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Behavior & Temperament

This breed is very friendly and lively. This mixed breed makes a wonderful family pet. Making sure your dog well-trained is a must. Behavior analysis shows that this type of cross will interact very well with children, given that attention is paid to proper training. They have the best personality traits from both the Poodle and Maltese, known for being loyal lapdogs. Learn detailed information regarding behavior and temperament.
Dental Care

Dental care for puppies and adults is extremely important. It is a myth that a dog's teeth will be cleaned as they chew on certain treats. It takes away some of the plague and tarter, but not all !

Cleanings at home are needed, if not,infections can spread under the gum line and tooth loss can occur for this small dog. Proper care includes training to allow your pup to become accustomed to brushings, using the correct items and understanding about scrapings. Learn more.
Maltipoo Stats

Pronunciation: MAULT-eh'-Poo
Common Misspellings: Maltepoo, Maltapoo
Alternative Names: Moodle, Malt-A-Poo, Multapoo, Multipoo, Malte-Poo, Maltapoo, Multapoo, Multi-Poo, Maltese-Poodle, Malt-oodles, MaltiPoodle.
Nickname: mPoo
Breed History: A cross between a purebred Toy Poodle and a purebred Maltese
Weight: 5-12 lbs (2.27-5.44 kg)
Height: 8 to 14 inches average (20.32 to 35.56 cm)
Size Class: Toy size
Life Expectancy: 15 years
Maturity: Adult at 1 year old
Average Litter Size: 4-6 puppies
Shedding: Non to Light (Depending on strength of Poodle genes in the dog)
Recognition: CKC -Continental Kennel Club (registers in the "Non-Purebred Miscellaneous Category)
                    ACHC - American Canine Hybrid Club
                    DKC - Designer Dogs Kennel Club
                    DBR - Designer Breed Registry
Specialty Clubs: National Maltipoo Club
                             Maltipoo Club of America
Purpose: Companion 
Color Overview

The most popular color is white, however since the Toy Poodle comes is such a wide variety of colors, Maltipoos come in a rainbow of assorted colors...these can sometimes be solid or sometimes be a combination of 2 or more colors (which is called parti). In most cases, the pure white coat of the Maltese will mix with the colored coat of the Poodle and produce a coat that is on the light side of the spectrum. Here is a overview:
  • White - The will be a pure white with no other colors or shadings.
  • Gold - A shiny, bright golden color, similar to what one envisions on a healthy, clean Golden Retriever.
  • Grey - This is a light gray, looking akin to a "smoky" hue.
  • Cream - An off white and very light as not to be mistaken for tan or golden
  • Apricot - This is a golden orange, quite amazing.
  • Black - Very rare. However, the Bb gene always overpowers the white or lighter colors. More about Maltipoo Colors
Health Issues

Each type of dog breed has their own set of health issues that they are prone to via genetics. Maltipoos are prone to have have certain medical problems, both as their own crossbreed and also they can inherit health issues from either the Poodle or the Maltese dogs or both, despite the issue of hybrid vigor. 

This does not mean that your dog is sure to have a certain disease or health issue; we will help you know the signs and symptoms to keep an eye on. Some issues are due to its size, others are due to its color. Regular checkups are important to keep your dog's good health maintained. In many cases health problems can be avoided with proper care. 

Special attention must be taken in regard to dental health. Daily home dental cleanings should begin at the puppy stage, regarding both brushing and scraping. We will look at all of the elements of keeping your canine family member as healthy as possible. See: Health Problems
Always Fresh

Dedicated to the love and care of the Maltipoo, we are constantly updating and adding new information so that owners can be knowledgeable and educated. Every month, we offer you a chance to learn something new about your canine family member via new pages and updated content.

This ranges from from amusing quirks to serious health issues and advice on various topics of care, grooming, housebreaking, command training and much more. Here, you'll always find something helpful and interesting to read about.

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Stay Informed

Find new information each month in the Maltipoo Q&A BlogIt's like a 'Dear Abby' for Maltipoo owners. We do our best to answer your queries and readers can leave comments.

There are so many elements in regard to proper care for puppies and dogs...And that is why we are here for you! This site is dedicated to the health and care of these little balls of fluff, therefore we encourage you to take you time to read and explore. We offer detailed advice everything you need to know.
This includes teething (to help you and your puppy get through this difficult phase, housebreaking (The faster, the better... for both pup and owner), proper feeding (vital for good health), allergy information (30% of all dogs suffer from allergies which can cause symptoms that vary from skin rashes to breathing problems to upset stomachs...
And unlike many are led to believe, some people can be allergic to the Maltipoo), dental care (many owners do not realize just how important this is)...the importance of proper exercise...and much more. Our goal is to continually provide you with new, relevant information, so don't forget to keep coming back as we are always adding something interesting for you.
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Different Coat Types 

There are 3 basic coat types with Maltipoo puppies and adults. The coat varies depending on whether the Poodle or Maltese genes are most dominant.

Straight and SilkyThose with more Malt in them will tend to have a white or light coat The texture is very soft and silky and it will be predominantly straight. They have a resilient coat that will not tangle as much as the other types. The coat will be rather thick, ranging from medium to very dense. 

This allows for a great deal of play in regards to clippings and trims...Left to grow long, it may be parted down the center and left to grow to floor length..or trimmed for an easy "Puppy Cut".
Thick and Curly - Poodle dogs have very curly hair, therefore if those genes are dominant, the Maltipoo will have a thick, curly coat. The texture will be rougher than the above mentioned Straight & Silky and is more prone to matts and tangles. Proper clippings must be done for maintenance, otherwise the hair can grow out of control and become quite a mess. Tangles should be dealt with when they are first noticed (and very small) as they can quickly grow. Once they are too large to be untangled, an owner has no choice other than to clip it off (which is not desired).

Wavy and Wiry - This, luckily, is the most rare type and professional breeders will never strive to create such a coat. When dogs are not bred properly, the hair can turn out very wiry and wavy. The wiry texture makes it very hard to groom, maintain a trim or keep tangles away. Read more about Maltipoo grooming
The Most Recently Added Pages Are:
Toy Poodle VS Maltipoo - A fun side-by-side comparison of the two types of dogs. 
Top Maltipoo Care Tips (that owners are not doing) - How many are you following? It's never too late to start! 
My Maltipoo Won't Eat Enough - Reasons for not having a hearty appetite and steps you can take to ensure your Maltipoo is getting enough nutrition. 
Maltipoo Color Changes - Why the coat most likely will change as a Maltipoo matures and photos showing these changes. 
Maltipoo Stomach Issues - Why a Maltipoo may get an upset stomach, immediate steps to take at home & signs that you need to call the vet. 
Maltipoo Smells and Odors - A helpful article that covers all of the weird smells a dog can get and how to resolve them quickly. 
Maltipoo has Bad Breath - Details of every possible reason for this and steps to take to resolve this.
The differences between Maltese and Maltipoos - A super interesting article with lots of photo comparisons. Side-by-side stats, size, color, health, grooming, care and more.
How to Calm Down a Hyper Maltipoo - Reasons why a Maltipoo of any age may get hyped up and how to calm him/her down.
The Newest Question & Answer Posts Are:

Maltipoo Q&A Blog

By The Team 07 Sep, 2016

Hello my name is Gayle and My daughter has a Maltipoo that has begun to pee on top of bed covers, on the couch and has even pooped on the bed covers as well, what can we do to stop this behavior? Thank you.


Hi Gayle, since the accidents on the bed involve both peeing and pooing, marking issues can be ruled out and most likely health issues as well. And while you didn't mention it, many owners assume that if a dog pees or poos on the owner's bed that this is somehow a personal sign of disrespect (but dogs are not capable of scheming such a thing). So, this is indeed 100% a housebreaking issue with this Maltipoo.

There are 3 main elements that will resolve this:

1) Until a Maltipoo of any age has proven himself, he should not have access to an owner's bed or have free reign in the house that would allow him to pee and poo on the sofa.  While 'don't have him on the bed' seems like a simple answer to the fact that he's peeing and poo'ing on the bed, it essentially does boil down to that. At least for this first piece of advice.  When you are home with him and can watch him, he should be tethered to you via a leash connect to his harness with the other end through a belt loop or over your wrist. When home and you cannot watch him and for when he's home alone, he should be in a gated off area or canine playpen. 

This alone resolves the immediate issue of this Maltipoo going to the bathroom on the bed and sofa; however, other steps need to be taken as well; namely, starting with housebreaking from scratch. 

2) Follow all housebreaking guidelines .  This includes a designated bathroom area, taking him out at the appropriate times, and rewarding when he 'does the deed'. 

3) While we are certain that you've washed all of the bedding in hot water, be sure to use a quality enzyme spray for urine that undoubtedly soaked through the mattress and the sofa. Even if you do not smell anything, lingering odors that a dog can detect essentially yell out "This bed is the bathroom area!". So, ensuring that those areas are wiped of these odors is an important part of starting fresh. For recommended enzyme cleansers that are safe to use on both beds and furniture such as sofas, you can look to 'Cleaning Supplies' in the Maltipoo Specialty Shoppe .

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team

Has your Maltipoo ever had a phase of peeing or pooing on your bed? If so, how did you resolve the issue? Leave your comment below. 
By The Team 07 Sep, 2016

I have a 6 year old Maltipoo (Kaci) who has been showing some weird behavior. When I first got her 2 months ago, she would go down stairs to basement and back up alone, and go to dining room down a one step without any issues. Several weeks after we got her, she would not go to the basement. Now more recently, she will not go to the addition. I thought she might have walked around while we were sleeping and maybe slid or got startled due to her nails. I had her nails checked and clipped although they were not too long. She'll go to dining room on a leash a little hesitant, but after a few tries , she does it. I don't understand this. If she does go to dining room, she won't go out and sits there shaking tremendously. What could cause this? What else can , I do to make her feel less scared and more confident? Also she makes gagging noises as if she had a fur ball stuck in her throat, but does not cough up anything...

Thank you for your attention, Rose


Hi Rose. A Maltipoo being so hesitant to enter into certain rooms in the house is indeed peculiar behavior. You did the right thing by having her nails checked and trimmer. And we, as well, at first glance, thought that maybe something had startled her. However, in thinking about this, we see that the two rooms do have something in common: Steps. Granted,  when your Maltipoo goes to the basement this is a lot of steps and the dining room is only one; however that seems to be the common factor here. 

This would lead us to believe that this has something to do with the steps. It could be that she fell going down the basement stairs and that experience has scared her so much that she is now understandably hesitant. If so, this would resolve itself, the more times she experiences the steps without issue.

This said, refusal to leave the dining room and shaking a lot does not really play into this theory. Shaking may be due to being very afraid or very cold. One would assume that being former is the obvious answer; though the latter cannot be ruled out. 

While it may be impossible to know what is scaring her to this degree, trying to make her more confident is indeed the right call. We'd suggest making the dining room the funnest room in the house.  Get her a some great new toys and some tasty treats, sit down on the floor in there and see if you can engage her. Don't be overly soothing; you'll want to act in a matter-of-fact manner. 

Do please let us know if things gradually improve with this.

In regard to the gagging,  though this could be reverse sneezing (harmless), one other possible issue that fits this description is an issue with the trachea, including collapsed trachea . If this does not resolve within a few days, a veterinarian examination is warranted. It will be helpful to take a video of the coughing attack for the vet to see and hear exactly what is happening. In the meantime, if you are using a collar, stop immediately; you'll want to have her on harness any time she is on leash to prevent further injury should this be a tracheal issue. 

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team

Readers, do you have any thoughts about what might be making this Maltipoo act scared of these rooms? Please let your thoughts below! 
By The Team 07 Sep, 2016

Hi, I just took my Maltipoo Mia for her daily ride and I always stop to let her do pee and poop. Well, she took about 5 steps and stopped and peed. Then she walked about 5 more feet and pooped. Afterwards she usually scratches with her back feet but never moved. I tapped her with my foot and she wouldn't move. When I looked at her I saw a little foam around her mouth and had a hard time prying her mouth open but when I finally did her tongue was very blue. I put my finger in her throat to see if I could feel anything but I didn't.

Then she started breathing just as I was getting ready to do mouth to mouth/nose. It took her about five minutes for her tongue to get back pink. Is this something I need to worry with?

The first thing I thought about was CHF. I'm an RN so I always think the worse.

Thank you for your suggestions. She is 5 lbs overweight. Mia is a white Maltipoo with a brown nose and green eyes. December 1st she will be 3 years old

Thanks again, Dail


Hi Dail. That must have been very scary. And while we do not want to scare you further, yes, this is certainly something that you need to be very concerned about. There is not one health issue that would be considered minor that would cause a dog to stop breathing, turn blue, have clenched jaws and my some miracle come around and then be okay.

Please bring your Maltipoo to the vet as soon as humanly possible.

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team
By The Team 07 Sep, 2016

Hello, I have a wonderful playful & very lovable 5 month male Maltipoo. I've notice a black spot on his gums behind his bottom front teeth.? Do you know why this is?


Given that your Maltipoo is only a 5 month old puppy, the top concerns for seeing a black spot on the gums most likely does not apply to your particular dog. Of concern for Maltipoos a bit older, would be dental issues including plaque, infection or decay.  Plaque, when right at the gum line may appear as a thin black area that indicates periodontal disease. Infection could have caused a blister of sorts that appears with a blackish tint. And a large area of decay could appear as a black spot on the gums. Of course, all of these issues would warrant an immediate visit at the vet clinic as this would not only lead to discomfort, but also loss of teeth and possible spreading of infection up into the sinuses or even throughout the whole body. 

The other issue, though most applicable to older adult and senior Maltipoo dogs, would be to rule out melanoma. Raised spots or bumps that are irregularly shaped is the top sign of this. However, the average age of melanoma developing in oral cavities of dogs is between 11 and 13 years old.  Males are affected more than females and we should note that a black spot is not the only color of melanoma; in some instances it may be gray, white or even pink (though it will be raised). 

This all said, in many cases, if the black spot is flat and not raised at all, this can be just a normal skin pigmentation element and nothing to be concerned about.  Many dogs have some darker pigmentation in the mouth; this may be blackish spots on the tongue, inner lips, gums, roof of the mouth, etc. These may grow or diminish in size as the dog ages. Maltipoos can also have small black spots on the belly; these may appear more visible in the summer and less so in the wintertime. The most important element is the issue of flat vs raised. 

Hopefully, you are already establishing a plan of at-home dental care that includes brushing your Maltipoo's teeth and offering at least 1 quality dental treat per day. In addition, each year when he has his wellness check, his teeth should be checked.

If you notice that this black spot on the gums is raised, becomes raised, changes in shape or texture, or if your Maltipoo shows any signs of discomfort (hesitant to eat,etc.), do report the spot to the vet right away. And when he has his next planned checkup, do point this out and have the vet take a look.

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team
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