The hypoallergenic toy Maltese is a fluffy, lovable companion. He’s lively and playful, and as he grows into adulthood, he retains his youthful energy. Because adults rarely weigh more than 12 pounds, all Maltese are considered to be toys (a term used to describe the smallest dog breeds). Although it’s impossible to know exactly when a puppy will stop growing, it is possible to make an educated guess based on the breed’s history and your dog’s growing patterns.
Growth Slows at Six Months
Unless you continually overfeed your Maltese, growth should slow down considerably, or subside altogether, by six months. Proper nutrition plays a huge role in how much your Maltese will grow. During his first two years, feed him approximately 1 to 1.5 ounces of dog food per single pound of body weight. For example, a 2 pound puppy would require approximately 3 ounces of food each day.
Estimating Adult Weight
If you can estimate the approximate weight of your adult Maltese, you can better determine whether or not he’s stopped growing. Double the weight of your puppy at twelve weeks, and then add a half pound, and you will have an approximate weight for your adult dog.