Facts & Origin
West Highland White Terrier and Maltese mix - a hybrid breed
The West Highland White Terrier and Maltese is a unique mixed breed created by combining two dog breeds. The West Highland White Terrier is an attractive little non-smoking terrier with a nice white coat. He is very compatible, playful and friendly. The Maltese is a compact breed that is intelligent, lively and loving. These two dogs in a combination make a mixed breed that is friendly and playful at the same time, but also intelligent and affectionate. They are very adaptable and can be kept in a smaller apartment. With proper care and love, this mixed breed will have excellent nutrition and hygiene. With a lot of stamina and energy, it is a good companion for families and those who are animal lovers.
|Origin||Malta - Scotland|
|Life expectancy||12 - 16 years|
|Activity level||low - average|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits of Highland Maltie - Such is probably his nature.
A West Highland White Terrier and Maltese mixed breed is a very lovable breed. They are intelligent, bright and very affectionate. They have a lively temperament that causes them to be constantly active and bring joy to their owner at all times. This breed has a strong need to want to please and a strong need to try to take control. They are true characters with a strong demeanor and a joyful attitude.
They are very energetic, but they are also very obedient and learn quickly. They like to be kept busy doing simple tasks, such as playing fetch or learning new commands. They can also become more aggressive when they feel stressed and be dominant towards other animals and people. However, their dominant nature does not mean they are unfriendly.
This breed can be very long-lived and lovable with proper care and training. They are very adaptable, cute and temperamental. They love to be the center of attention and are usually not shy or timid.
Highland Maltie are ideal for homeowners* who like to take control while having a loyal, energetic and lovable pet.
What diseases can occur in Highland Maltie
Diseases in West Highland White Terrier Maltese Mix Dogs West Highland White Terrier Maltese Mix dogs are a popular and often desired hybrid breed. They are intelligent dogs that love to play and are affectionate. However, they can suffer from some of the same health issues as purebred West Highland White Terriers. Therefore, it is important to be aware of potential diseases that these mixed breeds may be susceptible to.
Terriers are at increased risk for a number of eye diseases. These include progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), cataracts and glaucoma. PRA is a degenerative disease of the retina that can lead to vision problems and eventually blindness. Cataracts are cloudy lens that can lead to blurry and hazy images. Glaucoma is a disease of the intraocular pressure that can lead to blindness if not treated early.
In addition, West Highland White Terrier Maltese mix dogs are prone to hip dysplasia. This is a condition where the joints do not work properly, which can lead to pain and inflammation. Another possible condition is Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease. This is a musculoskeletal problem that causes bone damage and leads to diagnostic delays. In addition, the risk of certain types of bone tumors increases with age.
However, there are some conditions that you can protect your dog against preventatively by seeing a veterinarian on a regular basis. Vaccines are a great way to offer your dog protection against dangerous diseases, and it's a good idea to have your dog examined and wormed to prevent helminthic infections.
If you own or are considering owning a West Highland White Terrier Maltese mix dog, make sure you understand the breed's nutritional, grooming and medical needs. Prevention and understanding of the diseases that could affect these dogs are important if you want to have a happy and healthy dog.
What does this mongrel look like?
The Highland Maltie has a soft, densely filled coat. It is bright white in color and stands out. His fur is longer at the ears and at the end of the tail than the rest of the coat, but not as long as full West Highland White Terriers. His entire body is covered in a smooth, silky coat. Usually, these smaller dogs are trimmed once or twice a year. Although they usually do not have impurities, the hair needs to be groomed regularly to protect it from dirt and tangles.
What are breed characteristics of this mix dog?
This mixed breed has a white, dense and silky coat. The head is pronounced with a recognizable forehead and muzzle line area. The eyes are dark brown and the ears hang down the side of the head. The neck is short and the rump is straight. The legs are short and strong and the feet are small and round. The tail is bushy and lowers slightly. The weight is on average 5 to 6 kg and the height is 25 to 29 cm.
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.
Often occur with allergies and intolerances.
Can be hereditary in certain breeds.
Can occur frequently in dogs and can sometimes be treated with medication.
Malocclusions of the dentition often occur in dogs with short muzzles.
If dogs don't get a good food or sugary food, tartar can quickly appear.
A West Highland White Terrier and Maltese mix is a medium-sized breed known for its lively personality. These intelligent dogs are easy to train, have soft coats, and love to protect and entertain their families.
The character of this breed is typical of the two main breeds: Maltese are known to be very affectionate and playful, while West Highland White Terriers have more stamina and courage. The mix experiences a blend of character from both breeds, making it a loyal, playful and lively companion.
West Highland White Terriers and Maltese Mix are hardy dogs with an average life expectancy of 12-14 years.
Since their coat is of moderate length, the West Highland White Terrier and Maltese Mix requires regular grooming. It is recommended to brush the dog at least once a week to keep the hair shiny and matte free.
Despite their small size, West Highland White Terriers and Maltese Mix are very active dogs. They should be given at least 60 minutes of exercise daily, preferably in the form of walks or outdoor play.