Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted December 22, 2015
Ever since I was a child I wanted to have a dog. As I grew up it became my number one reason to want to move out and live alone in my own place, as my mother wouldn't allow me to get a puppy, due to our apartment being "too small for us, and you're thinking about getting a dog!". Eventually, she gave in. She gave in in a tiny bit of a second, the very moment she laid her eyes on that tiny fluffy snowflake, I was holding in my hands as I walked through the door.
My Maltese baby Fluffy was about 7-8 weeks old when I got him as a gift from my father, in June, 2012. He was weighing less than a kilo, but he was very healthy, strong and cheerful puppy, also very hungry! All the time! He would eat the whole grains of his puppy food, swallowing without chewing and all at once. And off course, as all puppies, he was chewing on everything no matter how I tried to stop him. That's why in a couple of weeks he got gastritis and he had to be treated with injections for a couple of days. Also he had a minor ear infection that made him scratch on his ears quite a lot in those weeks, but that was also solved very quickly as he was treated for it on time. Other than that, his health is perfect until this day (*touches wood*)!
Maltese are the happiest, most cheerful and hyperactive puppies ever! He is always ready to play and cuddle and I cannot tell you the amount of personality and joy they radiate with. While very young, they can be quite hard to obey and too hyperactive, but they are just too harmless and tiny to cause any bigger problem, so that's not something you should worry about. When they are about 6 months old, they will start obeying a lot more (and chew on things a lot less). What I certainly recommend, for any dog you decide to get, it's always the best thing getting them as puppies because they will form their personality with you and training them will be a piece of cake.
I cannot count all the pros in getting such a cute snowball like mine is. As for the cons, let's say he's quite hard to groom. Their hair grows very quickly and they must be combed at least every two days, if you don't want it to tangle and if you want them looking nice and clean. As they are very hyperactive and playful (and also tend to be extremely spoiled due to their size and appearance), they will keep on trying to play with comb and scissors and the dog stylist will need to be very skillful and patient. But luckily you don't have to do that every day. If they are combed on a daily basis, you won't have to groove them very often, once in 3 months will be okay.
The important thing is feeding them well and listening to the vets advice for that, as their stomach can be somewhat delicate. Always stick to the amount and kind of food your vet recommends and you won't have any problem.
Fluffy is the best gift I ever got and ever can get in my whole life. He's my companion, my friend and my overdose of love every single day. There is nothing better you could gift to yourself or your loved ones, this Christmas.