The Malchi: A Complete Guide

There are so many factors that come into play when you are trying to find the right dog.

Do you have a family, or do you live alone? Do you live in an apartment, or do you live in a house?

All of these questions are crucial if you want to ensure that your dog will be able to live with you comfortably.

Over the course of this guide, I’ll be telling you all of the things that you should know about the Malchi, which is a designer dog breed, as may be evident by the name.

This dog is a mix of a Maltese and a Chihuahua, two of the most popular small dog breeds in the world.

Of the things that you should know about this breed, a few facts that stand out.

You’ll want to know what you can about the puppies so that you have an idea of what to expect when you finally bring one home.

I’ll also inform you about this breed’s appearance, behavior, and much more, so let’s get started!

Malchi Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Malchi is a mix of the Chihuahua and the Maltese.

Before venturing out to find a Malchi puppy, it is essential to know what you are getting yourself into to avoid any surprises.

You will need to know how much one costs or else you run the risk of going to a breeder, finding the perfect one, and not being able to take it home with you.

You will also need to know the best places to find them, which will all be discussed in the next section.

What Price are Malchi Puppies?

If you are looking to buy a Malchi, you can expect them to be priced anywhere between $300 to $900.

The price greatly depends on the puppy’s parents, their health, and the breeder you buy them from. You may find that some breeders raise the price of the females in the litter since they are capable of reproduction.

You will also find that the price can vary depending on the area you are searching in.

Places with a high demand for Malchis will be priced a lot higher than areas where they might not have even heard of them, so keep this in mind while searching.

The factor that probably influences the price more than anything, however, is the breeder themselves.

Where to Find Reputable Malchi Breeders?

To find a responsible Malchi breeder, you will need to search on the web or look for articles in your local newspaper.

Searching online is better since you can check out how other customers have felt about the particular breeder’s services, giving you a better idea of how trustworthy they are.

Buying from a certified Malchi breeder will mean that you will probably have to pay a higher price for the dog.

These types of breeders usually have a lot of information on the health of the Malchi and can give you knowledgeable advice about the breed, so it is no surprise that they will cost more.

3 Little-Known Facts About Malchi Puppies

  1. The Malchi is mixed with the Chihuahua and the Maltese, and if you know anything about these two dog breeds, you will know that they differ quite a bit in looks. Because of this, there is no standard look of the Malchi, so don’t be surprised if the puppies in the litter don’t look like brothers and sisters.
  2. Most Malchis are light in color, so if you choose a puppy that is white, cream, or tan, you may need to work a little harder to keep their fur clean and presentable, especially if they like to play in the dirt. So, if you are a busy person, they might not be the best choice for you.
  3. The Malchi is a relatively new hybrid dog breed, so they don’t have much of a history, but their parent breeds do. The Maltese is an old dog breed that was used as a trading item, being very popular among important and wealthy women of the era and this is how they gained their popularity. The Chihuahua is also an ancient breed that was the pet of noble and royal people in ancient Mexico.

Physical Traits of the Malchi

The Malchi is a very defensive dog and can even become aggressive.

Based off of the size of the Chihuahua and the Maltese, you won’t be surprised that the Malchi is a small dog.

As mentioned before, Malchis vary a lot in terms of looks because of the significant differences between the parent breeds.

One of the few things that are shared between all dogs of this breed is their dark brown eyes and black nose.

Their eyes might be hard to see since most Malchis have hair that drapes over them. The ears vary from dog to dog.

Some may take on the hanging ears of the Maltese, or the ears that point straight up like the Chihuahua.

The coat of the Malchi also differs, more than any other features of the dog. Some dogs will have short furs like that of the Chihuahua or long hair like the Maltese.

The chances of long hair increases if the Malchi is mixed with a Chihuahua that has long hair. The colors that the coat can be is white, cream, black, or fawn.

How Big is a Full-Grown Malchi?

The Malchi has a height ranging from 12 to 14 inches and can weigh between 5 to 12 pounds.

Like most dogs, they reach their full size around 18 months, which is the end of the puppy stage. So, it is best to enjoy their puppyhood while it lasts.

With their size, the Malchi is also suitable for apartment living since they don’t take up a lot of space, and since they have low physical activity requirements.

But, keep in mind that they are talkers and like to bark so this might be a problem in apartments.

What is the Malchi’s Life Expectancy?

You can expect your Malchi to live for about 12 to 15 years old, which is the usual amount of time for many dog breeds out there.

This is great news, considering that the Malchi has quite a few minor health concerns as a breed that will be discussed later in the guide.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Malchi

The Malchi needs at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity.

The Malchi takes the best traits of the Maltese and the Chihuahua and combines them to make a dog with a great personality.

They are sweet, gentle, and affectionate thanks to the Maltese, and playful, goofy, and feisty because of the Chihuahua.

One of the issues that you might face when having a Malchi is that they think they are bigger than they actually are, and might be a bit of a bully to other animals.

You will want to supervise them around other dogs and pets to ensure that they do not start a fight.

You may also have an issue with them being gentle with children. When children see a small dog, they may want to treat them like a stuffed animal and play with them.

They can also be a bit rough, which can cause the Malchi to get defensive and aggressive. So, they may not be well-suited for small children.

These minor issues that are seen in the Malchi are often gone with proper training.

The Malchi’s Diet

The Malchi only needs a cup of food a day due to their size. This amount means that you will have to pay less for dog food a month compared to other dog breeds.

This can also save you quite a bit of money in the long run. You can split this amount into two separate servings if needed.

How Much Exercise Does the Malchi Need?

The Chihuahua and the Maltese are known to be lap dogs, so it is no surprise that the Malchi will be the same.

They don’t require much exercise, but it is still recommended to have at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity to keep their weight in check.

This can be anywhere from playing inside to taking short walks around the neighborhood.

Because of their low exercise requirements, they are well-suited for those of you that do not have an active lifestyle and for seniors.

Simple activities like training will also be able to burn off their energy and is an excellent way to stimulate their mind at the same time.

Malchi Health and Conditions

As mentioned before, the Malchi has a little more than the average amount of health risks than other dog breeds of similar size.

Most are preventable, and all are treatable with the right care from a veterinarian to make sure that none of the conditions worsen over time.

Serious Issues:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hemophilia
  • Retinal Dysplasia

Minor Issues:

  • Glaucoma
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Shaker Dog Syndrome
  • Corneal Dystrophy

A Good Guard Dog?

Despite its small size, the Malchi is an exceptional guard dog as the need to protect its family stems from deep within its DNA.

You will find the Malchi to be highly affectionate towards you and your family members although its tolerance towards children is fairly minimal.

Even though the Malchi will bark more often than is required and not only in times of danger, it can still scare away an opponent it deems harmful for it or the family.

Its tiny body doesn’t hold it back from being a very spirited and optimistic little fellow that thinks it can take on threats twice its size.

Even though this belief may be ill founded, the confidence that it provides the Malchi with is something that cannot be bought.

This confidence allows the Malchi to sometimes go out of its way to protect those who it loves.

Another trait that helps Malchi when it comes to being a good guard dog is the fact that it can be quite aggressive as well if allowed by its owner.

This aggression coupled with consistent barks throughout its life will let everyone in your neighbourhood know that you have a dog that shouldn’t be messed with.

Even though the Malchi may very well hold its own against a bigger much tougher opponent, it’s size does prove to be a disadvantage in some situations.

However, the Malchi is known to overcome its little size with sheer will power and determination so you can relax knowing that it will always give its best.

If you have no other pets or children in your house then Malchi can be a perfect companion for you as its nature doesn’t let him mix up well with other pets and children.

However, all behaviours can be corrected with the proper training!

My Final Thoughts on the Malchi

The Malchi is the perfect dog for everyone as long as you know how to train them properly.

They can learn to get along well with others with consistent and patient training.

They make good watchdogs with their loud voices and spunk.

I hope that this article helped you learn more about the Malchi and good luck with finding the perfect one!


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