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Crested Malt

Chinese Crested / Maltese Mixed Breed Dogs

Information and Pictures

Side view of a soft-looking, thick-coated furry black dog with white on the front of his paws, white on his chin and a black nose with wide round eyes and ears that hang down to the sides laying down on a blue blanket on top of a hardwood floor.

This is Rocky Balboa, a black-and-white tuxedo pattern Chinese Crested powder puff / Maltese mix (Crested Malt) at 11 months old and about 11 pounds. "He is SO playful and SO affectionate, and is the happiest when he's cuddling up against you or on top of you!! He got his name because when I first saw him, he was standing on his hind legs pumping his front paws at the other dogs and everyone around...hence the white paws were his boxing gloves. He still does this everywhere he goes and gives quite a performance for everyone!"

Other Names
  • Crestese
  • Chinese Crestese
  • Crested Maltese

The Crested Malt is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Chinese Crested and the Maltese. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

  • ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club
  • DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
  • IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry
Recognized Names
  • American Canine Hybrid Club = Crested Malt
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club = Crested Malt
  • International Designer Canine Registry® = Crested Maltese
Front view of a soft, fluffy black puppy with white on his chin, chest and front paws sitting down on a white tiled floor in front of a wooden cabinet. The pup is wearing a blue collar, has a black nose and wide dark eyes with ears that hang down to the sides.

"This is Rocky Balboa my male Chinese Crested Powder Puff / Maltese mix as a puppy at 12 weeks old, weighing 3.7 lbs. He is the joy of my life."

Close Up - Jumbalaya the gray and white Crested Malt is standing on a tiled floor. His head is tilted to the right

7-month-old Crested Malt named Jumbalaya, Jumbo for short—his owner says, "His mother is a registered powder puff Chinese Crested and his dad a registered Maltese. Not only is he the cutest little thing, but he has the best personality. He blended immediately with his new family of 2 Greyhounds, a Golden Retriever mix and a terrier mix. He weighs in at just under 6 pounds now and is anticipated to mature to about 7 pounds."

A litter of Chinese Crestese Puppies a laying outside on a porch and walking to a sideways wicker basket. One puppy's head is being held up by a person

A litter of Chinese Crestese puppies, photo courtesy of Burr Oaks Kennels

A Litter of Chinese Crestese puppies crawling in and around a wicker basket

A litter of Chinese Crestese puppies, photo courtesy of Burr Oaks Kennels

A litter of Chinese Crestese Puppies are laying on a blanket

A litter of Chinese Crestese puppies, photo courtesy of Burr Oaks Kennels