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5-12 lbs
United States
Maltechi, Malachi
The Malchi is a hybrid breed that combines the genes of the Maltese and the Chihuahua. He is a small dog with a big bark and a big heart who has a gentle, affectionate, and playful personality. Taking after both the Chihuahua and the Maltese, the Malchi can appear in a number of different colors, with the two most common being pure white and tan. He has a tiny body with a round head, and can have either long or short hair depending on which parent breed's genes are stronger. If you are looking for a dog who is small, yet possesses a big personality, then the Malchi may be the perfect dog for you. Just keep in mind that he does not tend to do well with children and will require a lot of early socialization to keep him from becoming overprotective or aggressive. Due to this, the Malchi may be an excellent choice for an elder or an older couple who like to enjoy a slower paced life.
Date of Origin
Maltese and Chihuahua

Malchi Health

Average Size
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 5-12 lbs
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 5-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Shaker Dog Syndrome
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Demodicosis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Hemophilia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
  • Retinal Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Knee
  • Dna For Pra
  • Eye Examinations
  • Blood Analysis
  • Full Body Physical Examination
  • Hearing and Ear Tests
  • Heart Analysis

Malchi Breed History

When considering what makes a particular breed special or why they were created in the first place, looking at their origin story is a great resource! Because the Malchi is a newer hybrid breed, he hasn't had very much time to build up a well-detailed origin story. So, we turn to the parent breeds for all this important information. The Maltese is an old breed who was commonly used as trade goods in the Roman and Greek cultures. Originally created in Malta, the Maltese made his way all over the world thanks to his popularity in the trading system. He was used an accessory to rich and important ladies, starred in fantastic portraits, and even decorated the lyrics of poetry. This little white dog was indeed a beauty, and his calm personality was able to win hearts in the blink of an eye; making him a favorite companion for people everywhere. Eventually, the Maltese made his way to Europe where he gained a reputation for being a healer dog. Healers would lay the lovely little dog on the pillows of sick individuals with the belief that his gentle spirit would heal them. Despite the Maltese's great popularity everywhere else, it took quite a long time for him to make it to America. When he did in the year 1870, he was recognized by the American Kennel Club just a few short years later in 1888. Ever since, the Maltese has been a faithful companion and show dog with a very secure popularity ranking. The Chihuahua is another popular companion breed who was originally created in Mexico. This spunky little dog was believed to be a spirit guides whose job consisted of protecting souls as they travelled through the underworld. Despite these interesting tales, there is no real evidence of how long the Chihuahua breed has been around or what their original purpose was. Whatever the reason for their creation, Chihuahuas are spunky, spirited dogs who believe they are much bigger than they really are. The breed takes its name from the state of Chihuahua where 19th century American tourists first encountered the dog. The American Kennel Club first registered the breed in the year 1904 and the dogs have been used in shows and as popular companions ever since.

Malchi Breed Appearance

The Malchi is a small dog that reaches a max weight of  about 12 pounds fully grown. Because he is a mixture between the Chihuahua and the Maltese, his appearance can vary greatly, even from his brothers and sisters within the same litter. Depending on which parent breed's genes are strongest, the Malchi can have either long or short fur that comes in a variety of colors (the most common being white or tan). But, regardless of the length, his coat is always very soft and easy to maintain. When it comes to the facial features and qualities of this particular breed, tall ears can be seen from time to time but usually, the Malchi has long, folded over ears that have a close resemblance to those of the Maltese.  His eyes are a lovely dark brown, and usually hidden behind a fringe of fur that hangs over the forehead like large eyebrows.
Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Malchi Breed Maintenance

The Malchi is moderately high maintenance due to the bright white variety of their coat. Even if you have a lighter tan or a cream colored Malchi, it is going to take a lot of work to make sure that their lovely fur stays free of stains and as close to that clean, light color as possible. In order to achieve this, frequent baths will be needed with careful concentration being applied to the face; specifically under the eyes and around the mouth where staining may occur. Be sure that after you bathe your dog, that you carefully clean and dry his ears. Because the Malchi tends to have folded over ears, the chance of extra moisture being trapped inside (and causing infection) is high. By drying the ears thoroughly, you can avoid nasty ear infections and any irritation that may occur. Brushing only needs to happen around three times a week with a regular pin brush and comb, as shedding is moderate and tangles will need to be removed if you have the longer haired version of this breed. Lastly, trim your Malchi's nails every few weeks in order to promote excellent paw health and decrease the chance of scratching if the dog jumps up on someone or something.
Brushes for Malchi
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Malchi Temperament

When the personalities of the Chihuahua and the Maltese combine, we get the gentle, playful, goofy, and affectionate Malchi. This breed takes after both his parent breeds quite well with the belief that he is a much bigger dog trapped in a tiny body. He is spirited, can be aggressive if allowed, and very protective of his family. While the Malchi is very loving to his people, there is very little tolerance in him for children of any age. Supervision should always occur with children as the Malchi may get snappy or snarly once annoyed. Thankfully, early socialization and training may help to curb this tendencies, but overall the Malchi is better fit for families without children or other animals. This breed does like to bark at anything and everything, so be prepared to have a constant barrage of talking each and every day. As far as trainability goes, the Malchi may have a stubborn streak thanks to the Chihuahua, but typically the Maltese side comes through and he will be relatively eager to please. On top of this, the great news is that your Malchi will always be excited to see you and will love to cuddle up on your lap after a long day. So, if you are looking for a small and jolly companion, the Malchi may be the perfect fit for you.

Malchi Activity Requirements

Both the Chihuahua and the Maltese don't mind physical activity, but when it comes down to it, they are lap dogs. Because of this, you can expect your Malchi to be relatively low energy. He will still love to run and play, but a brisk walk or a good training session a couple times a day will be enough to keep him satisfies. This makes the Malchi an excellent pet for older individuals or those who live in apartments. Keep in mind that training will be an excellent way to tire out your dog, as well as teach him manners that may prevent destruction of your property, and minimize barking (to some extent).
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Malchi Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Malchi Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Height: 8 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 10 lbs
18 Months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Height: 13 inches Weight: 11 lbs

Malchi Owner Experiences

11 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Tug of war
Smart. Likes his siblings. Loves to play
2 months, 4 weeks ago
7 Months
6 People
She doesn’t like to be potty trained in the winter. She’s learned sit and she is great with my little kids.
1 month ago
Book me a walkiee?