The cute, sturdy, and compact Malteagle is a breed created by crossing two purebred dogs – the Beagle and the Maltese. It has the visible traits of its parents, inheriting the smooth coat from the Maltese and the color pattern of the Beagle. It has soft, silky fur that makes it cuddly. Known to be gentle and loving, the Malteagle is one of the best companion dogs you can ever have.
|Other Names||Beagle Maltese Mix|
|Coat||Short/medium in length, shiny, thick|
|Color||White/Cream, Brown and White, Black and White, Black|
|Group of Breed||Toy, Hound|
|Weight||15-22 lbs (6.8-9.9 kg)|
|Size and Height||Small; about a foot tall|
|Temperament||Loving, intelligent, loyal, social, energetic|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||Unknown|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||IDCR, DDKC, DRA, ACHC, DBR|
The Maltese Beagle mix with its friendly, outgoing, and affectionate disposition generally gets along well with its human friends. Being a sweet little toy dog with an inherent ability to bond closely with its owner, the Malteagle does not intimidate those who have a fear of dogs, a trait that makes it suited to apartment or condo living.
It craves for human love and affection, and so it becomes destructive if left alone for long periods. However, overly pampering it could make it excessively protective of its human family. If this occurs, it would perceive small kids or other pets as threats. Therefore, early exposure to people as well as other animals is necessary.
It is a lively little pet that will always keep you busy with its amusing behavior. It has a great sense of smell, and it will follow an interesting trail if it gets the chance.
The people-oriented Malteagles respond well to praise, food rewards, and play but require an expert hand to train them. The puppies can have a stubborn streak, which can be corrected with firm and consistent obedience training. Accustom your pet to being examined and brushed when it is a puppy. Crate training by stuffing its crate with chew toys will keep it busy and help prevent separation anxiety, as also make housetraining easy.
The Malteagles need a healthy diet rich in protein to support their lifestyles, particularly if they are involved in agility or tracking competitions. Food sources like sunflower and fish oil provide them with plenty of energy and help keep their coat shiny. Brown rice, fruits, and vegetables are great sources of healthy fiber. You should measure your pet’s food depending on its age, weight, and level of activity. An adult Malteagle regularly needs 3/4-1 ½ cups of high-quality dry dog food.