FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT OUR BUSINESS
First of all, we like to clarify that all of our breeding males and females are here with us on the acreage and we own them all. We raise only Maltese puppies as they are our first love. We do not broker or sell to pet stores, only one-on-one with private individuals like yourselves. We have worked very hard as Maltese breeders to produce a beautiful and healthy Maltese dog, most times resulting in much higher quality and healthier dog than you might find with other situations.We breed for very short noses, silky coats, and of course health. Moreover, we are very thankful for the fact that we very very seldom have health issues with any of our dogs. All of our Maltese puppies have champs in their pedigrees but are not champion sired. You are always welcome to visit our home and check out our facilities and dogs to ease any misgivings you naturally would have. Also, personal references are welcome and encouraged.
HEALTH GUARANTEE, REGISTRATION
We offer a one-year health guarantee on life-threatening genetic defects in the puppy, such as heart murmur, liver shunt, etc. We want to honor the Lord in dealing with all of our clients in case a problem should occur. All of our parents are registered with AKC and we make every effort to build integrity into the breed. All puppies are sold with limited registration unless otherwise agreed to. All registration papers are held until proof of neuter/spay is received.
SHOTS AND WORMING
Puppies get their shots at 9, 12, and 16 weeks, as well as 3 wormings.
Our Maltese males puppies usually start at $1800, and female puppies start at $2200. The differences in prices reflect the puppy's size (AKC standard mature weight for Maltese is 4-7 lbs), coloring, and conformation. The larger pups are the least expensive. Many times summer prices are lower due to people's busy schedules etc. Demand is high for females, so males are discounted. All puppies purchased as pets will have limited registration, which means that the dog can be registered, but if it were bred, you would not be able to register the pups. As stated above, all registration papers are held until proof of neuter/spay is received.
MALE VS FEMALE
Because people don't understand that a male puppy neutered early is just as sweet and desirable as the female and is almost guaranteed not to lift his leg and mark. Marking is a hormonal response which neutering usually solves. In fact, many vets, groomers, and trainers think the male temperament to be even sweeter. So don’t let the male/female issue be the only determining factor in selection. Our references would speak to both male and female being equally wonderful. We personally feel that it is the temperament of the dog that is most important, not whether they are male or female (same as people). You honestly would not be able to tell the difference, so go ahead and put a blue bow in HIS hair!
I’M NEW AT THIS, CAN YOU HELP?
Certainly. We want you and the puppy to be happy and compatible. We have put together several pages on the care of your new arrival which includes house-breaking, procuring the best foods, feeding schedule, shot-worming info, precautions with do's and don'ts, tearing info and catalog suggestions for ordering miscellaneous doggie products. These are sent with the puppy. Moreover, we encourage our new Maltese puppy owners to stay in contact with questions.
AVAILABLE PUPPIES (or Adults)
If you e-mail us, we have an information letter that tells what is available, their descriptions and prices. Simply request a picture of whichever ones you would like to see.
When we have pups available, we can take deposits by using our paypal acct.for puppies that are not quite ready for travel and deposits are non-refundable. I do need to mention that whoever puts a deposit down first, gets the puppy. The remaining payment needs to be with a Cashiers Check or Money Order, direct deposit, or wire transfer to guarantee that it gets here in plenty of time.
We would be glad to visit with you about our available puppies, so email or give us a call.
We want to find loving, safe homes for our Maltese puppies so we may have a few questions about your situation and past experience........(fenced yard, age of children, etc)
Thanks again for showing interest in our puppies and for trusting us to find your perfect next family member.
EYE STAIN PRODUCT
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"How Blessed Is The Nation Whose God Is The Lord" - Psalm 33:12
Have a blessed year.
Ken and Pam Miller - Sonshine Acres