Teacup Maltese dogs make wonderful pets. However, there are many things that you should know about a Teacup Maltese before adopting one. Make sure that this is the breed that you want, not just because of the way it looks, but also because of its behavior.
Teacup Maltese is one of the smallest breeds of dogs. Because of its size, they are fragile dogs. They can be seriously injured or even killed just by stepping or sitting on them by accident. This is a serious consideration for families with young children.
Teacup Maltese dogs are notorious for being difficult to housebreak. Constant crate training is almost mandatory, and many owners need to have a doggie door installed in order to prevent accidents. Some owners aren't able to ever fully housebreak their Teacup Maltese.
Teacup Maltese dogs are shy by nature. It is important to keep them involved in social activities and around people. However, they become dependent on their owners and there is a strong possibility of separation anxiety. Because of this, owners shouldn't leave their Teacup Maltese alone for more than a few hours.
It is thought that Teacup Maltese originated in the Mediterranean, specifically from the island of Malta.
Aubrey O'Day of Danity Kane has a Teacup Maltese named Ginger. Anna Nicole Smith had a white Maltese named Marilyn.