Typically a very small dog, the Maltipom has inherited the long coat and the high energy level of both its parents- the Maltese and the Pomeranian. As a result of the cross, the designer dog comes in a variety of shades and patches, depending upon which of its parents’ genes are dominating the offspring. Their faces are expressive, intelligent and fringed by hairs, with the head decked with triangular ears and dark, round eyes. Despite their tiny appearance, their body is compact and sturdy and legs straight and erect.
|Other Names||Pomanees, Pomanese, Malti-Pom|
|Coat||Long, silky, fine|
|Colors||Black, Black and Tan, Brown, Gray, Blue, White|
|Group (of Breed)||Toy, Designer, Cross|
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Weight||4 – 8 pounds|
|Height (size)||8 – 10 inches|
|Shedding||Mostly during spring|
|Temperament||Intelligent, alert, caring, friendly, social|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR|
The maltipom is extremely loyal and affectionate with its family members, but particularly tends to form a special bond with one member of its family. These little dogs are generally reserved with strangers, but expect attention from the owners and do not enjoy being left alone. They are well-behaved, sociable and can mix well with other pets and dogs of the family, provided the puppies have undergone proper socialization training in time, without which, they are prone to become territorial. These toy dogs are clever and playful and would even be good with kids, especially if the kids are grown-up enough and avoid rough handling. It might as well develop bad habits like its parents if it is allowed to be the ‘leader of the pack’ in its family. This might make their general behavior quite envious, snappy and noisy.
Because of its tendency to become dominating, training the maltipom might at times be tough (especially if you are a first-time dog owner) unless you begin training from puppyhood. Training should be consistent and firm but in an affectionate manner. Train them to socialize while rewarding them frequently with every achievement. For housebreaking your maltipom, crate training is the most effective training method. Professional obedience schools might also be considered.
The digestive system of dogs are meant for mostly meat-based foods, and for such meals, raw foods are always a healthy option. Here are a few healthy combinations that we recommend:
For a change, if you would serve veggies:
Although, considering the above suggestions, you can always use your own variations and creativity. If you opt for dry foods, pick up the brands that are labeled for such small and active dogs like maltipom.