Maltipoo Ultimate Guide: Pictures, Characteristics, & Facts

Allergic to dogs but brave enough to own one? Say no more! This popular cross between Maltese and Poodle is known for being an almost hypoallergenic dog, but take note that 100% hypoallergenic dog does not exist. You may want to know one or a few things before taking him home.

Maltipoo is a bright, happy canine that makes a great addition to your home. Due to his sweet and adaptable personality, this dog is an excellent choice for novice pet owners. This huggable fluff would want to cuddle with you all day but is also happy to play fetch with you in the yard.

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History

Although mixing dog breeds has been practiced for centuries, the crossing of Maltese and Poodle is relatively new. Rather than being called a mixed breed, Maltipoo is often referred to as a “designer dog” since it is a mixture of two well-known breeds.

However, there are no claims as to what or where the origins of this breed came from. One thing is for sure, though. The Maltipoo was created to be a companion of allergy sufferers, although being a truly hypoallergenic dog does not exist and may still vary per individual since every dog produces various amounts of allergens.

Sadly, the Maltipoo is still not officially recognized as a true breed, though this dog is a charming, adorable ball of fluff that captures people’s hearts.

Appearance

The Maltipoo has a fluffy, soft coat, with length varying from medium to long that is either wavy or curly.

Since Maltipoo is a cross of two diverse dog breeds, its color and size are unpredictable and will usually vary between its parents. Although the most common color of this breed is cream, white, and silver. It can also be a bicolor, tricolor, or even a marbled coat.

Size

Because of their Poodle parent, Maltipoos may differ in size but generally, they are considered small dogs.

Typically, Maltipoos stand between 8 to 14 inches tall, and their weight ranges from 5 to 20 pounds. This breed should not exceed 20 pounds.

Life Span

An average Maltipoo can have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. However, life expectancy depends on the individual and is determined by various factors, such as diet and exercise. A healthy diet and an exercise plan with regular visits to the veterinarian will ensure that your dog lives a long, healthy, and happy life.

Shedding

Maltipoos have low-shedding, low-dander coats making them a good companion for allergy sufferers, but take note that there is no such thing as a fully hypoallergenic canine.

This breed needs daily brushing to keep its coat tangle- and mat-free. Most dogs of this breed are also clipped once or twice a year to keep their coat clean and tidy, but this dog’s head will need monthly trim.

Temperament

The Maltipoo is an energetic, high-spirited, and fun-loving dog who gets along well with everyone it meets provided that it was properly socialized in its puppyhood.

Its affectionate and gentle nature combined with its fluffiness makes this canine your best cuddle buddy. This dog enjoys life, whether lying on your lap all day, or fun playtime outside the house. It was bred for companionship, and also makes an excellent therapy dog as well.

This breed is also alert and may bark at unfamiliar sounds, but it does not make a great protector.

Intelligence

Thanks to its Poodle parent who is considered the world’s second smartest dog, Maltipoos are considered smart and easy to train dogs.

This breed’s high intellect makes it capable to learn house training at an early age. But just like the other intelligent breed, this dog will require mental stimulation aside from physical exercise.

Agility

Aside from being quick learners at house rules and basic commands, Maltipoos also stand out in agility and obedience settings. Its athletic shape and high intelligence make this dog excel at sports and agility competitions.

To keep itself entertained, this dog would love to chase a ball or a moving toy.

Exercise

Maltipoos have high energy levels. To release this, a daily 10- to 15- minute walk will be enough. A play session in the yard or a game of fetch is also great exercise activity.
Remember, if this dog was not able to properly release its energy, it may look for other outlets such as chewing or barking – which ultimately leads to destructive behavior later in its life.

Therefore, keep your canine healthy, happy, and well-mannered by giving it the adequate amount of exercise it needs, or else you might be astounded by the negative behavior it may develop because of its boredom.

Trainability

Because of their intelligence, Maltipoos learn very quickly, making them a good choice for first-time, or novice owners. Positive reinforcement strategies, including treats and praises, are needed to keep this dog-focused during training sessions. This technique will keep your teaching session quick and sweet.

Good With Family

Because this dog loves cuddles so much, it makes a wonderful companion for older children and elders.

This dog is loving and affectionate, but because it is a small breed, it may be prone to accidents and can easily be injured, so it is important that children should learn how to handle this canine properly.

The Maltipoo is known for being thoughtful to its family’s wants and needs. It is known to be an excellent therapy dog due to its warm-hearted and adoring nature.

Apartment Living

Because of its sweet and bright personality combined with its compact size, the Maltipoo easily adapts to all kinds of homes: apartments, large houses with yards, family with children, elders, or other animals as long as it gets daily exercise.

This dog should stay indoors with its human family, never outside as it is not recommended for it to be left alone for long periods.

However, barking can be a hobby of this breed. It may alert you to almost everything, so it is important to train this dog well to know what’s worth barking or not. This breed may not be for you if you live in a house with noise restrictions.

Separation Anxiety

Maltipoos love to be around their people and craves their attention all the time. If it felt abandoned or left alone for too long, this breed may suffer from separation anxiety, causing it to develop unwanted behaviors.

By providing this dog with a loving home and plenty of toys to play with, it will help to prevent developing destructive attitudes.

Health Issues

Although it is believed that most crossbreeds are considered healthier than their parents, if both parents are prone to similar diseases, the crossbreed may have a higher chance of getting those ailments.

As a responsible owner, some conditions you may want to look out for are Patellar Luxation, White Shaker Syndrome, Epilepsy, Portosystemic Shunt, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, and Progressive Retinal Atrophy.

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