The apricot Maltipoo is one of the most popular varieties of this little teddy bear mix. Apricot coloring can vary, some apricot maltipoos may be lighter than others. And, some may change color over their lifetime, lightening from apricot to cream as adults. The exact shade of your apricot puppy will depend on their genetics. And, some breeders may use different terms when marketing them.
Are you currently searching for an apricot Maltipoo? Or do you already have one at home? Read on to find out more about this popular coloring!
What is an Apricot Maltipoo?
A Maltipoo is a designer breed. It is a cross between a Maltese dog and Miniature Poodle, or a Toy Poodle. Toy Maltipoos tend to be smaller than those with a Miniature Poodle parent. However, both tend to have the same general personality and appearance. The term “apricot” simply refers to their fur color. Apricot coloring falls somewhere between cream and red. So apricot Maltipoo puppies can be slightly different shades, but still classed as apricot!
Since this is one of the most popular colors of an already popular breed, you can easily find pictures of Maltipoo puppies online. This can be a great way to familiarise yourself with the different apricot shade variations available out there.
Apricot Maltipoo Coat
Just like the specific shade of your apricot Maltipoo’s coat can vary, the type of fur they inherit from their parents can too. Especially if you’re bringing home a first generation puppy (f1). First generation mixes have two purebred parents. Second generations have two f1 Maltipoo parents. But, some breeders may even backcross a first generation puppy to a purebred Poodle to increase the likelihood of achieving those tight Poodle curls (f1b).
The purebred Maltese parent has long straight fur that has a similar texture to hair. Poodles, on the other hand, have tight curls. Both dogs need plenty of grooming, so whatever type of coat your apricot Maltipoo inherits, they will need regular grooming too. Often, first generation apricot Maltipoo puppies will fall somewhere in between the two parents, with soft curls. Most owners will take their dogs to the groomer to get their fur trimmed to a more easily maintained level.
How Big is a Full Grown Apricot Maltipoo?
The adult size of an apricot Maltipoo will generally depend on the size of their Poodle parent. The Maltese parent falls in the toy breed category. As adults, they will usually be between 7 and 9 inches tall, weighing under 7 lbs. Toy Poodles are a similar size. They will be no more than 10 inches tall, weighing anywhere from 4 to 6 lbs. Miniature Poodles, however, are slightly bigger. They can be between 10 and 15 inches tall, weighing between 10 and 15 lbs.
If your Maltipoo has a Toy Poodle parent, it’s likely they will also be a toy breed. Generally, they will fall somewhere between the adult sizes of their parents. So, they may be from 4 to 7 lbs, and under 10 inches tall. However, if your Maltipoo has a Miniature Poodle parent, they will usually be slightly larger, with their maximum heights and weights stretching as much as 15 inches and 15 lbs. It will vary from one puppy to the next, especially if you have a first generation mix. Take a closer look at the parents for the most accurate adult size prediction.
Where Does the Apricot Color Come From?
It may surprise you to learn that only one of the Maltipoo’s parents carries the genes for an apricot coat. The Maltese parent most often has a plain white coat. But, they can also have lemon or tan coloring alongside the white, and black points. The Poodle parent, on the other hand, comes in a huge range of colors. Including apricot! So, if you have found an apricot Maltipoo puppy, it’s likely that their Poodle parent has similar colored fur.
Do Apricot Maltipoos Stay That Color?
Some apricot Maltipoos will stay the same shade throughout their entire lives. However, others may experience color fading over time, particularly after they have shed their initial puppy coat. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to predict this. If you’re keen to avoid any changes in color, it is usually best to adopt an older dog. Since they will have already lost their puppy coat, it’s more likely they will experience fewer color changes other than those related to aging! Although even then their coloring could lighten!
Finding Apricot Maltipoo Puppies
Since apricot is one of the most popular Maltipoo colors, it shouldn’t be too hard to find puppies for sale near you. However, finding breeders is one thing. Finding reputable breeders is another challenge altogether. Reputable breeders will health test dogs before breeding to ensure their puppies are as healthy as possible. They will also work hard to socialize their puppies to family life from a young age and will have their pup’s best interests at heart throughout the rehoming process.
Good breeders may have waiting lists for puppies, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait before bringing home a healthy puppy. And, don’t be shocked if the breeder asks you lots of questions – this is a sign they care about finding good homes for their puppies. Make sure you ask plenty of questions, meet the mother dog, see where the puppies are being kept, and see evidence of health testing as a minimum.
Puppies from reputable breeders can cost a little more than those from backyard breeders, pet stores, and puppy mills. But, they will often have fewer health and behavioral issues in the long run. And, since this mix is so popular at the moment, it’s all the more important to avoid puppy mills, pet stores and backyard breeders who will all be jumping on the trend. If you are struggling with the cost of an apricot Maltipoo puppy from a reputable breeder, you can always consider adoption.
Rescuing an Apricot Maltipoo
Rescue is a great alternative if you don’t mind the age of your dog. And, it can be an easier way to see the coat type your dog will have as an adult. Adoption fees are often much cheaper than buying a puppy. And, giving an adorable Maltipoo a second chance at a loving home will feel very rewarding.
If you’d like to consider this option, speak to rescue center staff. They’ll be able to find you a Maltipoo puppy that matches your lifestyle best, and may even be able to help you find a specific color, like an apricot Maltipoo. Finding the right match for you is important, as it will minimize the chance of the dog being returned to the shelter.
Since Maltipoos and Poodle mixes in general are steadily growing in popularity, it should be easier to find one in need of rescue. In fact, you may even be able to find specific Maltipoo rescue centers, or at least those dedicated to Poodle mixed breeds. If you’re struggling, also check rescue centers dedicated to the purebred parents, as they will often accept mixed breeds.
Do You Have an Apricot Maltipoo at Home?
What’s your favorite thing about the apricot Maltipoo? Are you thinking of bringing one of these teddy bear puppies home with you soon? Or are you still investigating which Maltipoo color is your favorite? We would love to hear about your experiences with the apricot Maltipoo in the comments below!
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