We’ll take a look at Maltipoo’s temperament and appearance, grooming, and behavior. We’ll help you decide if this charming puppy is the right dog for you.
It’s not much cuter than a Maltipoo – the dog that is a Maltese-Poodle mix.
The Maltipoo dog is a very popular crossbreed, and one look at an adorable Maltipoo puppy is enough to melt anyone’s heart.
The Maltipoo is easy to get excited about, but before you get one there are a few important things you should know about Maltipoos.
Or a gorgeous designer dog like the Maltese and Poodle mix.
Let’s take a closer look at everything Maltipoo!
Welcome to our complete guide to the Maltipoo. The lovely, adorable Maltese poodle mix.
What is a Maltipoo?
A Maltipoo is a cross between a Maltese and a poodle. Usually a toy or miniature poodle rather than the standard larger poodle.
The Maltese are a toy breed known for its silky white coat, black button eyes, and affectionate, cheeky personality.
Originally from Malta, the Maltese have been spoiled lap dogs for centuries.
The poodle is a popular choice for many mixed-breed dogs such as the Maltipoo, Labradoodle, and Cockapoo.
Poodles are known for their intelligent, active natures. They also have a hypoallergenic coat.
Like the Maltese, the poodle is an old, established breed that has been around for a very long time.
What is the history of the Maltipoo? Let’s take a look.
Designer mixed breeds such as the Maltese Poodle Cross are a relatively recent development in dog history.
Breeders often choose Poodles to crossbreed with other breeds, with the goal of combining the hypoallergenic Poodle coat with the other breed’s looks and personality.
In the case of the Maltipoo, the Maltese crossed with a toy or miniature poodle aims to create a charming, teddy bear-like little dog with a happy and loving personality.
However, as with any intersection, the outcome is unpredictable. You could have a puppy that looks like a poodle but has a Maltese temperament. Or a dog with a Maltese appearance and poodle personality. Or any area in between.
So you need to be sure that you love both the poodle and Maltese temperaments and look before you go for a Maltipoo puppy.
How big do Maltipoos get?
Maltipoo adults are typically small dogs like their founding breeds.
The Maltese are a toy breed that stands 6 to 8 pounds and 8 to 10 inches tall.
Toy poodles weigh between 4-6 pounds and measure 10 inches tall. Miniature poodles are slightly larger at 10-15 pounds and 10-15 inches.
Because the either toy or miniature poodles are used in the Maltipoo, the size of a full-grown Maltipoo can range from 5 to 20 pounds and 8 to 14 inches.
This variation means that your puppy can become a real Maltipoo toy, but it could also be a little bigger.
While you cannot predict the adult height of your Maltipoo, you can guess that the maximum and minimum height of the parents will be between them.
Both Poodles and Maltese dogs are known for their dedicated and charming personalities. With the poodle, you get good marks for smarts and the Maltese for affection.
As a mixed breed, your Maltipoo puppy might look more like their Poodle ancestors or more like their Maltese. Whatever it turns out, having a good temper should always be a high priority for Maltipoo breeders.
The Maltipoo is known as a sweet and loving companion.
Like all dogs, the Maltipoo needs good training and socialization from puppy age.
New owners should be aware that they can bark more than other dogs, and their devotion to their humans can lead to separation anxiety.
Is the Maltipoo hypoallergenic?
Are Maltipoos hypoallergenic? A primary goal of crossing poodles with other breeds is to create a dog that is suitable for allergy sufferers.
Does this apply to the Maltipoo?
Bad news first … There is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog. Most animal allergies are due to dander – dead skin – not a specific type of coat.
Certain breeds, like poodles, have less dandruff and less dandruff than other breeds, which can be good for allergy sufferers.
The Maltese, like the poodle, does not shed much and is often listed as one of the hypoallergenic dog breeds. This is all good news for Maltipoo lovers!
Your Maltipoo won’t shed as much fur and dandruff as other dog breeds and can be a good choice if you have allergies. However, this is by no means a certainty.
Make sure to spend time with Maltipoos in their home environment to see how you react before bringing a new Maltipoo puppy into your home.
Get to know both the Poodle and Maltese parents and make sure they both have temperaments that you would love to share your life with.
Poodles and Maltese are both low-dandruff breeds which, as we’ve seen, is good for allergies. However, minimal peeling does not necessarily mean their coats are low maintenance.
Although the poodle has curly fur and the Maltese straight fur, both poodles and Maltese have long coats that require weekly grooming, as well as regular bathing and fringing.
The Maltipoo’s coat is medium to long, with a soft, fluffy texture and some degree of waves or curls.
Your Maltipoo needs regular maintenance and baths. Many Maltipoo owners also cut off their dog’s fur, especially on the face.
Are There Any Maltipoo Health Conditions New Owners Should Know About? When considering a Maltipoo teacup, it is important to understand the health issues associated with the so-called “teacup”.
Dogs that are bred to be very small can suffer from serious health problems, such as fragile bones and improper bone development. Many teacup dogs have soft spots on their skills even when they are fully grown.
A normal size Maltipoo has the genetic advantage of being crossbred. Since purebred dogs can suffer from hereditary diseases, mixing breeds can result in a more diversified gene pool and more robust health.
What genetic conditions do the Maltese and the Poodle have in common?
Some Maltese has been diagnosed with a heart condition called mitral valve prolapse. A serious brain disorder known as necrotizing meningoencephalitis is also found in the Maltese.
Standard poodles can be prone to a variety of autoimmune conditions. However, they are not normally used to breed the Maltipoo. Other common problems with miniature poodles include orthopedic and eye problems, and epilepsy.
Will a Maltipoo inherit the genetic diseases of Maltese and Poodles? A Maltipoo can get certain health conditions from its founding breeds. Every dog is an individual, but there are a few issues that Maltipoo owners should be aware of.
Maltipoos can suffer from the neurological conditions “White Dog Shaker Syndrome” and epilepsy.
Maltipoos can also be prone to joint and orthopedic problems that occur in small dogs. An eye disease called progressive retinal atrophy can also occur.
What is the life expectancy of Maltipoo? Of course, all dogs are individuals, but in general, the Maltipoo breeds have a relatively long lifespan.
The average life expectancy of a Maltese is 12 years. Miniature poodles have an average lifespan of 14 years, and toy poodles 13 years.
Maltipoos are generally reported in a range between 10-15 years, with 12-13 years often being reported as the average lifespan of a Maltipoo.
Like other small breeds, they have a longer lifespan than large pedigree dogs.
Interested in a Maltipoo Puppy? Few puppies are as adorable as the cuddly, teddy-like Maltipoo! Here are a few facts about Maltipoo puppies.
Maltese poodle puppies are the result of breeding a toy or miniature poodle directly with a Maltese. Puppies from two Maltipoo parents are less common. A reputable breeder can provide information about your puppy’s ancestry.
Since Maltipoos are known to have some of the genetic disorders common to Maltese and Poodles, it is important that your new puppy health test is tested for problems that affect both parent breeds.
Your Maltipoo puppy’s parents should be certified by both the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and the Canine Eye Registry. Progressive retinal atrophy can be excluded with a DNA test.
A Maltipoo puppy age lasts up to a year. Get started with house training for your Maltipoo puppy right away. Other forms of socialization and training can also start early.
The most common behavior problems you want to focus on are barking, separation anxiety, and jumping.
Like other designer crossbreed dogs, Maltipoos are not recognized by the American Kennel Club or other similar organizations. If you are looking for a Maltipoo puppy, you can still find reputable breeders.
It’s always a good idea to look for Maltipoo breeders in your area who will welcome potential buyers’ home visits.
This is a great way to check out the home environment your puppy will be raised in. A good breeder will also be happy to meet you to make sure their puppy can find a good home.
Cute little dogs like Maltipoos are always popular. You will see advertisements for Maltipoo puppies online, and it is common to find Maltipoo puppies for sale at pet stores. It is possible that these puppies came from large-scale breeding farms.
To avoid buying from a puppy mill, consider choosing a small local breeder who will raise the puppies in a loving environment.
Visiting a breeder in person and speaking to other customers is a great way to ensure you are getting a quality dog.
Are you interested in the takeover of Maltipoo instead? Maltipoo Rescue is a great option for fans of the breed who would rather adopt than a shop.
Because Maltipoos are so cute and popular, many Maltipoo puppy purchases by inexperienced owners can be viewed as impulse purchases. This means that some of these Maltipoos end up in animal shelters or rescue organizations.
There are established rescue organizations for Maltipoos, other poodle mixes, and small dogs in general. Many Maltese rescue groups will also have Maltipoos available. Most major cities have a rescue group that focuses on dogs like the Maltipoo.
You can search these specific breed rescue organizations for adoptable dogs, but most animal shelters and nationwide rescue agencies will identify Maltipoos and may include “Maltipoo” as a breed in your search criteria.
Is Maltipoo right for me?
Would Maltipoo be a good fit for your family?
These smart, smart little dogs will thrive in an environment where someone is out and about for most of the day. With owners committed to training, socialization, and regular exercise. As well as a lot of love.
You need to make sure you find a good breeder who has health exams on hand. It would be wise to go for a miniature rather than a toy mix as these are less likely and so fragile.
Maltipoo personalities can be as beautiful as their looks, and these lovely little dogs can make wonderful pets.