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The Maltipoo is one of the most popular hybrid dogs.  In fact, this breed is so loved and owners so devoted, that it is very possible that the Maltipoo may one day become recognized as its own breed.

A mix of the Poodle (often toy, but sometimes miniature) and the Maltese, the Maltipoo holds many wonderful qualities.

He is a small dog that fits well into a variety of household sizes. With hair, as opposed to fur, he is well-tolerated even for those with allergies. And, the Maltipoo has an amazing, friendly personality.

Intelligent, eager, and energetic, the Maltipoo is a wonderful canine family member. 
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Behavior & Temperament

This breed is very friendly and lively and makes for a wonderful family pet. 

Most Maltipoos get along very well with other dogs in the household; though they may be a bit shy or reserved with larger, unknown dogs.

Puppies are filled with energy and can get really revved up until about the 1 year mark, as they transition into adulthood. 

Typically, Maltipoos bond very closely with their humans. With the bloodline of the Poodle (bred to work closely with owners as water dogs) and the Maltese (bred to be loving lap dog companions), this hybrid dog thrives on contact, interaction and love. 

This is an active dog that likes to stay engaged and be where the action is. Sensitive to and very aware of his environment, most Maltipoos need some socialization to get used to new things, and do best in calm, peaceful households.

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. 
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Health Overview

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. Regular checkups are important to keep your dog's good health maintained. In many cases health problems can be avoided with proper care. 

We will look at all of the elements of keeping your canine family member as healthy as possible. See: Health Problems
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The top care tips to follow to ensure that your Maltipoo is being taken care of in the best possible way. Life can get busy and sometimes, certain tasks can fall off to the side. See how many you are following and where there is room for improvement. 
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This is one of the biggest challenges that owners face; however, if you strictly follow some important guidelines, your puppy can learn rather quickly. Read about how to set things up, get over the most common hiccups and find fast success. 
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What you choose to feed your Maltipoo for main meals and what you offer for snacks will have both short term and long term consequences, for the good or for the bad. A nutritional diet that is free from inferior food, chemical additives, and artificial flavoring is needed to keep a Maltipoo healthy and to avoid reactions such as upset stomach or food intolerance. 
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If there was one area of care that is most overlooked, it would be dental care. And this is really a shame, because it has a direct impact on both a dog's health and quality of life. Plaque buildup leads to decay, and this in turn can lead to infection, loosening and loss of teeth. 
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Having the right toys can make a world of difference. And you don't really need to have that many; you must need to have ones that truly meet your puppy or dog's needs. Good toys can help with everything from chewing urges, to boredom, and even how your Maltipoo does when home alone. 
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The Maltipoo is an active dog with a healthy amount of energy, so it is important to do all you can to meet exercise requirements. This can be a bit tricky when the day is busy and/or the weather is not in agreement. However, without a good outlet, a lack of enough activity can lead to pent-up energy that is directed in negative ways. 
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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 should 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 will have no choice other than to clip it off (which is can be done with a mat remover tool).

Wavy and Wiry - This, luckily, is the most rare type and professional breeders will never strive to create such a coat. The wiry texture makes the coat very hard to groom, maintain a trim, or keep tangles away. 
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Just about 20% of dogs have some level of allergies. This can be environmental like pollens and grasses, contact which are elements that the dog comes into contact with such as carpeting, or food allergies. Though it can take some time to pinpoint the triggers, most dogs can be treated to find relief. 
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A fun and informative side-by-side comparison of the Maltipoo and each of the purebreds that are in his bloodline. Size, color, health, and more.
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Expect for your Maltipoo's coat color to look a lot different as he matures from puppy to adult. Due to the Poodle's fading genes, the coat will most likely go through a color transition. A great look at this with photos showing some dramatic changes.  
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By The Team 22 Oct, 2016
Question:

My female Maltipoo is one year old and she still wants to chew most of the time especially the wicker chair! I have tried using sprays to deter her from chewing but nothing seems to bother her. She has one sometimes two walks daily. Many different toys and quite a lot of attention.
Please can you give any advice. 

Julie

Answer:

Hi Julie; What a great question; this is certainly something that you'll want to get under control, since chewing can so quickly become a terrible habit, and it will get harder each day to control this.

At 1 year old, we can rule out chewing due to teething, however dogs of any age can have very strong chewing urges. And as you've explained, this can lead to chewing on furniture or just about anything that is within reach. 

Here are some tips. Please keep in mind, that while some may seem very obvious, many owners have not implemented these steps to stop chewing, so it is important to follow as many as you can:

1 . The #1 most important step to stop destructive chewing is to limit access to the objects.  If a Maltipoo were chewing on shoes, pocket books and other objects, of course these would need to be placed up high onto shelves or other areas where the dog cannot reach (removing the object from the dog's reach). 

In the case of furniture, of course, this cannot be done. So, you must do the other option, which is to remove the dog from the object. It's really key to note that a dog that has any sort of behavior that is out of control (peeing inside, chewing on things, etc.) should not have free reign of the house. Just this one element alone will resolve the issue.

We always highly recommend obtaining a quality canine indoor pen or alternatively, using gates to keep a Maltipoo in one room. Your dog can learn to be very happy in his area, it will have everything that he needs: quality bed, food, water and toys. And of course, when you are home and can supervise your Maltipoo, he can stay right by your side (keep him on leash if you must) so that he can be stopped before he heads off to chew on something.

2. Though you did say that you have used some deterrent sprays, it is true that not all sprays work for all dogs. One may work great for one Maltipoo while another dog may not mind the taste at all. Using the method of limiting your dog's access to furniture that he likes to chew on should take care of things; however, for other Maltipoo owners reading this, we wanted to point out that apple bitter spray does work effectively for about 50% of all dogs.

3. Though you have mentioned that your Maltipoo has plenty of toys, it is important to reassess toys as a dog matures. What may have met his needs a few months ago as he was coming out of the teething phase may not be what he needs now. Maybe now, he'd appreciate toys that call out to him (animal noises, voices, etc.) or toys that challenge him to do some work to release treats, etc. It may also be a matter of offering a more durable texture that really works his jaws that perhaps current, softer toys are not offering.

Therefore, looking over toys every 3 months or so and being sure that a Maltipoo's toy collection is meeting his needs , is a great way to ensure that he does not go elsewhere either due to chewing urges or due to boredom. 

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team
By The Team 22 Oct, 2016
Question:

I have a 13 year old Maltipoo that never is food satisfied. He weighs 13 pounds and we don’t (vet also) want him to gain any more weight. I feed him one heaping tablespoon of high quality wet food and one cup of dry PER DAY, split into 2 meals. His favorite treats are carrots...thank God…. Is it common for a Maltipoo to be so into food?

Answer:

Well, a few things come to mind. We're curious which brand of food you feed him, since 1 cup per day is not that much food for a Maltipoo of this size.

The next element that plays into this, and is applicable to so many dogs that eat but still always seem hungry, is fillers.  Fillers are the culprit almost all of the time for a dog acting hungry all the time, if health issues are ruled out.

A whole slew of dog food companies, in an effort to save money, add cheap fillers to their dog food. These are cheap ingredients like corn husks, beet pulps, cottonseed hulls, peanut hulls, citrus pulp and believe it or not, even feathers.  Their purpose is to plump up the food to make it appear as if there is a lot. But, in fact, these fillers contain no nutrients at all. They pass right through the body, offering nothing.

So, when a dog eats a meal that contains these sub-par ingredients, he may feel full just for a very little while, since they do enter the stomach, but then he will be hungry again very soon, since his body received far less real food than an owner believed.

For this reason, we'd highly suggest reassessing which brand you are giving to him. You may be surprised to learn that some well known brands such as Cesar entrees are a less-than stellar at just 2 or 3 stars. For feeding a Maltipoo , either puppy or adult, we recommend Orijen (5 stars) or home cooking. 

This all said, if your Maltipoo is indeed eating a high quality, 5 star food and is frantically hungry, this is something that the vet should be investigating, if he has not already.

Another possibility is that your Maltipoo may be begging for food due to habit. Some types of begging behaviors are so ingrained that a dog will beg mercilessly, even if he really doesn't want the end result; he just doesn't know what else to do.

If you feel that this may be the root cause of your Maltipoo appearing to always be hungry, you'll want to do 2 things: 1) Ignore the begging so that he learns that it never leads to a beneficial conclusion and 2) try your best to keep him busy with other things.  This may include more walks, new toys , puzzle toys to play alongside him, turning on some lively music for him to listen to, learning a new command, etc. 

The more he stays busy (and satisfied) with life outside of food, the less he will act as if he is obsessed with food. 

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team

Does your Maltipoo seem hungry after he eats? Do you give into begging or do you hold your ground? Leave your comments below. 
By The Team 22 Oct, 2016
Question:

We had a system of bells beside our patio door for our Maltipoo to nudge when she wanted to do her business, bought from a pet store. It worked for several months. The only problem is sometimes we in the house out of listening range. We cannot be at the patio door all day to hear the bells. Frequently, we do not hear them and she goes on the wooden floor in the living room. We take her out three times a day so it is not for want of exercise.

Any suggestions on how to make the bells louder? Does anyone have a fixed electric bell and trained the dog to nudge the bell? Or how do we make her bark at the door? Any help? 

Judy

Answer:

It's really great that you were able to teach your Maltipoo to ring a bell when she has to go outside to the bathroom, so great job on that! 

In regard to your question, this is indeed a tricky one! A few things that come to mind are:

1) Add more bells to the bell system that you have now; the more bells, the more noise

2) Set up a baby monitor by the bells (you would set up the transmitter part there) and bring the receiver with you (it can be set down in whichever room you are in).  In general, baby monitors have a range of about 90 feet and through 5 walls.  Some that are priced more expensively can reach hundreds of feet and can be used with up to 9 walls from point A to point B.

This way, as long as you remember to keep the receiver in whichever room you happen to be in, you will be able to hear your Maltipoo ringing those bells to go out.

While she has had some setbacks as you explained, for those times that you did not reach her in time, just the fact that she stills rings the bells when she has a bathroom need is an encouraging sign that her training is still intact. 

We would suggest however, to get this back to 100%, to encourage her to ring the bells right before you take her out those 3 times a day that are scheduled.  This will help reinforce her training that the bell equals going outside.

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team

It's pretty great that this Maltipoo has learned such a great signaling system to announce her bathroom needs! Do you have a comment aboutg this or any other suggests to improve the sound level of the bells? Please leave your comments below! 
By The Team 22 Oct, 2016
Question:

My Maltipoo did something that caused me to be concerned. Within about a weeks’ time (or two weeks’ time) this happened to her three times. She was simply sitting close by and let out a yelp like something hurt her.

She acted very scared and ran, eventually coming to me with her ears down and a very scared look on her face. She hid by my feet and was trembling. Another time she was sitting close by while I was washing dishes. She saw sometime that scared her and watched it intently. It seemed to be her height. She got up quickly, clearly scared, backed up and eventually settled herself between my feet and the cabinet. She was trembling.

I picked her up and held her but when I went to put her down she was clinging to me and did not want to be put down. It was just weird. On all of these instances we were home alone. There was no other noise such as a radio or television. She is not a scary cat and has not acted like this prior or since.

Thank you, Sherry

Answer:

Hi Sherry,

We appreciate your question because this is actually very common with so many dogs and it really does leave owners scratching their heads. It’s almost as if our dogs can be scared of things that they see that we cannot; and it can be kind of scary for owners as well.

However, the answer may put your mind at rest, since technically, a dog does indeed sense things that are not there, but not in the way some may assume.

If a dog suddenly acts afraid of a certain room , that is a different story due to a range of factors including an unseen tumble or even new objects in the room. But with this, it is most often explained via a Maltipoo’s incredible sense of hearing and scent.

Dogs sense a wide array of things that we cannot with their amazing hearing. So, while we may be sitting in what seems like a quiet room, all sorts of sounds are being picked up by our Maltipoos. As like all other breeds, they have 18 ear muscles to control ear positioning as opposed to our 6, they can hear 4 times the distance we can and can pick up sounds on frequencies that we simply cannot (67 to 45,000 Hz compared to our limited 64 to 23,000 Hz).

Dogs almost never experience ‘quietness’.

In addition, canines can pick up odors from a very far distance. Did you know that males can smell female dogs in heat for up to 3 miles away?

Some reasons for a Maltipoo barking at seemingly nothing or following an unseen object can be a bird, squirrel or another animal that is outside the house, on the outside wall or on the roof. We've heard of this behavior quite a bit and in some instances, it turned out to be a mouse or chipmunk in the wall. The quick movement of the animal can make a dog startle, nervous or afraid.

Other possibilities are far away sirens, alarms, whistles or other noises that we cannot hear but can rile up a dog; a Maltipoo may cock their head or change positioning in order to better focus in on where the noise is coming from.

What you can do when your Maltipoo acts this way is to know that when a dog is not sure how to respond to something or automatically becomes scared, how the owner acts will help him form his opinion. These sorts of disturbances can be perceived by a dog as an intrusion into the home or a danger to his humans and/or his territory.

So, you will want to do 2 things if you are not doing this already: 1) do not speak in a soothing manner since this can reinforce the idea that a dog is correct to feel afraid and 2) act in a matter-of-fact manner to show that there is nothing to be overly concerned about.

It can also help to make sure that a Maltipoo understand that they do indeed have a safe place to retreat to, should things seem overwhelming. This includes any elements such as too many visitors to the house, etc.

This all said, it must be noted that yelping quickly as you described could be related to some sort of physical injury or illness. Just one example is patella luxation, in which if a dog turns the wrong way the kneecap can slip to cause him to let out a yelp; then he goes back to acting normal. So, if the yelping does not improve, do have the veterinarian perform an examination.

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,
The PetMaltipoo Team

Has your Maltipoo ever acted afraid of something that you couldn't see or sense? Did you ever find out what it was? Leave your comments below!
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