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Malti-Pug

Malti-Pug

A combination of two cute and fluffy breeds makes the Malti-Pug completely adorable. Their curious expressions and clownish antics would keep you entertained all the while.

The good news is that you do not have to bother about always taking them out as they have minimal activity requirements. But, it would help if you prepared yourself for the tantrums they might throw at times due to their willful and intelligent nature.

Dog Profile

  • Other Names:Maltipug
  • Breed Registry Details:DRA, ACHC
  • Common Physical Features:Compact, square body; deep chest; broad head which is a little rounded; tapered or square muzzle; dark, round eyes; high set folded or drop ears; curled or curved tail
  • History:
  • Coat Type:Short, and smooth single or double coat like the Pug or long, straight, silky and flowing coat of the Maltese
  • Colors:Black, fawn, white
  • Lifespan:12 – 15 years
  • Size:Small
  • Height:8 – 14 inches
  • Weight:10 – 20 pounds
  • Litter Size:3 – 5 puppies
  • Temperament:Playful, active, clever, affectionate
  • Kids-Friendly:Somewhat; unsuited for young ones or those who could behave boisterously with these delicate dogs
  • Stranger-friendly:Somewhat; is cautious at the beginning and even alerts their owners through instant vocalization, but becomes friendly on getting acquainted with the unknown person
  • Animal-Friendly:Somewhat; gets along well with other dogs on cats upon socialization
  • Climate Compatibility:Moderate; intolerant to extreme heat or cold
  • Apartment-friendly:Yes
  • Care Level:Easy; since they are low maintenance dogs like their parents
  • Exercise Requirements:Moderate; Walking: 30 minutes; Playing: 10 – 15 minutes
  • Grooming Needs:Moderate
  • Coat Brushing:Regular; Twice or thrice a week to remove matts or tangles;  going to a professional groomer is essential at least once a month if it has the Maltese-kind long flowing coat
  • Bathing:Occasional if on the Pug’s side, once a month; Frequent if on the Maltese’s side, once in 2 or 3 weeks
  • Eyes and Ears Cleaning:Regular; once or twice a week
  • Brushing of Teeth:Regular; two to three times a week, as its Maltese parent is known to often suffer from severe dental issues
  • Nail Clipping:Occasional; once or twice a month
  • Feeding:Adults: 1 cup dry dog food per day

    Puppies: ¼ – ½ cup dry dog food
  • Hypoallergenic:Not known
  • Barking Capacity:Moderate; might get yappy and noisy like the Maltese upon sensing danger
  • Trainability:Moderate; as these intelligent dogs could get distracted easily and express their discontentment
  • Common Health Problems:Patellar luxation, joint disorders often faced by the Maltese, breathing disorders and eye problems of the Pug, dental problems
  • Origin:USA

Who is the Malti-Pug Good For

  • Those looking for a lap dog to fit into their small apartments.
  • Owners who are firm and tactful enough to handle their stubborn streaks.
  • Individuals willing to bear the hassle of maintaining their long and flowing coat, mainly if they have taken more to the Maltese’s side.

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