The Malchi is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Maltese. To be considered a designer hybrid, both parents of the Malchi must be purebred to birth the first generation hybrid dog that is 50% Chihuahua and 50% Maltese. The Malchi is also known by the names Malachi and Maltechi. The origin country of the Malchi is the United States and it is known to do exceptionally well in agility and obedience competitions.
The Chihuahua and Maltese are similar in height, so the Malchi will also be in the same range, which is 12″-14″, however their weight can vary from 5 to 12 pounds. The most common colors for Malchis are brown, black, white and cream. The Malchi coat can be long or short, and there will be moderate shedding. The Malchi is not hypoallergenic.The Malchi are fragile, so their bones can easily be broken.
The Malchi is affectionate, gentle, loving, and loyal. It is also fearless, independent and protective The Malchi will listen to the commands of its owner because it has an eagerness to please them, so it will need fewer repetitions to obey instructions. This dog is highly intelligent and extremely clever. They like being the center of attention so their moods can go from being lively and playful to affectionate and cuddly. This kind of temperament makes them an outstanding lap dog. It is a great dog for kids because it is known to be playful and affectionate around them. It’s also an ideal pet for seniors. Although the Malchi requires daily exercise, it is well suited for apartment living. Malchis can be very stubborn and could develop the small dog syndrome if isn’t trained correctly and raised to be social while it’s a puppy. Some other negative traits that can manifest in their behavior can be biting, barking, distrust and aggression towards other dogs.
The average life expectancy for the Malchi can be over 15 years. The Malchi has an average energy level for a small dog and to keep it healthy, it will need to be exercised daily in the way of a walk and sufficient play time. Grooming should be done on a regular basis to keep its fur in good shape. Regardless of whether the Malchi coat is short or long, brushing a few times a week will help significantly reduce shedding. The Malchi are prone to having digestion and intestinal issues that will require a specialized diet containing medium to high fiber. Some are susceptible to eye, dental and ear problems, so these areas will need to be checked every two weeks for possible issues. Malchis are indoor animals and should not be left outside too long, especially in the winter months.