- Activity Level: moderate
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 10-13 years
- Prey Drive: moderate
- Watchdog: very alert
- Registered?: other
Maltipoo Dog Breed Information
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The Maltipoo is a designer dog breed that originated in the United States and is a cross between a Maltese and a Miniature Poodle. Because it is a mixed dog breed, it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. However, the Maltipoo is recognized and can be registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club and the North American Maltipoo Club and Registry. It is known for being a good companion dog that is a great family pet and can adapt well to almost any living situation.
This designer breed has an affectionate, gentle nature and a fun-loving, charming personality. Maltipoos tends to be open and friendly. They get along well with children, other pets, other dogs, and strangers. They can be prone to barking, which makes them an alert watchdog. However, they’re more interested in making friends than being a protector.
Socialization and training early on can help you direct the urge to bark towards more positive outlets and help your dog understand what they should bark at and what is okay for them to ignore. The Maltipoo is a devoted dog that loves attention and lots of cuddles. They also tend to be sensitive to people’s needs, which makes them a fantastic companion and also makes them excellent therapy dogs.
Maltipoos are highly adaptable. They do well in any family type, from large families to single owners and everything between. They get along well with children, but younger children should be closely supervised and taught early on how to interact appropriately with a dog. Your Maltipoo can be injured easily by a falling toddler or accidental rough play.
The Maltipoo can adapt well to any living situation. They are not overwhelmed by large homes and yards and fit right in with apartment living. They crave attention and love being around their humans, so they should not be left alone for long periods of time. They also adapt well to a variety of climates. As with most dogs, they are sensitive to extreme heat or cold, but they can usually handle a wider variety of temperatures than other small dog breeds.
Maltipoos are generally healthy dogs. As with all breeds, even crossbreeds, there are some health conditions to be aware of. Some of these include epilepsy, patellar luxation, and progressive retinal atrophy. Health clearances and DNA test results for the parents can help to allay any concerns about health conditions.
Maltipoos are a great fit for owners of any experience level, including first-time dog owners. They are intelligent and highly trainable. They learn quickly and are eager to please their owners. Because they are sensitive, Maltipoos do not respond well to harsh tones or scolding. They respond best to training that stays positive and uses rewards, praise, and play.
Because both of the parent breeds are considered low or non-shedding, the Maltipoo will often also have a low or non-shedding hypoallergenic coat. Their coat tends to be fluffy and soft. The length can range from medium to long and the type can be slightly wavy or curly. They do need to be brushed daily and bathed monthly to keep their coat healthy, clean, and free of tangles. Professional grooming or clipping the coat a few times a year can also help keep your Maltipoo cool in the summer and their coat looking good year-round.
You will also want to check your pup’s ears regularly to ensure they are dry and free of dirt. Their nails should be trimmed once or twice a month as needed and their teeth should be brushed regularly. A few times a week is usually sufficient to keep tartar buildup at bay and reduce the risk of dental problems like tooth decay or gum disease, but brushing once a day is ideal. Get your puppy used to having their paws, ears, and mouth handled early on to ensure regular grooming and vet exams are much easier when they are older.
The Maltipoo has a moderate activity level. They’ll have bouts of high energy where they race around the room and want to play. These bursts of high energy usually don’t last long as your Maltipoo will tire themselves out and will soon be ready for some cuddles and a nap. Daily exercise with a few walks, some running in the yard, a game of fetch, or a trip to the dog park will ensure your Maltipoo gets plenty of exercise.
A Maltipoo usually stands 8 to 14 inches tall and weighs between 5 and 20 pounds. Looking at the size of the parents will often give you a good idea of the size your Maltipoo puppy might become as they grow.
This designer dog breed generally lives for 10 to 13 years.
The Maltipoo tends to maintain a puppy-like appearance and behavior throughout their life.