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Old 12-05-2012, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello! I am new to the group, and currently am in search of my first Maltese. I am going tomorrow to drive to see some puppies, and because I am looking at a 5 hour drive one way I wanted to get some feedback.

I have three breeders that I am talking with. Two are in north Alabama, and one in Mississippi. I live in Orange Beach AL...way down south at the beach...so pretty much I have a haul to a breeder.

The one breeders in AL, one breeder in GA, both have older puppies 6 to 8 months, one also has a 3 month old. The one in MS has a 3 month old. All are little boys.

I wanted to show the pictures I have and get some honest feedback...and information on what to look for while visiting the breeders.

#1 Moonlight Maltese in Jackson MI - 3 months boy



#2 Confidant Maltese in Stockbridge GA - 4 month boy (also not pictured is a 8 month old brother that looks alot like him)

http://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/atta...d=1354762 125

#3 I Loveitt Maltese - 6 month old - this photo is a month old.

http://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/atta...d=1354762 125

I think they are all pretty...but could really use another opinion. Has anyone heard of these breeders??

Thanks!!

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Old 12-05-2012, 10:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The only breeder I have heard of is I Loveitt Maltese recently a couple members have got adorable puppies from that breeder. I'm sure soon they will post!

They are all adorable! Good luck in your search! I know how hard and overwhelming it could be. But you will know which one is meant to be your baby!
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Oooh, they are all so cute!!! And I love little boys! The only one I've heard of is I Lovett also, but that doesn't mean anything. There are several active members with I Lovett babies and they are all gorgeous! As long as they are all reputable breeders, just go with the one you feel best about. I'm sure others can offer more info. Good luck!!! Will you be taking a puppy home with you?
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They are all precious! But I think the 3 month old looks like he has more white and I would probably pick him. That's just my taste, but you decide which one you like best and have the best feeling about and that will be the right one for you. Word of warning though...the first time you pick one up, you will fall in love! So, I would advise if you can to see all of them first and then make your decision after seeing the last one. I would want to come home with all of them if I could, haha!
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I too have only heard of I Lovitt Maltese in Alabama. The pics you posted all look adorable but I don't know anything about those breeders. Good luck in your search. I know how hard it is to choose someone reliable.
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Isn't Deb's Dewey a Lovitt? If so, go for it. Dewey is absolutely adorable.

Out of these three I would go for the Lovitt because he looks the most like my Gustave. :P


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Thanks for the response...because Loveitt is the closest...and I am favoring the look of that boy...I will go there first...if for any reason I am unsure that he is "the one" I will head to the next one. I hope to bring one home with me, but will wait if I need to.

I have a lot to learn....as the only breed I have had were Miniature Schnauzer's (my mom was a breeder)...my last baby was so wonderful, he passed 5 months ago. Hubby and I decided to look at other breeds...and Maltese was the only other breed that I would consider.

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I'm sorry about your baby.

Maltese is a great breed. So loving. Since you've previously owned a dog you know already how hard it can be to raise a puppy. Getting a 6mo old dog might be easier in that sense. Deb's Dewey came fully pad trained, so I'm guessing this Lovitt puppy might be trained already too.

Haha, I sound like I'm getting a commission. I'm sure you will love whichever puppy you end up getting.

Deb, if you read this thread, do you think Dewey and this pup could be brothers? Since they are almost the same age.


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Oops! I missed that bottom picture! I thought you'd forgotten to add the 3rd one, lol. He is adorable!!

I'm so sorry about the loss of your baby! My 9 y/o yorkie passed the beginning of August this year, so I understand how you feel. Hugs!
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Denise - did you check the AMA list of breeders by state? Here's the link: American Maltese Association From what I can tell it doesn't really look like the first breeder (Moonlight) actively shows and has ads for puppies where reputable breeders wouldn't so probably not a good choice. Not sure about the second one. Looks like one dog who showed in 2005 but that was 5 years ago though I have heard of one of her mentors. I have heard of I Lovett here. I would PM Dewey's mom (Debbie) and Eva's (April) to get info from them since they have first hand knowledge. Glad you came to us BEFORE you bought your pup.
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