Your puppy has also grown up around our children so they are used to getting lots of attention and being loved on.


This is the style harness I like to use for taking the dogs on a walk.. It is very simple to use and comfortable for your puppy. Necklaces and Collars are cute for photos or events but please use extreme caution when using only neck collars on maltese for walks.  I find that a harness style that goes around the body is safer and more secure.


I always opt for a gentle, no-tear baby shampoo for cleaning around the head and face of my puppies, being cautious not to get any soap inside their ears as this can cause ear infections. For bathing adult Maltese, an oatmeal-based dog shampoo is recommended. It’s important not to over-bathe them; long-haired Maltese should be bathed once every 7 days, while those with a puppy cut can be bathed once every 14 days, unless they get dirty from playing outside.


Brushing your puppy’s teeth when they are young will make the job easier when he is an adult. Buy toothpaste formulated for dogs. It’s beef flavored so dogs love the taste. Start by letting the puppy chew on the toothbrush and then with a dab of toothpaste. Bones and raw hide sticks naturally clean teeth as well..


Tear Staining on the face can be due to a number of things… Allergies and diet are the top of the list.  If you feed your dog an excellent diet and clean water you really shouldn’t have a problem.  However, if you do here is the solution… Purchase a Tear stain comb and use it every night, make it part of their nightly routine. For extreme tear staining, The ONLY product that has ever worked for me is Angel Eyes.  The cheapest place to get it online is HERE.  Just sprinkle some on their food and within a week or two, the staining will disappear.

Watch for…

You should also closely watch your puppies stools. They can alert you to many health problems. The stools should be firm and brown. Any changes from this should be reported to your vet. If a young puppy gets loose stools, they don’t have much reserve at all and may dehydrate very quickly!! DON”T DELAY a trip to the vet.

Coconut water

COCONUT WATER is super hydrating, naturally sweet and full of electrolytes. .. not Coconut Milk but coconut WATER..  It is amazing stuff!  Your maltese loves it.  I give it to them as a treat.  It taste great (you should try it if you haven’t) and Coconut Water is far more hydrating the just plain water.

Maltese Breed Information

The Maltese is among the gentlest mannered of the Toy breed dogs. Bred for companionship, Maltese thrive on love and attention. Maltese are gentle, trusting and devoted to their masters. They’re lively, happy, and energetic. Due to their high level of intelligence, the Maltese is a quick learner. They are also courageous and will bark if they hear a suspicious noise. The breed sheds little to no hair, and is highly recommended for those who suffer from allergies. The Maltese requires regular grooming and bathing to prevent their beautiful white coats from staining. The Maltese is an ancient breed with a history that can be traced back many centuries. The Maltese is believed to be a descendant of a Spitz type dog found among the Swiss Lake dwellers, and bred down to its small size. Although there is some evidence that the breed may have originated in Asia, the Maltese is usually associated with the Isle of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. The little dogs were favored by the wealthy and royalty alike. Some royals that purportedly owned Maltese were Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Josephine Bonaparte and Marie Antoinette. The Maltese has been known by a variety of names throughout the centuries, including “Majestic Creature”, “The Comforter Dog,” “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta”, and “The Roman Ladies’ Dog”. However, women weren’t their only admirer’s! Publius, the Roman governor of Malta, prized his Maltese “Issa” so much that he commissioned a portrait of the famous little dog and even had poetry written about her. Today, the graceful breed is an adored pet and sought after show dog!

Occasionally we have Teacup Maltese Puppies For Sale!  For more information about our Maltese for sale, please contact us at maltesematchmaker@gmail.com

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