The choice of Cockapoo vs Maltipoo is not one of picking the better dog, but simply of selecting the dog that is the best fit for you! Both of these small dogs have friendly, gentle personalities. A Cockerpoo will probably be easier to train, and fit better with young families. A Maltipoo needs less exercise, and might fit well with and older family who have lots of time to play indoor games.
What is the Difference Between Cockapoos and Maltipoos?
Both the Cockapoo and Maltipoo are hybrid dog breeds. That means each parent dog comes from a different purebred dog lineage. A Cockapoo puppy’s parents are aCocker Spaniel and a Poodle. A Maltipoo puppy’s parents are a Maltese and a Poodle.
The difference between a Cockapoo and a Maltipoo depends upon how much they take after their Cocker Spaniel or Maltese parent. When hybrid puppies are born, the traits they inherit from each parent are completely random.
One Cockapoo could have a lot of Poodle traits inside a Cocker Spaniel’s body. Another might draw their physical features and behavior in equal shares from each parent.
There will be a lot of variation, even within a single litter! That means Cockapoo and a Maltipoo who both take after their Poodle parent might actually be very similar. Or they could be as different as a Cocker Spaniel and a Maltese.
Cocker Spaniels vs Maltese Dogs
Luckily Cockers and Maltese are both sweet tempered souls. They’re both playful, affectionate, and fit well into family life.
The Cocker Spaniel was originally part of the working group of dogs. They were bred to co-operate closely with humans, and they are still eager to please and easy to train. Even though few still “work” in the the original sense, they still need plenty of exercise and doggy tasks to do, or they get bored.
Meanwhile Maltese dogs have been lapdogs for centuries. Since following commands was never as important for companion dogs as working dogs, Maltese take more time and effort to train than Cockers.
Play time is vital for Maltese’ mental and physical well being, but since they’re much smaller than Cockers, they don’t need as much exercise.
Variations in Size
Cocker Spaniels are typically about 15 inches tall, whilst a Maltese stands half that, at 7 inches. And a 7lb Maltese is barely one third of the weight of a Cocker Spaniel.
Which means a Cockapoo is usually to be bigger than a Maltipoo, but not always. Because Poodle dogs are bred in three sizes – standard, miniature and toy. So a Cockapoo or Maltipoo puppy’s adult size may vary significantly, and a Maltipoo can even grow bigger than a Cockapoo if their Poodle parent is big enough.
That said, Maltipoo dogs are typically bred from miniature or toy Poodles rather than standard Poodles.
An adult Maltipoo generally weighs between 5 and 20 pounds and stands 10 to 18 inches tall. However, the most typical Maltipoo size is between 6 and 8 pounds.
A standard Cockapoo stands 15+ inches tall and weighs more than 20 pounds. A miniature Cockapoo stands 11 to 14 inches tall and weigh 12 to 20 pounds. And a toy Cockapoo will stand 10 inches tall or shorter and weigh less than 12 pounds.
Shedding and Grooming Differences
Cockapoo and Maltipoo puppies both have a better chance than the average dog of being low shedding, but it’s by no means a certainty.
Their grooming needs are really similar. Every single one of the three potential puppy parents have longer coats that require occasional clipping, trimming or full on haircuts.
Cockapoo vs Maltipoo Temperament Traits
Both the Cockapoo and the Maltipoo are regarded as gentle, friendly dogs. However, neither will fare well when left alone for hours at a time.
Poodles, Cockers and Maltese have all been bred to co-exist closely alongside humans – either for work or pleasure. They get lonely and depressed if they are deprived of the contact which we conditioned them to crave.
These dogs need to be with their people!
If you have small children in your family, you will likely fare better by choosing a standard Cockapoo rather than a petite Cockapoo or Maltipoo.
Toy-sized dogs can be injured too easily during rough play or simply by getting underfoot.
Neither Cockapoos nor Maltipoos are big dogs, and nor do they require hours of exertion. A Cockapoo is likely to have more stamina for long walks than a Maltipoo. Which you’d rather depends on your own lifestyle!
Even though neither pup can walk for hours, lots of playtime and games indoors are vital to keep them fit, and happy.
Cockapoo vs Maltipoo Intelligence
According to a 2006 test of working intelligence across over 80 dog breeds, the Poodle is ranked second.
The Cocker Spaniel is ranked 20th and the Maltese is 59th.
This means that a Cockapoo is likely to learn commands quicker than a Maltipoo.
But a Maltipoo is far from stupid! The ability to learn commands is just one form of intelligence, and a Maltipoo will impress you with plenty of other smarts.
Training and Socialization
All dogs need lots of socialization as puppies and positive reinforcement training throughout their lives.
Socialization is especially important for the tiny Maltipoo, so they grow up calm and confident in a world which is giant to them.
If you want to teach your dog tricks, you’ll probably get there quicker with the eager to please Cockapoo.
Cockapoo vs Maltipoo Life Expectancy
The Cockapoo can live 14 to 20+ years. The Maltipoo can live 12 to 15+ years. So they are both pretty long lived pups, but the Cockapoo has the edge on longevity.
Like all pure bred dogs, Poodles, Cockers and Maltese dogs are all prone to some diseases more than others. Crossbreeds like the Cockapoo and the Maltipoo automatically come from a wider gene pool, because their parents are of different pedigrees. Overall this generally makes them healthier, and sometimes it even protects them from the inherited disorders of one or other parent.
Selecting a conscientious breeder who health-tests parent dogs before breeding hybrid puppies also helps to reduce the risk of you committing to an unhealthy puppy.
For Cockapoos, the most concerning health issues are
- eye issues
- renal disease
- and von Willebrands disease.
For Maltipoos, the most concerning health issues are
- luxating patella
- eye issues
- tracheal collapse
- white dog shaker syndrome
- liver issues
- and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is a concern for small Cockapoo and Maltipoo puppies.
Cockapoo vs Maltipoo Puppy Price
At the time of writing, prices for a Cockapoo puppy range from $600 to $2,000+. Prices for a Maltipoo puppy range from $400 to $2,000+.
The price of a puppy should reflect the quality of their parents, and the money your breeder has invested in giving puppies the best start in life – for example paying for parent health checks.
Look for several litters before you start calling breeders, to work out a bench mark price for puppies in your area.
Be wary of puppies which are either a bargain, or very much more expensive.
I have a maltipoo it is sweet and friendly one minute and bites the next for no reason. I don’t think they are good for children or adults for that matter. I live all animals but this one is mean. Don’t know what to do.
Cindy – thx for the info. We are looking for a maltipoo. Can you tell me what age you got the pup from the breeder? Has s/he been home alone often? We’re trying to figure out how to avoid a biter because our last pooch never bit. But grandkids coming along hopefully soon so we’re trying to figure out what causes biting.
KATHY WATANABE says
I would like a cockatoo but can’t afford one. Are poodle rescues available? Where can you find the cheaper poodle mixes? I am an active senior citizen.
Margie Eubanks says
@Kathy. I’ve been searching for 10 months and cannot find a cockapoo who needs rehoming. I even joined FB groups who are Cocker/Poodle rescues and it seems the rescues go to people they know. So, I would start googling “Little Dog Rescues near me” “Maltese Rescues near me”. Within the area you are willing to travel, start keeping up w the shelters and humane society’s dogs that come thru there. Each facility usually has real-time up to date info on what’s available. And you have to act fast. Call them, tell them you’re interested. You’ll have to fill out an application. The fluffy little ones go quickly. I will tell you most states (not all) won’t adopt out of state because they want to do home checks. Alot of times you can hook up w a local rescue who will do that and relay the info. Atlanta Ga seems to have lots of little ones as does South Florida. Some dogs arrive in rescue w major health issues and their adoption fee could be as much as $150 – $450. But you’ll be getting a pup who has a clean bill of health.
I know this is alot of info, but I’ve lived thru this process.
Best of luck to you in your search!