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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
Malteagle in the park

The Malteagle is a small cross or mixed dog and his parents are two purebreds, the Maltese and the Beagle. He has talents in tricks and agility and a life span of 12 to 15 years. He is an outgoing and sweet dog who could be a great family dog or companion though care needs to be taken not to spoil him as that can lead to possessiveness and aggressive behavior.

Here is the Malteagle at a Glance
Average height Up to 12 inches
Average weight 15 to 22 pounds
Coat type Short to medium, shiny, thick, soft
Hypoallergenic? Can be (Maltese is)
Grooming Needs Moderate to high
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Low to moderate
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Very good to excellent
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Anywhere from low to high!
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good though training would go better with experience
Trainability Moderately difficult
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, liver problems, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, hypoglycemia, collapsed trachea,
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, ear infections, White Dog Shaker Syndrome, reverse sneezings
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $275 to $375

Where does the Malteagle come from?

The Malteagle is one of many so called designer dogs, these are purposely bred mixed offspring using usually two purebreds to do so. Thirty to forty years ago there were less around and it was a new thing. But the trend has really become popular over the last ten to 15 years and this has seen a huge surge in how many types of designer dogs are out there, and also unfortunately a huge increase in the number of bad breeders and puppy mills breeding them for profit. There is a debate about designer dogs, some are quite derivative about them in fact. As long as you are adopting from rescues or buying from trustworthy breeders and are being a responsible dog owner any dog is worthy of your love, purebred or not. With no information on their origins here is a look at the parents information for some background knowledge.

The Beagle

You can find Beagle like dogs back in Roman times but the actual Beagle we have now cannot be traced back that far. As with a lot of dogs his history is a little confused. In the mid 1800s you can see the starting of the Beagle we know today when they were bred for their hunting skills.

Today the Beagle has a gentle nature and will often make you laugh with their antics, but will also make you cry from their mischief! They are tricky things that are good at not listening or obeying you. He loves to follow a scent and is great with children – they get up their mischief together!

The Maltese

The Maltese is one of the oldest toy breeds there are and can be traced back for at least 2000 years. His exact origins are unclear but 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 him. He was saved by mixing with other miniature and toy dogs which in itself led to several new breeds being formed. The Maltese we see today was 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 is 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 Malteagle is an outgoing, friendly, social and energetic dog who can also be very loving and gentle. He is intelligent and loyal loves to have a cuddle being very affectionate. He is a great companion dog but as he bonds so closely this does mean he does not like being left alone and may follow you around the house. As he is a social dog he enjoys company, mixing with others and getting lots of attention. Be careful that he does not become over pampered and spoiled though as this can lead to him being over protective and jealous of your attention, a spoiled Malteagle can see other pets and children taking your attention as a threat and aggressive towards them.

What does the Malteagle look like

He is a small dog weighing 15 to 22 pounds and standing up to 12 inches tall. He has flappy ears, and coat that can be smooth, soft, short or medium in length, straight and shiny. Common colors are brown, white, black and cream.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Malteagle need to be?

This is a fairly active dog so will need regular exercise outside each day on top of his indoor play. His size makes him suited to apartment living and a yard is not a requirement but a bonus place to play. He is playful and lively and can follow scents like a Beagle so it is best to keep him on a leash when not in a secure area. Take him for a couple of walks a day and the occasional trip to a dog park when he can play and interact with other dogs.

Does he train quickly?

The Malteagle is moderately difficult to train due in part to a stubborn streak he can have, so may not be best for first time dog owners. You will need to be very patient and consistent with your approach keeping it positive with rewards, treats, encouragement and praise. There are professional schools and trainers you can hire to help if needed. Early training and socialization are an important part of dog ownership so make sure he gets it.

Living with a Malteagle

How much grooming is needed?

He will need a moderate amount of grooming and maintenance to keep him in good shape. Some Malteagles shed a minimal amount but some can shed more frequently so how much brushing and cleaning up with the vacuum depends on your dog. Mats are also a possibility so if brushing is not keeping them away or they are too stubborn there are oils and detangler sprays that can be used. Bathe him just when he gets really dirty, it should not be done too frequently. Like the Maltese he can have tear stains on his face so you may need to wipe his eyes and face daily. His ears should be checked for infection and wiped clean once a week. His nails should be clipped when they get too long and his teeth should be brushed two to three times a week.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is suitable to be around children, he will be affectionate and play with them, but he can see them as competition for your attention if he is overly spoiled, so remember to treat him as a dog not a baby. He gets on well too with other dogs but can chase other pets as prey to hunt. Early socialization will help a great deal with this as well the training.

General information

He barks occasionally but is not likely to alert you to an intruder so is not the best dog if you want a watchdog. He should be fed ¾ to 1 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food each day, split into two meals. He does better in warmer climates than colder ones.

Health Concerns

There are health concerns the Malteagle might be more prone to or inherit from his parents. They include Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, liver problems, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, hypoglycemia, collapsed trachea, Hip dysplasia, ear infections, White Dog Shaker Syndrome and reverse sneezing. When you buy a dog it is important to check the breeder can show yo health clearances for the parents to have better odds at avoiding these issues. A good way to judge how genuine a breeder is and the potential health of the puppy is to visit before buying.

Costs involved in owning a Malteagle

The cost of a Malteagle puppy is not really known as not many can be found to buy right now. Other costs for a crate, carrier, collar, leash, deworming, shots, blood tests, micro chipping and neutering come to between $385 and $435. Annual costs for medical needs like check ups, pet insurance, flea prevention and vaccinations come to between $435 to $535. Annual costs for basics that are not medical in nature like food, toys, license, training and treats come to between $275 to $375.


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The Malteagle is a very cute dog, loving and affectionate, sweet and outgoing. He is easy to love and will be very loyal and bond closely to you. Make sure you do not spoil him and that if other pets or children are around they he knows his place!

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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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