The Maltipoo (Maltese x Poodle Mix) is a cute, cuddly, adorable designer dog created by mixing the Maltese and the Miniature or Toy Poodle. They have a well-proportioned body with a muscular and athletic built, blended with the soft, fluffy appearance of both its parent. Besides its enticing looks, its loving, gentle and pleasant demeanor makes it one of the most sought-after house pets.
|Other Names||Malti-Doodle, Maltidoodle, Malt-A-Poo, Malti-Poodle, Malte-Poo, Maltese-Poodle, Multa-Poo, Moodle|
|Coat||Long, fluffy, soft with a little curl or wave (like the Poodle)|
|Color||Cream and white being the prominent ones, they are also seen in fawn, gray, brown, peach and black|
|Life Expectancy||10-15 years|
|Behavioral characteristics||Cute, gentle, loving, affectionate|
|Good with children||Preferably older kids|
|Barking tendency||Moderately high|
|Climate compatibility||Cannot withstand extremities of temperature|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||ACHC, IDCR, DRA, DBR, DDKC|
|Country||United States of America|
Though there is not much information behind the history of its origination, it may have developed about two decades ago when there was a huge upsurge for designer breeds, mostly developed by crossing the purebred dogs. It was said that these cute, fluffy dogs were mostly developed keeping in mind the need
It is not a category of the Maltipoo but a tactic of breeders to produce tiny variants of the dogs to attract people. However, the AKC and other major kennel clubs are against such practices as such dogs could have a lot of health ailments. Maltipoos who have a weight lesser than 5 lbs once they have grown entirely fall under this group.
Most Maltipoos would be seen inheriting the intelligence of the Poodle, besides displaying the fun loving, gentle and affectionate nature of both its parents.
These dogs display loyalty towards their masters, loving to be cuddled on the latter’s laps whenever they get an opportunity. This trait of theirs could result in separation anxiety especially when left alone for prolonged periods, making them resort to destructive activities like self-harm.
They are great alarm dogs like their Poodle parent, with a sense of alertness, barking constantly to warn their owners about all that is happening around them. However, these canines lack the aggression of the Maltese and do not fit the bill of a guard dog.
Like the Miniature Poodle and Maltese, the Maltipoo is also not suited for homes with kids below the age of 6 because of their small and delicate nature. Moreover, these dogs might even be snappy like their Maltese parent especially when teased or bothered by the kids. They however, share a comfortable rapport with other canines and pets even if they are not raised with them.
Though active and energetic, the Maltese Poodle mix would do well with a moderate amount of exercise, needing a brisk walk twice a day, coupled with sufficient playtime outside or even within the house. If their physical needs are met well, these small-sized dogs would perfectly adjust to apartment living.
They shed less just like their parents, needing a little amount of grooming. Brush two to three times in a week using a pin or slicker brush, apt for their thick coat, helping to keep their hair soft and clean. If your Maltipoo has attained the curly coat of the Poodle, then it should be taken to a professional groomer in every four or six weeks. Their coat needs to be clipped one or two times in a year while the hair located on their head around their eyes and ears need frequent trimming to ensure cleanliness, besides preventing the formation of mats and tangles.
The “puppy cut” is the most sought-after haircut of the Maltipoo where its facial hairs are slightly trimmed and shaped while the clipping of the fur is done close to its body.
Other hygiene needs include brushing their teeth twice or thrice a week, trimming the nails one or two times a month as well as cleaning its eyes (to avoid tear stains) and ears on a routine basis. Bathe your Maltipoo on a monthly or whenever its coat is soiled and dirty, using warm water and vet-approved dog shampoo.
Some of the health problems faced by the Maltidoodle include White Shaker Syndrome (characterized by body tremors, uncoordinated gait, and rapid movement of the eyes), patellar luxation, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, Legg Calve Perthes disease and portosystemic shunt(abnormal blood flow between the body and liver).
They are intelligent and smart, they could take to the Maltese in terms of stubbornness, hence needing to be handled with firmness.
Note: While selecting a crate do not go for spacious and big ones as that could put your dog at
Give them good quality dry dog food devoid of any artificial colorings or additives. You can also add homemade food but in measured amounts.