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    Hi there, newby here.

    I've been offered this pup and I'm told it's a Jack Russell/Maltese cross.

    Has anyone any experience of this cross - good or bad, please let me know if he's a good choice for a quiet couple with no kids and a small yard.

    Thanks,

    S-E

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    What are the odds! I have a 12 year old JRT X Maltese
    He was bought for me when I was 10, and my sister was 6 and he was 8 weeks.
    He was desexed at 4 months.
    He had a biting issue, and drew blood on a few occasions.
    He was a houdini, and would climb fences, dig under fences, break through fences, and take himself on his own walks. He ended up at the pound countless amounts of time.
    He was/is very energetic. Needs a good half an hour free leash run or 45 min on lead walk minimum everyday.
    He's very independant, and likes doing his own thing.
    In his old age, he isn't very tolerable with young kids.
    Being a terrier, he barks and digs....a lot.
    But he's a gorgeous boy! Has a lot of personality. I wouldn't trade him for anything
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    Thanks very much for the information. I have decided to go ahead and hope I'm energetic enough to keep up with him. I pick him up tomorrow. I'll post his progress as he grows...

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    Digital Dog Training Textbook | Dog Star Daily

    Welcome, he's very cute.

    Don't let him do anything you wouldn't let a full grown German Shepherd do.

    The way I stopped my dog from barking all the time, was teaching her to speak and giving her treats for that, and then teaching her "quiet" in between. So barking has value to her and is not to be wasted.

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    Thanks Hyacinth, I'll try and teach him using the guidelines in the link you posted. Looks like I've got some reading to do tonight! Cheers,

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    Congrats on the pup. Let us know how it goes
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    OK, We got Marley home and of course my better half adores him and he her!


    After his first day with us he slept like a log!


    Some early observations.
    1. He's cute.
    2. He's a chewer.
    3. He's very affectionate when there's a food-related reward involved.
    4. He's scared of the cat, but she tolerates him.
    5. Did I mention he's cute?

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    Roly isn't very food orientated, so theres a differences there. The other traits sound very much the same
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    I dare say you'll have a spirited little dog there.
    Both of those breeds have no idea how big or I should say how small they are.
    I've seen both breeds charge down peoples driveways at much larger dogs and scare the bigger dogs away.
    I saw a Maltese do it to a Kelpie cross a few days and the Kelpie X bolted with its tail between its legs, it was funny to see as the Kelpie X had a scuffle with a large Staffy a few weeks earlier and the Staffy left with its tail between its legs. The owner of the Maltese now jokes that he has the toughest dog in the street.
    People seem to think keeping dogs restrained is optional around here.

    Be careful he doesn't bight off more than he can chew when he gets older.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bundybear View Post
    I dare say you'll have a spirited little dog there.
    Both of those breeds have no idea how big or I should say how small they are.
    I've seen both breeds charge down peoples driveways at much larger dogs and scare the bigger dogs away.
    I saw a Maltese do it to a Kelpie cross a few days and the Kelpie X bolted with its tail between its legs, it was funny to see as the Kelpie X had a scuffle with a large Staffy a few weeks earlier and the Staffy left with its tail between its legs. The owner of the Maltese now jokes that he has the toughest dog in the street.
    People seem to think keeping dogs restrained is optional around here.

    Be careful he doesn't bight off more than he can chew when he gets older.
    Thanks for this advice Bundybear. I think we'll need all the helpful advice we can get and we're looking forward to training him to be a well-behaved little guy. Fingers crossed!

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