Q7: Why Does My Maltipoo Shed?
Since many owners are told that this crossbred does not shed, many people can become very worried and confused when shedding does occur. The Maltipoo is not a heavy shedder as are some other breeds - particularly those with thick, double coats of fur. However, there is no such thing as a dog that does not shed at all (save for the Chinese Crested and 4 other breeds which essentially do not have a coat).
While the Maltipoo does have hair and not fur, Maltipoos will shed since each hair on the coat goes through a cycle: Growth, rest and release, just like human hair. Each strand of hair is on its own point in this cycle, which means that at any given time some strands are falling out and some are growing in.
Therefore, in the sense of the coat gradually renewing itself, yes, the Maltipoo does shed. Routinely and regularly brushing the coat will not only keep it clean, it keeps the skin healthy and will decrease the amount of shedded hairs that you find.
Keeping all of that in mind, heavy shedding is not normal and may be due to a wide range of factors including skin infection, an impaired immune system or other health condition. Even severe allergies can cause an alarming loss of coat. If the coat is thinning out, if you see any bald patches or any other signs of abnormal hair loss, do bring your Maltipoo to the veterinarian for a complete check-up.