A Maltipoo is a cross breed between a Maltese and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. Maltipoo take the best quality of both of their parts, the spunky Maltese and the loyal and smart Poodle. Maltipoos typically weigh around 5-15 lbs.
Maltipoo puppies are known for being affectionate, energetic, goofballs. They are often very accepting of other dogs, pets, children and the elderly. However, it is important that young children learn to be respectful and gentle with this breed to avoid any issue. Depending on the breeding process of your Maltipoo, he/she may be hypoallergenic due to poodle’s heritage. It is important if you have allergies to talk to your Maltipoo breeder to confirm if your pup will be hypoallergenic. Maltipoos are generally quite healthy, but can be susceptible to hip dysplasia, temperature insensitivity, and heart disease. These disorders increase in probability with improper breeding done at puppy mills or by inexperienced breeders. Proper nutrition and exercise is of the utmost importance for your Maltipoo to keep them healthy and strong enough to live into old age. The average lifespan of a properly bred Maltipoos is 10-15 years.
Maltipoos like many poodle hybrids need regular grooming. Because of multi layered fur, they are prone to matting especially around the ears and groin. It is very important to brush your Maltipoo several times a week but ideally daily for a healthy coat free of mats. Poodle hybrids with these types of coats can matt quickly and it can go straight to the skin before you know it. An experienced groomer can help maintain your Maltipoos coat and nails. Maltipoos generally have silky and wavy coats that come in a variety of different colors but are typically blonde or white.
Maltipoo dogs love being companions and careful observers for their families. Despite their small size, they will often alert you if something new is happening with their bark. They are active, but usually at indoor activities as they don’t handle extreme heat or cold well. Maltipoos are very receptive to training, but like most small breeds potty training can be an issue. So, it is very important to start training them early. Crate training can also help to potty train your Maltipoo quickly and without much fuss. They thrive in most environments so long as they have a nice warm lap to crawl onto. Their size makes them ideal apartment dogs.
Overall, a Maltipoo is a great addition to any household.
They love being part of a family “pack” and are always eager to please. Do your very best to find a proper breeder with a good reputation when picking your pooch. Poodle Hybrids are very popular and have stimulated puppy mills to overbreed them. The last thing you want is a sick Maltipoo prone to cancer and other genetic disorders due to improper breeding. There are many great breeders out there, so get in touch with a good one before you get your own Maltipoo life partner!
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