Maltese dogs are small pure white indoor dogs that usually weigh 2-3 kilograms. They are family dogs especially also known as therapy dog and is good for homes with elderly people. They are one of the oldest breeds of dogs.

Maltese are small dogs so they are easy to care for. They are very energetic in nature and love to play outdoor. It is important to feed your little furball foods with proper nutrients and a balanced diet.

Feeding Guidelines

4 weeks old

Maltese puppies from birth to the time period of 4 weeks old should not be fed solid foods. The puppies require milk from their mother. If the milk from their mother is not possible then they should be fed milk replacement formulas every two hours.

8-12 weeks old

When the Maltese puppy reached the 8 weeks old mark from 4 weeks old they can be fed solid food switching from the milk replacement formulas. A Maltese puppy that is 8 weeks old needs twice the amount of calories as an adult Maltese.

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The puppy needs as many as 400 calories per day for healthy growth. Free-feeding is also recommended for your new Maltese puppy. During this stage, puppies can be very low in blood sugar levels, so free-feeding is recommended for new Maltese puppies.

Free-feeding does not mean carelessly putting food in the bowl of your puppy. You should monitor the amount of food to be kept in the bowl or else it may result in your Maltese being unhealthy. The puppy should be fed 4 times a day.

12 weeks-9 months old

As the puppy keeps growing the feeding times per day can be reduced. Usually, the puppy should be fed 4 times a day but when they are 12 weeks old the feeding time can be reduced from 4 times a day to 3 times a day.

Adult Maltese

When your Maltese is one year old or fully grown to become an adult, feeding time depends upon your dog and you. An adult Maltese can be fed 2 to 3 times a day. The feeding time totally depends upon your Maltese preferences.

Fruits Maltese Can Eat

  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Pinnaple
  • Pears
  • Papaya
  • Raspberries
  • Tangerine
  • Dragon fruit

Fruits Maltese Can’t Eat

  • Grapes
  • Red Grapes
  • Pistachios

Vegetables Maltese Can Eat

  • Zuchhini
  • Okra
  • Olive
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Brocolli
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Turnips

Vegetables Maltese Can’t Eat

  • Onions
  • Tomatoes

Human Food Maltese Can Eat

  • Peanut Butter
  • Penuts
  • Cheese
  • Steak
  • Chicken
  • Rice
  • Pork
  • Salmon
  • Eggs
  • Quinoa
  • Yogurt
  • Shrimp
  • Turkey
  • Tuna
  • Lamb
  • Cashews

Human Food Maltese Can’t Eat

  • Walnuts
  • Raisins
  • Ribs
  • Spaghetti
  • Whipped Cream
  • Sugar
  • Chocolates
  • Raw Meat
  • Mushrooms
  • Milk
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Nuts
  • Cinnamon

Foods To Be Avoided

  • Fillers
  • Artificial additives
  • Generic Meat Source
  • By-products

Quality Foods For Maltese

  • Wholesome food ingredients without any fillers
  • Food without artificial additives
  • Real meat source
  • Healthy ingredients like fish oil
  • Fruits and vegetables

Supplements for Maltese

  • Vitamin and mineral supplements
  • Calming Supplements
  • Omega-3
  • Probiotics

Maltese Diet Considerations

Picky Eaters

Maltese are picky eaters in nature and can refuse foods that they find unattractive and unpleasant for their taste. Foods that are good for your dog and are likable to them should be considered while feeding your Maltese.

Prone To Obesity

Maltese are prone to obesity as they are small breed dogs and should not weigh over 7 pounds. Particular attention should be given to the diets of your Maltese as they can easily gain weight when they are feeding a little too much.

Delicate Teeth

Maltese often are seen as having dental problems as they have very sensitive and delicate teeth. Mostly dry foods are preferred over wet foods as dry foods help to clean the teeth rather than wet foods. It is best to avoid wet foods for your Maltese.

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