While not technically its own breed, the Maltipoo is a popular crossbreed between a Maltese and a toy or Miniature Poodle. Their height and weight can vary, depending upon the size of the parent poodle. But regardless of size, they make for a pleasant addition to any home.
Whether you’re looking to learn more about your own Maltipoo or doing research before bringing one home, the following will give you all the information you need about the rambunctious Maltipoo!
Meet The Maltipoo
Weight: 5 -20 pounds
Height: 8-14 inches tall at the shoulder
Life Expectancy: 10-13 years
Fur type: Hypoallergenic
Color: Usually white, gray, or cream
Personality: As a Maltese-Poodle mix, they share many of their parents’ qualities. The Maltipoo is well-known for its fun, loving, and affectionate nature. Since they are gentle companions, highly intelligent, and good-natured, they are a pleasant choice for first-time or timid dog owners. In the presence of a confident leader, they are easy to train, eager to learn, and quick to become faithful, devoted friends. As long as they are properly loved and able to love in return, your Maltipoo will remain happy and content in a wide variety of scenarios. They are highly adaptable and do well in either a small apartment or a house, just as long as their people are around to play with.
This breed is very social and can get along with practically everyone. They prefer an indoor lifestyle with their human companions over being left outside or in a kennel for long periods of time. They are not recommended for homes where alone time outweighs the time spent interacting with people or other dogs since they are highly sociable and thrive on companionship.
While they love being active and feisty, Maltipoos also love a decent amount of cuddle time. They will spend as much of their day as possible perched in their owner’s lap or prancing by their side. In general, they are always up to play. They love to bark, so while they make for a good alarm system, they’re too friendly to provide a trustworthy line of protection.
In the end, Maltipoos make for great companions!
Energy Level: Maltipoos are known to be highly active and energetic dogs so they need daily exercises, such as long walks, rigorous playtime in the yard, or a decent game of fetch. Without a satisfactory amount of energy-draining, they normally put their intelligent brains to use in some unwanted ways; shoe stealing, unreasonable exploring, excessive barking, etc. If given a proper amount of exercise, however, they are content and pleasant to be around. Because barking can be a common and well-loved activity by the Maltipoo, seen as another form of play-time, they usually need some devoted training before they can become a useful watchdog.
Good With Children: Thanks to their good-natured and highly social personalities, Maltipoos get along extremely well with children, as long as the children know how to treat their dog. Since Maltipoos can be small and easy to injure, it is recommended that a child be taught how to approach, treat, and play with their Maltipoo in order to prevent any unwanted behavior—from either dog or child. Supervision is recommended.
Good With Other Dogs: Like any and every dog, Maltipoos do need early socialization in order to ensure that they grow to be a well-rounded, properly behaved dog. Generally speaking, Maltipoos are ready and willing to get along pleasantly with other dogs of any breed. They remain friendly and curious, usually eager to play. In most cases, they aren’t the initiator of any unwanted aggression.
Shedding: Thanks to their poodle-parent, the Maltipoo has a low-to-no-shed coat. When clean, they have fluffy, soft fur that’s usually medium to long in length. Maltipoo’s can have either wavy or curly hair that comes in a variety of colors, though most common is white, gray, and cream.
Grooming Needs: Maltipoo’s require daily brushing to maintain a clean coat since they have a tendency to develop knots and dirt patches in their fur. Like poodles, Maltipoo fur needs to be clipped, though usually only once or twice per year.
Baths for Maltipoos should happen on a monthly basis to maintain the softness of their fur, and the hair around their eyes is normally in need of trimming for neatness’s sake and so they can see. Attention needs to be given to their ears to remove dirt and moisture. Check out CLEAR ME as a weekly cleaner for your dogs ears.
Dental hygiene and nail trimming should also be a part of a Maltipoo’s grooming session. Experts usually recommend brushing a Maltipoo’s teeth two to three times a week to remove tartar and bacteria and also trimming their nails a couple of times per month to maintain healthy feet.
Barking Level: While they respond well to training, Maltipoos love to bark. Vigorous guidance is certainly required before their barks can be directed at actual threats or alarms rather than every passerby, vehicle, squirrel, bird, and more.
Trainability/Tips For Training: Much look poodles. Maltipoos are incredibly intelligent and therefore relatively easy to train. They pick up on new concepts with ease, but it takes a firm owner to hold them to their training and stay one step ahead of their quick wit.
House training and command training are the two types of training that a Maltipoo needs to master in order to become a desirable house pet. They must understand that using the bathroom inside the house isn’t allowed, and they must understand and respond to essential commands (sit, stay, come, etc.). It is recommended to begin training your Maltipoo as early as eight weeks old since they are perfectly capable of grasping new commands and the earlier training begins, the better.
Tips for training include rewarding them the exact moment they obey a command, being sure to correlate reward to the wanted behavior. The quicker the reward, the quicker your Maltipoo will learn what behavior is desired. Consistency is vital in the training process to ensure that the Maltipoo understands what is wanted and what is not. Patience in the owner/trainer is also essential since a dog will shy from an impatient hand and it may take many, many tries to get the desired outcome. Lastly, it is beneficial to train while the dog is hungry since they’ll respond better to treats as rewards. If their stomach is full, then they’ll have no desire to learn in exchange for food.
How To Feed My Maltipoo
Natural, raw food is always healthier for dogs, and the Maltipoo is no exception. Processed foods do more harm than good in the long run. By choosing healthier food, you are giving their bodies the nutrients they need while offering their digestive systems an easier time. Not only does raw food taste better to your pup, but it’s ingredients result in happier dogs, shinier coats, and a healthier dog overall. While raw food might be slightly more expensive than your average bag of dog food, you’ll save money in vet bills over time to more than makeup for it! For more information on a healthy diet for your Maltipoo, check out our page here.
If our raw food is not a possibility and bagged food is the preference, it’s still important to select the right kind. Stick to foods packed with healthy meats and avoid those with additives and chemicals (all those words you can’t even pronounce). Grains and artificial flavorings are always a bad choice.
Feeding Your Puppy
Puppies between 8 and 12 weeks old tend to need to eat 3-4 times every day. Feeding puppies enough is vital, but overfeeding them is something you absolutely want to avoid. A good gauge is that you should be able to feel your puppy’s rib cage, but not see their ribs. Generally, they only need ¼-½ cup of food at feedings.
Feeding Your Adult
Adult Maltipoos do not need to eat as often as puppies. At around the 6-month stage, you want to begin reducing their meals from 3 or 4 to only 2, usually once in the morning and once at night.
You should absolutely avoid offering your Maltipoo table scraps, or “people food,” since this causes a list of unwanted results: begging, barking, weight gain, and other health problems.
The amount of food you give your Maltipoo ultimately depends on their size, age, activity level, and metabolism. For instance, bigger dogs require more food while smaller dogs don’t need nearly as much. Additionally, a Maltipoo that is being played with and walked all day long will need more food than a Maltipoo that sleeps on the couch from morning till night.
Health Concerns For Maltipoos
Every breed of dog tends to have its own health issues, and Maltipoos are no exception. Not all Maltipoos get any or all of the common diseases, but it’s important to know what problems your Maltipoo might have in the future.
- White Shaker Syndrome occurs shows itself as tremors over the entire body, lack of coordination, and rapid eye movements. Episodes usually start when the dog is six months to three years old and is stressed or overly excited. It affects the dog’s personality but is treatable.
- Epilepsy, which causes seizures.
- Patellar Luxation is caused when the patella (the femur, knee cap, and tibia) is not properly lined up. This causes lameness in the leg or an abnormal gait. This condition is present at birth, though the misalignment occurs later in life.
- Portosystemic Shunt (PSS), which is an abnormal blood flow between the liver and the body.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is an eye disorder that will eventually lead to blindness. It is detectable years before the dog shows signs of blindness, and even a blind dog can live a perfectly happy life as it can use its other senses to compensate the handicap.
Frequently Asked Questions About Maltipoos
Q: When will my Maltipoo stop growing?
A: Maltipoos stop growing right around their first birthday.
Q: When should I spay my Maltipoo?
A: Studies have revealed that the earlier a dog is spayed, the more beneficial for her health. Consequently, many veterinarians suggest spaying your Maltipoo after she enters her first heat.
Q: Are Maltipoo puppies hard to train?
A: All puppies are reasonably difficult to train, but Maltipoo puppies tend to pick up on commands relatively quickly. Consistency and patience is key.
Q: Why does my Maltipoo bark?
A: Toy breeds have a tendency to be barkers to begin with, but in most cases Maltipoos bark for attention, out of boredom, or in response to fear, anxiety, or stress.
Q: Can my Maltipoo eat eggs?
A: When satisfactorily cooked, eggs actually make for good treats or dietary supplements for dogs. They are high in protein and contain many other nutritious benefits. They’ve even been known to help settle a dog’s upset stomach.
Q: Can a Maltipoo live outside?
A: Maltipoos do not fare very well outside. They are indoor dogs who thrive alongside humans.
Q: How much do Maltipoos usually cost?
A: Prices for a Maltipoo puppy purchased from a breeder can vary widely. They range from around $400 to over $2000.
Maltipoos are fun, friendly, and feisty dogs. If you don’t mind putting in some effort to directing their barks, you’re up for a playful, attention-wanting companion, and if you’re able to give them the time and devotion they need, then a Maltipoo would be a perfect addition to your household!