The Maltichon looks like a soft, fluffy cotton ball, and is rapidly gaining popularity for its looks as also for its compatibility with other pets. A cross between the Maltese (standard, miniature or teacup) and the Bichon Frise, they have derived this doll-like appearance from both their parents that are also covered with tender, flossy hair.
The small-sized maltichon has a roundish face with two dark button-like eyes, hanging ears and a darkish/brownish triangular muzzle. Matching with its fluffy looks, they have a short, hairy tail, and their feet are comparatively shorter with respect to the body. Because of their handy size and good behavior, they make an ideal family pet that are very compatible with apartment life.
|Also known as||Maltese Frise, Maltese / Bichon Frise Mix|
|Coat||Coarse, dense, fluffy, corded, soft, wavy, silky|
|Colors||Apricot, Black, Black & White, Brown, Chocolate, Dark Brown, Red-Brown, White|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Type||Watchdog, Companion dog, toy dog|
|Lifespan/expectancy||12 to 15 years|
|Weight||8-12 pounds (full-grown male and female)|
|Height (size)||Small; 8-10 inches (adults)|
|Temperament||Alert, affectionate, responsive, social, modest, energetic, playful|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR|
Maltichons are extremely gentle and docile-natured, and are not only good with children, but also enjoy spending time with them. Similarly, they are also comfortable in the company of other pets, or when strangers are around. However, they are fearless. They would bark, if they find or hear anything fishy. This is to alert its family. These natural traits make it a good watchdog.
They would keep you amused all day with its clownish personality. Like the bichon frise, intelligence and responsive are their characteristics. They make great companions, since they are quite fond of all the members of the family, and would often suffer separation anxiety when left alone for long hours. They are an active breed and wouldn’t mind playing all day around the house. Although, enough care should be taken when they are with kids, since they are too fragile, and any kind of rough handling can cause harm to this little one.
It is also advisable to clip your dog’s coat by professional hands once every 4-6 weeks. Also, clean their inner ears, tear stains to avoid common infections and allergies. Make sure that their nails are trimmed when long.
With their ability to learn quickly and get along with everyone, maltichons are dogs that are good for agility and obedience competitions. You can adopt your dog from the breeders or from puppy rescue, but begin socialization training soon after your adoption process. Else, it might be a little difficult to train your pup. Also, it might be somewhat difficult to housebreak (potty/toilet training) them. But do not be harsh to your dog. Rather, give them gifts, treats and praises with every success, and they would pick up tricks much faster, since they are already eager to please you.
It is also advisable that you use puppy pads to train your dog, since this is a normal trait with toy breeds, mostly those that are frequently nervous or excited. If you find it difficult to house train your pup, you can seek help from a professional or a puppy kindergarten.
Provide your beautiful pet with the best quality food to assure complete nutrition. If you opt for dry dog foods, go for the ones that are meant for dogs of its size and energy, in general. The quantity is the same as is with all other dogs of its type.