Just wondering--recently bought my first Maltese. His registration papers
show color: white 199 and marking/pattern: 019 black points. What exactly
does that mean? We really don't plan on showing him--just wanted a
beautiful sweet pet, which we have. Can someone answer re: the white/black
scores, etc.? Thanks!
- The "black points" refer to the black "eye rims" that encircle his eyes and
the black nose. The beautiful expression exhibited by a Maltese exists as
much from the stark contrast between the extreme whiteness of the coat and
the extreme blackness of these "points". This is not a negative but a
positive. I have seen some Maltese without these "black points" - either a
pinkish nose or incomplete or even non-existent eye rims - but their
registration papers were still filled out the same way as yours. I just hope
your dog DOES have the "black points" as all Maltese should.
Larry Stanberry - Divine Maltese
- Maltese with incomplete eyerims or pink noses do not have "black points" and
therefore the block which says white should be checked, and leaving black
points unchecked. On a certified A.K.C. pedigree, you will sometimes find
color, white and no mention of black points. If your maltese was purchased
to be a loving pet, have her spayed and give her lots of love.
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