Hybrid Breed

Bichon Frisé + Maltese


Maltese and Bichon Frisé mix - a hybrid breed

The Maltichon is a charming mixed breed that is the result of crossing a Maltese and a Bichon Frisé. Both parent breeds have a long, impressive history. The Maltese has been a popular companion dog for over 2000 years, originally from the Mediterranean island of Malta. The Bichon Frisé has its roots in Spain and Belgium. Although the exact time of the Maltichon's origin is not documented, this mixed breed has gained significant popularity in recent decades.

He inherits the best traits of his parent breeds. With his friendly, playful and affectionate nature, he has captured the hearts of many dog lovers. His fluffy coat and charming appearance make him an irresistible companion.


Weighing only 4 to 6 kilograms, the Maltichon is an excellent companion dog for apartments and smaller homes. His adaptability and sociable nature make him a great companion for families, the elderly, and singles alike. Despite its small size, the Maltichon is an active little dog that needs regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.

Banner: Depositphotos / lunamarina
Maltichon - Bichon Frisé and Maltese mix in the sunset Maltichon by the sea and sunset
Alternate Name Bichon Frisé and Maltese Mix
Origin France - Malta
Life expectancy 12 - 15 years
Care requirements low-maintenance - high-maintenance
Activity level low
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Character and temperament

A Maltese Bichon Frisé mix, often referred to as a Maltichon, combines the best of both breeds. These dogs are known for their friendly and affectionate nature. They are well-balanced, intelligent and are characterized by a high willingness to learn. As loyal companions, they are very affectionate towards their humans and love to spend time with them.

Activity and playfulness

Despite their small size, Maltichons are active and playful. They need regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. With their intelligent and curious nature, they love to learn and discover new things.

Husbandry of the Maltichon

The Maltichon is an ideal companion dog for apartments and small houses. He adapts well to different lifestyles and is comfortable in a family as well as with individuals. It is important that he gets enough attention and care, as he does not like to be alone. His fluffy coat needs regular grooming to stay healthy and beautiful.

Keeping a Maltichon requires commitment and love, but the joy and affection these little companions return make any effort more than worth it.

Health of the Maltichon

Maltichons are generally healthy dogs that have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years if well cared for. However, like all dog breeds, they can be prone to certain health problems. These include allergies, dental problems, patellar luxation (dislocation of the knee joint), and progressive retinal atrophy (an eye disease). It is important to have regular veterinary checkups and maintain a balanced diet to minimize these potential health problems.

Breeding Information

When breeding a Maltichon, it is critical to choose healthy parents with good character traits. Since the Maltichon is a mixed breed, the exact size, appearance and temperament of the puppies may vary. Responsible breeders perform health tests on the parent animals and make sure they are well socialized before using them for breeding.

It is important to be careful when selecting a breeder. A good breeder will be willing to answer questions, provide documentation on the health of the parents, and let the potential new owners meet the puppies and their mother. A responsible breeder will place great importance on the health and well-being of their animals and will not give their puppies away too soon.

Maltichon Puppy Bichon Frise Maltese Mongrel

The Maltichon is a mixed breed that is the result of crossing a Maltese and a Bichon Frisé. The appearance of these charming dogs can vary, as they can inherit the characteristics of both parents in different combinations. However, as a rule, the Maltichon is a small to medium sized dog with a weight of about 4 to 6 kilograms and a shoulder height of about 20 to 28 centimeters.

Coat and color

The coat of the Maltichon is often dense, curly or wavy and requires regular grooming to avoid matting. Coat color can vary, with the most common colors being white, cream, apricot, and sable. Sometimes they can be bi-colored or tri-colored. Their coats are usually hypoallergenic and do not shed much, making them a good choice for people with allergies.

Face and physique

The Maltichon often has a round head with expressive eyes and medium-length ears that lie close to the head. The muzzle tends to be short, and the build is compact and well proportioned. The Maltichon has a happy disposition and a bright attitude that reflects his affectionate and playful personality.

Characteristic features

In summary, the most distinctive breed characteristics of the Maltichon are:

  • Small to medium sized build
  • Dense, curly or wavy coat
  • Various coat colors, often white, cream, apricot, and sable
  • Hypoallergenic coat that sheds little hair
  • Round head with expressive eyes and medium length ears
  • Compact and well proportioned physique

Each Maltichon may vary in appearance, but all share the charming and endearing characteristics that make this breed so desirable.

Fur length short - medium
Fur curly - wavy
Ear shape Floppy Ear - Triangle
Tail fanned out
Anatomy dainty, dainty
Size ♀ 20 - 28 cm
Weight ♀ 3 - 5 kg
Size ♂ 21 - 30 cm
Weight ♂ 3 - 5 kg
Suitable For suitable for allergy sufferers, Children, Beginner, Seniors
  • Eye diseases

    Often occur with allergies and intolerances.

  • Patellar luxation

    Patellar luxation is the term used to describe a displacement of the kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs.

  • Patellar problems

    Problems with the Patellar can be a displacement or weak kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs, also because of overweight.

  • Skin inflammations

    Can be hereditary in certain breeds.

  • Heart disease

    Can occur frequently in dogs and can sometimes be treated with medication.

  • A Maltese-Bichon Frisé mix is a cross between a Maltese and a Bichon Frisé. These two breeds are often combined to create a small, hypoallergenic companion dog that does well in the family.

  • Maltese-Bichon Frise mixes can vary in appearance, but they are usually small dogs with white or cream coats. They may have some of the black markings of the Maltese on the face and ears.

  • Maltese-Bichon Frise mixes are small dogs that usually weigh between 4 and 6 kg. They are about 10 to 12 centimeters tall at the shoulder.

  • Maltese-Bichon Frise mixes need regular grooming and brushing to keep their coats clean and free of tangles. They also need regular exercise, such as daily walks or short play sessions.

  • Maltese-Bichon-Frisé mixes are usually good with children, provided they are raised together from a young age.

Useful Articles

Subscribe to our newsletter
to stay up to date on dog trends.
We won’t spam your inbox! We won’t sell or rent your email address.
To find out more, view our Privacy Policy
dogbible - a platform for people who love dogs
<svg aria-hidden="true" focusable="false" data-icon="facebook" role="img" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 512 512"><path fill="currentColor" d="M504 256C504 119 393 8 256 8S8 119 8 256c0 123.78 90.69 226.38 209.25 245V327.69h-63V256h63v-54.64c0-62.15 37-96.48 93.67-96.48 27.14 0 55.52 4.84 55.52 4.84v61h-31.28c-30.8 0-40.41 19.12-40.41 38.73V256h68.78l-11 71.69h-57.78V501C413.31 482.38 504 379.78 504 256z" data-v-b19174da="" class=""></path></svg> <svg aria-hidden="true" focusable="false" data-icon="instagram" role="img" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 448 512"><path fill="currentColor" d="M224.1 141c-63.6 0-114.9 51.3-114.9 114.9s51.3 114.9 114.9 114.9S339 319.5 339 255.9 287.7 141 224.1 141zm0 189.6c-41.1 0-74.7-33.5-74.7-74.7s33.5-74.7 74.7-74.7 74.7 33.5 74.7 74.7-33.6 74.7-74.7 74.7zm146.4-194.3c0 14.9-12 26.8-26.8 26.8-14.9 0-26.8-12-26.8-26.8s12-26.8 26.8-26.8 26.8 12 26.8 26.8zm76.1 27.2c-1.7-35.9-9.9-67.7-36.2-93.9-26.2-26.2-58-34.4-93.9-36.2-37-2.1-147.9-2.1-184.9 0-35.8 1.7-67.6 9.9-93.9 36.1s-34.4 58-36.2 93.9c-2.1 37-2.1 147.9 0 184.9 1.7 35.9 9.9 67.7 36.2 93.9s58 34.4 93.9 36.2c37 2.1 147.9 2.1 184.9 0 35.9-1.7 67.7-9.9 93.9-36.2 26.2-26.2 34.4-58 36.2-93.9 2.1-37 2.1-147.8 0-184.8zM398.8 388c-7.8 19.6-22.9 34.7-42.6 42.6-29.5 11.7-99.5 9-132.1 9s-102.7 2.6-132.1-9c-19.6-7.8-34.7-22.9-42.6-42.6-11.7-29.5-9-99.5-9-132.1s-2.6-102.7 9-132.1c7.8-19.6 22.9-34.7 42.6-42.6 29.5-11.7 99.5-9 132.1-9s102.7-2.6 132.1 9c19.6 7.8 34.7 22.9 42.6 42.6 11.7 29.5 9 99.5 9 132.1s2.7 102.7-9 132.1z" data-v-b19174da="" class=""></path></svg> <svg aria-hidden="true" focusable="false" data-icon="pinterest" role="img" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 496 512"><path fill="currentColor" d="M496 256c0 137-111 248-248 248-25.6 0-50.2-3.9-73.4-11.1 10.1-16.5 25.2-43.5 30.8-65 3-11.6 15.4-59 15.4-59 8.1 15.4 31.7 28.5 56.8 28.5 74.8 0 128.7-68.8 128.7-154.3 0-81.9-66.9-143.2-152.9-143.2-107 0-163.9 71.8-163.9 150.1 0 36.4 19.4 81.7 50.3 96.1 4.7 2.2 7.2 1.2 8.3-3.3.8-3.4 5-20.3 6.9-28.1.6-2.5.3-4.7-1.7-7.1-10.1-12.5-18.3-35.3-18.3-56.6 0-54.7 41.4-107.6 112-107.6 60.9 0 103.6 41.5 103.6 100.9 0 67.1-33.9 113.6-78 113.6-24.3 0-42.6-20.1-36.7-44.8 7-29.5 20.5-61.3 20.5-82.6 0-19-10.2-34.9-31.4-34.9-24.9 0-44.9 25.7-44.9 60.2 0 22 7.4 36.8 7.4 36.8s-24.5 103.8-29 123.2c-5 21.4-3 51.6-.9 71.2C65.4 450.9 0 361.1 0 256 0 119 111 8 248 8s248 111 248 248z" data-v-b19174da="" class=""></path></svg>