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Maltipoo Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Maltipoo so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Maltipoo have?
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed A cross between a purebred Toy or Miniature Poodle and a purebred Maltese.

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Maltipoo Size and Weight

Is a Maltipoo small, medium or large dog?

How big do Maltipoo get?

What is the average size of a Maltipoo?

How much does the Maltipoo weigh? How much should a Maltipoo weight? What is the normal weight of a Maltipoo? How much does a full-grown Maltipoo weight?
5-20 pounds (2,5-9 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Maltipoo?
12.5 pounds (5,5 kg)
How tall is the Maltipoo? Maltipoo height:
10-13 inches (25-33 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Maltipoo?
11.5 inches (27 cm)

Maltipoo Price and Availability

How much does the Maltipoo puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Maltipoo in the United States? How much money is a Maltipoo?

Where to buy a Maltipoo with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Maltipoo, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Maltipoo for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Maltipoo gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Maltipoo? How many Maltipoo are there in the world?
Frequent: The Maltipoo is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Maltipoo Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Maltipoo? Is the Maltipoo breed dumb or smart?
Smart: The Maltipoo dogs have great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Maltipoo is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Are Maltipoo dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Maltipoo?
Maltipoo dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Watchdog Ability
Is Maltipoo good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Maltipoo dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Maltipoo dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Maltipoo dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Maltipoo dogs are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.

Maltipoo Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Maltipoo have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Maltipoo sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Maltipoo dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Maltipoo a good family dog?
High: Maltipoo dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Maltapoo need? Maltipoo social needs:
Maltipoo dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Maltipoo to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Maltipoo roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Maltipoo is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Maltipoo have high prey drive?
Maltipoo dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.

Maltipoo Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
The Maltipoo is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Do Maltipoo dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Maltapoo bark?
A lot: Maltipoo is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice.

The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.

Apartment Friendly
Is Maltipoo good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Maltipoo in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Maltipoo breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.

Maltipoo Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Maltipoo dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Maltipoo be left alone? How long can you leave a Maltipoo alone?
Maltipoo dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Maltipoo Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Maltipoo has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Maltipoo? How much bite force does a Maltipoo have? How strong is a Maltipoo bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Maltipoo bite force: Weak. The Maltipoo bite force is considered weak when compared to other dog breeds. The bite force Maltipoo measurements usually fall below 200 PSI, making them one of the breeds with the weakest bite force. The bite force of a Maltipoo may be weak, but it's important to remember that any dog's bite can still be dangerous if not managed properly. Despite the bite force of Maltipoo being lower, it does not make them any less lovable or enjoyable as pets.

Maltipoo bite wounds might not be as severe, but it is still essential to be cautious and prevent any biting incidents.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals. To ensure a well-behaved dog, it's essential to learn how to train a Maltipoo puppy not to bite from an early age. With proper training and socialization, a Maltipoo can be a wonderful addition to any family, providing love and companionship for years to come.

Biting Potential
Do Maltipoo bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Maltapoo? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Maltipoo? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Maltipoo has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Maltipoo do?
Maltipoo dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Maltipoo dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Maltipoo Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Maltipoo dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Maltipoos tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Maltipoo breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Maltipoo breed? Most common health risks of Maltipoo:
Legg-perthes DiseasePatellar LuxationProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)EpilepsyPortosystemic Liver ShuntWhite Dog Shaker Syndrome
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Maltipoo breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Maltipoo see the vet?
The Maltipoo should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Maltipoo dogs live? How old can a Maltipoo be? What is the age limit of the Maltipoo? How many years can the oldest Maltipoo live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Maltipoo?

How long is the lifespan of a Maltipoo?

9-13 years
The average lifespan of Maltipoo: 11 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.

Maltipoo Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Maltipoo have? What is the activity level of the Maltipoo?
Maltipoo dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Maltipoo need? How much exercise do Maltipoo dogs require per day?

Do Maltipoo dogs need a lot of exercises?

Maltipoo dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long ones on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Maltipoo breed need?
Maltipoo dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.

Maltipoo Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Maltipoo need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Maltipoo breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Maltipoo? How much food should I feed my Maltipoo?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Maltipoo risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Maltipoo has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Maltipoo weight regularly.

Maltipoo Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Maltipoo have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FluffySoftWavyWoollyThere are 3 basic coat types: Straight and Silky, Thick and Curly, Wavy and Wiry.
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Maltipoo coats?
Black Cream White Grey Gold Apricot Almost all colors
How to groom the Maltipoo and how often? How often should I take my Maltipoo to the groomer?
Average: The Maltipoo requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Maltipoo, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Maltipoo dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Maltapoo? Do Maltipoo dogs shed a lot?
Maltipoo dogs shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Maltipoo dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Depending on the strength of Poodle genes in the dog.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Maltipoo need a bath? How often should you give a Maltipoo a bath? Can I bathe my Maltipoo every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Is the Maltipoo breed hypoallergenic?
Maltipoo dogs do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Maltipoo has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Maltipoo drool?
The Maltipoo is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Maltipoo could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Maltipoo.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Maltipoo Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Maltipoo dogs get along with other pets? Are Maltipoo dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Maltipoo dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Maltipoo temperament with other people:
Maltipoo dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Maltipoo dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Maltipoo temperament with children:
Maltipoo dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Maltipoo dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Maltipoo breed live with a cat?
Maltipoo dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Maltipoo good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Maltipoo dogs get along with other dogs?
Maltipoo dogs are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Maltipoo can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Maltipoo breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Maltipoo breed suitable for first-time owners?
Maltipoo dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Maltipoo dogs good office canines? Do Maltipoo dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Maltipoo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Maltipoo dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Maltapoo temperament with senior people? Are Maltipoo dogs good for elderly owners?
Maltipoos are usually recommended for elderly people.

Maltipoo As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Maltipoo be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?


This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Maltipoo breed is a good choice for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Maltipoo be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Maltipoo be an emotional support animal?


This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Maltipoo breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Maltipoo be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Maltipoo is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Maltipoo be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Maltipoo is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Maltipoo be a boat dog?

Not really

Maltipoo breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Maltipoo be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Maltipoo is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Maltipoo dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Maltipoo Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Maltipoo pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Maltipoo breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Maltipoo: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Maltipoo have in a litter? How many puppies can the Maltipoo breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Maltipoo have? How many puppies can a Maltipoo give birth to?
4-6 puppies

Maltipoo Recognition

AKC Group
Is Maltipoo recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Maltipoo recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Maltipoo breed?
Continental Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubNational Maltipoo ClubMaltipoo Club of America

Maltipoo Pros and Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: The Maltipoo dogs have great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Maltipoo dogs are easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Maltipoo dogs do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Maltipoo breed.
  • Shedding Level: Maltipoo dogs shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Maltipoo is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Maltipoo has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Maltipoo has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Watchdog Ability: Maltipoo dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Maltipoo dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Maltipoo dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Maltipoo dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Maltipoo dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Maltipoos are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Maltipoo dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Health Issues: Maltipoos tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Maltipoo is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Maltipoo dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Maltipoo is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Maltipoo History

When it comes to the Maltipoo and its history/origin, it is not that different from most of their mixed breed fellows. Although it is not officially a breed, it is one of the most famous of the Poodle hybrids developed over the past 20 years in the United States. The breeders’ intention was to create a small, cute, fluffy, and cuddly companion that would capture the hearts of many. The original breeders obviously hit their goal as we cannot deny that the Maltipoo is a great choice for almost any family.

This breed became the result of crossing the Maltese and the Toy or Miniature Poodle. Even though we have seen many crossed breeds before, this particular mix is somewhat new and we can say that it is part of the ‘designer dog’ trend. When the Maltipoo was devised, the demand for this so-called ‘designer dogs’ was already pretty strong due to the influence of celebrities, who started bringing their mixed breeds to social events in the 1990s. However, both the Poodle and the Maltese were already popular breeds, so crossing the two together was believed to bring out the best, as the personalities of both breeds would perfectly complement each other in their offspring. Moreover, as a hybrid dog, Maltipoo’s history includes the history of both the Maltese and the Poodle.

First, let’s start with the history of the Maltese. This breed is actually thought to be an ancient breed whose origins are not fully known. According to researchers the first record of the breed goes back to 600 BC and references to this type of breed can be found in the writings of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers and other ancient poets and historians such as Aristotle. Back in the time, the ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the dog originated from the Island of Malta and called the breed “Canis Melitaeus” which means “ancient dog of Malta”. However, there is no evidence that would prove that the Maltese were indigenous to the Island of Malta, but rather some evidence suggests that the breed is descended from a Spitz-type of dog. The modern Maltese developed during the 17th-18th centuries when the breeders decided to make this type smaller in size.

On the other side, there is still a great debate on the Poodle’s origins but it is believed that they descend from the old French Barbet. In fact, the Poodle was popular as a duck hunting dog and eventually became the national dog of France. However, it is likely that they were first bred in Germany. Anyhow this breed actually consists of three types; the Toy Poodle, the Miniature Poodle, and the Standard Poodle. The Standard Poodle is the oldest of all and the Miniature and Toy variations were developed for those who desired smaller dogs. Despite their small size, the Toy and Miniature Poodles were also used as working dogs, especially desired for circuses because of their high intelligence and athleticism.

Overall, as we looked at the history of both parents of the Maltipoo we came to a better understanding of what the breed is like.

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Maltipoo Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Kashika

    Apr 8, 2023, 12:48:30 AM:

    We have one right now, BIG wanderlust need, so be prepared for that! She barks a lot though, so maybe it won't be best if you work at home. Otherwise, she is the best thing that happened to us! Sweetest thing ever!

  • Someone

    Nov 19, 2020, 9:10:45 PM:

    This is a very cute, friendly, and small type of dog. I don't think there's any better dog breed. (P.S. THEY ARE ADORABLE)

  • Ryan Isakov

    Oct 19, 2020, 2:37:48 AM:

    Great dog! My family has had one for 5 years. Super friendly and great with kids. I don’t think we could have found a better dog. Maltipoo dogs bark quite a bit though.

  • Marley

    Oct 14, 2020, 2:56:12 PM: