15-22 lbs
Beagle Maltese mix

The Malteagle is a hybrid resulting from breeding a Beagle with a Maltese.  Being a fairly new hybrid, there isn’t as much information available about the hybrid. Though we don’t know where and when the hybrid originated, we do know that this cute and cuddly little canine, who loves everyone, will warm the heart of anyone who comes near, making it one of the most desired canine companions, especially for the elderly and those with children.  Its lifespan ranges from 12 to 15 years, its height ranges from 9 to 15 inches and this canine will weigh in between 15 and 22 pounds.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Beagle, Maltese

Malteagle Health

Average Size
Male Malteagle size stats
Height: 9-15 inches Weight: 15-22 lbs
Female Malteagle size stats
Height: 9-15 inches Weight: 15-22 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Cervical Vertebral Instability
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Mitral Valve Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Scraping
  • Dental Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Eye Examinations
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Myelogram
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Echocardiogram Tests
  • Blood Chemistry
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Chest X-rays
  • Skin Biopsy

Malteagle Breed History

The Malteagle is a hybrid product of the breeding of a Beagle and a Maltese.  Being a fairly new hybrid, the place and date of origin are unknown as is the purpose for which the two pure breeds were mixed.   The Beagle, one of the parent breeds, originated in the United Kingdom and is also known as the English Beagle, the Regal Beagle and Jelly Dog.  While the origin of the Beagle name is also unknown, it is thought that it may emanate from the gaelic word "beag" which means "little".  The Beagle has a miniature Foxhound look to it and it is quite popular in the United Kingdom as well as in America, as most of us will likely remember the Peanuts comic strip and Charlie Brown's buddy, the Beagle named Snoopy.  The breed's exact date of origin is shrouded in mystery but it has been traced back to the time of King Arthur when packs of excellent white hounds were hunted in Britain.  It is felt that those light hounds are the forebears of all the hound breeds, especially those which hunt by scent.  The Beagle is now and always has been a canine which hunts by scent.  The Beagle breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885.  The other breed parent, the Maltese hails from Italy and Malta, formerly being called "Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta".  The Maltese has the dubious honor of being the oldest lapdog known, with its origins being traced back at least as far as 3500 B.C. to the island of Malta, off the southern coast of Italy and appears to have been for companionship only, a purpose which continues today.  It is quite possible that this is the oldest European toy breed known.  The popularity of the breed declined as the popularity and need of hunting dogs increased.  Interest was resurrected in the mid 1800's when meticulous breeding and record keeping resulted in a purer Maltese breed.  The Maltese first appeared in the show ring in England 1859 and in America in 1877.  The Maltese breed was finally recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1963.  The Malteagle hybrid is recognized by the following organizations:  American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc. and the International Designer Canine Registry.

Malteagle Breed Appearance

The Malteagle is a hybrid mix of the Beagle and the Maltese breeds.  As a hybrid, this canine can take on the physical traits of one or both parent breeds.  Owners and breeds have described these adorable bundles of love as standing between 9 and 15 inches tall, weighing from 15 to 22 pounds, with a coat described as shiny, short, soft and thick.  The Malteagle is said to seem to inherit the coat from the Maltese side and the coloring of brown, white, black and cream from the Beagle side.  Aside from these descriptions, the eyes could be dark, brown or hazel, the nose black, the ears pendant or drop ears and the tail carried erect or draped over the back.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Malteagle eyes
brown Malteagle eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Malteagle nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Malteagle coat
brown Malteagle coat
cream Malteagle coat
white Malteagle coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Malteagle straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Malteagle Breed Maintenance

The Malteagle is a hybrid mix of the Beagle and the Maltese and, as such, will likely inherit the coat from the Maltese parent breed, making the hybrid possibly hypoallergenic since the Maltese parent breed is and requiring brushing several times weekly if not daily.  The hybrid is a minimal to moderate shedder and has a low drooling and smell rating among canine breeds.  The ears will need to be checked and cleaned  weekly, especially since they will likely be folded over, increasing the infection possibilities. Dental checkups and cleanings should be routinely done as well as tooth brushing at home several times a week to prevent periodontal disease and the tooth loss which accompanies it over time.  Monthly toenail trimming should keep them under control.
Brushes for Malteagle
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Malteagle requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Malteagle Temperament

The Malteagle hybrid has been described as sweet and outgoing by owners and breeders.  Additionally, other descriptive terms associated with this hybrid's personality are: energetic, intelligent, loving, loyal and social.  The Malteagle is great with kids as well as with strangers and other animals, though early socialization will likely be necessary to prevent possessiveness and aggressive behavior.  This behavior can occur as a result of the canine becoming strongly bonded (and becoming spoiled) to his owner and then feeling threatened when other animals and children vie for the attention of the beloved owner.  The earlier that socialization can be started will help to modify this trait in your pet.  Your Malteagle is moderately difficult to train, having high levels of energy which can divert his attention from the task at hand.  He is also part Beagle so he can require firm training techniques which may not be available to the first time dog owner.  He is considered an occasional barker so if you're looking for a watchdog, keep looking because he won't likely alert you to the approach or presence of a stranger.

Malteagle Activity Requirements

The Malteagle hybrid is an energetic little dog!  He will require lots of exercise to expend that energy to avoid the annoying destructive behaviors which accompany boredom.  He will love to walk or jog with you several times a day and don't forget to let him play and romp in the dog park as you pass.  Because of his small size, he makes a great apartment or condo pet as long as the owner is able to exercise him appropriately on a daily basis.  He can tolerate heat well but is in a low to moderate category for cold temperatures.  He can live in an urban or rural setting, in an apartment or condo or family home with or without a fenced yard.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Malteagle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Malteagle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Malteagle size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs
Female Malteagle size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Malteagle size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs
Female Malteagle size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Malteagle size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs
Female Malteagle size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs

Malteagle Owner Experiences

5 Months
4 People
House & Yard
She is so amazingly loving, smart and gets along with everyone including animals ūüíö
5 years ago
Teddy Bear
6 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Enjoyable breed, very active and affectionate. Our Teddy Bear loves to play...
3 years, 9 months ago
5 Years
2 People
House & Yard
She is very possessive of me and fights the other dogs when I am around. Great with my grandkids, but you can tell she needs extra attention also. She actually is quite a hunter and is always following her nose after birds, rodents, squirrels, skunks and even deer.
3 years, 4 months ago
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