Teacup Maltese place special demands on their owners. While the breed requires minimal exercise, they do need regular grooming and are known for being difficult to housebreak. Adopting a dog of any size, even one weighing less than 2 pounds, is a big commitment and they will require daily attention.
Because of the size of this breed, they do not need long walks like most larger dogs. While their size also makes it difficult to fully housebreak them, they can be trained to eliminate in a desired spot indoors, such as a disposable pad or litter box. However, like most toy breeds, which were bred for companionship, the teacup Maltese craves human company and can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone too often or for too long. A busy family must consider this dog's particular needs and their ability to meet them before deciding to adopt.