The Maltipoo is a cross between a Maltese and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. They can inherit characteristics from either parent, but usually have a slightly scruffy, white or cream, coat, and an affectionate temperament. Maltipoos are great companion dogs, and love to be together. They may suffer from separation anxiety if left alone, and are happiest in a home where they have company during the day.
Quick Stats: Maltipoo
|Temperament:||Affectionate, intelligent and loving. Find out more…|
|Coat:||Medium to long with a soft, fluffy texture and some wave. More about Maltipoo appearance…|
Common Maltipoo Questions:
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|Are Maltipoos good family dogs?||Yes – but take care around small children.|
|How Much Is a Maltipoo Puppy?||From $400 to $2,000. Do your research first, to reduce the chance of big vet bills later.|
|Are Maltipoos hypoallergenic?||They are usually low shedding. But no dog is 100% hypoallergenic.|
|Do Maltipoos Bark?||They are prone to separation anxiety, and may bark when left alone.|
|How Long Does A Maltipoo Live?||12-13 years on average|
Pros And Cons of Getting A Maltipoo
|Affectionate and loving||Prone to joint problems|
|Suited to smaller homes||Prone to separation anxiety|
|Fairly long lived||Prone to barking|
|Low shedding||Not truly hypoallergenic|
What Else Is In This Guide
- History of the Maltipoo
- Fun facts about the Maltipoo
- Training and exercising your Maltipoo
- Maltipoo health
- Rescuing a Maltipoo
- Finding a Maltipoo puppy
History and Original Purpose of the Maltipoo
The Maltese Poodle mix has only become popular in the last few decades. But both parents are from ancient breeds with a long history. The Maltese originates in Europe (although whether it is actually from Malta is disputed). It has been a pampered lap dog for many centuries. The Poodle was first bred in Germany, as a water dog. These dogs helped hunt and retrieve in and around water. Some standard Poodles are still used for this purpose today.
Like other retrieving breeds, Poodles are known for their intelligence. Over time smaller versions of the Poodle have been bred as companion dogs. Giving rise to today’s Toy and Miniature Poodles. By crossing the clever poodle with the friendly Maltese, breeder hope to create a charming, affectionate, and bright little dog.
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!
The appearance of a cross breed dog is never entirely predictable. Your pup may look like a poodle, or a maltese, or any combination of the two. Looking at the parents can help us to estimate what your Maltipoo could look like. You won’t be able to predict your Maltipoo’s adult size. But you can guess that it will be somewhere between the maximum and minimum heights of their parents.
|Size||Miniature/Toy||Toy||Toy (or a little larger)|
|Height||10-15 inches||8-10 inches||8-14 inches|
|Weight||4-6 lbs (toy)|
10-20 lbs (mini)
|6-8 lbs||5-20 lbs|
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.
As with any cross breed the outcome is not predictable. So you need to be certain that you love both Poodle and Maltese temperaments before you choose this puppy. Make sure to meet both the Poodle and Maltese parents. And make sure they both have temperaments you would be happy to share your life with.
New owners should be aware that Maltipoos can bark more than other dogs. So if you’re looking for a quiet breed, a Maltipoo might not be for you. On top of this, the breed’s devotion to their humans can lead to separation anxiety. So really they need to be in a home where they won’t be left alone for long periods of time. Or introduced very gradually and gently to staying alone. This is not a quick process, so do plan to be around for the first months your pup is with you!
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. Their small size can mean they seem suitable for smaller homes, but even a dog this small needs the opportunity to stretch its legs! Make sure your pup gets outside for a walk, run, or some busy training games, on a daily basis. Do be aware that, extra small toy breeds can have issues with fragile bones, which can affect their safety when exercising. You can read more about this in the health section below.
Maltipoo Health and Care
There is a wide belief that cross bred dogs are automatically more healthy than pure bred dogs. But nature isn’t quite so simple. Regular mixing of genes will definitely make our dogs healthier as a group, in the long run. But a first generation cross like a Maltipoo may be at risk of inheriting health problems from both its parents.
Maltipoo Health Risks To Be Aware Of:
|Heart:||Mitral valve disease|
|Brain:||Epilepsy, necrotizing meningoencephalitis|
|Eyes:||Progressive retinal atrophy|
Mitral Valve Disease
Mitral valve disease is a condition where the valves in the heart become leaky, and allow blood to flow backwards through them. This causes a heart murmur, initially without other symptoms. Over time it leads to heart failure and death. Hear failure can be slowed down using modern medicines. But unlike in humans, valves can rarely be operated on or replaced in dogs. Small dogs are more prone to mitral valve disease than larger ones. And miniature poodles are particularly at risk. This risk will be passed on to maltipoos with a mini poodle parent, to some degree.
A serious brain disease that causes swelling and inflammation of the brain, and death of the tissues that make up parts of the brain. Necrotising meningoencephalitis has mainly been reported in Maltese and Pugs. It appears to be caused by infection. But why these breeds are prone to it is not yet fully understood. And it is not clear whether that risk can be passed on to Maltese mixes like the Maltipoo. More common issues in miniature Poodles are orthopedic and eye problems, as well as epilepsy.
Epilepsy is abnormal brain activity that causes seizures. Where there is no specific cause for this (such as head injury or poisons), we call this condition ‘idiopathic’ epilepsy. Idiopathic epilepsy is likely to be inherited. Miniature poodles are prone to epilepsy, and may pass this on to their maltipoo offspring.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Progressive retinal atrophy, or PRA, is the name given to a group of inherited diseases of the eye that cause permanent blindness. PRA is a recessive disease. A dog with one copy of the gene for the disease can pass it on but does not suffer from it. A dog with two copies will develop PRA.
PRA is more common in poodles. But it does occur in Maltese too. So a Maltipoo pup will have a risk between the two. WHich is to say, lower than a Poodle’s risk, but higher than average for dogs in general. Parent dogs can be tested for PRA, and it’s advisable to make sure this test has been done and ask to see the results before buying a Poodle or Poodle-mix puppy.
It’s common for small breed dogs to suffer from joint problems. Luxating patella is a condition where the kneecap dislocates easily. It’s very common in Maltese and also common in Mini and Toy Poodles. Mild cases can be managed with restricted exercise. Serious cases may require surgery.
Your breeder should have their Maltese’s patellas (kneecaps) examined by a vet before breeding from them. Always ask for evidence of this check before buying a Maltese or Maltese mix puppy. Two dogs with luxating patellas should not be bred together. To give your Maltipoo the best chance of having normal knees, both their parents should have tight patellas, as confirmed by a vet.
General Health of Cross Breeds
A Maltese Poodle mix has the potential to inherit health problems from both or either parent. Some of these problems may reduced by mixing genetics with another breed – but this isn’t guaranteed. Make sure the parents have had all the usual health tests recommended for their breed, before purchasing a pup.
This little breed needs 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 straighter fur, both Poodles and Maltese have long coats. They require weekly grooming. As well as regular baths and trimmings. Many owners also clip their dog’s fur, especially on the face.
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 committed 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. Maltipoo personality can be as gorgeous as their appearance, and these lovely little dogs can make wonderful pets.
Rescuing a Maltipoo
Maltipoo rescue is a great option for fans of the breed who would rather adopt, than shop. Because Maltipoos are so cute and popular, many puppy purchases can be impulse buys by inexperienced owners. This means that sadly 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. You can search these specific breed-type rescue organizations for adoptable dogs. And most animal shelters and nationwide rescue clearing houses will allow you to specify “Maltipoo” as a breed in your search criteria.
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.
|USA||Poo Mix Rescue|
American Maltese Association Rescue
Carolina Poodle Rescue
Last Chance Animal Rescue
|Canada||Loved at Last Rescue|
Happy Tails Rescue
Tiny Paws Dog Rescue
|Australia||Seniors and Silkies Rescue|
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. 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. Visiting a breeder in person and talking to other customers is a good way to make sure you are getting a quality dog.
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
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. You’ll find them listed on our potty training schedule for some ideas. And remember to adjust for your pup’s tiny bladder.
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!
If you’re not sure that the Maltipoo is the perfect breed for you, you might like to take a look at some of these similar breeds.
- Miniature Poodle
- Toy Poodle
- Lap Dogs
- Teddy Bear Dogs
- Mini Labradoodle
- Cockapoo vs Maltipoo
The Maltipoo: Summary
The Maltipoo is a small, characterful and loving cross between a Maltese and a mini or toy Poodle. With careful training and socialisation they make great companions. Maltipoos are best suited to homes without small children, and where someone will be home for company most of time. They are prone to some health problems inherited from both parents, so do your research and make sure to ask for right health tests, before bringing one home. Do you have a Maltipoo in your life? Why not tell us about them in the comments below!
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