Maltichon

9-13 lbs
8-11"
United States of America
Maltese
Bichon Frise
Maltese Frise, Bichon Maltese

The Maltichon is a fairly well-known mixed breed dog, a deliberate cross between two closely related breeds of small white companion animals, the Maltese Terrier and the Bichon Frise. Both of the parent breeds are affectionate, lively, and playful, with the Maltese being a touch more gentle and peaceful and the Bichon Frise being slightly more cheerful and outgoing. The mix of the two is generally sociable and pleasant with all ages and with other animals, but care should be taken to ensure injury does not occur to this somewhat dainty canine during interactions. This canine is adaptable due to its lowered exercise requirements and does well in either an apartment setting or a larger home. 

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Bichon Frise and Maltese

Maltichon Health

Average Size
Male Maltichon size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 9-13 lbs
Female Maltichon size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 9-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Allergies
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Dental Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Shaker Dog Syndrome
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Cryptorchidism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Epilepsy
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Urolithiasis
  • Portosystemic Shunts
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Dental Examination
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Radiographs
  • Skin Samples

Maltichon Breed History

 The Maltichon is a popular designer dog, a deliberate cross between two extremely old companion breeds developed in the Mediterranean, the Bichon Frise and the Maltese Terrier. In fact, both dogs have a great deal of their ancestry in common, with their oldest known progenitor being a water dog from the area that was also the ancestor of several bright and friendly breeds including the Poodle, Havanese, and Bolognese breeds among others. Many of these breeds are predominantly white and all of them have coats that are made up of silky hair. The Bichon Frise, like many of these dogs, is a small white dog with a pleasant disposition. Originally employed as vermin hunters on ships, their lively and entertaining nature along with their pleasing appearance made them a favorite of royal families of one sort or another from the 1300s all the way until the 1800s. When they fell out of favor in the 1800s their spunky nature and easy trainability earned them success as circus dogs, trick dogs for organ grinders, and fair dogs. The first Bichon Frise dogs were brought into the United States by French immigrants in 1956 and the Bichon Frise was recognized as a breed in the non-sporting group by the American Kennel Club in 1972. The history of the Maltese goes back much farther than that of the Bichon Frise, tracible as far back as 3500 B.C. to a small island off of the coast of Italy known as Malta. Favored by the wealthy and privileged throughout the world since at least the time of the ancient Greeks, and although their popularity waned for a time around the 1600s, interest was rekindled in the 1800s and 1900s and they became widespread once again, and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888. 

Maltichon Breed Appearance

The Maltichon is a tiny but well-built dog with soft white fur that can be either silky or velvety in texture. They have small, slightly rounded heads with square, medium-length muzzles which may be tapered if the crossbreed happens to take after the Maltese more than the Bichon Frise. This hybrid has dark, round eyes that have black rims that amplify their soft but alert expressions, as well as drop ears that are set moderately high on the head and may be covered by copious amounts of hair. Although the color of the parent breed is generally a pretty uniform white, the Maltichon may occasionally have markings in apricot, buff, and cream colors, and the length and texture of the coat can vary quite a bit from dog to dog, even within the same litter. The coat of the Maltese is a long, straight, single-layer coat that can grow quite long and the Bichon Frise has a double-layer coat comprised of a short, dense undercoat covered with a layer of medium length wavy or curly hair that has a texture that is more like plush or velvet. Crossbreeds may inherit qualities from either of the parent breeds.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Maltichon eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Maltichon nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Maltichon coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Maltichon wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Maltichon Breed Maintenance

This dog requires more a little more effort than most when it comes to grooming. Both parent breeds need fairly frequent bathing, every three to four weeks, and this is true for the Maltichon dog as well. Conditioner formulated for canines should be applied to the coat after bathing as well to help keep this dog’s hair healthy and supple and brushing and combing should occur on a daily basis in order to remove tangles and to prevent mats from forming. Both the Bichon Frise and the Maltese are low-shedding dogs that have been classified as hypoallergenic and Maltichon dogs share this classification.

Brushes for Maltichon
Pin Brush
Comb
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Maltichon requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Maltichon Temperament

Both of the parent breeds have been bred for companionship and are generally lively, bright, and inquisitive canines, as is the Maltichon. In most cases, they are outgoing and engaging with all ages as well as with other animals, although interactions between this small canine and young or rowdy children or larger animals should be closely supervised in order to avoid rough, clumsy, or inattentive behavior that may result in hurt feelings or even injuries on the part of the child or the canine. They are fairly easy to train, although short and challenging training sessions are most effective and they can have a stubborn streak, particularly when it comes to house training. Early training and socialization is particularly important to prevent traits like timidity, insecurity, and yappiness from forming in toy-sized dogs like the Maltichon. They are a very people oriented hybrid and may be slightly more prone to developing separation anxiety than most breeds.

Maltichon Activity Requirements

Although this dog is a lively animal, its small size means that it can usually expend a quite a bit of energy without you having to make a great deal of effort. While the Maltichon will certainly enjoy short walks around the block they will appreciate frequent breaks, about every twenty minutes or so. Those hybrids that inherit the single layer coat characteristic of the Maltese may be somewhat more susceptible to the cold than other dogs and if you live in a colder climate, sweaters and jackets designed for your canine companion may be a good investment. These dogs are also quite intelligent and boredom can lead to anxiety, destructive behaviors, and excessive barking. Puzzles and toys designed for dogs and  games of hide-a-treat are suitable methods for preventing mischief by keeping their quick little minds occupied. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
2 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Maltichon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.5 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Maltichon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Maltichon size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Maltichon size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 8 lbs
12 Months
Male Maltichon size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Maltichon size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 11 lbs
18 Months
Male Maltichon size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Maltichon size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 11 lbs

Maltichon Owner Experiences

Lily
9 Months
4 People
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Best dog ever. Makes me laugh every day. Love going walking with her as she's so full of energy and love. Her welcome home is amazing. She has given so much back to the family.
4 weeks, 1 day ago
Fitzwilliam
2 Years
1 People
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Eating Snacks
Chase
Nap
Tug-of-war
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Go to Park
I’ve only had my maltichon for about 3 weeks. He was a rescue, but he’s been such a joy. He loves to be wherever I am but has done well when I’m gone for work. He LOVES treats, tug-of-war, walks, and chasing me around the house. He barks at men and some women but is calm and patient with children petting him. He doesn’t mind being brushed but he HATES anyone touching his face or trying to wipe his eyes, which have pretty bad tear staining. He’s precious, and I love him!
3 months, 1 week ago
Scotty.
5 Years
2 People
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Scotty is a great dog. He is friendly and has been a great addition to our family. He loves to cuddle and is very playful.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Sophie
3 Months
1 People
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Best birthday present ever
6 months, 4 weeks ago
BAILEY
22 Months
1 People
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He is very loving and great company to me as im on my own.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
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