There’s something about tiny things—they are just so adorable. The Maltese is already a diminutive breed, but the teacup is even more miniature! These pups are super cute but, unfortunately, are very rare when it comes to ethical breeding practices.
Many teacup breeds, including the teacup Maltese, are produced by inhumane, greedy breeders who use techniques such as withholding nutrition to stunt growth or inbreeding their smallest Maltese pups. Unfortunately, both scenarios typically result in dogs with myriad health issues into their adult years.
However, it is possible to find teacup Maltese puppies that is breed ethically. If you are up for that challenge, our article will tell you how to find an ethical breeder. Of course, this is a complete guide, so you’ll be learning absolutely everything you could possibly want or need to know about the teacup Maltese.
We’ll share information about this breed’s history, size, temperament, barking habits, grooming needs, shedding levels, energy levels, trainability, and more. If you have a question about the teacup Maltese, you’ll likely find the answer in this article, so keep reading.
The History Of A Teacup Maltese.
The teacup Maltese is simply a smaller version of the Maltese. This breed has a very interesting history and hails from Malta, an island state in the Mediterranean just below Sicily. Aristotle described the ancestors of this breed as “perfectly proportioned.”
The Maltese was also quite popular amongst the nobles of the Roman empire. These dogs were often pampered lapdogs seen as accessories and symbols of wealth.
After Rome fell, the Chinese kept the breed from extinction by crossing it with their own native breeds. They then exported the Maltese back into Europe. Today, the Maltese is still a relatively popular choice of dog, ranking 39th out of 197 on the AKC’s 2021 Most Popular Dog Breeds list.