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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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OriginGermany France Italy
Other Names
What other names does the Maltipoo have? The dog breed also known as...
Maltepoo, Maltapoo, Moodle, Malt-A-Poo, Multapoo, Multipoo, Malte-Poo, Maltapoo, Multapoo, Multi-Poo, Maltese-Poodle, Malt-oodles, MaltiPoodle, mPoo
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross BreedA cross between a purebred Toy or Miniature Poodle and a purebred Maltese.
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
Price
How much does the Maltipoo puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Maltipoo price:
$400-$2000

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.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Maltipoo size:
SmallMedium
Weight
How much does the Maltipoo weigh? Maltipoo weight:
5-20 pounds (2,5-9 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Maltipoo? Maltipoo average weight:
12.5 pounds (5,5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Maltipoo? Maltipoo height:
10-13 inches (25-33 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Maltipoo average height:
11.5 inches (27 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Maltipoo have? What does this canine coat look like?
FluffySoftWavyWoollyThere are 3 basic coat types: Straight and Silky, Thick and Curly, Wavy and Wiry.
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Maltipoo's coat?
Almost all colorsApricotGoldWhiteGreyCreamBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Maltipoo and how often?
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 to 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 Maltepoo? Maltipoo shedding level:
Maltipoos shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car 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.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Maltipoo have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveIntelligentAffectionateFunnyObedientCompanionable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Maltipoo? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Maltipoo's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Maltipoo dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Maltipoos are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Maltipoo is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Maltipoo sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Maltipoos don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household 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?
Maltipoos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog 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 Maltepoo need? Maltipoo social needs:
Maltipoos are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Maltipoo dogs bark a lot? Why does my Maltapoo bark?
High: The Maltipoo is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Maltipoo good as a watchdog?
Maltipoos 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.
Territorial
Do Maltipoo dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Maltipoos 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 his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Maltipoo bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Maltepoo? 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.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Maltipoo do?
Maltipoos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Maltipoos need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Maltipoo to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Maltipoo roam?
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?
Maltipoos have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Maltipoo good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Maltipoos are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Maltipoos 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
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Maltipoos 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Maltipoo dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Maltipoos are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Maltipoo dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Maltipoo and children:
Maltipoos 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?
Maltipoos 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? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Maltipoos 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.
Office Friendly
Are Maltipoos good office dogs? Do Maltipoos make good office friendly dogs? Can Maltipoos be office dogs?
No
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 Maltepoo temperament with senior people? Are Maltipoo dogs good for elderly owners?
Maltipoos are usually recommended for elderly people.
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?
Maltipoos are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Maltipoo breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Maltipoos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Maltipoo be a service dog?
Yes
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?
Yes
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 to 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
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
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Maltipoo is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat 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.
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.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Maltipoo dogs have health problems?
Maltipoos tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Maltipoo breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Maltipoo breed? Health risks of Maltipoo:
White Dog Shaker SyndromeEpilepsyPatellar LuxationPortosystemic Liver ShuntProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Legg-perthes Disease
Life Expectancy
How long do Maltipoo dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Maltipoo be?
10-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Maltipoo breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Maltipoos 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.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Maltipoo have?
Maltipoos have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Maltipoo dogs require per day?
Maltipoos have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Maltipoos sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Maltipoo need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
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 change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Maltipoo's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
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 for 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 minimal 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.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Maltipoo pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Maltipoo pregnancy time period:
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 bitch 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 bitch’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.
How often can the Maltipoo have a litter? 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? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Maltipoo

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Maltipoo's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Maltipoos are easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Maltipoos do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Maltipoos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Maltipoos shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Maltipoo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Maltipoo has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Maltipoos are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Maltipoos adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Maltipoos are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Maltipoos are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Maltipoos are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Maltipoos are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Maltipoos tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Maltipoo is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Maltipoos 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.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Maltipoos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Reviews

  • 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: