Maltichon developed by crossing Maltese and the Bichon Frise. This dog has inherited its cotton ball look from its parents having flossy hair. This dog breed is gaining popularity for its doll-like looks and their friendly nature with other pets.
Facts About Maltichon
|Breed Type||Watch Dog, Toy Dog|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Other Names||Maltese Frise, Bichon Frise Mix, Maltese, maltese bichon mix|
|Size & Height||8-10 inches (Small)|
|Competitive Registration / Qualification Information||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR|
|Color||Black, White, Black & White, Brown, Chocolate, Apricot, Dark Brown, Red-Brown|
|Life Expectancy||12-15 years|
|Coat||Coarse, Dense, Fluffy, Corded, Soft, Wavy, Silky|
Temperament & Personality
Maltese Frise or Maltichon is a playful and friendly dog which is very active, loving and loves to be the center of attraction. This breed also loves to be with the owner every time which makes training the dog very easy. Maltese is always alert, protective and it starts barking if it sees any suspicious activity inside its territory. As it requires attention, this dog feels jealous if the owner is affectionate towards others. They do not like to be left alone even for a while and can act as if the owner has been absent for days. They also get well with children, other pets and possesses a clownish personality making an ideal family pet because of their handy size, and adaptability towards apartment life
Maltese Frise puppies do not require much practice as they are busy running and jumping all day. 15 to 20 minutes walking or jogging will be adequate for this dog. It will not only meet the activity requirement happy and make them mentally fresh. The energy or enthusiasm which the dog possesses, its daily exercise requirement is covered when it moves around the house. Trips to the Dog Park or a trip to the yard will be a great treat for this dog.
Maltichon dogs do not require high grooming like Maltipoo, but their coat needs brushing every day or on alternate days to hold its gloss, silkiness and to maintain hygiene. The coat is an asset for the dog and hence it requires some attention. Clipping of coats is recommended by professionals every 4-6 weeks. Moreover, ears need cleaning every week to avoid common allergies and infections. Nails will need trimming when they overgrow and frequent bathing will make Maltichon’s skin too dry. Hence a bath can be given when the dog is super dirty.
Maltichon dogs are exceptionally long-living than other purebred or crossbreed dogs. This dog inherits few health issues from its parent breed, but it is not necessary that every dog inherits the problems. It depends from dog to dog, few may suffer from its puppyhood while the other might not suffer at all. Hereditary defects which are prevalent in these dogs are:
- Retinal Detachment
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Open Fontanel
- Granulomatous Meningoencephalomyelitis
- Glycogen Storage Disease
Other minor health might also include:
- Cryptorchidism (physical absence of one or both testicles in the scrotum of a dog)
- Cleft Palate (Disability caused by incomplete fusing of the two halves of the palate during neonatal development)
- Patellar Luxation
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus
- Portosystemic Shunts
- Pyloric Stenosis
- Reverse Sneezing
- Collapsing Trachea
- White Shaker Dog Syndrome
- Dental Problems
Maltichon puppies are intelligent and will not take much time to learn new things. They mix easily with everyone and are suitable for obedience and agility competitions. Socialization training should be started just after adoption as it might get difficult later as the pup grows.
As these dogs tend to please their owners, giving them gifts, snacks treat, or praises will help them to learn things much faster. Using puppy pads is a typical trait to train the toy breeds, it is used for those breeds which are repeatedly nervous and excited.
Maltichon requires high nutrition as they are always high on their super activity by jumping and running. Homemade food is good, but it should provide them with adequate nutrition. 1cup of Dry dog food can be provided to meet the nutrition requirement.