A Maltipoo is a cross between a Maltese and a Poodle. Usually a Toy or Miniature Poodle and not the larger Standard Poodle. These small hybrids weigh just 5 to 20lbs, depending upon the type of Poodle parent.
They are designed to have hypoallergenic coats. But this is not always the case.
Despite this the Maltipoo dog is a very popular cross breed, and one look at this adorable puppy is enough to melt anyone’s heart. Let’s find out more!
What’s In This Guide
Take a look at our readers’ most popular and frequently asked questions about the Maltipoo
- Are Maltipoos good family dogs?
- How Much Is a Maltipoo Puppy?
- Are Maltipoos hypoallergenic?
- Do Maltipoos Bark?
- How Long Does A Maltipoo Live?
Maltipoo: Breed At A Glance
- Popularity: Increasing!
- Purpose: Companion
- Weight: 5 – 20 pounds
- Temperament: Affectionate, intelligent, and loving
It’s easy to be smitten with this little breed. But before you get one, there are some important things you should know about Maltipoos.
Or any gorgeous designer dog like the Maltese and Poodle mix.
Maltipoo Breed Review: Contents
- History and original purpose of the Maltipoo
- Fun facts about Maltipoo
- Maltipoo appearance
- Maltipoo temperament
- Training and exercising your Maltipoo
- Maltipoo health and care
- Do Maltipoos make good family pets
- Rescuing a Maltipoo
- Finding a Maltipoo puppy
- Raising a Maltipoo puppy
- Maltipoo products and accessories
The Maltese is a toy breed known for its silky white coat, black button eyes, and loving, perky personality.
History and Original Purpose of the Maltipoo
Designer mixed breeds like the Maltese Poodle cross are a fairly recent development in canine history.
Breeders often choose Poodles to cross with other breeds. This is usually with the goal of combining the Poodle’s hypoallergenic coat with the other breed’s looks and personality.
In the case of this mixed breed, the Maltese crossed with a Toy or Miniature Poodle aims to create a charming, teddy bear-like little dog with a happy and affectionate personality.
Looking at the parent breeds can help us find more about the history of our little hybrid.
Looking at the Parent Breeds
An ancient breed originally from the island of Malta, the Maltese has been a pampered lap dog for many centuries.
The Poodle has been a popular choice for many cross-breed dogs like the Maltipoo, Labradoodle, and Cockapoo.
Poodles are known for their intelligent, active nature. They also have a hypoallergenic coat.
Like the Maltese, the Poodle is an old, established breed that has been around for a very long time.
Fun Facts About Maltipoos
Over the last few years, Maltipoos have become really popular! This could be partly because their appearance makes them look like adorable little teddy bears!
In fact, you’ll see plenty of celebrities showing off these little pooches! Rihanna has an adorable Maltipoo called Oliver.
Some other famous owners (with their pup’s names in brackets) include: Ashley Tisdale (Blondie and Maui), Miley Cyrus (Sophie), Blake Lively (Penny) and Michele Kwan (Ginseng).
The Ziegler family from the popular show “Dance Moms” even have a Maltipoo called Maliboo! You may have seen her in some of the earlier episodes!
But if you want to see more of her, she also has an Instagram page with over 625,000 followers!
As with any cross breed the outcome is not predictable. You could have a pup that looks like a Poodle, but has a Maltese temperament.
Or a dog with a Maltese appearance and a Poodle personality. Or any range in between.
So you need to be certain that you love both Poodle and Maltese temperaments and looks before you choose this puppy.
Looking at the parents can at least help you estimate what your Maltipoo could look like. So let’s get started.
Height and Weight
Maltipoo adults are generally small dogs, like their founding breeds.
The Maltese is a toy breed. It ranges from 6-8 pounds and 8-10 inches in height.
Toy Poodles weigh between 4-6 pounds and measure 10 inches high. Miniature Poodles are a bit bigger at 10-15 pounds and 10-15 inches.
So Things Can Vary
Either toy or miniature Poodles are used in this hybrid. So the size of a full grown Maltipoo can range from 5-20 pounds and 8-14 inches tall.
This variation means that your puppy can grow to be a true toy breed. But could also be a bit larger too.
Is the Maltipoo Hypoallergenic?
The Maltipoo’s coat is medium to long in length, with a soft, fluffy texture and some degree of wave or curl, depending on what it inherits.
One of the main goals of crossing Poodles with other breeds is to create a dog that’s good for people with allergies.
Is this true for the Maltipoo?
First the bad news…there is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog. Most pet allergies are due to dander—dead skin flakes—not any particular kind of fur.
Low Shedding Breeds
Certain breeds like Poodles have less dander and shed less than other breeds. This can be good for people with allergies.
The Maltese, like the Poodle, also does not shed much. It is frequently listed as one of the more hypoallergenic dog breeds.
So this is all good news for Maltipoo lovers!
Your pup will not shed fur and dander as much as other dog breeds, and could be a good choice if you have allergies. But this is by no means a certainty.
Be sure to spend time with Maltipoos in their home environments to see how you react before bringing one of these puppies into your home.
The Maltipoo is well known as a sweet and loving companion animal.
Both Poodles and Maltese dogs are known for their engaging and charming personalities. With the Poodle getting high marks for smarts and the Maltese for affection.
Being a mix, your puppy could grow up to be more like her Poodle ancestors. Or more like her Maltese ones.
New owners should be aware that they can bark more than other dogs, so if you’re looking for a quiet breed, a Maltipoo might not be for you.
However, there are ways to train a puppy not to bark as much!
Training and Exercising your Maltipoo
Like all dogs, this breed needs good training and socialization from puppyhood on.
A Maltipoo’s puppyhood lasts until he is one year old. Start housetraining your puppy right away. Other forms of socialization and training can start early too.
The most common behavioral problems you will want to focus on are barking, separation anxiety, and jumping.
Socialization will help to avoid any unwanted aggression towards other dogs and people.
To stay happy and healthy, the Maltipoo will need regular exercise.
Its size can mean it’s more suitable for smaller homes, but it will still need the opportunity to stretch its legs!
Maltipoo Health and Care
Are there any Maltipoo health conditions new owners should know about?
If you are considering a teacup Maltipoo, it’s important to understand the health problems of so-called “teacup” varieties.
Dogs bred for extremely small size can suffer from serious health conditions like fragile bones and improper bone development.
Many teacup dogs will have soft spots on their skulls even when they are full grown.
Do Normal Sized Hybrids Have These Issues
A normal size Maltipoo has the genetic advantage of being a cross breed.
Because pure bred dogs can suffer from inherited diseases, mixing breeds can lead to a more diversified gene pool and more robust health.
What are some of the genetic conditions common to the Maltese and Poodle?
Conditions to be Aware Of
A heart condition called mitral valve prolapse has been identified in some Maltese. A serious brain disease called necrotizing meningoencephalitis is also found in the Maltese.
Standard Poodles can be prone to a variety of autoimmune conditions.
However, they are not usually used to breed the Maltipoo. More common issues in miniature Poodles are orthopedic and eye problems, as well as epilepsy.
Are these Guaranteed in My Cross?
Will a Maltipoo inherit the genetic diseases of Maltese and Poodles? It can get certain health conditions from its founding breeds.
Every dog is an individual. But there are a few problems new owners should be aware of.
Maltipoos can suffer from the neurological conditions “white dog shaker syndrome” and epilepsy.
They can also be prone to joint and orthopedic problems that are common to small dogs. An eye disease called progressive retinal atrophy can also occur.
A healthy happy puppy is also created in day-to-day care.
We’ve learnt this little breed will need regular grooming, to keep any knots out of their fur.
Make sure to check their ears regularly for any excess wax. And keep on top of their nails with nail clippers or grinders if needed.
Choose a high quality food. But ensure you don’t overfeed your pup, as this could lead to obesity. Speak to your vet to learn more about the best amount of food for your Maltipoo.
Poodles and Maltese are both low-shedding breeds, which is good for allergies as we’ve seen. However, minimal shedding doesn’t necessarily mean that their coats are low maintenance.
Although the Poodle has curly fur and the Maltese has straight fur, both Poodles and Maltese have long coats that require weekly grooming. As well as regular baths and trimmings.
What is the Maltipoo life expectancy? Of course, all dogs are individuals, but in general the founding breeds of this cross have relatively long lifespans.
The average life expectancy of a Maltese is 12 years. For miniature Poodles, the average lifespan is 14 years and for toy Poodles it’s 13 years.
Maltipoos are generally given a range of between 10 and 15 years, with 12-13 years often listed as the average lifespan of a Maltipoo.
Do Maltipoos Make Good Family Pets
Would a Maltipoo fit in well with your family?
These chasmatic, intelligent little dogs will thrive in an environment where someone is around for much of the day.
With owners who are commited to training, socialization and regular exercise. As well as a whole lots of love.
You will need to make sure you find a good breeder, that health tests there stock.
And would be advised to go for a Miniature rather than Toy mix, as they are less likely to be so small and fragile.
Rescuing a Maltipoo
Interested in adoption instead? Maltipoo rescue is a great option for fans of the breed who would rather adopt, not shop.
Because Maltipoos are so cute and popular, many puppy purchases can be impulse buys by inexperienced owners.
This means that some of these Maltipoos will end up at animal shelters or rescue organizations.
Finding a Rescue Center
There are established rescue organizations devoted to Maltipoos, other Poodle mixes, and small dogs in general.
Many Maltese breed rescue groups will also have available Maltipoos. Most major metropolitan areas will have a rescue group that focuses on dogs like the Maltipoo.
You can search these specific breed-type rescue organizations for adoptable dogs. But most animal shelters and nationwide rescue clearinghouses will identify Maltipoos and allow you to specify “Maltipoo” as a breed in your search criteria.
Finding a Maltipoo Puppy
Like other designer cross breed dogs, Maltipoo puppies are not recognized by the American Kennel Club or other similar organizations.
But you can still find reputable breeders if you’re looking for a Maltipoo puppy.
It is always a good idea to search for breeders in your area that welcome a home visit from potential buyers.
A reputable breeder will be able to provide details on your puppy’s parentage.
That way you can check out the home environment where your puppy is raised. A good breeder will also like to meet you to make sure their puppy is going to a good home.
Where to Avoid
Cute, small dogs like Maltipoos are always popular. You will see online ads for Maltipoo puppies, and it is common to find these puppies for sale in pet stores.
It is possible that these puppies come from large-scale puppy mill breeding operations.
To avoid buying from a puppy mill, make sure you choose a small-scale local breeder who raises the puppies in a loving home environment.
How much will you pay for a Maltipoo puppy?
The cost of a puppy purchased from a breeder can vary.
Maltipoo prices range from around $400 to as much as $2,000. Expect to pay around $700-$800 for a dog from a good breeder.
Remember that Maltipoo puppies for sale online and in pet stores can come from puppy mills. Very low prices could be a red flag, and you may find that you will be spending the money you save on vet bills instead.
A quality puppy from a good breeder is worth the extra cost.
Raising a Maltipoo Puppy
Because Maltipoos are known to have some of the genetic health conditions common to both Maltese and Poodles, it’s important to have your new puppy health tested for issues that affect both parent breeds.
Your puppy’s parents should have certification from both the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and the Canine Eye Registry. Progressive retinal atrophy can be ruled out with a DNA test.
Caring for a vulnerable Maltipoo puppy is a big responsibility. There are some great guides to help you with all aspects of puppy care and training.
Maltipoo Products and Accessories
Are you struggling to prepare for a Maltipoo puppy? We’ve got some helpful guides to find the best products for your pooch, whether he takes more after his Poodle parent, or his Maltese one!
Pros And Cons of Getting A Maltipoo
Choosing the right dog for you is always going to be a hard decision. So let’s recap the main pros and cons of the Maltipoo.
Extra small versions can experience some serious health issues.
When left alone too long, this breed can develop separation anxiety.
The Maltipoo can be quite loud, and prone to barking!
Plus, they aren’t guaranteed to be hypoallergenic, like some bad breeders may try to make you believe.
These little dogs are affectionate and loving when socialized properly.
Their small size means they are suited to smaller homes.
They are a low shedding breed.
Comparing the Maltipoo with other breeds
We’ve done the comparing for you! Check out our comprison guides below.
If you’re not sure that the Maltipoo is the perfect breed for you, take a look at some of these similar breeds.
Maltipoo Breed Rescues
Check out some of the links below if you’re looking to rescue a Maltipoo pup.
If you know any other great Maltipoo rescues, be sure to leave them in the comments. And tell us all about your experiences with this adorable little breed!
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