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If you’re looking for a reputable Maltese Breeder

You’ve come to the right place.

We are a fully licensed & regularly inspected Hobby Kennel.

We raise Medical Service & Therapy Dogs

Show Dogs, & Exceptional Companions!

Club Associations:
Sunflower Kennel Club & Mo-Kan Toy Dog Club

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You’re looking for a Maltese puppy to love, and no doubt, you want a high quality puppy to add to your family.  Whether you’re searching to obtain your new family member or just seeking information about the Maltese breed, we’re here to help.

When you find a Maltese puppy for sale, how can you know if it is truly a quality dog? Anyone can say they offer quality Maltese puppies for sale, and all Maltese dogs are adorable when they’re puppies, but how do you know what kind of dog that puppy you’re considering will grow up to be?

When buying a Maltese puppy that is AKC Champion sired with many AKC Champions in the pedigree, you’re getting a puppy from parents that have been judged by multiple expert judges to be the highest quality, generation after generation.  This makes a tremendous difference in the health and temperament of a pet that will be with you for as many as 20 years. You aren’t just buying a puppy, you’re adding a member of the family.  It’s like adopting a child.

Storybook Maltese caters to the selective pet owner that is looking for a high quality AKC Champion Sired Maltese puppy, with health guarantee and lifelong support.  All puppies that we offer for sale come vet checked with health guarantee, first shots, and worming. You’ll find our Champion Sired Maltese puppies to be healthy, well socialized, and of exceptional quality whether you’re looking for a Medical Service Dog, Therapy Dog, or just an Outstanding Companion.

We delight in offering lifelong support for our puppies and their new families and are always available to help by phone, text, email, or Facebook Messenger, because we truly care about our puppies and their new families.

Please take some time to visit our Learning Center, where you can learn all about the Maltese Breed.

You’ll come to understand what makes Storybook Maltese different from other breeders.  Please take time to review our references here and learn what adopting a Storybook Maltese puppy has been like for others.

We don’t just raise puppies here.  We work hard to create Super Puppies.  Our puppies start their Super Puppy training at just 3 days old with Canine Early Neuro-Stimulation.  This is just the beginning of developing a Super Puppy, but it’s a very important part.  Storybook puppies undergo additional training to help insure a smooth transition to their new home and make them outstanding companions or service animals.  You can learn all about the process our puppies go through by visiting our Learning Center.

Maltese puppy carrierWhen our puppies leave us, they are purse trained and come with an airline approved Maltese puppy pursecarrier, which they sleep quietly in at night. They’re potty-pad trained, groom trained, and have age appropriate shots and worming.  All puppies are well socialized with people and other dogs.  They grow up in our laps until they’re ready to occupy yours.  We put a lot of extra work into raising our Super Puppies and you get what you pay for when you buy a puppy from Storybook Maltese. A quick review our references with demonstrate the experience you can expect with a Storybook Super Puppy.

The Maltese dog offers love, joy, and delight that cannot be compared to any other Maltese puppy in blue bassinetbreed. The deep bond of this breed to his owner is an amazing experience.  They need to be with their people most of the time to be happy, therefore, we prefer to place our puppies in families where they will not have to be left alone for long periods of time.  They give back so much more than they take.  This is why we’ve dedicated our lives to this breed and offer fabulous Maltese puppies for sale.

We invite you to peek into the nursery every day when we are raising our puppies and watch the puppies grow up from birth to departure, or Championship, if kept and added to our pack to become our next AKC Champion.  

Because we have a limited number of litters each year, and they seem to happen all at once, there can be a wait for one of our puppies. If you are interested in adding one of our Super Puppies to your family, please take a moment to complete our New Owner Questionnaire.

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Learn About Teacup Maltese puppies for sale here…

Teacup Maltese Puppies For Sale - The Great Debate

We get so many inquiries about Teacup Maltese puppies, we would like to take a  the opportunity to inform our visitors about ‘teacup’ puppies.

Teacup Maltese puppies.

Just read any Facebook Toy Breeder group or forum and you will notice that the ‘teacup’ puppy is an ongoing discussion. Many professional breeders adamantly claim that “There is no such thing as a teacup Maltese puppy!”.

Why do people specifically ask for a Teacup Maltese puppy? Is it really a 2-4 lb Maltese they want? Maybe. If so, it is because they don’t know any better and just need a bit of education, rather than a scornful shaming. We’ve found that more often than not, they just don’t understand that what they are looking for is not really called a Teacup Maltese puppy.

Long ago, when I went searching for my first Maltese puppy, being uneducated that there was any difference between a ‘Toy’ Maltese and a Teacup Maltese puppiesTeacup’ Maltese; I searched for Teacup Maltese puppies for sale. Not because I wanted a ‘tiny’ Maltese puppy that would most likely come with health issues, but because I didn’t understand that a Maltese is not like a Poodle, having is a ‘Standard’ version, which is a larger dog, and a ‘Toy’ version, which is a small dog.  

I didn’t want a huge Maltese and I had seen many.

I wanted a small dog that could easily be carried around with me at all times without throwing my back out. It was my intention to take my dog with me wherever I went.  I knew I wanted a constant companion, and the Maltese breed is specifically suited for this, both in size and temperament.  That’s why all of our puppies come with an airline approved carrier for easy travel, and they are accustomed to being in it.  

Often the reasons someone may search for Teacup Maltese puppies for sale is simply because they do not understand that there is any difference between  ‘Teacup’ Maltese puppies and a ‘Toy’ Maltese puppies.  Far too many Professional Maltese Breeders would rather club someone over the head with “There is no such thing as a teacup Maltese puppy!”, than take the time to gently educate them.

Teacup Maltese puppyThe Maltese is a member of the ‘Toy’ group of dogs.  There is no officially recognized ‘Teacup’ group. Show breeders do not use terms that are not specifically recognized by the AKC standard for their breed, however, people that don’t show or breed dogs and haven’t studied the breed standard don’t realize this and there is often an unfortunate ‘disconnect’ between good breeders and the people that are searching for a well-bred puppy, and that’s how unsuspecting people end up with sickly, puppy mill dogs when all they wanted was to find a wonderful and healthy companion that looks and acts like a Maltese puppy is supposed to.  

According to the AKC Maltese breed standard, the correct adult Maltese dog is between 4 and 7 lbs with 4-6 lbs being preferred.

Have you have attended any dogs shows over the past 3 years?  If you visit the Maltese ring, you will notice that the Maltese in the rings are getting bigger and bigger.  It is not uncommon at all to find Maltese Show Dogs that are 7-9 lbs or more and in fact, it is becoming very commonplace.

Do Maltese dogs come in smaller sizes or less than 4 lb? Yes, they do. Either intentionally or unintentionally, there are Maltese smaller than breed standard, just as there are Maltese that are larger than breed standard.  In fact, prior to the AKC Breed standard change on March 10, 1964, The AKC Maltese Standard read, “3 pounds or under” as the standard size for this breed. Today and for the past 40+ years it is the AKC belief that "Overall Quality is to be favored over size".

Do professional breeders intentionally breed to produce a Maltese dog less than 4 lbs? Absolutely NOT!  Professional breeders breed for the health. Health should always be the first priority in any breeding program!

Just mentioning the word ‘teacup’ to a professional Show breeder will often be met with a contemptible hiss. There is understandably a lot of sensitivity on the ‘teacup’ subject in the world of Maltese Breeders. Rightly so.

If you’ve ever seen a very tiny Maltese that has health issues and suffers miserably, or if you’ve ever witnessed the tears of someone who has lost their beloved companion to health issues common to the ‘teacup’ Maltese you also will be outraged that there are breeder’s that will intentionally breed for ‘tiny’ rather than ‘healthy’. These breeders are clearly puppy mills more interested in the cash than the love of the Maltese Breed.

These breeders are also the ones that don’t care who they sell a puppy to. You will find no ‘New Owner Questionnaire’ and you will not be asked any questions, because they do not care where their puppies end up.  As long as you have the cash, they will sell you a puppy. What becomes of that puppy once you leave them with your cash is of little concern to them.

At Storybook Maltese, every one of the dogs we breed is within breed standard and bred for health and specifically good temperament since many of our puppies are placed as service dogs.

Occasionally, we may have a very small puppy in the litter, but this is never our intention when producing a litter. When a very tiny puppy is produced, we take extra measures to insure that puppy goes to a home equipped to accommodate a very tiny dog and we also will not let that puppy leave us until the puppy has been tested for liver shunt, and other common illnesses prevalent in ‘Teacup’ or tiny Maltese puppies.

A Maltese dog weighing 4-7 lbs already is a very small dog.  Please put your emphasis on health and not on size.