The Chihuahua Maltese Terrier mix, also known as a Malchi, is a cross between a Maltese Terrier and a Chihuahua.
The neat thing about this Chihuahua Maltese mix is the fact that it takes the positives of both breeds and combines them into a tiny, loving little package.
One of the reasons that they have become so popular in recent history is because they have a very lively personality and are both attentive and affectionate. Before you decide whether or not these Chihuahua mixes are right for you, there is a little bit of information that you should know before you make your decision.
Like most mixed dog breeds, the appearance of your dog depends on the biological mix. The features of a Malchi are dependent on whether the genetic traits favor the Chihuahua or Maltese Terrier.
There are examples of a Chihuahua Maltese Terrier mix that had the perfect blend between the two, combining the pointed ears of the Chihuahua with the longer hair of the Maltese. Most are the size of a full-grown Chihuahua and are anywhere between 12-14 inches and 5-12 pounds.
As a Maltese Chihuahua mix, it should come as no surprise that they take on the temperament of both the Maltese and Chihuahua. This means that they are extremely lively and extremely loving. While they are of gentle disposition, they will often bark at strangers because they are protective of those that they consider family. They are committed to their owners and have a desire to please.
They are intelligent little dogs, despite that (perhaps because of that) they can be difficult to train. The best advice is to train your Chihuahua Maltese Terrier mix and socialize with it. This will combat jealousy and barking. Some owners find them reserved with strangers and other dogs.
They tend to bark a lot at people that they do not know. Especially when strangers approach members of the family or when the dogs are startled. If the house is quiet and they hear a loud noise, there is a good chance that they will bark in response.
Because their behavior can be described as "sassy," they sometimes get annoyed quickly with very young children that tend to tug and jerk the small dogs around. They are better suited for older children that are a little calmer.
Overall, these dogs are fragile and their bones may be broken easily so while playing is ok, roughhousing should be avoided. Depending on how much of the Maltese mix they have in them in the Maltese Chihuahua genetics, they may be prone to eye issues and ear infections. Even though these dogs are great for apartment living, they do require daily exercise to stay healthy.
It is Ok to feed your Chihuahua terrier mix two or three times each day. As most of the other Chihuahua terrier mixes, they prefer to eat smaller bites and to come back to their food later as opposed to eating big meals. Some Chihuahua mixes have intestinal and digestion issues that require medium to high fiber diets.
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