17 Maltese Cross Breeds

helloBARK! staff
By helloBARK! staff
Updated on April 10, 2020

Maltese are popular family pets.

They’re a friendly, outgoing breed that become quickly attached to their family members.

Maltese make great companion dogs as they’ll love nothing more than to be around their pet parents.

They’re a toy-sized breed so they can be quite delicate and need to be treated with care.

Maltese Bichon Frise cross (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Maltese Bichon Frise cross (Photo: Adobe Stock)

They can often be mixed with other breeds, intentionally and unintentionally, to create a hybrid with a pleasant temperament.

In this article, we will take you through 17 Maltese cross breeds.

17) Border Colltese

A Border Colltese is a cross between a Border Collie and a Maltese. They’re likely to be a very intelligent mix given the Border Collie is considered to be the smartest dog in the world. This is a rare hybrid dog. The Border Colltese is likely to have quite high energy levels. Their coat is likely to be medium to long in length, while the color will be gray, black or white. You will need to ensure your Border Colltese gets regular daily exercise to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.

16) Cav-a-malt

Cav-a-malt may sound like a hipster drink but it’s a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Maltese. This cross is likely to result in a dog that likes to be around their fellow family members given both parents were bred to be companion dogs. If you’re looking for a friendly and upbeat dog, this could be the mix for you. They’ve got relatively low energy levels so a Cav-a-malt could make a great pet for seniors or people with aren’t active. They’ll usually grow to between 10 and 12 inches in height and 10 and 13 pounds in weight.

15) Havamalt

Another dog that will be ideal for elderly people who won’t be able to exercise their pet a lot are Havamalts. They’re a cross between the Havanese and the Maltese breeds. These two dogs are already similar so it’s easier to predict their temperament than some other designer dogs. A Havamalt is usually affectionate, sociable and loyal to their pet parents. They’ll remain pretty small at around 9 to 12 inches in heigh and 5 to 12 pounds in height. They’ve got a range of potential coat colors, including cream, white, black, grey, brown and red.

14) Jatese

We’ve got an ancient Asian breed mixed with a mediterranean dog here. The Jatese is a cross between a Japenese Chin and a Maltese. By combining these two historical breeds, we’ve got a fine example of a companion dog on our hands. The Jatese is usually a friendly, low-energy hybrid canine. Given both breeds have well-defined facial structures, they could potentially inherit the appearance of either breed. They can have a white, pied or black coat color.

13) Malchi

The Malchi is a mix between a Chihuahua and a Maltese dog. These designer dogs are likely to be very small given Chihuahua are traditionally a toy breed. They won’t grow to more than 12 inches in height, while they can weigh as little as five pounds. The Malchi may be small but they can have big personalities, reflective of their Chihuahua parent. They require socialisation from a young age to ensure you’ve got a balanced and well-rounded companion dog on your hands.

12) Malshi

The Malshi is a mix between a Maltese and a Shih Tzu. This is a cross that can excel as a companion dog breed. They’re likely to be very attached to their pet parents and relatively low energy. The Malshi will have a medium-length coat that can vary in coat color, from white to black, brown to cream. Their coat texture is usually silky with a curly tail. This hybrid has over 350,000 entries on Instagram, suggesting it is a popular Maltese mix.

11) MaltiBeag

The MaltiBeag is a mix between a Beagle and a Maltese. These Beagle Maltese mix can have the curly coat of their Maltese parent combined with the coat colors of their Beagle parent. These companion dogs will make good watchdogs as they can be quite alert. They can have big brown puppy dog eyes akin to the Beagle. MaltiBeag are usually outgoing dogs that like to be in the company of humans.

10) Maltichon

We’ve got another popular Maltese mix here. The Bichon Frise and the Maltese have a lot of similarities. In fact, they’re thought to be related. This mediterranean hybrid is likely to be very sweet, loyal and tender with their pet parents, as well as sociable with other dogs. They’ll usually be between 9 and 12 inches in height and 8 and 11 pounds in weight. They’ll have a white coat so you might not necessarily be able to tell that they’re a Maltichon and not a Bichon Frise or Maltese.

9) Maltipin

The Maltipin (or Malti Pin, Maltipin, Maltese Pin) is a mix between a Maltese and a Miniature Pinscher. This isn’t a common hybrid dog so odds are you haven’t met one before. They can make great watchdogs given the Miniature Pinscher is an alert breed. They can have a coat that is white, cream, brown and black. These dogs will be quite energetic so they’ll need daily exercise. They can excel at agility sports.

8) Maltipoo

This is perhaps the most common of all the Maltese cross breeds, with over 2 million results on Instagram. The Maltipoo is a mix between a Maltese and a Poodle. This hybrid is popular given the hypoallergenic coats of the Poodle parent. They can come in a variety of different coat colors, including black, cream and white. Their coat can be relatively straight like their Maltese parent or curly like their Poodle parent. They’re likely to be a relatively energetic breed, while they’re smart and quick to learn commands and tricks.

7) Maltipom

Although not as popular as the Maltipoo, Maltipoms are still quite common. You’ll find no shortage of examples on Instagram. They’re usually a very small dog given Pomeranians are considered a toy breed. Maltipoms could grow to around 6 to 9 inches and weigh around 3 to 7 pounds at most. They can have a wide variety of coat colors given the different shades Pomeranians can be found in.

6) Maltipug

No prizes for guessing what combination this hybrid dog is. It is a cross between a Maltese and a Pug. They’re likely to have snub nose face mirroring their Pug parent. The Maltipug is likely to have a big personality despite their relative small size. They could be quite stubborn to train given this is a trait common with the Pug breed. They can make excellent family pets given their playful and social personalities.

5) Maltsky

Maltsky, as their name suggests, are a mix between a Maltese and a Siberian Husky. These dogs are likely to be moderate shedders given the influence of the Husky genes. You can expect a Maltsky to be quite a social dog given both Siberian Huskies and Maltese are both friendly breeds. They can have black, grey, red or white coats with blue, brown or bi-eyes.

4) Mauzer

When you cross a Miniature Schnauzer with a Maltese, the result is a Mauzer. These dogs are quite popular because the Schnauzer is famous for being a breed that doesn’t shed a lot. Having said that, there’s no guarantee your Mauzer won’t shed a little. They can be quite good watchdogs given the Schnauzer is an alert dog that isn’t afraid to use it’s voice. Mauzers are smart dogs, too. So they should excel when it comes to training.

3) Morkie

Morkie is a cross breed that you can probably figure out. This hybrid combines two popular companion breeds: Maltese and Yorkshire Terriers. They can have a medium-length coat that is silky to touch. This breed will enjoy being in the company of their pet parents. They’re small and energetic so they’ll require daily exercise.

2) Papitese

Papitese are small dogs that can make excellent family pets. They’re a cross between a Maltese and a Papillon. This designer dog is going to be toy size given both parents are tiny. The Papitese can have butterfly ears that are associated with their Papillon parent. Papitese are known to suffer from separation anxiety, so they won’t be a good mix to own if you have to spend a lot of time away from them.

1) Waltese

We’ve got a Waltese or Highland Maltie to finish. This is a mix between a Maltese and West Highland Terrier – two breeds famous for their white coats. They’re an alert breed that won’t be afraid to raise the alarm if they spot something or someone unfamiliar approaching the home. They’re also smart so they’ll benefit from consistent and regular training from a young age.