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The Maltese may have been introduced into the gene pools of the Lhaso Apso, the Tibetan Terrier, The Tibetan Spaniel, the Pekingese, and the Poodle to help shape the evolution of these other breeds of dogs.


Maltese Pricing

Maltese are gaining in popularity for a number of reasons. They are attractive, charming, devoted to their companions, intelligent, playful, loving, protective, gentle, and live a long time. The Maltese breed is one of the oldest breeds of canine, and with over 8,000 years of breeding, genetically they are very sound. Most of the undesirable traits have been bred out of the line -- a long time ago. They have been called "the aristocrat of the canine world," and their carriage and demeanor reflect the term. Worshipped by Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, and other ancient races, idolized by queens and kings -- they are truly a "cadillac canine." In America, their popularity has grown in leaps and bounds in the last few decades.

Maltese are continually one of the favorites at dog shows. Thousands and thousands of devoted Maltese owners who have accepted one of these silky-haired darlings into their lives as pets will attest to how much love and happiness is bundled in this small creature.

So how much? Pricing for a purebred Maltese from a reputable breeder who has put a lot of time, effort and money into making sure that little bit of fluff you bring home is the best Maltese he can possibly be can vary and is based on many different factors. No, the Maltese is not a cheap pet. Pricing can range from $600 to $5,000.

Pricing is usually based on a number of factors, and will vary between breeders. An average price for a Maltese of solid, championship bloodlines, DNA tested and verified, will probably average around $1,000 - $2,500 from a reputable breeder. The amount of money the breeder spends on stud fees, nutritional supplements, veterinary bills, puppy shots, nursery accommodations, and food (not to mention lost sleep!) also varies by breeder.

Anna's Angels, in addition to all being DNA-tested parents, receive the best of care, including special diets and a vitamin and supplement regimen for mothers-to-be. Females are not over-bred -- I do not run a puppy mill! Each litter from my Angels are from sires that have met strict requirements for breeding with my girls. My breeding program is designed to produce beautiful, healthy Maltese from solid ancestry. None of my puppies have ever been born with worms or any other canine diseases.

Maltese live very long lives (an average of 14-16 years), so if the cost of the puppy is $2,500 and he lives 15 years, your cost per year would be roughly $166. What about those $600 Maltese? Well, you can buy one for that price, and then risk spending another $1,000 or more in the first months of his life to correct a genetic defect, and suffer the pain and trauma of the experience along with your pet. In short, the prices reputable breeders charge, the ones that stand behind their puppies and offer health guarantees, who put a lot of their own money into making sure each puppy born is the best it can possibly be, are worth it. For an average price of $166 per year, you will receive a return on your investment ten-fold in the enjoyment you will receive from owning a Maltese.

As each litter of puppies is from different dams and sires, prices will vary based on ancestry and bloodlines. For any litter of puppies announced in the "Birth Announcements" section, please e-mail me or call at (623) 261-5818 for pricing on a specific litter of new little angels.

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