A Teacup Maltese has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years.
This is in contrast to the regular Malteses that live for 12 to 15 years or more.
While they are pretty much the same breed in different sizes, Teacups are prone to more serious health issues that shorten their life span and reduce their quality of life. Here are some of the main health problems that Teacup Malteses have.
This is one of the most serious issues that affects Teacup Malteses. These doggies may be small but they have very big appetites. They are also not very active especially compared to their larger counterparts. This is largely due to their weak joints.
The result is a high risk of developing obesity and its complications including diabetes and heart disease. While these doggies may not be the most athletic, it is important to invest in play time while also watching their portions in order to avoid these issues.
This might seem a bit paradoxical given the obesity point we just covered. Hypoglycemia is when excess burning of calories results in low blood sugar levels. This causes issues like tremors, weakness, altered sensations, and even loss of consciousness.
The reason why both this and obesity can happen is the fact that obesity is more of a long term consequence while hypoglycemia is a short term consequence and requires more immediate response.
If you haven’t ever handled a teacup dog, take it from us when we say that these doggies are super small and super frail. The same is the case with Teacup Maltese dogs. This leaves them vulnerable to serious injuries or even death from freak accidents.
The most common are traffic accidents especially as the little pooches may be hard to spot on the road or even when pulling out of a driveway.