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Maltipoo

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An Adorable Little Companion

Active, feisty, smart

Maltipoos are trusting, clever, and entertaining, dogs that can be miniature or toy sized. These popular hybrid are a cross of the Maltese and Poodle, and share characteristics with both breeds. They are affectionate and can adapt to many different types of living environments.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs. 

Breed Details

Height:8-14 in. Weight:5-20 lbs Lifespan:12-16 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: She is well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks and frequent play sessions. She can be taught to perform a variety of tricks to keep her mentally stimulated.

Grooming: Regular brushing and grooming is needed to keep her coat beautiful. 

Dental: Maltipoos often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week! 

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep her floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

The Maltipoo is an adorable and loyal companion with an amusing nature that is sure to capture the heart of anyone she meets.

Positive Traits: 

  • Hypoallergenic coat sheds very little 

  • Highly active and eager to have a purpose 

  • Easily motivated and trainable 

  • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet 

  • Trusting and affectionate 

  • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive 

Negative Traits:

  • May have a tendency to bark excessively 

  • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much 

  • Fragile and easily injured because of her small size 

  • Can be difficult to housetrain 

  • Coat requires regular grooming 

  • Can be wary of and bark at strangers if not socialized properly 



Whether you are considering adding a new Maltipoo to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Maltipoo will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Maltipoo you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Maltipoo could encounter:

Tracheal Collapse

Heart Disease

Blindness

Epilepsy

Liver Problems

Knee Problems

Hip Necrosis

Hip Dysplasia

Allergies

Dental Disease

Thyroid Disease

The Maltipoo is a designer or hybrid dog, meaning that they are a deliberate breeding between two purebred dogs. This small, clever, and entertaining dog is a cross between a Maltese and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. The Maltipoo originated in the US and has become a popular companion over the past 10 to 20 years. Maltipoos are active and friendly dogs with puppy-like behavior well into their adult years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Maltipoo shows signs of the following:

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

  • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest

  • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating


  • Care

    Routine Care: She is well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks and frequent play sessions. She can be taught to perform a variety of tricks to keep her mentally stimulated.

    Grooming: Regular brushing and grooming is needed to keep her coat beautiful. 

    Dental: Maltipoos often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week! 

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep her floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    The Maltipoo is an adorable and loyal companion with an amusing nature that is sure to capture the heart of anyone she meets.

    Positive Traits: 

    • Hypoallergenic coat sheds very little 

    • Highly active and eager to have a purpose 

    • Easily motivated and trainable 

    • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet 

    • Trusting and affectionate 

    • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive 

    Negative Traits:

    • May have a tendency to bark excessively 

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much 

    • Fragile and easily injured because of her small size 

    • Can be difficult to housetrain 

    • Coat requires regular grooming 

    • Can be wary of and bark at strangers if not socialized properly 



  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Maltipoo to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Maltipoo will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Maltipoo you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Maltipoo could encounter:

    Tracheal Collapse

    Heart Disease

    Blindness

    Epilepsy

    Liver Problems

    Knee Problems

    Hip Necrosis

    Hip Dysplasia

    Allergies

    Dental Disease

    Thyroid Disease

  • History

    The Maltipoo is a designer or hybrid dog, meaning that they are a deliberate breeding between two purebred dogs. This small, clever, and entertaining dog is a cross between a Maltese and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. The Maltipoo originated in the US and has become a popular companion over the past 10 to 20 years. Maltipoos are active and friendly dogs with puppy-like behavior well into their adult years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Maltipoo shows signs of the following:

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

    • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest

    • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating


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To view the sources for the information listed on this page, see our Dog Breed Guide Reference page.

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