The Golden Retriever Maltese mix is a newer designer dog breed that combines the intelligence of the Golden Retriever and willingness to please with the very playful nature of the Maltese for a loyal, protective, and obedient family dog.
The Golden Retriever Maltese Mix
Bred from the Golden retriever and Maltese, the Golden Retriever Maltese mix currently has no other accepted monikers (although sometimes referred to informally as the Golden Maltese.) As a new designer dog, there is little information about why breeders first matched these two breeds.
The Golden retriever originates in the Scottish highlands, where it was bred as a gamekeeper’s dog and a gundog to the higher-class gentleman. A genuine companion dog, the Golden Retriever is a breed that works hard and plays hard, and it always has an overabundance of affection for its owner.
The Maltese originate in Malta, where it was bred as a companion dog for royalty and later became a dog of the aristocracy. To date, the Maltese has been a popular small companion breed known for forming strong bonds with its owner and even acting as a family watchdog.
As a newer breed, the Golden Retriever Maltese mix can still vary considerably in appearance, but more dominant traits include:
- A smaller body size.
- Shorter legs.
- A thicker Golden Retriever tail.
- More prominent Golden Retriever-like ears.
- A smaller Maltese-like face with smaller eyes.
- A wavy Maltese coat.
- The coloration of the Golden Retriever.
- A medium length.
The Golden Retriever Maltese mix can vary a lot in size and weight but tends to stay on the smaller side standing around 20 and 26 inches tall and weighing between 12 to 15 pounds. The coat of the Golden Maltese mix has a consistent wave resembling that of the Maltese, and it tends to shed seasonally more like the Maltese than the longer-haired Golden Retriever.
The only accepted standard coat color for the Maltese is white, where the Golden Retriever must be golden but can vary in shade from a much lighter blonde to a deeper reddish gold.
The Golden Maltese often has the darker coloration of the ears and muzzles like that of the Golden Retriever and a black nose and paw pads with dark brown eyes.
The Golden Maltese adopts the personality traits of both parent dogs but, while the breed is still in its infancy, it can be hard to define a standard accurately. However, dominant traits seem to include:
- A strong human bond.
- Eagerness to please.
The Golden retriever Maltese is a dedicated family companion with a deep-set desire to please – a common trait in both parent breeds. Although this dog takes on many of the positive characteristics of both parent breeds, they might also adopt problem barking that we sometimes see in the Maltese. This dog is a high-energy dog that must have adequate exercise and mental stimulation to be happy.
Like most dogs, training and socialization are crucial to the Golden Maltese mix. The intelligence and human-centered nature of each parent breed, however, make obedience training effortless.
The Golden Retriever Maltese offspring excels in protecting the family and serving as a loyal companion. While it is a good “family breed,” this mixed breed pup does tend to develop a stronger single-person bond.
Although many Golden Maltese traits seem to derive from the Golden Retriever, if they are too fawned over by overprotective owners, this mixed breed can develop “small dog syndrome.”
The Golden retriever is less of a barker – warning only at the sight of a possible threat (and during typical play) – the Maltese can become a problem barker without thorough and consistent training. Problem barking is also manageable through physical exercise and stimulation with interactive toys and ongoing training.
When it comes to family life, the Golden Maltese can excel in a family of any size. These dogs even do well with younger children so long as they are familiar with how to respect smaller dogs.
A great dog for dog owners of all experience levels, the Golden Maltese is eager to please and once they form a bond with their “person,” a few words of encouragement can cement a new command quite quickly.
Although the Golden retriever is a very sociable breed, the Golden Maltese mix can be wary of strangers and they may be suspicious of anyone unfamiliar. Properly socialized Golden Maltese dogs can, however, be socially outgoing with good socialization practiced from a very early age.
Both the Golden Retriever and the Maltese tend to get along with other pets, and despite their smaller size, the Golden Maltese mix feels at home with canine companions of any size.
The offspring of the Golden Retriever and Maltese can be at risk for a variety of heritable conditions because both parent breeds are prone to many of the same illnesses. Legitimate concerns include:
- Food allergies
- Epilepsy or seizure disorders.
- Dental disease
- Heart disease
- Joint concerns like patellar luxation and hip dysplasia.
Conclusion / Summary
Breeders are still perfecting the Golden Retriever Maltese, and much can change between now and then. The current Golden Maltese generations, however, seem to be just a little larger than the Maltese and maintain many of the positive personality traits of both parent breeds including playfulness, a protective nature, and an eagerness to learn!