The Malteagle’s country of origin is unknown. The history of the parent breeds is also quite obscure. The Maltese are an ancient breed with a history that spans many centuries. Some say it’s a descendant of a Spitz-type dog kept by Swiss Lake Dwellers. Others argue the breed has Asian origins, and is related to the Tibetan Terrier. Undoubtedly, this charming, gentle and playful dog is one of the oldest pet dogs. The Beagle is thought to be a descendant of English scent hounds. The modern Beagle is loving and lovable, happy, sweet, easygoing, and companionable.
The breed is sturdy and compact and usually about a foot tall. It has a shiny, short/medium in length coat. The dog’s soft, thick and silky hair make it very cuddly. The most common Malteagle colors are black, brown, and white.
Temperament and Behavior
The Maltese Beagle mix is a sweet, little toy dog. It has a friendly, outgoing, and affectionate disposition which endears it to humans. The dog does not intimidate those with dog phobia.
The dog bonds well with owners and is also friendly with children and other pets. However, over pampering can make it excessively protective. If that happens, it can begin seeing kids and other pets as threats. Similarly, the breed’s craving for human love and affection can make it destructive if it’s left alone for long periods. To prevent trouble with children and pets, expose the dog to people and animals as early as possible.
The Malteagle is active and has a tendency of following exciting scents. It requires adequate daily exercise and some confinement to avert wandering off. The dog needs interactive playing sessions within a fenced yard. If it has to go outdoors for a jog or walk, it should be kept on a leash.
Malteagle puppies can exhibit some stubbornness. They require firm and consistent obedience training. Socialize, crate train and accustom your pet to examination and brushing when it’s still a puppy.
These active dogs require a healthy diet rich in proteins and energy. The type and amount of food depend on the dog’s age, weight, and level of activity. Major health concerns include dislocation of joints, low blood sugar, hypothyroidism, degenerative eye disorders, and renal disorders. You need to take your Malteagle to the vet for regular wellness exams.