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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.

When you Become a Free Member, this is the best way to always stay informed. And If you have a certain issue that you wish to learn more about, you may submit your suggestion. 
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 19 Aug, 2016

One of our Maltipoos, Chloe, 7 yr old female, has recently started to spend time in the far back corner of our master bedroom closet. It started only a few months ago, and only when my wife was at her part time job. She spends most of her time in a chair by a window, barking at dogs that go by, and watching everything that happens outside when my wife is home. But, when we (both dogs ride along) take my wife to work, Chloe comes home and goes right in the closet. She will come out to be fed, for treats, and to go potty outside.

In the past week she has started to go into the closet while my wife is in the MB with both dogs. The main MB is their den, as my wife practically lives in there. Both dogs sleep in there as well. One in bed with us, and Chloe on her chair (throne), or sometimes in the MB closet. We understand that most dogs like their own quiet space, and since we don’t have kennels, this apparently is Chloe’s. Our other Maltipoo is almost glued to my wife.

She’s healthy, playful at times, loves car rides, walks, and eats good. Not overweight. Any idea why she has lost interest in a plush chair up against a second floor window, with activities outside to watch, and seems to now prefer the closet?

Thanks, Rick


Hi Rick,

Thanks for your question. If you hadn't let us know that she is healthy, playful, going for walks and eating well, we would have definitely suggested a vet checkup. When a dog retreats into a closet or hides in another way, this is often a sign of feeling vulnerable due to some sort of health issue or injury.

If you are 100% sure that she does not have any health concerns at all and since she is not showing any signs of depression, this appears to just be a matter of personal taste. Some dogs, and especially females, do like to 'nest'.

As long as you do not mind her taking that spot, do allow it to be her 'claimed' area. She must find it both relaxing and a place of feeling secure. In a household of other dogs, having the closet as her own retreat must be providing the type of environment that suits her best. Though she used to enjoy sitting at the window, you do say that the visual triggers caused her to bark... she may have decided on her own that she would rather avoid that stimulation and rest quietly.

Do, of course, keep an eye on things. If she starts to show any signs such as decreased appetite or withdrawing to the point of no interaction with humans or other dogs, this will be a reason for a vet checkup.

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team

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By The Team 19 Aug, 2016

We would like to take our 16 month old maltipoo, Abigail with us on an airplane trip to Florida. She loves to ride in the car and has been cross country and on several shorter trips but never flown. I want to make her trip a comfortable and positive experience. Can you give me any advise?

Thanks, Jackie


Hi, that’s a great question since flying with a dog on an airplane can be a bit tricky. It’s definitely smart to prepare way in advance.

Here is a list of the 7 things to do & know:

1. Call an airline ahead to find out their exact rules and guidelines. You’ll want to choose a flight that allows your Maltipoo to travel with you, in a carrier. Most airlines allow this for dogs under 20 pounds. When pets are placed with cargo down below, this can be very dangerous due to extreme temperature changes, not to mention that the whole experience can be emotionally traumatizing.

2. Choose the travel carrier carefully. For those airlines that do allow pets to travel with owners, they will need to be in a travel carrier. Luckily, since the Maltipoo is small dog, this can be accomplished. However, rules on the measurements of the carrier are very strict. You’ll want to take measurements to be absolutely sure that it meets the regulations and does not exceed width, height or depth by even an inch.

3. Train your Maltipoo to become used to the carrier . Even if he does well in a car seat and is happy to be in a sling, canine travel crates are much different. 10 to 15 minutes twice per day, with you right beside him should be fine, since when he flies on the plane with you, you’ll always be close by, able to speak to him which should help keep him calm. It can help to buy a few new toys that your Maltipoo is only allowed to play with when inside the crate; this can help him start to associate the carrier with someone fun.

4. Book a direct flight. Changing planes is stressful enough without having to worry about your Maltipoo too.

5. Health-check papers. Many flights want you to produce papers stating that your dog is in good health and up-to-date on shots. In most cases, this must be dated within 10 days of travel. So, you’ll want to plan ahead to obtain this from the veterinarian. If you are ever traveling overseas, there may be much stricter regulations, so you’ll want to inquire about this. If this is not done properly, you could find yourself in a situation in which your dog is quarantined, and of course, you want to avoid this at all cost.

6. Dealing with bathroom needs. Unless the flight is very short, traveling on a plane will no doubt involve your dog needing to go to the bathroom at some point. If allowed to do this freely in the crate, it can be uncomfortable for your dog, not to mention every other passenger will be miffed at you. This is where doggie diapers can come in handy. While you’ll have some cleaning up to do once you land (via quality canine body wipes), keeping urine and feces contained makes for a much more comfortable flight.

7. Calming remedies.  If you know that your Maltipoo doesn’t do well with planes, you can start this before takeoff. While these do not work for all dogs, some dogs do respond well to chews that contain a colostrum calming complex. There are also sprays that can help, the ones that often work best are those with a lavender chamomile fragrance. This is sprayed within the carrier and not on the dog. As a side note, these can also help with car travel as well.

While some vets will prescribe a tranquilizer for pets to be given before airplane travel, unless a dog has a strong history of intolerance for planes, we do not recommend this. Many are not tested to see how animals respond when at high altitude and if a dog were to have an allergic reaction, tens of thousands of feet in the sky is not where you want to be.

Have a great flight!

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team

Have you ever taken your Maltipoo on a plane? How did it go? If you have any extra tips for this reader, leave your comment below!
By The Team 19 Aug, 2016

Hi I've been feeding my Maltipoo Cesar entrees. Is this a good idea?


We're glad that you asked.

The Cesar Originals (18 different flavor recipes) are just 2.5 star foods. The #1 ingredient is water, which does not start things off well. Then the 2nd food is beef by-products. While the term may seem innocent enough, this is actually me slaughterhouses waste. In other words, the parts of cows that humans do not eat. It can include lungs, brain, fatty tissues, stomach, etc. And to make it worse, the #4 ingredient is meat by-products, which is the slaughterhouse waste of different animals other than cows (most likely pigs, since chicken by-products are the #7 ingredient, and with chicken this includes feet and beaks.

For the Cesar line of Savory delight tubs, with wonderful names such as Filet Mignon Flavor and Pork Tenderloin
are just as bad, with a 2.5 star rating. Most concerning is the by-products and also artificial coloring, which are chemicals that can cause chronic allergic reactions.

The Bistro trays are also just 2.5 stars. Though these have less by-products and more real meat, of concern to a Maltipoo would be the pea fiber, which is just pea hull, this is a cheap filler food with zero nutrients and the minerals in this are not chelated, which means that they can be very hard for a dog to ingest.

In regard to possibly giving your Maltipoo the Gourmet Filets, issues are just about the same as the Bistrol trays.

So, as you can see, these are not good choices. As always, we recommend Orijen, as it is a 5 star food. In looking at the Original Line, the top 9 ingredients are chicken, turkey, flounder, whole eggs mackerel, chicken liver, turkey liver, chicken heart and turkey heart. It includes whole peas which is a healthy carb with good amounts of fiber. There is also red and green lentils, chickpeas and alfalfa (all great, healthy choices). Notably, it contains chicory root, which is a very healthy ingredient that works as a prebiotic (not pro), which promotes the growth of 'good' bacteria in the GI tract, leading to healthy digestion.

For these reasons, we strongly recommend feeding a Maltipoo Orijen, which comes in Puppy, Senior, Tundra, Original, Six Fish, Puppy Large (not for Maltipoos) and Regional Red.

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team

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By The Team 19 Aug, 2016

My friend had my 3 year old, 4.7 lb Maltipoo on her lap on the first stair of a flight of steps. We were out for a walk and ran into her in my apt complex and Lucy and I know her. Lucy squirmed a little so the friend opened her arms and somehow Lucy twisted and landed on her side and didn't move. I still had her on her harness leash. I knew something was wrong, picked her up carefully and realized she was seizing. She was looking at me with her little pink tongue hanging out as usual but didn't make a sound.

I thought she broke her neck. Limbs were stiff then involuntarily peed on me. I was crying hysterically. This was at 9 p.m. last Tuesday. We rushed to the ER vet about 7 mins away. Gave Mannitol for brain swelling, IV, etc. PETRAYS X-RAY says: Slightly displaced  fractures involving the occipital bone and causal aspect of the parietal bone. There are multiple lucent lines within the caudal dorsal aspect of the occipital bone and the caudal aspect of the parietal bone. She received 24/7 care Tues - Thurs night. A CT scan is 2k -2500.. She has Ataxia. Vet said give a week or so of complete rest before CT scan unless she has a seizure. She was perfectly healthy. Today is Monday so it's been 6 days.

I held her harness if she got up because of the wobbliness but today started signs of aggression, biting, if I tried to touch harness. She is house trained and loopily walked to the front door several times. I passed her area so she wouldn't hit her head, so she sat at the door and I let her out and followed carefully. Around the corner comes my neighbor with his 2 larger dogs that Lucy's played with before. She takes off, just a little wobbly but didn't fall (I'm panicking) and plays a little with his 2 dogs and stands with him like she's scared of the house, she jumps at the tiniest noise and seems afraid of me...but will take food and treats from my hand!!

2 issues: I'm happy seeing her make that progress even though she's still wobbly in the house and 2..Could she be mad at me for the fall? She was just coming out of a funk/trauma from a new groomer (I almost sued them because I suspected manhandling and she neck pain my vet said. I was so worried about the groomer, now this. She and I were like peas and carrots... help, I think she has PTSD or something. Sorry this is so long but I can't find anything online as specific. The head injury really worries me the most though.

Thank you, Becky


Hi Becky,

We are so sorry to hear about this fall and the aftereffects. What a terrible experience for both of you. Clearly, you were not at fault and did all that you could to keep her safe. When she fell, you reacted correctly.

Though she has some ways to go to fully recover, we can assure you that Lucy is not upset with you. Canines, though very intelligent, would not be able to cognitively link the connections of the actions that occurred leading up to such an event and are not able to place blame in such a way. She especially would not be able to link this injury from the fall to you, since you did not directly harm her.

However, there are several things that may be at play here:

1) When dogs are in pain, it is common to become aggressive and act out-of character. With the fall itself and the resulting injuries, along with any bruising, your Maltipoo may be experiencing enough discomfort that it is affecting her this way.

You'll want the vet to gauge her level of discomfort and to then discuss possible treatment for that pain.

2) In regard to the wobbly gait that your Maltipoo has this may be due to a worsening condition with the brain... Perhaps a side effect from a concussion that is not healing or in rare cases, but possible would be a developing blood clot; though she was cleared via the CAT scan, she should be re-checked for this.

Cleared of that, you say that she was diagnosed with ataxia. This is a loss of muscle coordination that can be due to several causes, but of course in this case, it was head trauma. Ataxia can be a life-long condition. Once ataxia due to a worsening condition is ruled out, we'd suggest speaking with the vet to be referred to a canine rehabilitation service. Similar to physical therapy that us humans can receive, these sorts of specialists work with dogs to help with a variety of disorders, including ataxia.

3) You are correct that she may be experiencing a form of PTSD. This is very common with rescue dogs that endure horrifying situations. This would not explain away the wobbly gait, however. It may explain some of the aggression, but more to the point it would explain the being afraid of those dogs, noises and even sometimes of you. In essence, she is jumpy and nervous since she fell and was injured. She went through a lot, so this is not unexpected.

For this, patience and time are the keys to this resolving. Do not place her in any situations that may trigger her. In time, you can gradually reintroduce her to other dogs and such. So, for now, do please call the vet to discuss the aggression and unsteady gait. Only once those issues are diagnosed can you move on with possible rehab and some time to allow her to forget this incidence.

We are very sorry for what happened and our hearts and prayers are with you and your Maltipoo. Hopefully in time, she will be back to normal. But staying in touch with the vet and working closely with him during this recovery process will be of the utmost importance.

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team
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