- Activity Level: low
- Grooming Level: high
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: sometimes
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Prey Drive: moderate
- Watchdog: very alert
- Registered?: other
Maltipom Dog Breed Information
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A Maltipom is a cross between a Maltese and a Pomeranian. Like their parent breeds, a Maltipom is a true companion breed that loves nothing more than being around their favorite humans and getting attention.
The American Kennel Club does not recognize the Maltipom, but they are recognized by other notable canine registries. The American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Designer Breed Registry, and more all recognize the Maltipom.
Maltipoms are affectionate, gentle, and loving dogs that bond closely with their families and thrive on attention from them. They tend to get along well with older children who know how to gently interact with small dogs. They can get along with other dogs and pets as long as they get enough attention as they can sometimes get jealous over and possessive of their favorite human.
A Maltipom makes a good watchdog as they will bark to alert you. Although they will be initially wary of strangers, they do tend to warm up once introduced as long as they have been properly socialized. But, they also tend to bark at strangers and may not stop unless they have been trained/told to do so. Because of this, it’s important to train your dog to stop barking early on and keep alert barking from becoming a nuisance.
Maltipoms tend to be highly adaptable dogs. They do well in apartments as well as larger homes as long as they get enough attention and exercise. They do well in most climates, but are sensitive to heat and they may need to bundle up while out on walks in the winter.
Because they bond so closely with their families and thrive on attention, a Maltipom does not like to be left alone for long periods of time. They can also be prone to developing separation anxiety if you do not with them on it early and often.
Potential health concerns in a Maltipom can include Patent Ductus Arteriosis, luxating patella, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, portosystemic shunt, and hypothyroidism.
Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing issues to puppies. Make sure you are asking the breeder about the health and genetic history of both of the parents. You can also ask about any health tests or clearances that have been done.
As a small dog breed, the Maltipom is more prone to developing dental diseases later in life. Gum disease in dogs can be serious and lead to other health issues, but good dental care early and often can help prevent it and other painful dental diseases later in life.
A Maltipom is an intelligent dog that can pick up on things quickly and is eager to please. For the most part, they are highly trainable dogs that are a good fit for owners of all experience levels.
As a toy breed, house training can be a challenge. With some house training tips, crate training, puppy pads, and plenty of patience, you and your Maltipom will get through it.
A Maltipom coat can vary a little if they take more after one parent, but generally, it is long, straight, soft, and non-shedding. It requires daily brushing to remove tangles and prevent mats as well as professional grooming every 4-6 weeks.
In addition to coat care, you also need to take care of your Maltipom’s nails, ears, and teeth. The dog groomers may be able to help with some of this during sessions, but you will still need to do maintenance at home between visits.
Nail trims once or twice a month help keep nails from growing too long and causing issues. Weekly ear checks with careful cleaning as needed helps prevent ear infections. Daily dental care plus cleanings at the vet as needed can help prevent painful dental diseases later in life.
Although the Maltipom will be energetic when they play, they also get tired easily and have a low activity level. Daily walks plus some playtime is usually enough for this little dog. They’re just happy to be with you whether that’s doing something outside or cuddling with you on the couch.
A fully-grown Maltipom usually stands 8-12 inches tall and weighs 3-9 pounds.
Maltipoms generally live for 12-15 years.
This designer breed is most commonly called a Maltipom, but they are sometimes also referred to as a Pomamees or Pomanese.