The big question here is "Do your Grandparents want a DOg, at all" and if the do, "Do they want a puppy"? Puppies are cute but they have a twelve to fifteen to seventeen year lifespan - I don't know how old your grandparents are and I certainly don't want to sound indelicate - but they may simply be more inclined to accept a retired show dog into their home as a puppy. We often "place" our retired show females when they are no longer used for breeding into such wonderful homes as that offered by Grandparents. The dog is already "house-trained" and "lead-trained", and has been trained to "go home with anybody" because it usually was shown to its championship be one or two professional handlers and will not "freak-out" if it goes into a new home. We obviously feel that it is better for our "retirees" to go and become someone's "one and only pet" than to stay in our kennel, even though they receive a lot of love and attention from us even after they retire.
The Maltese is unusually adaptable - if raised correctly - and often an
adult is a better selection than a puppy. Good luck and good hunting. You
couldn't find a more perfect breed - just be sure now you find the right
individual dog - and that your Grandparents DO WANT a dog.
Larry Stanberry Divine Maltese