Maltese are popular because of their tiny size (barely seven pounds) and silky, long coats. However, what most people don’t know is they make fantastic watchdogs. Additionally, this breed is highly intelligent and easy to train. Therefore they excel in agility courses and advanced stunts. Because they are a stubborn breed, they respond best to reward-based training. These dogs are incredibly adaptable and make great companions for any family, including children, which is why they often fall into America’s 20 most popular dogs. So, if you are ready for cuteness overload, keep scrolling to learn about 12 adorable types of Maltese dog breeds.
1. Malteagle (Maltese and Beagle Mix)
The Malteagle is a result of crossbreeding a Maltese and a beagle. This hybrid is affectionate, kind, and happy, especially when joining a family with small children. Researchers believe the Malteagle was bred during the 1980s due to the high demand for small, gentle dogs.
These adorable Maltese mixes inherit a combination of characteristics from both parents. Still, they usually have fluffy Maltese coats, and thanks to their beagle genes, they are very playful. Additionally, they recognize their owners as the pack leader, a trait they inherit from their hound heritage. Therefore, Malteagles are extremely loyal to their loved ones, whether they are adults, kids, or pets.
2. Cavamalt (Maltese and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix)
The Cavmalt is an adorable type of Maltese breed with a fantastic personality. This petite dog is a result of crossbreeding a Maltese and cavalier King Charles spaniel. Other names for these hybrids are Maltalier and Cav-A-Malt.
Cavamalts aren’t just incredibly cute; they are also easy-going and friendly, making them the perfect mix for families with children. Additionally, their sweet-tempered and affectionate natures make them natural charmers, and it’s tough not to fall in love with them. While this adorable hybrid is not overly needy, they do appreciate lots of cuddles and will happily return the sentiment. Cavamalts don’t need a lot of exercise, so they will do well in an apartment.
3. Malchi (Maltese and Chihuahua Mix)
The Malchi is a sassy little hybrid resulting from crossbreeding the Maltese and Chihuahua. While this adorable type of Maltese dog has a great nature and is very playful, they can bark excessively, which might be problematic. However, their gentle and affectionate personalities make up for any bad behavior!
Malchis come in a variety of colors thanks to their parent breeds, but generally, their coats are tan or white. Additionally, Malchis come with short or long hair as their fur length will depend on which parent they take after.
Due to their Chihuahua genes, these tiny dogs can be aggressive or overprotective, so they need socialization from a young age. In addition, these dogs are not the best companions for children because they tend to nip when mishandled. Therefore, they are best suited for seniors or single adults.
4. Silky Cocker (Maltese and Cocker Spaniel Mix)
When you mix a Maltese and cocker spaniel, you get a silky cocker! This adorable type of Maltese dog is smaller than a spaniel, usually weighing around 10 – 15 pounds. This hybrid is the perfect first-time pet as they are friendly, easy to train, and social. The silky cocker generally has long, soft fur, and their coats vary in color from black, brown, cream, apricot, gold, or white.
This energetic breed requires regular exercise, so it would do well with an active family. However, they will make a great companion for any family who cares for them properly.
5. Mauxie (Maltese and Dachshund Mix)
The Mauxie is a cross between a Maltese and a Dachshund, creating a feisty little hybrid. These adorable little balls of fluff mesmerize you with their soulful eyes and big personalities. As both parents are small breeds, the Mauxie doesn’t get very big, making them perfect companions for apartment living. Other names for this hybrid are Duchtese, Moxie, or Maltese Dachshund mix.
It might be hard to train the Mauxie because they are stubborn. Additionally, these tiny dogs can be nervous around strangers, so socialization is vital, especially if the home has a lot of visitors. Furthermore, the Mauxie tends to bond with one person, which is why they are best suited to single-parent homes.
6. Havamalt (Maltese and Havanese Mix)
The Havamalt is the result of mixing a Havanese and a Maltese. They were initially bred in the USA as an affectionate, intelligent, loyal companion. However, it’s hard to determine their personalities as this hybrid can take after either parent breed.
But, one thing that’s guaranteed is their small stature. The Havamalt weighs between 5 to 15 pounds and only grows 8 to 12 inches tall. And while they can resemble either parent, their coats are usually white, brown, black, cream, red, or silver in color. Additionally, they have a double coat to keep them warm in freezing temperatures.
7. Malti Pin (Maltese and Miniature Pinscher Mix)
The Malti Pin is a small, lively pup that makes devoted canine companions. This new hybrid is an adorable breed whose parents are the Maltese and miniature pinscher. But, while they are incredibly affectionate, they can also be aggressive. However, this petite pup has a big personality to make up for any of its faults, and its small size makes them perfect for apartment living. Additionally, Malti pins only require moderate exercise, making them the best companion for seniors. However, they do not like to share attention with others, so it’s best not to adopt one if you have a large family, children, or pets. But, there are exceptions, especially if they are trained and socialized from puppies.
8. Mauzer (Maltese and Miniature Schnauzer Mix)
The Mauzer is the result of crossbreeding the Maltese and miniature schnauzer. While it may be scruffy, this adorable type of Maltese dog is loyal, affectionate, and intelligent. Unfortunately, most Mauzers are yappy and will need a lot of training to stop their incessant barking.
This hybrid is tiny; they barely grow to 12 inches tall! Therefore, Mauzers adapt well to smaller homes or apartments. They generally inherit the schnauzers’ high-set, folded ears that stand at attention whenever they hear a noise. Additionally, they have dark brown, circular eyes that can melt even the toughest man’s heart. Furthermore, most Mauzers have a mustache, which is another feature they inherit from their schnauzer parent. But unfortunately, this hairy addition requires extra grooming because it usually gets covered in food, dirt, or debris.
9. Papitese (Maltese and Papillon Mix)
The papitese is a mix between a Maltese and papillon, often referred to as the Maltese papillon mix or Maltilon. This hybrid is a very popular breed amongst people who prefer smaller dogs. They are known for their incredibly loving, devoted, and social personalities. Additionally, these tiny canines are playful, charming, and lively, making them a great choice for singles, seniors, and families with children.
Papitese have bright, expressive eyes, and it always seems like they are smiling, making them appear alert and happy. In general, they have fluffy, floppy ears. However, not all papitese will take after their papillon parent. Although the papitese is small, it usually has a moderately-sized muzzle, a small black nose, and wide-set nostrils. Their long, silky coat is one of the papillon Maltese mixes’ best features, and they come in various colors, including brown, black, and white. However, most of these hybrids only have white fur with brown or black patches.
10. Peke-A-Tese (Maltese and Pekingese Mix)
The Peke-A-Tese is the result of crossbreeding a Maltese and Pekingese. These small dogs only weigh between 6 to 10 pounds and measure 6 to 10 inches tall! But, thanks to their fluffy parents, the Peke-A-Tese generally has a long coat and comes in an array of colors.
This breed has different personality types depending on which parent they take after. However, if they inherit characteristics from the Maltese, they will have a gentle nature and will be good with children and other animals. But, if they have the Pekingese temperament, these feisty little dogs are not a good option if you have kids or other pets.
In general, the Peke-A-Tese wants to do their own thing, making them unsuitable candidates for obedience training. However, with a strict and patient hand, training these pups is not impossible. Unfortunately, their stubborn streak extends to potty training as well, so if you are not up to the task, it’s best to avoid these dogs.
11. Maltipoo (Maltese and Poodle Mix)
The Maltipoo is one of the most trendy hybrid breeds because they are a mix of Maltese and poodle, making them active, intelligent, and affectionate. Additionally, these adorable dogs are patient and kind, which is why they are the perfect companions for young and old. For example, they can adapt to any setting, whether it be a busy, active family or a single person in a quiet environment.
Multipoos are small and won’t grow bigger than 20 pounds. However, due to their small size and minimal shedding, people can’t get enough of these adorable Maltese mixes. Furthermore, they are very obedient and easy to train, making them the perfect choice for novice pet owners.
12. Maltichon (Maltese and Bichon Mix)
The Maltichon might sound like a transformer, but it is actually an adorable type of Maltese dog breed. These tiny dogs are a cross between a Maltese and a bichon frisé. This breed is cute, fluffy, and incredibly loving. Like most hybrids, the Malitchon inherits traits and features from both parents. However, unlike other crossbreeds, the Malitchon tends to inherit only the best qualities from both parents, which is very rare.
While their pleasing appearance is one of the reasons they are so popular, their personalities actually win dog enthusiasts over. Maltichons are fun, quirky, affectionate, and energetic, allowing them to adapt to any environment. As a result, they will work well in homes with families, singles, or seniors. So, if you are looking for a family-friendly breed, or a pet that will thrive in an apartment, then the Maltichon is an excellent choice.
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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What are Maltese usually mixed with?
There are several Maltese mixes, including the Malitpoo, Havanese, Malchi, Maltichon, Peke-A-Tese, and Cavamalt.
What kind of dog looks like a Maltese?
Most small, white, and fluffy dogs look like Maltese dogs. For example, the Coton de Tulear looks very similar.
How much does a Maltese mix cost?
The price of a Maltese differs depending on the breeder, location, and lineage. However, on average, the price ranges from $600 to $2,000.
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