A red Maltipoo will have a warm colored coat that will fall somewhere between apricot and brown. The genes for this coloring come from the Poodle parent rather than the Maltese parent! Red Maltipoo puppies are very popular, so you may have to sign onto a waiting list when you’ve found a reputable breeder. Your puppy’s other traits will depend on their parentage, and whether you have a first generation mix, or a later generation! Are you thinking about bringing a red Maltipoo home?
What Do Red Maltipoos Look Like?
Generally, Maltipoos are small dogs. The Maltipoo is a cross between a purebred Maltese and a purebred Poodle (most often a Miniature or Toy Poodle). Usually, an adult Maltipoo will grow somewhere between 7 and 14 inches tall, weighing anything from 5 to 20 lbs.
First generation mixes (between two purebred parents) are more unpredictable than later generations, as puppies can inherit any mix of genes. So, if you’re looking for something specific, it may be better to choose a later generation mix. This can make traits like coat type, coat color, specific size, and to some extent temperament, a little more predictable.
In terms of color, a red Maltipoo will be darker than an apricot Maltipoo. Some may describe their coloring as ‘copper’, ‘cinnamon’, ‘strawberry’, and more. This will depend on the breeder, but ultimately, a puppy’s health is more important than their color. So, no matter what term a breeder chooses, you must make sure they are reputable, and not just jumping on the designer breed trend to make some fast cash from popular puppies like the red Maltipoo. We will look at this in more detail towards the end of this guide.
How Do Red Maltipoo Puppies Get Their Color?
There are two pigments that control all dog coat colors. These are eumelanin (basic black) and phaeomelanin (basic red). A red maltipoo gets their coloring from the phaeomelanin pigment. The purebred Poodle can come in red and similar colors, such as apricot. However, the purebred Maltese only comes in white, or white with tan or cream. So, many breeders have to work over a few generations to achieve a red Maltipoo coat. Often, this will require using a Maltese with plenty of tan fur, or even backcrossing a Maltipoo to a red Poodle.
It’s important to note that red Maltipoo puppies may also change color over their lifetime. A red coat can fade to apricot as your puppy ages. So, if your heart is set on getting a darker red dog, you might want to consider searching for older red Maltipoos available for adoption.
Are Red Maltipoos Hypoallergenic?
The color of your Maltipoo’s coat will not impact its level of shedding or the chance of it triggering allergy symptoms. It’s common for Maltipoos to be listed as hypoallergenic, but in reality there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. The proteins that trigger allergy symptoms are present in dog saliva, urine, and primarily in dander (skin flakes).
Some dogs, like the Maltese are very low shedding, which will minimise the amount of saliva-coated fur, or skin dander that falls around your home. In the Poodle, their shedding dander is caught up in their tight curls, preventing it from falling around your house. In the Maltipoo, it’s a little less predictable. Some may have the same tight curls as the Poodle, whilst others may have the long sleek fur of the Maltese.
Generally, the Maltipoo mix is quite low shedding. But, shedding levels will vary from one dog to the next, and may depend on the fur type that your Maltipoo inherits. If you suffer from dog allergies, it can be a good idea to spend some time with your chosen Maltipoo before bringing them home. This can help you discover whether that particular puppy triggers allergy symptoms. Studies have also shown that a good cleaning routine and regular grooming can help to reduce the presence of dander and other allergy triggers around the house.
Are Red Maltipoos Popular?
Red is one of the most popular shades for Maltipoo puppies. Other popular colors include apricot and parti-colored puppies. Because of this, red Maltipoo puppies may be both more expensive and harder to find. Many breeders will specialize in red puppies, but they may have long waiting lists and huge demand.
Are Red Maltipoos Rare?
Red Maltipoo dogs and puppies aren’t that rare, because many breeders breed for this color. However, because the shade is so popular, it may still be hard to find a red Maltipoo from a reputable breeder that doesn’t have a waiting list. And, since the darkest color for a Maltese dog is tan, many breeders will achieve a red Maltipoo by backcrossing to red Poodles. This means that it can take several generations to get the shade you’re thinking of!
And, as we noted earlier, some red Maltipoo puppies will fade to apricot over their lifetimes. This is hard to predict when they are puppies! If your heart is set on a dark red adult Maltipoo, you may have more luck adopting one that is already older, and is the exact shade you’re looking for.
How Much Do Red Maltipoos Cost?
There are a number of factors that will impact the price of a red Maltipoo. This includes coat type, location, exact shade, demand, and more. However, since red is one of the most popular colors for these little dogs, red Maltipoo puppies often cost somewhere between $1500 and $3000. Price isn’t always an indicator of quality, so make sure you’re choosing a reputable breeder. In some parts of the country, you may find healthy red Maltipoo puppies that fall slightly below this average scale.
If you’re unable to afford a red Maltipoo puppy, you can also consider adopting a slightly older dog. Rescue dogs are often much cheaper than puppies from private breeders. And, you may also be lucky enough to get a Maltipoo that is already toilet trained! So, don’t lose hope if you’re put off by those high puppy prices.
Finding Red Maltipoo Puppies for Sale
Finding a red Maltipoo puppy shouldn’t be too hard, since this color and breed is so popular. However, finding a red Maltipoo puppy from a reputable breeder can be a little tougher. Since mixed breeds like the Maltipoo are growing in popularity, many puppy mills and backyard breeders are jumping on the trend to make a profit. You should avoid these places, as well as pet stores, when searching for your puppy.
When speaking to a breeder, make sure to ask plenty of questions. If they refuse to show evidence of health tests, or refuse to let you see the puppies in person and meet the mother dog, it’s best to look elsewhere. If the puppies or mother look badly cared for, sick, or don’t seem to be a part of the household, this can be a sign of a bad breeder. Finding a reputable breeder at this stage can be time-consuming, but is worth it in the long run for your puppy’s health and temperament. Expect good breeders to ask you plenty of questions in return, to ensure their puppies are going to a good home!
Are You Getting a Red Maltipoo?
Do you already have a red Maltipoo puppy at home, or are you still searching for your future puppy? We would love to hear your stories about the red Maltipoo! What made you fall for the red color over apricot and other popular shades?
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