If you are concerned about the compatibility of a dog with your family situation, I would suggest sticking to a purebred. Purebreds, for the most part, follow breed standards in size, shape, color, personality and temperment. That's what makes it a BREED. There are thousands of examples of each breed and years of history to draw on.
The characteristics of mixed breeds are much less predictable. You have to resort to a few people that might have the kind of mix. There's really no guarantee that your experience will be anything close to the same.
Purebreds have odd-ball dogs, too, but they are much more predictable than mixes. The alternative is to locate an adult of the mix you are interested in.
Ok, I had answered the other one, but it was the one taken away. My comment was simple.
Alot of people own mutts, they are great dogs. the can get along with kids, other animals, etc. It just depends on the mix, and where they were raised. There are plenty of wonderful mixed breed dogs in the shelter, and if you check petfinders.com, they have almost everything you can think of. You may find just want you want, there are so many dogs dieing each day becuase people want all the stupid cutsy named mutts. Give a dog a home who needs it, don't line bad breeders pocket with money.
***Edited By: illusionminis on 10/12/2009 7:38:08 PM*** Reason: other post taken away
Besides all the reasons why only irresponsible, greedy breeders would breed and sell these dogs, you are taking a serious risk of getting an unhealthy dog. Maltese are relatively healthy, except for liver issues. Since Papillons are also prone to liver shunts, you're doubling your chances of having a fatally ill puppy. Crossing a Maltese w/ a Papillon, opens you up to Progessive Retinal Atrophy, luxating patellas and epilepsy too. Three disorders that are pretty much unheard of in Maltese. If you can find a breeder of crossbreeds that screens for any of these issues, please let us know. It would probably be a first.
In general toy dogs don't mix well w/ kids; they're fragile. It's risky to have them in a home w/ large pets for the same reason. I suggest you look for a small/medium mixed breed at your local shelter or find a reputable breeder of a larger, stockier toy or small breed. (Pugs and Shih Tzu come to mind.)