Always Maltese
"Bred for Quality...Raised with Love...Shown with Pride"

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Showing your Maltese
The sport of purebred dog showing can be a fun and exciting part time hobby for some, and for others a serious full-time profession. If you are interested in learning more about getting started with showing, a good place to start would be your local kennel club. There would be dog fanciers from many different breeds who could share information about upcoming local shows as well as confirmation and obedience training classes in your area. They may be able to put you in contact with someone in your area who are involved in the breed that you are particularly interested in showing. Many kennel clubs sponsor AKC sanctioned puppy matches and "fun matches"as well. These "fun matches" are extremely helpful for the novice just starting out who wants to learn more in a "hands-on" environment.

The Maltese can be a challenging breed for a novice to start off with...The coat of the Maltese requires much care to attain the length and condition neccesary to be competitive in the show ring. Many people who have become successful in showing Maltese will candidly chuckle as they refer back to "blowing" the coat of their first Maltese show dog. However, if your love for the breed and your determination are strong enough you can learn pretty quickly to care for the beautiful long white silky coat of the Maltese show dog.

At a glance, most inexperienced people would be hard pressed to be able to tell the difference between a well-bred pet puppy and a potential show prospect. An experienced breeder may recognise a "potential" show prospect as early as 10 to 12 weeks of age, however the permanent teeth are usually not completely in until around 6 months of age and until that time the alignment of the teeth can be somewhat uncertain. There are quite a few "cosmetic" as well as structural qualities to be considered when evaluating a potential show prospect...The texture and color of the coat...the pigment of the nose and eye rims...length of the muzzle...the ear set...the topline...the tail set...the puppy's size as well as the overall structure, balance and movement of the puppy...Another very important consideration is the puppy's personality. A show prospect puppy should have a very happy, friendly, outgoing personality to be successful in the show ring...And last but not least there is also a certain "type" or "look" that each breeder looks for in a potential show prospect puppy...

Many people seek the help and services of a professional handler to show and finish their show prospect puppy/dog to Champion. Some breeders may require in their "show contract" that a professional handler be used to show the puppy to it's best advantage...especially if you have never shown a dog before.

Most breeders require a "Show Purchase Contract" when placing a show prospect puppy. The Purchase Contract is an important factor when placing puppies which may go on to be bred...The Breeder's bloodline and reputation go along with the puppy. Certain requirements and/or expectations will understandibly need to be addressed and placed in writing. Purchase Contracts vary from breeder to breeder so be sure that you understand the breeder's requirements and expectations by reading over the contract before committing to a puppy purchase.

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