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Malchi (Chihuahua & Maltese Mix)

Nicole Cosgrove

Height: 12-14 inches
Weight: 5-12 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: Fawn, Black, Cream, White
Suitable for: Singles, Couples, Families with older or no children
Temperament: Affectionate, High-spirited, Playful, Yappy

Combining the genes of a Chihuahua and Maltese, the Malchi is a small, fluffy hybrid dog breed with a big bark and a bigger heart. This pint-sized pooch is high-spirited, playful, intelligent, and absolutely loves to love. Given the proper training and socialization, the Malchi can evolve into a loyal canine companion that will provide you with years of love and loyalty.

Before bringing any dog home, it’s important to understand the breed’s personality and wellness needs to determine if the dog is the right fit for you. Well, don’t worry because our in-depth guide has you covered! Here is everything you need to know about the Malchi hybrid dog.

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What’s the Price of Malchi Puppies?

Being introduced to the designer dog market just 20 years ago, the Malchi is still a new hybrid dog breed. However, the Malchi is continuously growing in popularity thanks to her spunky personality and petite frame. Prone to be excessive barkers, the Malchi would not do well in an apartment setting. Though her compact size makes her great for smaller living spaces, the Malchi’s loud mouth may get her in trouble with the neighbors. It’s also important to note that the Malchi is not the most social of dogs. However, with the proper training and socialization, you can boost your Malchi’s confidence around new faces.

Malchi puppies from a reputable, high-quality breeder can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000. It is essential to always purchase a puppy from a responsible breeder. Dogs from puppy mills or backyard breeders can suffer from both physical and behavioral problems.

divider-multiprint3 Little-Known Facts About Malchi

1. The Maltese is an Ancient Breed

That’s right! The Maltese breed can be traced all the way back to the fourth and fifth centuries BC.

2. Chihuahua’s Have Big Brains!

Due to their brain-to-body size ratio, Chihuahuas are considered to have one of the largest brain sizes out of all other breeds!

3. The Malchi is Incredibly Tiny

On average, the Malchi weighs only about seven pounds.

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Parents of Malchi. Left: Maltese, Right: Chihuahua | Image Credit: Pixabay

divider-dogTemperament & Intelligence of the Malchi

An affectionate and adorable dog, the Malchi can also be quite loud. She will make her presence known! This little lap dog may also be shy around strangers. Training and socialization are key to ensuring your pet is a happy, friendly dog.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The Malchi is best suited for families without children or with teenagers. Despite being tolerant of youngsters, this dog’s Chihuahua roots can show. This can lead to stubbornness and even aggression if the dog is provoked. And due to her small size, the Malchi can be accidentally injured by rambunctious kids.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Malchi does best when she is the only pet in the household. Somewhat feisty, this designer pup always needs to be “top dog.” She can also be easily injured by larger dog breeds. The Malchi does get along with aloof cats.

divider-food2Things to Know When Owning a Malchi:

Now that you know more about the Malchi’s personality, let’s explore her care requirements.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The Malchi is a very small dog that can suffer from indigestion. As such, it’s recommended to feed your Malchi only dry foods that are rich in fiber. She’ll only need about one cup of kibble per day that is divided into two meals. This will cost you between $25 and $30 each month.

Exercise 🐕

The Malchi is truly a lap dog! This breed has very low energy levels and only needs to be exercised for about 30 minutes per day. Treat your Malchi to short, brisk walks or romps in the backyard.

In addition to physical stimulation, the Malchi needs a lot of mental engagement as well. Interactive dog toys and puppy puzzles will keep her entertained for hours on end.

Training 🎾

This hybrid dog is very, very intelligent. Training your Malchi won’t be an issue. Firm, positive reinforcement training methods work best for this breed. Never harshly scold or hit your dog. Aim for a few short training sessions each day.

Grooming ✂️

Your Malchi can either inherit the short hair of the Chihuahua or the long, silky fur of the Maltese. Though she’s a moderate shedder, your Malchi’s grooming needs will depend upon her coat. Malchi dogs with long, thick hair will need to be groomed several times per week. They will also need consistent visits to a professional groomer. Use a de-shedding brush or pin brush on your long-haired Malchi. If your dog has short hair, you’ll only need to brush her once a week. Brush her teeth daily and clip her nails as needed.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Minor Conditions
  • Indigestion
  • Glaucoma
  • Pulmonic stenosis
  • Corneal dystrophy
  • Mitral valve dysplasia
  • Shaker dog syndrome
  • Color dilution alopecia
  • Portosystemic stunt
Serious Conditions
  • Patellar luxation
  • Patent ductus arteriosis (PDA)

Despite being an overall healthy breed, the Malchi is prone to several health conditions. A quality diet, enough exercise, and routine vet visits will ensure your dog stays in tip-top condition. Be aware that your Malchi may need occasional knee, blood, and heart testing done.

Male vs Female

The male Malchi will be a tad larger than the female, but only by less than an inch. Both genders make wonderful pets.

divider-pawFinal Thoughts

If you’re looking for a fantastic little dog to add to your family, the Malchi might be the pet for you! She’s a low-energy, moderate-shedding dog that craves affection. However, she does best in homes where there are no small children or other pets. The Malchi can also be a barker.

If you’re thinking about scooping up a Malchi, this petite pooch will provide you with lots of love for years to come!


Featured Image Credit: RonnySchoene, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.