Maltese Bichon Mix - Sophie

by Shauna
(Manitoba, Canada)

I just got my Maltese Bichon mix Sophie 16 days ago and we love her to bits! She's a very lovable, smart dog. She was born Nov 14/09, so she's just over 14 wks old. She mostly always goes outside to do her business and only had a couple accidents in the house and they were all by the front door so she knew where she needed to go just not quite sure how to tell us yet.

She loves to play with her teddy and with my 5 yr old daughter. In the mornings, she jumps on her bed and licks her face to wake her up, my daughter no longer wakes up grouchy. My hubby, who wasn't initially sure about getting a dog, has fallen for her too and who can blame him?

My only thing is though is that to me she really doesn't look like other Maltichons I've seen. The lady I got her from had the mom which is a 12 lb pure breed Bichon (has papers) and her friend's dog was the dad which is a 6lb Maltese. I have no reason to believe she would lie but I wonder if the Maltese has something else in him. There were 6 pups born, 3 with curly hair, 3 with straight hair. Sophie has straight hair (although it goes wavy when wet) and she currently weighs about 41/2 lbs.

I would love any comments/thoughts on whether she looks like a Maltichon. Also, she does shed a bit right now but that could be stress cause of the new home or the fact that she now goes outside and its cold here so maybe getting a thicker coat?? Comments??

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Jul 24, 2016
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by: Anonymous

I got her from a lady just outside of Beausejour, I found her ad on kijiji.

Jul 24, 2016
where did you get your puppy? NEW
by: Anonymous

we are looking for a puppy like this, we live in winnipeg.. where did you get your puppy from?

Jan 25, 2015
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by: AnonymoGeorge Richardson

we have a dog who is going on 15 . he was be a bichon/ but i do believe he is a large maltese bichon mix. he weighs in at 18 lbs and he has been a great freind. he goes wherever we go been on trips to western canada florida you name it . we sure love him . they are a great pet and when he decides to leave us i will try and find another one like him. he has the features of a maltese but the body of a bichon. sorry no way of putting in pic s enjoy your pup he is sick now so we have no way of knowing how long we ll have him

Nov 27, 2013
Twins NEW
by: Anonymous

Your pup looks like my Bichon Maltese. They are the best!!

Jun 13, 2013
sophie NEW
by: Anonymous

hello i found a puppy that no one claimed and he is a maltichion. he looks nothing like your dog his name is louie and he 6 months old i love him. hr is a great puppy.

Jun 10, 2012
Bichon Maltese NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a bichon maltese mix puppy of my own and I honestly do not think that your puppy looks identical to mine. My puppy has a little bit curlier hair and has a little bit of an afro thing going on. Your dog is still adorable so it honestly does not matter anyways. My dog is also heaver then 4.5 lbs. Either way congrats =)

Nov 24, 2011
A touch of Papillon NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi It seems that Sophie may have some Papillon in her, which is not unusual. A lovely dog, that will give you so much enjoyment. My new Bichon/Maltese ALFIE is just 8 weeks old today, and is an adorable little rascal. Already knows his comfort tray. They are such wonderful companions that give so much love & enjoyment to the family

Apr 28, 2011
by: Deborah

I have an 8 yr. old Maltese/Bichon and she is the best dog ever! Pixie weighs around 16 lbs. and has the body of a Bichon and a tail like a Maltese. She is very smart and obeys commands and lets you know when she needs to go outside. She is also a lap dog and sleeps right beside her mama (me)every night. I know you will enjoy your little Sophie.

Jul 25, 2010
by: Barbra

I also have a Maltese bichon mix. They vary a lot. Maggie is 11 months old and around 6 pounds. I think she has more Maltese as her hair is a little wavy, but not curly. Her hair is thin rather than thick, which is a Maltese trait rather than the Bichon. It probably won't get thick,and she may need a sweater in the winter. She's very sweet and we just love her. Also very, very smart.

Your little dog is very cute too.

Mar 13, 2010
Sara's comments..
by: Shauna

Hi Sara,

Yes you must have one of Sophie's siblings as yes, I did get her north of Winnipeg in Thalberg. I'm having DNA test done on Sophie and if you email me your email address I'll let you know the results. You can email me at

Mar 05, 2010
Sophie's Sibling
by: Sara

I think we just adopted Sophie's brother! Our little one was born Nov 14 and we just picked him up from a lady north of Winnipeg. He looks much like Sophie and I, too, thought there was more than just Bichon/Maltese in him. What a wonderful addition to the family he's been - our 2.5 yr son loves playing with him. He's about 4 lbs and not expecting to get much bigger.

Feb 27, 2010
by: Susan

I do see Maltese in your little girl, I've found that puppies from the same litter can look totally different. My Morkie came from a litter of 7. Mom was a Yorkie and dad the Maltese. The puppies ranged in color and looks from Yorkie coloring to butterscotch and Belle is black and white. Sophie is very pretty and will probably change in looks again as she gets a little older. If you want to be sure what breeds are in her blood line, buy a DNA kit at a Petco or another pet store and then you will know for sure. Either way, she is adorable.

Feb 26, 2010
by: Anonymous

I have a Maltese Bichon that we got from a pet store and the photo of your dog does not look like mine. Your dog looks like it will be much bigger than ours and the hair is straighter and the face looks more rounded and ears are shorter than ours.

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Lily

by Anna Spurlock
(Festus, MO)

Lily is a wonderful Maltese Bichon mix dog. She is loyal and protective, energetic yet not too much. Best of all she is lovable and affectionate.

She learns really fast so has been easy to train. This has been by far the best dog I have ever had, and can't imagine life without my Maltese Bichon.

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Co Co

by Jack
(Kalamazoo Mi)

I adopted my Maltese Bichon mix and her sister from a rescue group. Both are very intelligent and happy dogs. She helps take care of Nana who is on hospice care - Nana loves it when she lays in bed with her. Co Co is very happy, intelligent, and lovable. I got her at 3 months and it took another 2 - 3 months to housebreak. She was crate trained which helped.

Now my Maltese Bichon is just over a year old and has the run of the house. Co Co has never chewed up any shoes or furniture, etc. Her sister comes to visit often as she lives with my daughter about 3 miles away. They have a ball getting together. Great, great dog. She loves everyone!!!!

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Jul 24, 2016
where did you get your puppy? NEW
by: Anonymous

we are looking for a dog like that and live in winnipeg... who did you get your pup from?

Aug 10, 2009
Two Paws UP! for Co Co the Rescue!
by: LuLu and LoLLy

Hi Co Co! We are two Maltese dogs LuLu and LoLLy! We love your great pikture! Also, Two Paws UP! for Rescue! LoLLy is a rescue and she is AWESUM! We like rescue so much we made a music video called "Rescue Dog Rock!" Your Maltese paLs, LuLu and LoLLy!

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Buster

by Sandy Davis

We just found our Maltese Bichon mix at a pet rescue. He had been kicked and his pelvic was broken. This little guy is sweet, loyal(we've only had him 4 days), playful, and beautiful. He is one year old and already fetches and is potty trained. We love him. He gets along great with our 7 yr. old Bichon Cocker mix dog "Charlie".

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Ruffie II

by Vicky Kilger
(Butternut, WI)

Xmas Buddies,Rikki, Sunny Dunny, and Ruffie II

Xmas Buddies,Rikki, Sunny Dunny, and Ruffie II

Our Ruffie II is a Maltese Bichon mix or Maltichon. He is 9yrs old, Rikki is a Havapuf (havanese/chinese crested powder puff mix) he is 3 yrs old and Sunny is our newest addition, he is a Poochon and he is just 4months old and 5lbs.

We started with just Ruffie as a puppy when my husbands dogs of 13yrs died and he said no more dogs! Well I couldn't live without a dog in the house so here came Ruffi II ( the old dog was a pekapoo named Rufus). Ruffie had separation anxiety very bad so he went everywhere with us. When he was 2 yrs old my one of my husbands' co-workers had an 8yr old Bichon his family didn't want anymore and we could have him if we wanted him so we took him, Duffy was his name and he and Ruffie got along really well but it didn't help Ruffie any with his problem, so Duffy stayed home when I went to work (only 3hrs 2days and week) then a year later someone who I knew had a 3yr old full brother to Ruffie called and didn't want him anymore because she lived in town and he ran to the school all time to play with the kids and her husband said he'd put him down before he'd put a fence up so... you guessed it we took him in and he never ran away. He was the best little dog ever.

Well a year ago this past Sept. Duffy left us he had liver disease. We kept him alive for a year and a half with meds and special food. We got Rikki the February we found out that Duffy was sick. Rikki 5months old and had some problems with trusting people. He was fine with me but it has taken 21/2 years before he will sit on my husbands lap and sometimes will let him pick him up. But he is a very nice dog. Well this past Feb. Our first Sonny (Ruffie's full brother) got sick with lymphoma. We were heart broken. This little furball of love was going to leave us. We got an Airdale (1 1/2 yr old) Merlin. a very nice dog.

Sonny left us on June 5 of this year. I've never missed a dog as much as him. So in Oct. my mother got us our new little Sunny Dunny. Yes he has made the hurt go away. Not our memories of Sonny but the hurt and believe it or not he looks like the old Sonny and does some of the same things.

Merry Christmas from us all!

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Cooper

by Bryan Shallenburger
(Carl Junction, MO USA)

Cooper looks like a teddy bear.

Cooper looks like a teddy bear.

Our Maltese Bichon mix Cooper is a great dog. He is currently 9 weeks old. He is very playful. We are working on potty training by keeping him on a leash and near us at all times. We are working on the nipping/biting at the ankles.

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Abigail Jackson

by Julie Russo
(Medina, Ohio)

Abigail Jackson

Abigail Jackson

Abigail is a rescue dog. We found our Maltese Bichon mix in a store living in a fish aquarium. When we brought her home, she had cedar chips buried in her hair, you could hardly see her eyes, and she was in short, a mess!

Abigail has grown up to be a beautiful dog with a personality unlike any dog I've ever known. There is not a mean bone in her body and she loves everyone. She was voted 'Miss Congeniality' at the boat club because she has to greet everyone that comes down the dock. Be it human, cat of dog, Abigail has a little wag (she never barks) that let's everyone know that she is glad to see them.

Abigail loves the water, and likes to boat, go jet skiing, and swim. In fact, our Maltese Bichon mix likes to do anything that we are doing. She is one in a million.

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Dec 12, 2012
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by: Anonymous

She is darling! I rescued mine and the two look so similar. Love that you take such good care of her. Mine is now paralyzed, but that's another story...abigail is beautiful!

Dec 04, 2010
by: Anna

She's too adorable. I love that she's posing for the camera =)

May 13, 2010
So cute!

Wow, for some reason, that dog's just so tiny and cute! Awwww

Oct 10, 2009
Itty Bitty Bichon
by: Lisa and Carly

I have papers that state my dog is pure Bichon, but she is so tiny for a Bichon. She is six years old and still looks like a puppy and looks a lot like your adorable dog and has her personality, too. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 27, 2009
Cute pic!
by: Katrina

Oh my goodness, what a little sweetheart she is. So so cute :-)

Aug 04, 2009
by: bj

i have a maltese purebred that looks exactly like your sweetie! i cant help but wonder if she has a little of something other than maltese in her. she also loves the water!

Aug 03, 2009
Abigail Jackson
by: Bo's Mom

I have a malti-chon that looks so much like Abigail, they could be brother & sister! His name is Beauregard Larason. (and we live in Ohio!) He was born on March 26, 2007. Miss Abigail is so cute, I know she is totatlly loved!

Aug 03, 2009
Two Paws UP! for Abigail Jackson!
by: LuLu and LoLLy

Dear Abigail Jackson!
We are two Maltese dogs LuLu and LoLLy! Two Paws UP! for rescue dogs! We like rescue to much, we created a music video called 'Rescue Dog Rock"! LoLLy is a rescue and she is AWESUM! Also, we really like your pikture and we think Miss Congeniality sounds like a very high honor! Love your Maltese Pals, LuLu and LoLLy!

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Casey

by Marilyn
(Alexandria, VA)

Our Maltese Bichon mix Casey has the best disposition of any dog I have had. We got him from DC Dogfinders and live in Alexandria, VA.

He is 8 months old and has a lot of energy. That's one of my questions to other Maltichon owners out there. Will he ever calm down. I walk him miles a day and he plays very well with other dogs for hours at a time. Please tell me he will eventually become a lap dog. He is either moving or chewing his toys. I don't think I have ever seen him sleep although at night all is quiet in the playroom.

The second question pertains to his car sickness. Poor baby. He throws up if he is driving more than 10 minutes so he doesn't like going in the car. Any suggestions for this. I am hoping he outgrows it.

If there are any Maltichon owners who want to email me privately please do. Thank you, Marilyn

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Nov 24, 2009
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by: Teresa

Regarding Casey's car ride issues, our Maltichon also gets sick very quickly in the car. The only thing we can do when traveling hours to family members is to put him in a well padded crate with his toys. It seems like when his movement is restricted and he isn't looking out of the window that helps.
Also, "Romeo" loves his toys (has chewed a couple of things he shouldn't have- XBOX earpiece, eyeglass temple covers, and computer cord). He has an oral fixation and when he wakes up he will put a toy in his mouth before greeting us. His favorite toys are: a really soft long blue rubber dog, a six legged fabric "flea", the squishly small fabric splash balls (made for throwing when they get wet), and small stuffed toys.
Casey will probably start settling down soon, as I have noticed that Romeo- age two- is still playful, but has more down time now.
Hope this helps- good luck- and let your dog know what is expected...they are really smart and are always willing to please.

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Nannook

by Val

I have an Maltese Bichon mix. We have had him since he was 5 weeks old. He was abandoned by his mum as she couldn't cope with the 3 pups she had so I got some wellpie milk and fed him with a bottle till he could lap.

My Maltese Bichon is now 1 year old and very playful and good with other dogs and has a very funny personality and a good temperament with children and can be very protective not nasty he is just comical.

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Charlie

by Brandie
(Weaverville, NC, USA)


Charlie "charlie bear"

Our Maltese Bichon mix Charlie is what our family calls "the baby". Cause that is exactly what he acts like. He was born sometime in May/June of 2007. He adopted us when he was 7 months old. It is so hard to describe him though. He is precious. He is sweet and gentle. He's very smart. He always listens. He pays attention.

He is not your average dog. It took no time for me to teach our Maltese Bichon how to sit, speak, stay, down, ect. Of course, my other dog... my buddy, my Oscar, had a hand in that one. Unfortunately, Charlie's big brother (bichon/poodle mix)Oscar; passed away January 1, 2010. Everything he did, he watched Oscar. That's what I mean by paying attention. Not only is he smart, he also has this baby side to him. That's why we call him the baby.

Some of Charlie's personality traits. He has a very high pitched bark that sometimes gets our other Bichon dog to howling. His bark get's even more high pitched when he is playing. He kicks his little legs when he is trying to be "scary". He runs to me when something happens to him, like a little baby (as if to say mommy save me). He runs to me even if I accidentally do something to him... like he is saying, "I know you did it, but make it feel better. He doesn't bark often, it is mostly when my other dog Karl barks, or when someone (other than myself) comes to the door.

He understands a lot of what I say. Like if I say Ill be right back, he doesn't flip out to go with me (he may cry) but if I say to someone... "I'm gonna take Charlie with me" he flips out and is ready to go! so he kinda understands things when he really listens. He is great around dogs for the first He wants to play, but when he is done, he will jump in my lap as if to say, that's enough, let's go. He likes to go places, but he hates car rides. He will willingly get into my car to go, but he get's very nervous, shaky and panty, when he is in. I use a leash with Charlie, but I don't have to. It has not taken me long to make him stay next to me when a car goes by. He also likes to snuggle! And he likes to lay on my clothes. And I can't forget that he kinda follows me everywhere, but he can also live without me. So he is attached, but not too attached. I put clothes on him sometimes, and he doesn't mind. When the vacuum is on, he runs frantically back and forth, but we are working on that.

And as for his appearance. He is like most other Bichon Maltese mixes. He had straight hair when he was little, making us think is was just your regular Maltese, but now his hair is a little more kinky. He, has the silky, fine hair but not completely like a Maltese and not like a Bichon. He's right in between. He has that puppy look, and plays like a puppy still, just like a Maltese does. He has those baby eyes that a Maltese has. But he is in the weight range of a small Bichon. He is just Charlie! My baby.

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Cotton

by Jennifer Moore
(Bridgeville, DE, USA)

Cotton, my Maltese Bichon mix, loves to have his belly rubbed and he is very possessive of his stuffed dog we call Baby. Cotton is very playful and loves conversation; he usually will do multiple simple commands if he's in the mood. I love my Maltese Bichon!

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Abby

by Mary Anne

My Maltese Bichon mix very playful and loves the 2 tennis balls we gave her. She has all the energy to run for the ball. My Maltese Bichon follows you wherever you go and loves to be cuddled and have a massage around her neck. She is a good companion when you feel down.

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Bella

I'm so sorry that I don't have a pic of our beautiful Bella. I'm not computer saavy and don't know how to download a pic. Our little Bella is a Maltese Bichon mix. We got her when she was 12 weeks old. She is the sweetest, smartest little bundle of joy we could ask for.

We live in a condo and she came to us trained to go potty in a litter box. My husband and I both work full time so it is so helpful to us that we can leave little Bella at home during the day and not worry about her having an accident in the house. (I am a teacher and have taken her to school in my classroom many times.) Whenever we take our Maltese Bichon for a walk, everyone always asks what kind of dog she is as she looks like a little teddy bear.

The breeder we bought her from in Snohomish, WA named this mixed breed as a "Bikki Bear". I would recommend this breeder to anyone as this little smartie would bring joy to anyone's lives! I'll post a pic as soon as I figure out how to do it :)

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Cody

by Marya Radonsti

Cody, a Maltese Bichon mix, was a birthday present for my nephew from me. Too bad for my nephew, Granger he was allergic to him. So my sister Felicia gave Cody back to me. I had a 1 week return on him so it was only 3 days in... so I had to keep Cody.

After 2 days of him I fell in love! Cody is the best dog! My Maltese Bichon is so smart and he adapted to my house after 1 day. Cody learned how to do tricks after 1 month. Cody greeted everyone when they walked in the door but... also he kept my property safe because, the 3 little boys across the street were ding-dong-ditching my house continuously so Cody had to go out to go to the bathroom & my Cody-kinz barked and howled so they got scared away now NOBODY ding-dong-ditches my house anymore.

Also, Cody is loyal as ever! He always snuggles up to me in my bed. My Maltese Bichon mix Cody is the best.

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Casper

by Ursula Thynne
(New Zealand)

Casper the Maltese Bichon mix is now 19 months old and has been trained as a Hearing Dog here in New Zealand. He is a highly intelligent loyal dog who loves affection and plays well with children. Everywhere I go I constantly get comments as to how cute he is. I have never had anyone found him offesive or complianed about him. Because of his status as a working dog - he goes everywhere with me - it is a wonderful thing to have. Maltese Bichon dogs I believe should be in constant companionship - they are not the type of dogs who will survive on their own if left to their own devices.

Casper is adoreable in everyway and beautiful in nature. Gentle loving, loyal and cute. I could never imagine him to be an aggressive dog ever. In saying that he is very protective of me and my daughter. He certainly will alert you if there is any danger.

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Feb 05, 2015
Finally found my dogs breed! NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm so glad you posted this! My parents bought two maltese puppies who were supposedly brothers but one looks slightly different, so I knew they weren't pure maltese. In seeing this photo, my puppy JASPER looks EXACTLY like your puppy CASPER! Thank you for posting this! Totally agree with the behaviours of the puppy :)

May 20, 2014
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by: Belinda

Hi, I'm so glad you posted this. My beautiful little Ollie passes away a few weeks ago at almost 8 years of age. I knew he was a Maltese crossed with something but I never knew what. Someone mentioned it might have been Bichon so I searched online and when I saw this photo I was amazed. Your Casper is the spitting image of my little Ollie. He must have been Maltese Bichon. I'm so glad I finally know. Thank you.

Jul 18, 2011
by: Kathryn

My sister gave me her Maltese X BF because she moved interstate this year. Shadow is 3.5yrs old and lives with me and my other 2 small (much older) dogs (Honey a Malt x Schizu who is 11, & Bud, a Tenterfield Terrier, who is 14. They've been with me for 3 years). Shadow and Honey get along perfectly but Shadow now shows aggressive behaviour towards Bud as I believe he is jealous (I have to carry Bud on our daily walks and pick him up onto the bed and lounge as he has painful arthritis). Shadow has also started showing aggression towards large dogs (Honey barks at them but plays; I think Shadow is scared of them). I reward him when he does not show aggression with small treats or a pat...but he isn't consistent. Otherwise, he is a beautiful, loving, sweet, intelligent, funny little dog and I love him just as much as HoneyBear & Buddles. I too get constant compliments on how cute he is (and Honey & Bud), which is lovely.

Apr 26, 2011
by: Anonymous

I think casper looks just like my dog simba. you will see him. i am kathryn ngahuru from rotorua new zealalnd. where are you. simba is now 13 months old. just had his winter hair cut yesterday at little angles in rotorua. I am on facebook also and there are photos of simba you will see how much alike they are. casper is loverly.

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Maltese Bichon Mix - Buttons

by Beth
(Chicopee, MA , USA)

My Maltese Bichon mix is a very personable dog. I have had her since she was 7 weeks old which I now understand was really too young to have brought her home. I bought her from a "backyard breeder". She is now 4 years old. She is simply a joy to be around. She loves people.

One of her favorite things to do is visit the residents at the nursing where I work. I ask her if she wants to go to work; she comes running into the kitchen and jumps up on a chair to have her harness and leash put on. When we get up on the floor where I work she is all wagging tail and happy eyes. My Maltichon greets every resident who wishes to be greeted by putting her paws on their knees and giving their fingers a kiss. She has only had basic puppy classes and did well in those. Unfortunately, I work evenings and have not been able to find any day-time classes so she and I can work on her Therapy Dog Certification.

She has got to be one of the most affectionate dogs I have had. She is also very talkative. My Maltese Bichon greets everyone with a series of barks that does sound like she is having a conversation. she gets along well with the two cats and the beagle she lives with. At one time, she spent so much time with the youngest cat, I thought she was going to become a cat.

I could go on and on as most people could who have had the privilege of being "owned" by one of these delightful, happy, joy-filled Maltese Bichon mix dogs.

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