The adorable and magical Maltipoo is a cross between a Maltese and a Poodle.
They love a cuddle but the Maltese Poodle Mix is also very intelligent and playful, making them perfect as a family pet.
This dog is relatively low maintenance, making them a great match for those who live on their own, such as seniors and singles too.
These tiny and cute dogs are the ultimate companion dog for every owner.
With the ever-growing number of Poodle crossbreeds it can be difficult to keep up with which designer breed is which.
So we decided to share seven things we love about the Maltipoo! Once you’ve finished reading our article, we are sure you will be obsessed with this toy dog.
What Is A Maltipoo?
The Maltipoo is a designer cross breed dog between a Maltese and a Toy Poodle.
Due to the similar sizes of both parents, it varies from breeder to breeder which breed is the father, and which is the mother.
For some litters, the mother is a Toy Poodle and for other litters a Maltese (we will discuss this is more detail in the puppy section below).
The history of the Maltipoo is a little bit unknown, but some facts we do know:
- The Maltipoo was first seen in America
- The date of their first breeding was between 20 to 30 years ago
- Breeders were aiming to create a small companion dog who was low shedding
While little is known about the Maltipoo dog itself, the history of both parent breeds is well documented.
The Poodle was first seen in Germany in the 15th and 16th Century as a gundog.
This breed quickly became popular in France, where it is now their national dog. The Toy Poodle was first seen in America in the 20th Century, which was a result of breeders selectively breeding Poodles to modernize the breed and allow them to live in busy cities.
The Maltese, an even older breed than a Poodle, was first bred around 500 BC!
This breed is thought to be one of the oldest companion dogs in the world, having been seen on the laps of the rich and famous throughout history.
The dog was miniaturized in the 17th and 18th Century, and since 1912 there has been no other acceptable breed color other than white.
Kennel Club Recognition and Pedigree
As the Maltipoo is a mixed designer dog, it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club or the Kennel Club. Both parent breeds (i.e. The Poodle and Maltese) are registered with the AKC.
This dog does not have their own breed club or rescue organization.
That being said, the breed type is growing in popularity, and if you did want a Maltipoo rescue it may be worth a trip to the local rescue shelter.
|Maltipoo Breed Info|
|Size||8-14 inches (for males and females)|
|Weight||5-20 lb (for males and females)|
|Breed Type||Mixes and More|
|Color Variations||White, Silver, Blue, Gray, Brown, Black, Cream|
|Temperament||Friendly, Loyal, Playful and Affectionate|
|Other Names||Maltidoodle, Maltese Poodle Mix|
Maltipoo prices can vary massively, costing from between $400 and $2,000 USD.
You can expect to pay between $700 and $1,000 USD for a Maltipoo puppy from a respectable breeder.
It is important to remember that these puppies will be very small and fragile and precautions should be taken to stop them from injuring themselves.
When they first come home, they should be kept in one or two rooms, with stairs being avoided where possible.
Beyond this it is not advised that owners allow their puppy to climb on the furniture in case of injuring themselves.
The Maltipoo is full grown by the time they reach one year of age.
A good way to estimate the weight of your full-grown dog is to take their weight around 4 months and double it. This will approximate adult weight.
If your puppy weighed 8lb at 4 months of age, their adult weight would be around 16lb, give or take a few pounds.
|Ease of Care|
The Maltese is one of the oldest companion breeds and this shines through in the Maltipoo.
A Poodle, the other parent of the Maltipoo, is also a loving and social dog, who thrives with a caring owner.
This designer dog breed loves to be around their owners and thrives on human attention.
Because they were bred to be a companion dog, depriving the Maltipoo of attention will make for one stroppy puppy! These dogs are rarely destructive but depriving them of attention may result in a temper tantrum involving a lot of barking.
Despite their devoted nature, the Maltipoo truly believes every person they encounter is their best friend and will likely want to stop for belly rubs.
Their devoted nature makes them very likely to suffer from separation anxiety.
This can be helped by socializing them to your departure from a young age.
Compatibility with Families
This breed make an excellent family pet.
They love to be around children, as play is one of their favorite pastimes.
Their patient and loyal temperament means they cope very well with any antics that children may throw their way.
The Maltipoo has a relatively low prey drive and so they do very well with other family pets too. They are known to be a little nervous around new things, especially due to their smaller size, so be sure to introduce other animals slowly and cautiously.
This is a companion dog at heart, who loves to be by their owner’s side.
They are companion dogs through and through, making them great for all those looking for a close canine companion.
Their Poodle instinct to chase occasionally comes through, making them love to play, but overall, they prefer to take a nap on their owner’s lap.
They do on occasion like to make their own fun, using their quick wit to play tricks on their owners. However, this is a rare side to the Maltipoo as they are loyal companions, and on occasion even obedience champions.
Care Guide For A Maltese Poodle Mix
The Maltipoo is a relatively easy dog to look after.
They are very adaptable to different environments, and do well in smaller spaces, making them ideal for those in the city.
Maltipoos are relatively easy to train and have relatively low exercise requirements, making them a great match for first time owners.
Food and Dietary Requirements
|Daily Food Consumption|
|Cups of Kibble|
Unlike other designer dog breeds, this breed is not known to be a fussy eater.
These happy dogs enjoy most food types, however owners should feed them a high quality kibble, ideally one designed and formulated for smaller breeds.
Owners should stick to dry food (i.e. kibble), feeding 1 cup each day. Where possible, this should be split into two smaller meals of ½ cup each.
As a breed type, Poodles are known to have many dental issues and consequently this can translate to the Maltipoo.
Where possible, owners should avoid feeding wet food due to the associated dental issues.
Combined with regular visits to the dentist, feeding your dog items that can act as a toothbrush, such as dog safe bones or dental chews, can help to prevent these potential issues.
Only feed your dog bones for a short period under supervision to prevent injury.
|Daily Exercise Requirements|
The Maltipoo needs around 40 minutes of exercise each day.
Ideally, this should be split into two walks, morning and evening.
On top of this, the Maltipoo will need mental exercise in the form of things like games and training.
While this dog enjoys his walks, they are indoor dogs at heart.
They do not do well with temperature extremes and should be kept inside when not walking.
If walking in the cold is an absolute must, owners may consider investing in a coat or jumper to keep their Maltipoo warm.
On hotter days, try to walk them before and after the sun comes up to keep them cool.
Both the Maltese and the Poodle are intelligent dogs who love to learn.
As a result, the Maltipoo is often a fast learner, and pick up relatively simple obedience commands with ease.
These clever dogs pick up commands quickly from patient and consistent owners.
They can be rather food oriented and so using food incentives, such as small pieces of ham or chicken, can make for a very eager dog.
This being said, the Maltipoo is known to occasionally have a mischievous streak.
They do occasionally like to create mischief and when they get in these moods you may struggle to keep their full attention.
When this happens never use any kind of punishment with this breed.
Maltipoos are entirely devoted to their owners and punishment will create feelings of hurt and confusion in your dog. Instead, use tasty food rewards with a positive sounding “good dog” to create an engaged and clever dog who loves to work for their owner.
Known Health Problems
The most common health issue with the Maltipoo is “White Shaker Syndrome” which is a condition characterized by head and/or body tremors.
This condition earns its nickname due to being commonly seen in little while dogs, such as this breed.
It is often first seen in dogs aged between one and two years of age and will clear up with medication.
Epilepsy is also commonly seen in this designer breed, the most common symptom of which is seizures.
It is possible for your dog to live quite happily with epilepsy, as anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are readily available.
Poodles have a predisposition towards developing eye issues, a trait they have unfortunately passed to the Maltipoo too.
Consequently, it is likely a Maltipoo will develop cataracts or a condition known a Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
As with all small dogs, there is a chance of developing Patellar Luxation or incorrect formation of the cartilage in the knee joint. This can be corrected for with surgery, or in more mild cases it can be managed with pain medication.
Despite these health concerns, with good healthcare, a typical Maltipoo lifespan is between 12 and 16 years.
Maltipoo Size, Appearance, Haircuts and Grooming
The size of this can vary quite dramatically based on the size of their parents, this is why we can have: teacup, toy and standard sized Maltipoos.
On average, these dogs can be anywhere between 8 and 14 inches tall and weigh between 5 and 20 lb.
This approximate height and weight means that they are likely to be classified as a toy breed.
As this dog is a mixed breed, they often take on the characteristics of one or both of their parent breeds.
Eyes are usually brown, but in rare cases they can be blue.
They have floppy ears and often their tail curls over their body. The body itself is often described as square, with a square head and an equally boxy body.
While the Maltese only comes in white (their breed standard demands it), the Poodle comes in a whole range of colors!
As a result, depending on the color of the Poodle parent, your Maltipoo may be:
However, genetics is a lottery, and these are only suggested common colors, some rare versions of the red Maltipoo exist!
Their coat is often thick and curly like the Poodle, however on occasion they will inherit the longer, flowing coat of the Maltese giving a dense but soft to the touch coat.
It is often suggested that the Maltipoo is hypoallergenic.
Unfortunately, this is often not true. While some Poodle crosses do retain the hypoallergenic coat, this is not true of all puppies.
Your dog may be more or less allergenic than other dogs, but like all aspects of crossbreeds, this tends to be something of a lottery!
If you are looking into the Maltipoo in the hopes they are hypoallergenic, it may be a good idea to spend a considerable amount of time with your new puppy before agreeing to purchase to see if you have a reaction.
Maltipoo Haircuts & Grooming
Maltipoos tend to inherit the curly Poodle coat, but some will have the long, flowing white coat of the Maltese.
Both types of coat will ideally need daily brushing, but this is especially important if your dog has the longer, thicker Poodle type fur.
The coat will need to be professionally groomed every 6 week or so. While at the groomers, your dog’s nails should also be clipped as necessary.
Smaller dogs are prone to Periodontal Disease, so regular toothbrushing is an absolute must. Use a doggie toothbrush and toothpaste as frequently as your pet will allow to remove bacteria from the mouth.
If you regularly groom your puppy from a young age, it will reinforce the bond between you and come to be something that you both enjoy.
The Maltipoo is a crossbreed dog that is sure to please everyone.
Their lower exercise requirements make them a great match for owners who aren’t particularly active, such as seniors.
That being said, this dog does well with people from all walks of life, and so is great for families, couples or singles.
However, they devote themselves entirely to their owners and this is not something to be taken lightly. They don’t do well with those who cannot dedicate lots of time to being with them.
Consequently, if leaving them for long periods of time is inevitable, then maybe the Maltipoo is not the right dog for you.
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