The adorable Maltipoo is a mix between a Maltese and Poodle.
If you are a lover of the smart Poodle and the charming Maltese then this mix is the best of both breeds!
Like many Poodle mixes this hybrid was bred to be a low-maintenance, hypoallergenic companion dog. These tiny dogs are perfect for someone who lives on their own.
The Maltipoo was first bred in America in the 1990s, but with the increasing number of Poodle hybrids it can be difficult to identify them.
In this article we share with you everything you need to know about the breed, how to identify them and what to know before purchasing a maltipoo puppy…
Contents and Quick Navigation
- Maltipoo Dog Breed Overview
- Maltipoo Puppies
- Maltipoo Appearance, Color and Size
- Maltipoo Temperament
- Known Health Issues
- Care Guide (Grooming, Feeding & Exercise)
Maltipoo Dog Breed Overview
Maltipoos are a designer dog mix that are bred to be small, hypoallergenic companion dogs.
Due to the similar size of both parent breeds, it varies from litter to litter, and depends on which breed is the father, and which is the mother. For some litters, the mother is a Toy Poodle and the father is a Maltese.
In other litters, the mother is the Maltese and the father is a Teacup Poodle – this creates a teacup Maltipoo.
The history of the Maltipoo is a little bit unknown, but some facts we do know:
- The Maltipoo was first seen in America.
- They were first bred 20 to 30 years ago.
- Breeders wanted a small, low shedding companion dog.
Little is known about the Maltipoo dog’s history, however the history of both parent breeds is well documented.
The Maltese is a very old breed from Malta that was first bred in 6000 B.C. They have long been associated with luxury and some famous owners include Elizabeth Taylor and Britney Spears.
The Poodle is a much younger breed that has been used as a gundog since the 15th century. First bred in Germany they also have celebrity owners such as Barbara Streisand and Grace Kelly.
Maltipoos have followed in their pedigree parents’ footsteps and have been owned by Ellen DeGeneres and Grace Beverly.
The Maltipoo is a very popular breed because they are easy to train and do not shed much. This makes them well-suited to a wide variety of owners including people who have pet allergies.
These little dogs come with a whole lot of love and make the perfect pocket-sized companion.
Maltipoos are actually a hybrid breed. They are bred by crossbreeding two recognized purebred dogs (the Maltese and Poodle).
This means that Maltipoos are not classed as pedigree dogs.
As the Maltipoo is a mixed/hybrid dog, they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club or the Kennel Club.
Another reason these dogs are not recognized by kennel clubs is because their characteristics are less predictable than purebred dogs.
Why We Love The Maltipoo
There are many reasons why people purchase Maltipoo puppies. Here are five reasons why they have surged in popularity over the past 20 years, and why you might consider adopting one!
- These little dogs have a big heart and love to be a companion. They make perfect lapdogs and build a strong bond with their family.
- They inherit the intelligence of a Poodle that makes them very easy to train.
- The Maltipoo has a beautiful fluffy coat that is hypoallergenic and sheds very little.
- They are very low maintenance and don’t need much exercise. This makes them fit in well with many different lifestyles.
- Maltipoos are known for being affectionate and always ready to play! This means they can make a great active family dog and after a long walk they are ready to become a lapdog.
5 to 20 pounds
8 to 14 inches
$1,000 – $1,500
14 to 16 years
Because the Maltipoo is not registered with any kennel clubs there is no easy way to find a reputable breeder. You will need to take extra care to avoid funding a puppy mill.
Make sure you avoid any breeder that can’t introduce you to the mother of the pups or has multiple litters of puppies.
Ask about recent health checks for both parents too.
Maltipoo puppies are normally born in litters of 3 to 7. They will be ready to take home at 8 weeks old.
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, avoiding stairs whenever possible.
Beyond this, it’s advised to keep puppies from climbing on the furniture, to prevent injury.
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.
How Much Does A Maltipoo Puppy Cost?
Maltipoo prices vary between $1,000 and $1,500 if you purchase them from a respectable breeder.
You can expect to pay $1,500 for a puppy with purebred parents registered with a kennel club.
This high price can cause irresponsible breeding from breeders purely seeking purely financial gain. This makes it even more important to make sure you buy from a responsible breeder who is invested in finding a good home for their puppies.
The breeder should be interested in your lifestyle and determine if you are a suitable to adopt their puppy.
Maltipoo Rescue Centers
Because Maltipoos are often bought in response to celebrity owners and current trends they are much more likely to be abandoned and need rehoming.
If you are looking to adopt a Maltipoo rescue you can often find them in dedicated Maltese rescue centers. But because of their popularity, they are often in local shelters too.
Maltipoo Appearance, Color and Size
The Maltipoo is about as close as you can get to a living teddy bear! Especially those who decide to style their dog’s coat a little longer.
As this dog is a mixed breed, they often take on the characteristics of one or both of their parent breeds.
Their eyes are usually brown, but in rare cases they can be blue.
They have floppy ears and often their tail curls over their body.
Maltipoo Size Variations
The size of this dog can vary quite dramatically based on the size of their parents. That is why there are teacup maltipoos, toy maltipoos and standard sized variants.
These dogs can be anywhere from 8 to 14 inches tall and weigh between 5 and 20lb.
Because Maltipoos are not registered with any kennel club they have no official size classification. However, their approximate height and weight mean that they are likely to be classified as a toy breed.
The Maltese dog can only be white (their breed standard demands it), but the Poodle comes in many different colors.
As a result, depending on the color of the Poodle parent, your Maltipoo may be:
However, the color of your Maltipoo is a genetic lottery. The most common variations are black maltipoos. Additionally, there are some rare color variations such as red.
As with any designer dog, as well as their color, their coat can vary a lot too.
Their coat is often thick and curly like the Poodle, although, occasionally they will inherit the longer, flowing coat of the Maltese that is soft to the touch.
These dogs often inherit hypoallergic characteristics from both breeds that results in very little shedding!
The Maltese is one of the oldest companion breeds and this shines through in the Maltipoo. Maltipoos are some of the friendliest dogs you will ever meet!
They love to spend time with their owners and thrive on attention and affection.
This love and affection can also cause protectiveness and guard dog characteristics to sometimes emerge.
They are confident little dogs but, because they were bred to be a companion dog, shouldn’t be left alone for long periods. They can be prone to anxiety and nervousness when separated from their owner.
These dogs are rarely destructive but depriving them of attention may result in a lot of barking.
Barking can be a significant problem with Maltipoos. Although they are small dogs, they can become very protective of their owners and take on a guard dog role.
They can get on well with other dogs and animals and are rarely aggressive unless they feel threatened.
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 and makes them want to play, but overall, they prefer to take a nap on their owner’s lap.
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.
Are They Good Family Dogs?
Yes. This breed makes an excellent family pet.
The Maltipoo can get along well with almost any person or animal. They have the potential to make a fantastic family dog.
They love to be around children, as play is one of their favorite pastimes.
Their patient and loyal temperament mean they cope very well with any antics that children may throw their way.
The only concern you should have is with very young children who may not be able to distinguish between play and putting the dog at risk. Maltipoos are quite a small breed and it is easy to injure them.
Maltipoos have a relatively low prey drive so they do very well with other family pets too.
Known Health Issues
The most common health issue with the Maltipoo is white shaker syndrome that is a condition characterized by body tremors. This condition earned its name as it is commonly seen in little white dogs.
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 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 are readily available.
Poodles have a predisposition towards developing eye issues, a trait they have unfortunately passed to the Maltipoo too. It is likely this mix will develop cataracts or a condition known as 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 with surgery, or in more mild cases, can be managed with pain medication.
How Long Do Maltipoos Live?
Maltipoos have a life expectancy of over 10 years and are most likely to live between 12 and 14 years.
Care Guide (Grooming, Feeding & Exercise)
The Maltipoo is very easy 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 low exercise requirements too. This makes them a great match for first time or senior owners.
|Daily Food Consumption|
|Cups of Kibble|
Maltipoos are a small breed of dog and do not need large meals each day.
Unlike other designer dog breeds, this breed is not known to be a fussy eater.
Owners should stick to dry food (i.e. kibble), feeding 1 cup each day. In order to maintain a healthy weight, they need to eat about half a cup of kibble in the morning and evening.
Poodles are known to have many dental issues and consequently this can be passed 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.
Be sure to only feed your dog bones for a short period under supervision to prevent injury.
|Daily Exercise Requirements|
This is not the type of dog that can be left in the yard to run around. Maltipoos want to spend time with you and exercising with them is the best way to keep them happy and occupied.
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.
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.
They are a very smart dog that loves to learn and be taught new tricks. Their intelligence also means that they adjust well to new environments and settle into new homes with ease.
This breed is one of the easiest dogs to train because they are very intelligent and love to please.
Both the Maltese and Poodle are intelligent dogs who love to learn.
As a result, the Maltipoo is often a fast learner, and learns obedience commands with ease.
They can be very food oriented so using food incentives such as small pieces of chicken is a great training aid.
The Maltipoo occasionally likes 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.
Maltipoo Haircuts & Grooming
Maltipoos normally inherit the curly Poodle coat, however some have the long, flowing white coat of the Maltese.
Both types of coat need brushing daily, this is especially important if your dog has the 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.
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.
If you regularly groom your puppy from a young age, it will reinforce the bond you have with your dog.
The Maltipoo is a beautiful teddy-bear like dog that is sure to please everyone. With such a loving and adaptable attitude this dog is suitable for a huge variety of homes.
Their lower exercise requirements make them a great match for owners who aren’t particularly active.
They devote themselves entirely to their owners, but 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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