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Nicole Cosgrove

June 11, 2021
The Malchi is a mixed breed dog the result of crossing a Chihuahua with a Maltese. She has a life span of 12 to 15 years and is a small dog who participates in events for agility, obedience, and watchdog. She is also called a Chihuahua Maltese Mix, a Malachi, and a Maltechi. She is a very loyal, affectionate, and sassy little dog.
Here is the Malchi at a Glance
Average height 12 to 14 inches
Average weight 5 to 12 pounds
Coat type Short/ long and scruffy/fluffy
Hypoallergenic? Can be
Grooming Needs Moderate to moderately high
Shedding Moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low – can suffer from separation anxiety
Barking Occasional to frequent
Tolerance to Heat Good
Tolerance to Cold Low
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Better with older children and socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Low
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent as long as he gets his exercise
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Easy to train in obedience but can have house training issues
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Average
Major Health Concerns Patellar luxation, hypoglycemia, heart problems, collapsed trachea, hydrocephalus, open fontanel, liver problems, eye problems,
Other Health Concerns Shivering, White dog shaker syndrome, reverse sneezing
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $300 to $1000
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $530 to $650

Where does the Malchi come from?

The Malchi originates from the United States, which is true for many of the designer dogs out there today. Designer dogs refer to a large number of mixed breeds being deliberately created, most of which are two purebreds bred together. Many designer dogs have names that are a blend of the two pure breeds who sired them. Some dog lovers are very pro purebreds only but all purebreds were created by breeding at least two if not more breeds into the line at some time. There is nothing wrong with trying to breed new dogs as long as it is done with thought, purpose, knowledge, care, and understanding. The reason designer dogs have a bit of a bad rap is that a lot has been created without any of that, by poor breeders only wanting to make money out of this trend. Be careful who you buy from.

With no information on the Malchi’s beginnings, we can look to the parents to understand a little better about what a Malchi might be like.

The Chihuahua

The short-haired Chihuahua was discovered in Chihuahua a Mexican state, in the 1850s. Before that there are two theories as to where they come from, one is that they are a result of breeding small hairless dogs from China with local dogs when they were brought over by Spanish traders. Another says he is descended from the Techichi a central and south American dog dating back to the 9th century. After the 1850s the Chihuahua was taken to America and by the late 1800s, they were being shown. In 1904 the first one was registered with the AKC. The short-haired was bred with the Papillons or Pomeranians to get the long-haired variety and the breed became very popular over the years being 11th according to the AKC.

He is a brave, daring and confident dog, alert, and usually bonds more closely to one person. He can be quite sensitive and demanding in his need for affection and attention. He is not a natural with children, especially younger ones, and early socialization helps.

The Maltese

The Maltese is one of the oldest toy-sized breeds there are and he can be traced back for at least 2000 years. His exact origins are unclear, some believe he was developed on the Isle of Malta, some in Italy, and some from Asia. He was popular amongst royalty across Europe up until the 16th century. Attempts to breed him to squirrel size in the 17th and 18th centuries nearly destroyed the breed. He was saved by mixing with other miniature and toy dogs like the spaniels, and poodles. This in itself led to several new breeds being formed. The Maltese we see today were bred by the English in the late 1800s.

Today he is very successful in dog shows and is a lively dog full of personality. He trains easily and loves people. He assumes everything and one he meets is a friend. He is also quite accomplished at getting his own way with everything. House training though can be difficult and because of his size, he may not be best suited for families with small children.


The Malchi is a loving and affectionate dog, very devoted to their family and protective of them too. She can be gentle, is good with children but is wary of strangers and will bark at them. She tends to be eager to please and is intelligent so training is fairly easy. She has a lot of sass and spirit, loves to play, and can have a mind of her own. She loves attention and will expect to be at the center of it when you bring her home. She is sensitive and will not be good being left alone, as she can suffer from separation anxiety.

What does the Malchi look like

The Malchi is a small dog weighing 5 to 12 pounds and measuring 12 to 14 inches tall. She has a short muzzle, bright almond-shaped eyes, and floppy ears with a round head. She can look more like a Maltese or more like a Chihuahua. Her coat therefore might be long, curly, and fluffy or it might be short and scruffy. Common colors include cream, black, white, and brown. She is a fragile small dog and has a bone structure that can easily break so care must be taken.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Malchi need to be?

She is suitable for apartment living as long as she gets some time outside each day and playtime inside too. A good walk each day is enough, occasional trips to a dog park would be a great treat. She will tire fairly quickly. Make sure you offer her mental stimulation as well as physical.

Does she train quickly?

The Malchi is eager to please and intelligent. With a firm but positive training method, she should be easy to train. However, her house training may not be as smooth. Remember she is a sensitive dog so scolding and harsh tones are not going to get results. Be consistent and patient. Early training and socialization are important for any dog to bring out the best in them. Keep in mind she can have a stubborn side and if she is not correctly socialized and trained she can display negative behavior such as aggression towards other dogs, nipping, destructive behavior, being timid or nervous.

Living with a Malchi

How much grooming is needed?

She has moderate to above moderate grooming needs and can be hypoallergenic though if allergies are an issue you should always visit the dog to check how you react. If she has short hair her grooming needs are less, she will need less frequent brushing, she will not need regular visits to a groomer or trimming regularly around the eyes. Long-haired Malchis will need all of that. Brushing should be done with a firm bristled brush and done daily. She is a moderate shedding dog so you will need to vacuum often too. The short-haired version will need less bathing too, and be sure to keep baths to when they need it as bathing too frequently can affect the natural oils in their skin. Nails will need trimming if they get too long, this is something the groomer can take care of if you do not have experience. Check her ears and eyes every week for infection. Wipe them clean and trim them carefully around the eyes if it gets too long there. Brush her teeth at least twice a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She can get along with children and other pets but socialization really helps with that. It is also vital for how she interacts with other dogs. Young children might be best avoided as she is a fragile dog and they can be too boisterous and might hurt her. Older children who have been taught how to play and be careful are fine though.

General information

She can act as a watchdog and bark to alert you if something is up. She does bark quite a bit though so if there are noise regulations where you live this might be a problem. She will need ½ to 1 cup of dry dog food, a good quality, and split into 2 meals a day. She is better at dealing with warmer climates than cold.

Health Concerns

To avoid increased odds at getting a sickly puppy or dog buy from a respected breeder and expect to see health clearances. Visit the puppy too so you can see where they have been bred and have an idea of cleanliness there. If a breeder does not want you to visit this is not a good place to buy from. A Malchi can inherit conditions her parents are prone to which include Patellar luxation, hypoglycemia, heart problems, collapsed trachea, hydrocephalus, open fontanel, liver problems, eye problems, shivering, White dog shaker syndrome, and reverse sneezing.

Costs involved in owning a Malchi

A Malchi puppy could cost between $300 to $1000. She will need blood tests, deworming, shots, spaying, microchipping, a crate and carrier, collar and leash, and food bowls. This comes to a possible extra cost of $360 to $400. We say possible because some breeders may offer some of those things included with the puppy price. Annual costs for medical concerns that are not a medical emergency or ongoing illness, for example for checkups, flea prevention, shots, and pet insurance will come to between $435 to $550. Costs each year for other basics such as long hair grooming, license, training, food, treats, and toys come to between $530 to $650.


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The Malchi is a great companion especially for seniors living in apartments or homes with just older children. She has a sassy personality and is very loving and staunchly loyal. She has a lot of heart, she is smart and she will be a joy to own. Just be prepared for some extended time on house training and make sure she is trained and socialized as soon as possible.

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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.

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