A designer cross between the Chihuahua and Maltese breeds, my adult Malchi's will weigh three to six pounds when fully grown. I only use long hair Chihuahua's with apple heads and snubbed noses. My mommy Chihuahua's are generally 4-5 lbs, AKC/CKC registered with champion bloodlines. My Maltese dad is a tiny 3 1/2 lbs, AKC champion bred Maltese. I breed for quality, health, and temperment. Shop around and I gurantee that you will be coming back to Heavens Gate Kennels to purchase your Malchi puppy!
I have found that other Malchi breeders will breed dogs that grow to be eight pounds or even larger. They will also usually use a short hair Chihuahua, which to me just does not look appealing and gives the puppy a scraggly, unkept look.
My puppies coats are shiny and thick, medium to long in length, and very silky. They should be combed and brushed weekly to keep the hair tangle free. They will not however require the high maintenance of a purebred Maltese puppy due to the cross with the Chihuahua. Because they are so small, they may be able to meet their exercise needs indoors, but enjoy a short daily walk. Malchi puppies are smart and can be stubborn. They are loyal and protective, and may bark. They are excellent lap dogs, and do well with children if socialized early.
Country of Origin:The Malchi is a Designer breed created in the United States. The malchi is a cross between a Maltese and a Chihuahua. The Maltese is a small, fearless and very playful dog with a long, white silky coat that is hypoallergenic (very low shed cycle). Maltese do very well with other animals, but are often leery of strangers. The Chihuahua are the smallest dog breed and the oldest North American breed. Chihuahuas are intelligent, graceful, and sometimes too brave for their own good. They usually bond with only one person and become highly devoted, frequently kissing the owner's face The combination of these two breeds produce a very cute, alert, small, intelligent, friendly dog with a slow shed cycle.
Size: The Malchi has a shoulder height of 15-25 cm (6-10 in) and weighs 1-3.4 kg (2-7.5 lbs). Malchi's have an apple shaped head with a short, muzzle, bright, round eyes, medium erect ears, and tiny feet. The tail will curve over the back or side.
Coat: The malchi has a very soft, medium to long coat. The Malchi tends not to shed due to no undercoat and can be hypoallergenic (very low shed cycle). The coat length will depend on if either a short-coat chihuahua or long coat chihuahua was breed to the Maltese. If a short- coat Chihuahua was used the Malchi's coat will be medium length with a wirey apperance. If a long- coat Chihuahua was used the Malchi's coat will be longer and take on the smooth, silky, wavy, appearance of that of a Maltese.
Character: The Malch is a small, fearless and very playful dog. Malchi's do very well with other animals and people. Malchi's are tenacious, proud, and very energetic. The Malchi thrives on attention and affection.
Temperament: Malchi's are very playful and friendly. They will usually live with other dogs and cats without problem. It is important to socialize the Malchi as a puppy to prevent overt shyness. Small children may regard the Malchi as a toy, and will play with them as one. It is preferable not to leave the Malchi with children under the age of 12, unless they are well taught or supervised.
Care: The Malchi do require grooming, from weekly brushing and combing to special lotions to remove tear stains if present. Dead hair should be brushed out, as the Malchi does not shed. Irritating hairs around the eyes need to be removed. Some pet Malchi's are trimmed in a ‘puppy cut’ of 1 to 2 inches in length over the entire body for easier maintenance. The Malchi has a long lifespan of 12-18 years. Malchi's are very healthy. The Malchi's claws must be kept trimmed, and its teeth must be checked frequently for tartar buildup. Malchi's should be kept in a warm environment.
Training: Malchi's are usually not trained because of their small size, although they are very eager to learn. Encouragement rather than harsh words should always be used when training the Malchi. Malchi's may need to be paper or box trained. The Malchi may require patience and effort to housebreak.
Activity: The Malchi does not require a great amount of exercise. It can have its needs met by indoor play and activities, and enjoys playing chase. They may be taken for short walks. Malchi's thrive while with their owner and are often go with their owners to run short errands. Malchi's are well suited to apartment life.
Please check Available puppies page for current pictures and available Malchi puppies!!! I have new litters of Malchi's . Contact me to get on the waiting list to be notified of new puppies: firstname.lastname@example.org 404-734-5276
Please enjoy pictures of my sold Malchi's!
Lola at 5 months
Obama is a 7 month old Malchi in long coat
Malchi puppy at 2 months old
Malchi puppies at 2.5 weeks old
2 week old Malchi puppy
This is Mia. Thanks Joanne for the wonderful pictures!
Mia @ 10 months and only 2.6 lbs!!!
Mia photoshoot as an adult an only 2.9 lbs
Cici @ 3.5 weeks
Peaches at 6 months old
Sire: Lagniappe is AKC 3.5 lb Maltese. Also available for stud....