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 Maltese Poodle

 

Maltese poodles are not considered a breed in the show ring.

A Maltese poodle is a small, cute, white, curly, fluffy dog. It is small enough to carry. Maltese poodles are good natured, and make great pets. 

So why can't one find a breeder?

The reason is, they are not considered a "breed." So there are no official "breeders." 

They cannot be registered. No one keeps pedigrees (family trees.) Because the family trees are not in writing, the dogs cannot be said to be "pedigreed."

If two people who own little white dogs agree to let their dogs mate, then more little white dogs will ensue. Some puppies may differ in size or color from the litter mates. This is caused by a recessive gene emerging from an unknown ancestor. Which puppy is the right size? No one can say, because there is no breed standard in writing. Some folk like miniature Maltese poodles, others like bigger Maltese poodles.

Maybe some day, Maltese poodle fanciers will get together and discuss what size the dogs should be. They will write down, "No higher than ... inches/ cms..." Then they will decide on the color, "Must not be all black," (for example) In this way, a "Breed Standard" will be established. Folk whose dogs are in line with the breed standard, will start keeping records of which dog mates with whom.

How breeds of dogs developed.

So eventually, we may have registered Maltese poodles, but in the meantime, if you are looking for  Maltese poodle puppies, just keep looking in the newspapers and vets' notice boards.

miniature Maltese poodle, eyes hidden by hair

Miniature Maltese poodle. The hair often goes in the eyes, so some owners clip it, or tie it up with ribbon.

Christelle holding Maltese poodle

This Maltese poodle has just been bathed.

 

The playful dogs above are pedigreed miniature poodles (not Maltese poodles) A breed from which Maltese poodle may originate is the miniature poodle.   Or there may be strains of bichon frise in the ancestry. There is also a pedigreed breed called a "Maltese" dog. (NOT poodle!) These have long straight hair, flowing to the ground.
It's possible that Maltese poodles - or a dog in their ancestry - originated in Malta, an island off the coast of North Africa, but closer to Sicily. There's a gripping narrative of ship that was wrecked at Malta in ancient times in Acts chapters 26, 27 & 28. Paul was aboard. Even when facing death, he remained calm and sure of his God - to the extent that he even took time to thank God for the bread he had to eat!

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