10-13 lbs
The Malti-Pug is a designer dog, also known as a boutique dog, an intentional cross between two types of dog that have been bred for thousands of years to be companions; the Pug, a small, short-faced canine from China known for their affection and clownish behaviors, and the Maltese Terrier, a tiny white dog prized for their playful and engaging nature. The resulting animal is a small dog with a pleasant and entertaining nature. They typically get along with everyone and as such do not make particularly good watchdogs, however, they are quiet and they have low exercise requirements, making them especially good dogs for an apartment setting.
purpose Purpose
Companion Animal
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Maltese and Pug

Malti-Pug Health

Average Size
Male Malti-Pug size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 10-13 lbs
Female Malti-Pug size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 10-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Dental Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Distichiasis
  • Ectropion
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Pug Dog Encephalitis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Fold Dermatitis
  • Deafness
  • Allergies
  • Hemivertebra
  • Portosystemic Shunts
  • Seizures
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Dental Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Blood Tests

Malti-Pug Breed History

The Malti-Pug is an intentional cross between two ancient companion animals, the Pug, a loving and outgoing little dog from China, and the Maltese, a small playful dog from the small island of Malta off the coast of Italy. The Pug is believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds on record, canines that have been prized possessions of the Chinese Emperors since the Shang dynasty, around 1600 B.C. These prized Pug puppies were frequently distributed to visiting royal families and other dignitaries that were esteemed by the aristocracy and in this way they were distributed throughout the world. The Pug breed was enjoyed by the royal families of 19th century England, a notable favorite of Queen Victoria who’s involvement in breeding and showing of this and other dog breeds helped to establish the Kennel Club in England and lend legitimacy and stature to the Crufts dog show. The Pug breed was also one of the first 15 breeds to be recognized by the American Kennel Club when they were first established in 1885. The Maltese may be an even older breed than the Pug, traceable as far back as 3500 B.C., to a small island off of the coast of Italy known as Malta. They have been favored by the rich and famous throughout the world since the time of the ancient Greeks and were widely traded even before the time of Christ. The first Maltese shown in the United States was white with black markings on the ears and was listed as a Maltese Skye Terrier. The modern Maltese dog in the United States is likely to have Pomeranian or Poodle ancestors sprinkled in their family history as well due to the large amount of crossbreeding that occurred once it was introduced to the American continents.

Malti-Pug Breed Appearance

The Malti-Pug is a compact, square-shaped canine with a fairly deep chest for a small dog. They have a broad head that is slightly rounded with a muzzle that can range from the medium length tapered muzzle of the Maltese to the very short, square muzzle of the Pug, but usually ends up somewhere between the two. Their eyes will be dark and round, with a gentle but eager expression, and ears that are set high on the sides of the skull and may either fold to the front or drop down to the sides. The coats of the two parent breeds are quite different so the hybrid may have varying types of coats as well. The coat of the Pug may be either a single or double-layer of soft, smooth fur that stands out somewhat from the body while the Maltese dogs have a long single-layer coat that is flat and silky; the crossbred canine can inherit traits from either the Pug or the Maltese. In some cases, this can result in a coat that looks like a rough or wiry coat, but the actual texture is quite soft.  

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Malti-Pug eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Malti-Pug nose
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Malti-Pug coat
black Malti-Pug coat
white Malti-Pug coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Malti-Pug straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Malti-Pug Breed Maintenance

The grooming needs for the Malti-Pug can vary somewhat from dog to dog, as each individual can inherit traits from either parent breed. Both coat types will need bathing about once every three weeks to a month, but the brushing and combing techniques may differ from there. The dogs with the shorter coats inherited from the Pug side of their family will only require brushing one to three times a week, mainly to remove dead hairs and to control their fairly high rate of shedding as well as to help properly distribute body oils over the coat. Dogs that inherit the longer coat of the Maltese tend to shed quite a bit less than those with the Pug-like coats, but they are more prone to developing mats and tangles, so require more frequent brushing. Some of these dogs may have wrinkles on their faces like the Pug breed dogs typically do and will need to have their faces wiped down on a regular basis. This hybrid may be more likely to develop dental disorders than other dogs and should have their teeth brushed and examined on a regular basis. 

Brushes for Malti-Pug
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Malti-Pug requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Malti-Pug Temperament

 This diminutive canine is exceptionally playful, clever, and occasionally clownish, although they can generally adopt an aristocratic air when it is needed. These dogs typically get along well with people of all ages as well as other animals, but supervision is important for the health and well-being of all of those involved in interactions between Malti-Pugs and young or boisterous children or larger animals. If properly trained and socialized these dogs are responsive, entertaining, and energetic; if they are overindulged they can become stubborn, insecure, overdependent, and even yappy. Fortunately, this combination of breeds is usually quite receptive to upbeat and positive training methods, although overly long or repetitive sessions may result in stubbornness or mischievousness on the part of the Malti-Pug. One notable exception for both parent breeds and their offspring is in house training, particularly in objectionable weather conditions, and many owners of these dogs opt to get a doggy door to a covered potty yard or an indoor dog litter box. This may be an especially attractive option for dog parents who have to be away for long periods during the day, who have limited mobility, or who live in climates that are too harsh for these dogs. 

Malti-Pug Activity Requirements

The Malti-Pug is an energetic and playful animal but it doesn’t require a great deal of effort to ensure that it gets enough exercise in its day. Generally speaking, between 20 and 40 minutes of vigorous activity per day is sufficient to keep this canine fit. The small size of this animal means that it can get that activity in a relatively small space and rousing games of fetch or hide-a-treat indoors can provide much of this stimulation. This hybrid is equally comfortable in a larger home or an apartment as it has minimal exercise requirements and is generally quiet, but some pet parents of this hybrid may choose to invest in a covered patio area or indoor dog litter box as both the parent breeds are notoriously difficult to house-train.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
2 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Malti-Pug Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.5 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Malti-Pug Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Malti-Pug size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
Female Malti-Pug size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Malti-Pug size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
Female Malti-Pug size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Malti-Pug size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
Female Malti-Pug size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs

Malti-Pug Owner Experiences

10 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Great dog, very lovable and friendly. Very stubborn in training. Still working on her potty training.
5 years, 6 months ago
3 Months
2 People
Playing with his toys
Very fun and lovable, great dog
5 years, 5 months ago
2 Years
2 People
Catch treats
The day I took Mya home was honestly the best day of my life! She is my bestfriend. She is so funny and sometimes abit silly, but she also is a very smart dog. She is super affectionate and always puts a smile on my face!
5 years, 3 months ago
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