Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Right Brush For A Maltese.

This is not my article (is one of my past puppies) but I agree, the bristle brushes work the best.  I buy the bristle brush that has bristles on one side and pins on the other.

Our recommendation:

This is the type of hair brush you should get.  It is great for blow drying with the bristle side and then going through after the hair is completely dry with the pin side to make sure hair does not get tangled.  

Never pull or yank Maltese hair but continue to blow dry your Maltese all the way through with a soft side of the brush even if it seems matted, continue brushing with the soft side, sometimes areas that appear matted come loose at the end and use a blow dryer being very careful not to burn the dog with the blow dryer.  If you can set it on high blowing with low to med heat this works best but low and cool is good too but takes much longer.  I use the warm setting while they are wet to keep them moderately warm and the cool setting once they are dry.  You must dry them completely or they will mat in a unrecoverable way.   You must never get closer than 8 inches with the blow dryer.  It can burn your dog.

If you are working with a puppy, introduce them to the blow dryer by allowing them to sniff it, put it on low blow and low heat until they feel more comfortable at which time you can push the blowing setting up to high.

Remember the Maltese have sensitive, delicate skin so go easy on them.  Don't brush so hard that it hurts them and remember to be careful with the heat of the blow dryer.

Brush carefully and completely under ears, under arms, under belly, around bottom, hind legs and tail as well as the rest of the coat.  Any fur left in a wet mess will mat up costing you more money to detangle or have shaved down.

After they are dry, run the pin side of the brush through the coat to leave it silky and fluffy but mainly on the larger parts of the body as Maltese are pretty sensitive about letting you use this side on feet, legs, face, etc.  Only use a soft brush on face, head, legs and sensitive areas.
Here is another great link on grooming and brushing your Maltese dog.

Puppy Love!

I am certainly having such a hard time not wanting to keep all these puppies.  These puppies are cute as can be.  They really need to go to some great homes.  I am wanting to sit and play all day with them.  Look how cute they are...

The fur is soft and silky and starting to look like an fluffy explosion of silky cotton.   Their little angelic faces are making me want them all.  They want to find their new mommies and daddies.  This little guy is 5 weeks old approximately. I have 1 left from my first litter and 3 left from the second litter.  Hope you enjoyed the pics.

I know the price seems high at $1500 and 50 for a microchip, and just so you know, we only get 1-4 puppies per litter to begin with and the vets are getting really expensive lately and our pups see the vet around 3 times before they go to you.  This means your dog gets seen a lot by the veterinarian to find out as much as possible before you get it.  You will get a health record, signed contract, 1 year guarantee against congenital defect, if you want a microchip it is extra but I charge only what the veterinarian does and not a penny more.  Considering the $2,700 I spent on one male and $2.000 I spent on another, I think the price is fair for a dog raised in a better environment than a pet store.   It is very fair for a dog that has lots of champion bloodlines, no skin allergies, etc.

I spent 5 years fighting a pet store for one of my dogs pedigrees so you are much better off buying from a breeder like me who does not screw you over and make you fight to get your proper paperwork.  In fact I am going to start helping my new owners register their dogs through me while they are doing pickup so they don't leave the paperwork around and lose it later.

The puppies live in our busy home with kids, animals and birds so they get a lot of socialization.  My kids are holding them and spending time loving them.  This is good so they get proper socialization from birth.  An unsociable dog will have problems adjusting to new environments, people and other animals and do not make good pets.

When we say these pups have champions in their bloodlines, what I mean is within 6 generations or so there are many champions, not just one.  The dogs are just lovely.  

The father is a small little guy and he is a sweet loving male with a long track record as a stud.  His mother was 4.5 pounds so he tends to make smaller puppies.  Some of them are in the 4-6.5 lb. range.

He's very small and tiny at 6.1 lbs.  He is fed a diet of Science Diet Small Bites and Reverse Osmosis Water and select snacks.

Bella Rose

Zoey Rose (Bella's daughter)

There are two different mothers both in the 6.5 lb range and shown as Zoey Rose and Bella Rose on this site.

Bella Rose is sweet and loving, makes lots of eye connections, wants to be with you a lot.  She cleans up after her puppies and nurtures them, cuddles them and more.  Bella's hair is a bit curlier than Zoey's.

Zoey Rose is smart, listens beautifully and is a very good Mommy   She loves to play with her puppies when they get bored and whine.  Zoey's hair is much straighter than Bella's.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Promoting Nuvet Labs Vitamins

We are excited to promote Nuvet Labs vitamins and may have samples for you when you pick up your new puppy.  We love these vitamins and highly recommend them and our dogs love them too.  My one dog loves them so much she raided my office and ate my samples.

Stevens Maltese Puppies highly recommends Nuvet Plus products...

"We have found Nuvet Plus products to be excellent quality pet supplements, highly palatable by the dogs, great for their health and well being and we highly recommend their products."


NuVet Plus® is the culmination of 8 years of research and development, formulated with the goal of creating a nutrient formula that would go beyond mere vitamin replenishment. The supplement is instead a full-spectrum nutritional supplement that focuses on the root cause of illness and disease while simultaneously boosting your pet’s immune system and overall health (taken from the Nuvet Labs site)

NuVet Plus® for Canines and Felines Ingredient List: (taken from the Nuvet Labs site)
Alfalfa (Canine formula only)
Alpha Amylase
Amino Acids
Beta Carotene
Blue Green Algae
Brewer's Yeast
Cat's Claw
Chicken Liver
Evening Primrose Oil
L Methionine
Oyster Shell
Pine Bark
Selenium (Yeast)
Shark Cartilage
Taurine (Feline formula only)
Vitamin A
Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B12
Vitamin C (Ester C™)
Vitamin E
Whey Protein (Feline formula only)

To read about the positive effects of a particular ingredient; click on the ingredient name above.

Nuvet Plus Product Video


Years of research and development has created NuJoint Plus®, a nutrient rich product that goes to the source of the problem, combating joint and bone ailments with a wide variety of natural healing ingredients designed to be bio-digestible. Our cutting edge formula targets disease causing pathogens and free radicals by infusing the cellular framework of your pet’s metabolism with precise percentages of Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), and Vitamin C. (taken from the Nuvet Labs site)

Each NuJoint Plus® tablet contains: (taken from the Nuvet Plus site)

250 mg Glucosamine Sulfate
125 mg Chondroitin Sulfate
125 mg MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
50 mg Vitamin C (Ester-C®)

NuJoint Plus Product Video

For more information regarding your vitamin purchase go here

And use the code 28337 when you

order so they know you came from our site.

Watch Your Puppy Outside!

There are many dangers to your new puppy when it goes outside to potty.

Sadly some dogs can be picked up by hawks when they are under 2 - 4 lbs.  It is harder after the dog reaches 3 lbs but I have learned that hawks can kill them on the spot and try to eat them right there if they can't carry them off. 

Please watch your dog until it is well over 3 lbs when it goes out to potty.  Once they are full grown you should have no problems letting your puppy out to potty but still since Maltese are small and adorable, there are always things you need to watch for such as:

  • Holes Under The Fence
  • Fence Slats They Can Squeeze Through
  • Hawks
  • Possums
  • Larger Dogs
  • Larger Animals such as Horses, Donkeys, Goats, Cows, etc.
  • Children who may want to hurt your dog
  • Passersby who wish to steal your dog
  • Sunburn from being left outside without shade
  • Dehydration from being left in heat or sun
  • Large Bodies of water
  • Pools/Spas
  • Ponds

Things that may help:

  • Chicken wire stapled around the bottom of your fence and gates
  • Bricks put under the gate bottom so they cannot dig out
  • Bricks put under where ever they like to dig
  • Listen if you hear anything like yelping or barking
  • Don't leave the dog unattended until they are older
  • Don't leave the dog without shelter outside
  • Always leave water for your dog when it is outside

A Puppy For Christmas

What could be more adorable than a sweet little furball waiting to be loved for Christmas.  We have been blessed with two litters ready to go to new homes at Christmas time.
Much love and attention goes into getting your puppy ready such as constant cleaning, lots of petting, loving, snuggling, weaning, learning to eat puppy food, practice leash walking, potty training and lots of baths and grooming. 
We raise our dogs with our family, our kids, other pets and in a busy household environment which helps the puppy adjust better to almost any situation.  We send home a washcloth with the scent of all in the house so they feel comforted when they get to your house. 
Another great thing we do is to have you come over and visit your puppy one or two times the week before you take it so that the adjustment in getting used to you is spread out over time, ensuring the dog is adjusts faster to the new owners and  to the new home.
Our puppies will delight you.  We take extra special care of them, making sure they learn potty training skills before leaving the nest, we practice using potty pads, then using commands like potty outside and also going through a doggie door.  This will ensure your dog will have an easier time being potty trained.
We also practice walking puppy on a leash a few times so that the first walk with the new owner will go much easier.  There is much good that happens when the dog is eased into walking and following mom and another puppy on a leash, than when it is dragged because it never got to practice in a positive environment before. 
Mom Stevens and one of our newest 4 week old puppies taken 10/25/12.
We are taking deposits now for our current litters.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Stud Service

We are currently providing stud service.  If you have need for a stud please contact us at (757) 779-0214.

Any dog who is to be bred to another should be routinely inspected by a veterinarian for general health, brucellosis and should have yearly exams and immunizations before breeding.

It is best if you allow your female to have a rest in between litters for at least one season.  This means let them rest on the next heat.  If the damsel looks healthy and has a good weight and passes her yearly exam with flying colors then you may breed her on her next exam.

Breeders should be mentored and should be aware of expectations of the AMA (American Maltese Association) and the AKC (American Kennel Club).

Female Dogs under 4.5 lbs should never be bred.  It is likely the dog will end up having a c-section and will need to be retired.

Female dogs should never be bred more than 3 times to ensure the health and vitality of the dog.

It is recommended that you spay your bitch after 3 successful litters.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

We have new puppies!!!

New Deliveries!

We have two new litters, yay!

Zoey Rose gave birth to 4 beautiful pups on 5/10/2013, 2 boys and 2 girls!

Bella Rose gave birth to 4 beautiful pups on 5/16/13 - 5/17/13, 2 boys and 2 girls!

The Latest from The Stevens:

No litters will be available this Christmas so get your puppies now. 
 We will not have another litter until late next spring.  We are retiring Bella Rose.  We do not believe in over breeding and we want Bella Rose to enjoy the rest of her life so she has been spayed.  We do not believe in dog farms so we will only provide a minimal amount of high quality dogs to the world.  Dogs should never ever have more than 3 litters.  

We have 6 new puppies.  Yes we are so excited.  From Bella Rose and Zoey Rose who had 3 puppies each we got 5 males and 1 female.

3 pups were born September 20th and 3 pups were born October 7th.  Just in time for Christmas!!!