How Much Do Maltese Puppies Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 7, 2018

Maltese puppies belong to the toy group, and the name is believed to be from the island of Malta.

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How much does a Maltese cost?

On average, a Maltese puppy is going to cost anywhere from $700 to as much as $2,100+.  The dog is highly sought after because they are attractive, charming and are known to be very devoted to their owners and those who surround them, and regardless of what you hear, there is only one Maltese breed, so don’t fall for the marketing gimmicks with names such as Tiny Toy, Bichon and the Teacup Maltese.  Females tend to cost 30 percent more than a male.

Dogs which come from a highly reputable quality breeder, who follows all standards, will often command at least $1,500 to $2,500 or more.  If the dog has been known to be in the bloodline of a highly sought after show dog, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see the dog in the $3,000 range.

Foxstonemaltese.com notes most Maltese adoptions should be within the $1,500 to $3,000 range to increase your chances of adopting a healthy dog.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder will always include registration papers, any AKC paperwork if registered, up-to-date vaccinations, a full medical report by a licensed vet, a health certificate, a health guarantee and an airline-approved travel crate if being shipped.

The average Maltese weighs four to eight pounds and can reach nine to 10 inches in height.

What are the extra costs?

Your local city/county will more than likely require a dog license to register your dog.  Registering your dog can vary from one state to another and can cost anywhere from $8 to $30.

Recurring expenses, such as dog food, leashes, toys, grooming and routine/random vet visits all need to be factored in.  Be prepared to spend at least $50 to $75 per month to keep your dog healthy.

Shipping the dog to your home via an airline can cost $150 to $350, depending on the airline and how far it has to travel.

Professional obedience classes may be recommended since they are hard to crate train and train in general.

The long coat needs a constant brushing to avoid mats and tangles.  If left unbrushed, this can become quite tangled for the dog, causing a lot of discomfort, especially behind the ears.  For those who don’t have the time, professional grooming sessions are highly recommended at least once per month.

Recommended Maltese dog food

Tips to know

MalteseOnly.com says this breed has been bred for close to eight thousand years and by now, most genetically “kinks” have been worked out, making it hard for even the “uneducated” breeders to create a bad Maltese.

The American Maltese Association is a great place to start your search for a reputable and honest breeder.

As for its character, it’s known to be playful, animated and highly intelligent.  Also be social, the Maltese loves to be the center of attention whether it’s at home or being on show.

The dog is usually good natured, loves to be held, is gentle and can be trusted most of the time.  It can get along well with other pets, but some may not do well with misbehaving children.

They do not do well alone for extended periods of time and will commonly create a bond with one person in the household.  Because of this, they may be overprotective, barking and growling at anything they deem a threat.

Its non-shedding coat is straight but lacks an undercoat.  The luxurious white coat, the only color it comes in, is the trademark of the Maltese.  Some may have light tan shadings on the ears. If the coat is any other color, it is considered a Havanese, a close cousin of the Maltese.

While the dog loves to take daily walks, they are suitable for smaller apartment/condo living situations.

The average lifespan for a Maltese is 12 to 15 years.

Is the Maltese hypoallergenic?  These dogs don’t shed and are often included on the list of hypoallergenic dogs.  They are known to cause fewer allergic reactions and secrete fewer amounts of the glycoprotein, which is known as an irritant.  The answer is in the air because some have stated they were allergic to a Maltese, while others have noticed an improvement of their allergies, but it didn’t subside 100 percent.  To play it safe, arrange a play date with your new dog to see if your allergies flare up when you play with it.  If possible, try to do it in your own environment to make sure other dog dander in another home isn’t the culprit.

The Maltese has been known to be quite the barker.  To prevent this from happening, many Maltese owners have found squirting the dog with a squirt gun or shaking a soda can full of pennies can limit the barking.

How can I save money?

Consider adopting an older dog from a local rescue group that specializes with this breed.  Older dogs can be just as loving and will be a lot less than adopting a puppy.  Adoption should always be your first choice before choosing any breeder.

Never focus on the price when buying a dog because you will more than likely get what you pay for.   Cheaper backyard breeders may lack the appropriate paperwork or were raised in small kennels, lacking the essential human companionship.


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  1. Donna McWhite (Buffalo,  New York) paid $700 and said:

    Most loyal and loving dog! VERY protective of me, we are both home together all day, just us 2, I am disabled. Extremely intuitive to my moods,learns to recognize words very quickly.Wants to be by me constantly! Only bad points…Very picky eater,and extremely hard to potty train. Is a creature of habit,always does things at same time daily. Barks at noises we never hear,alert and guards house as his job! He is now 8 yrs old,is my best friend, and I

    Was it worth it? Yes

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