Oh My Goodness! I've just gotta have one of those cutie-pies for myself!
Upon seeing that beautiful face with those beady black eyes, I can't say I blame you.
They're just so sweet-looking and fluffy. If you love small dogs, then the Maltichon will easily steal your heart.
But you may be thinking: I know nothing at all about a Bichon Frise Maltese mix.
- What should I know about a Bichon Frise first?
- What should I know about the Maltese first?
- What are the temperaments of both breeds?
- Are they barkers or whiners?
- Do they get along well with other animals? How about with children?
The Maltichon Temperament
Insofar as the Maltichon's temperament, I bring you good news: a Bichon Frise Maltese mix is an equal combination of the best traits of her parents.
She is a smart dog that doesn't need a big yard, so she does well in smaller living spaces.
And she gets along with pretty much everyone.
- She's approachable,
- Upbeat, and cheery,
- A positive ray of sunshine.
- She rarely has a bad day.
What's nice about the Bichon Frise Maltese mix is that not only does she look sweet, she is sweet – to her masters, that is.
If you're a stranger, the Maltichon will think nothing of barking to alert her family that danger may be near.
Her small size does not hold her back from telling you off if she thinks you need it.
Maltichons Can Be Anxious
Everyone has a flaw, and the same holds true for the Maltichon. Her one flaw is that she hates to be alone.
So, if you work long hours and you know you're going to need to leave her alone in the during that time, then a Maltichon may not be a good match for you.
You may be able to train her out of it, though, especially if you leave enough toys around the house for entertainment.
But even a quick trip to the grocery store may be enough to trigger her anxiety and lead to her being destructive.
Children and Maltichons
While Maltichons love children and love to be around them, it is important that you keep an eye on your children when they're around the Maltichon.
This is because the Maltichon, like any small dog, is rather fragile, so any rough play is bound to hurt the little pup.
Make sure your children are old enough to understand that while the Maltichon may look like a stuffed animal, she has emotions and feelings like any other living thing.
She deserves to be treated with respect and handled with care.
Training Your Maltichon
Generally speaking, the Maltichon is easy to train.
Those that suffer from behavioral problems have either suffered from inconsistent training in the past, or they have not been socialized well with other people or other animals.
Socializing your Bichon Frise Maltese mix at an early age is key to fostering her healthy development into adulthood, and it makes sense.
You wouldn't be so quick to make friends as an adult either if you had never been shown how to do it when you were younger.
When the Maltichon is trained to socialize right from the beginning, you can avoid issues like shyness, aggression, and jealousy.
You can also stop your Maltichon from getting too clingy before her anxiety gets out of hand.
If you allow her to follow you everywhere you go when she's a puppy, then, of course, she will think this behavior is normal and will walk all over you into her adulthood and beyond.
While this may seem cute when she's little, trust me: your work life and social habits will be largely impacted by a dog that can't be left home alone when she's older.
Train her to embrace her independence when she's younger, and you'll get to enjoy yours when she's older!
The downside to being independent, though, is that a Maltichon can also be stubborn.
This too can be turned around, so long as you train her early on and that you are consistent with your training.
If you repeatedly show her that you're the boss, she'll eventually straighten out and listen up.
The Health of a Maltichon
As with any breed, there are certain maladies that affect the Bichon Frise Maltese mix more than other breeds.
Below is a brief list of some of the major concerns to be aware of that tend to affect Maltichons:
- Patellar luxation (kneecap dislocation)
- Liver issues
- Eye issues
- Collapsed trachea (more common in smaller dogs
- Vaccination sensitivity
Some of the more minor but common concerns include:
- White dog shaker syndrome (tremors)
- Reverse sneezing (common in smaller dogs)
- Bladder problems
- Hip dysplasia
A Final Word About the Bichon Frise Maltese Mix
When it comes to Maltichons, the positives truly outweigh the negatives.
A Maltichon is a happy dog who loves to be with you – though if you don't train her out of it, she may want to be with you a bit too much!
She can be a stubborn dog, but with proper training, she will turn her stubbornness away from you and into independence.
And if you live in an apartment and can't have a big dog, or if you want a dog who's good with kids and other animals, then look no further than the Maltichon.