One mixed breed that is gaining immense popularity is the Maltichon or the Maltese Frise. It is a cross between the Maltese and the Bichon Frise and is greatly loved by many for its gentle yet alert attitude. It is also becoming a top choice for many aspiring dog parents who have children and other pets, as the Maltichon displays a very affectionate and agreeable demeanor among others.
If you’re curious to know whether the Maltichon would be a great fit for your home, it doesn’t hurt to learn more about the breed’s unique characteristics.
With an average lifespan of about 12 to 15 years, one can say that the Maltichon has a great chance for a well-lived life. It has the same normal range of life expectancy as its two parent breeds, and is not at risk of developing any major health concerns, except for the infrequent cases of hydrocephalus, patellar luxation or hypoglycemia.
As the breed ages, its body gradually slows down, so you need to be very proactive about getting your four-legged companion checked regularly by the vet to diagnose any discomfort or pains before they progress to serious health conditions.
While this mixed toy breed definitely lives longer than most of its larger counterparts, you can never underestimate the power of a balanced diet, regular exercise and a happy environment. After all, it’s not uncommon for their parent breeds to reach up to 17 years old, so the pattern is likely to continue on for this hybrid breed, as long as healthy habits are in place.
The Maltese and the Bichon Frise are very popular among dog owners not only because of their soft, fluffy coats but also for their gentle yet playful disposition. It would be silly to expect anything different from the Maltichon.
Just like their parents, the Maltichon is a charmer and a joy to be around. If one has owned a Bichon before, you’ll definitely recognize the cheerfulness and playfulness of the Bichon in a Maltichon. The Maltese owner will definitely be reminded of their Maltese’s alertness and liveliness in the Maltichon as well.
On top of these recognizable traits, the Maltichon has a lot of energy and loves to be the center of attention. It is also intelligent and alert, which makes it moderately easier to train them compared to other dogs. It also loves to be around people and others, making it a good family addition and a loyal companion.
This is not to say that the Maltichon is without any fault. After all, much like their parents, the Maltichon can also be prone to developing behavioral problems that result from poor socialization and inconsistent training while they were younger. Although the breed is generally friendly, it can get shy and reserved around others, especially if it is not exposed to many different people at a young age. Like the Maltese, they also require constant companionship, so they may also tend to suffer from separation anxiety, especially if you get them used to tailing you everywhere you go. They can also be as stubborn as the Bichon Frise, so it’s best to discipline them while they’re young and always remind them who’s the boss as they get older.
The key to raise a happy and well-adjusted Maltichon is to make sure they are socialized young, stimulated properly through exercise and games, and given just enough attention so they won’t feel left behind but also not too spoiled.
The Maltichon weighs about 8 to 12 pounds and stands about 8 to 10 inches tall. It is slightly taller and heavier compared to an average Maltese, although it has about the same weight and height as that of an average Bichon.
Even if they don’t differ much in size compared to an average Bichon, their exercise requirements are slightly more demanding compared to that of a Bichon’s. While a Bichon would be content watching TV with you on the couch and just playing indoors, the Maltichon needs to be physically engaged to not only help maintain its fitness but also to prevent it from getting bored.
If you’re not one to go outdoors and take your dog out for a walk everyday, you may want to reconsider getting a Maltichon. Apart from a daily walk, this dog would thrive best if they can romp freely in the dog park or a fenced-in yard.
With the Maltichon being a relatively new breed, it wouldn’t be very easy to find one for adoption. That’s not to say that it will be impossible, it’s just going to require more work. Your first bet would be to ask people you know from your own social circles who also have Maltichons. Even if they don’t have one for you to bring home right this very second, at least they know you are interested in adopting one, should that opportunity arise in the future.
You can also become a member of this Maltichon group on Facebook and just put it out there that you are looking for a newborn Maltichon to welcome in your family. Being a part of this online community puts you in a better position not only to find a new Maltichon for your home but also to raise one with best practices from other Maltichon owners.
It also doesn’t hurt to get in touch with Tiny Paws Small Dog Rescue, as they are really focused on helping small breed puppies and retired breeder moms find new homes and sometimes they might have Maltichons on their roster. You can also check out BichonRescue.org for a comprehensive listing of all Bichon shelters and rescue organizations in the United States, as the local one in your area might also be taking designer breeds in their custody as long as one of the parents is a Bichon.
If the option to adopt a Maltichon does not seem very likely for now, make sure to find a responsible breeder who can demonstrate healthy breeding practices and provide you with the assurance that you need that you’re getting a healthy pup for your home!