Short VS Long Hair Styles
Since, as you know, the Maltipoo is half Maltese, those that have more of the Maltese in them than Poodle will have soft, flowing hairs that are wavy yet silky. It will not be possible to keep the coat in a long, flowing style to the floor due to the wave. With most Maltipoo, the hairs will never be completely straight. After they reach a certain length, they will curl back into the coat.
However, if you allow the coat to grow you can achieve a 2 to 4 inch length on an adult. This makes for a super fluffed appearance. In fact, it can just about double the perceived size of the dog.
Do keep in mind that it takes quite a bit of time for a puppy to grow his/her hair to any sort of length. The first step is to wait for the puppy coat
to be replaced by the adult coat. Then, once that adult coat is in, it can at least a year to reach the 3 to 4 inch length of this long style. Patience will be needed, since the wavy hairs will tend to stick out oddly during the growing stage. Once they are long enough, gravity will cause them to fall down rather than out.
Many owners give up on the road to growing out the coat for this style as it does take a lot
of work to keep the coat clean and free of tangles.
If your goal is a hair style with length, keep an eye out for knots that will form in the coat. Despite being a 'no or low shedder' hairs do indeed fall out. There is a constant process of renewal. Hairs will grow, rest and then fall out. Many will fall out back into the coat. These can become intertwined with roots of live hairs, and this can cause knots that form near the skin. Do, if you do grow the coat out, brush and comb it often to avoid this.
If a tangle is found, one should cover their hands with a quality canine leave-in conditioner and work the knot out. Patience is a must. Only as a last resort should it be clipped off. Doing so will hinder your goal of having a longer, sleek style for your dog.