Maltese Breeder’s Guidelines

Please make sure that your chosen breeder follows the following
guidelines in their breeding program.

maltese breeder guidelines~ The Breeder keeps alert of any inherited problems that are particular to their breed. They strive to screen their breeding stock for hereditary problems using the current available and generally accepted techniques.

~ Provides adequate diet, exercise and veterinary care for all of their dogs, as well as proper supervision and facilities for pre-natal, whelping and post-natal care of the dam and puppies and supervision during gestation, whelping and lactation.

~ Breeder does not knowingly deal with dog wholesalers, commercial retailers, brokers or unethical dog breeders, nor supply dogs for raffles, “give away” prizes or other such projects.

~ Breeder keeps accurate breeding and stud records as required by AKC.

~ Puppies receive quality health care and nutrition. They are handled regularly, properly socialized to human contact.

~ Breeder does not sell a puppy before it has been given a veterinarian health examination and has received at least one inoculation against distemper, hepatitis and parvo. Puppies should remain in breeder’s possession until at least 12 weeks of age.

~ Breeder provides pet buyers with written details on feeding, general care and nutrition and a health record with data on veterinary attention.

~ Breeder provides limited registration on puppies sold as pets or have signed spay-neuter agreements. If AKC papers are not received at the time of the sale, breeder  provides written information on the puppy’s sire, dam and date of birth.

~ Breeder should offer stud service only to AKC Full Registered, healthy, mature  dogs and bitches, respectively, and only of sound temperament. The dogs and Bitches  should be free of serious congenital and hereditary defects.

~ Breeder should screen prospective buyers as thoroughly as possible to determine their intent, as well as their ability and interest in providing a safe, adequate, loving  environment and a long term relationship with a puppy or adult dog.

~ Healthy spacing between litters should be a priority. Bitches should in no case be bred before their second heat or before they are at least 18 months of age, whichever comes first, nor be placed at risk by an unreasonable number of cesarean sections and then only with the concurrence of a veterinarian.

~ Breeder requires that if the buyer is for any reason unable to care for the dog that they return them to the breeder.

~ The Breeder should make you feel comfortable knowing that they will be there at any time day or night if you need them concerning the dog.

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