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Maltipoo Size

Overview

Understanding Maltipoo size is important for both owners and potential owners. The weight, height and body structure of your dog affects many elements, the most important being health issues common with small sized dogs and giving proper care.

The Size of a Maltipoo Dog

First let's talk about the adult size of this breed. Since there are no official standards with large canine clubs such as the AKC, the size of the Maltipoo will vary quite a bit. Adults will range from 5 pounds to 12 pounds (2.27 to 5.44 kg). Their height (from floor to shoulder blades) will typically range from 8 to 14 inches (20.32 to 35.56 cm). Without conformation standards, breeders have quite a bit of wiggle room to produce litters of many sizes.

For this reason, some will dub puppies to be "teacups" or "miniatures"....however, again, without any guidelines of what constitutes the standard size of a Maltipoo, a person can claim that one of any weight is a "teacup" even if that pup grows up to be in the 5 to 12 lb. range.

With this being said, with this weight range, there is no question that if this breed were to be recognized as a purebred, it would fall into the category of a toy breed dog. One can naturally assume this because a Chihuahua is the smallest toy breed with an adult weight of 2-6- lbs. (.9 kg-2.7 kg) and the Pug is the largest of the toy breeds with an adult weight of 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg).
Maltipoo size
Abbie, 2 years old
Photo courtesy of Sandra Mayeux
Maltipoo size chart
Estimating Adult Size

If you are wondering how big your Maltipoo will grow to be and what his adult size will be, you can estimate this by looking at his current weight. 

It's really difficult to know the answer when looking at a young puppy of 8 weeks or even up to 3 months, since growth will be staggered with jumps of large gains intermingled with some resting phases.

However, as a general rule, if you take the size of a Maltipoo at 4 months and double that, it should be within 1 o 2 pounds of his/her final adult size.
Different Stages

This breed stops growing at just about the 1 year mark; and this signifies the transition from puppy to adult dog. During this first year, growth often comes in spurts. A puppy may gain a half pound in just a matter or weeks and then show no weight increase for the next two.

Most owners will only see a small slice of the most rapid weight gain phase, as it takes place between birth and 3 months old. When an owner obtains a puppy that is 8-weeks-old, they will see that fast development during the first month of ownership (weeks 8 through 12 for the puppy)…..Then, when this growth slows down a bit, which is perfectly normal, owners can worry that the puppy is not gaining weight or growing larger as he or she was previously…. However, in most cases, this is completely normal.

During those first 12 months, it can be a bit like a roller-coaster, with the puppy's size drastically increasing one week and nothing happening for several. In addition, as the pup’s body transforms during this time a pup may have an increase in height, but not weight, for a particular time. This can cause the Maltipoo puppy to appear leaner… causing some owners to worry the dog becoming skinnier…. In most cases, this is just an issue of the pup’s body needing to catch up to a growth spurt.
When reaching the 1 year mark, most have filled out both in girth and height. Gains slow down and the dog is just about the size that he or she will be for their adult years.

If a Maltipoo bypasses the 9 lb. (4.08 kg) mark, and keeps growing to perhaps 10 pounds (4.53 kg) or 11 pounds (4.98 kg) this may point to a Mini Poodle being somewhere in the breeding program…or it may be a matter of the dog being overweight. If the latter is suspected, it is suggested to obtain the advice of an experienced veterinarian who will be able to gauge if the dog is carrying more weight than is healthy.

A method of estimating this at home, but by no means a proven method, is to look to the dog’s ribcage. Dogs in the healthy weight range will have a thin layer of fat over the ribcage…bones will protrude on underweight dogs, and with those who are overweight, an owner will have a difficult time feeling the ribcage as the layer of fat will be too thick. 

Since the Maltipoo has such a wonderful, fluffy coat of hair, it is best to judge this during bath time when the coat is wet and one can better see the body. 
Maltipoo small size
Valcor, 7 years old
Photo courtesy of Stephanie Joubert
Special Care

Born weighing only ounces, Maltipoo size of puppies (at the age of 8 weeks) will range from 1 to 3 pounds on average, keeping in mind that this can vary quite a bit. Being so tiny, their bones are fragile and the are vulnerable to certain medical issues.

Let's talk first about being fragile. Bones are thin and small and muscles that protect the body are not yet fully developed, this will happen at around age 1 when the pup transitions over to being an adult dog. One must be very careful to not accidentally injure a puppy.  With trauma being the leading cause of death for puppies of any breed under the age of 1 year (16.2%) and being the #2 cause of fatalities with adult toy Poodles (11.7%). owner must take precautions to prevent accidents and injury that are common to small sized dogs. Here are some safety care tips:

1) Keep in mind that you have an "under foot dog". This means that due to the Maltipoo's size, they can be literally right under your feet and you may not notice. Unless they are barking or pawing at you, they can easily slip between your feet or right next to you without causing attention. If this happens and then an owner begins to walk, the puppy can suffer extreme injuries due to being accidentally stepped on. Bones can be broken and internal injuries may occur. For this reason, all people in the household must pay due diligence to the whereabouts of the little Maltipoo.

2) Any children, either living in the household or who may come to visit, must be taught how to properly handle the pup. Small children can easily think of this fluffy adorable puppy as a toy and injuries to the Maltipoo can occur if they are handles roughly.

3) When picking up your Maltipoo, always use 2 hands. You will want to place one under its rear and the other hand should be placed across its chest. While you do not want to use too much force, it is important to use commonsense so that the dog is held firmly enough that he or she cannot wiggle out of the hold and fall to the ground. When placing the puppy back down, again use both hands to guide them to the floor so that the entire body gently touches down without any jarring.

There are medical issues that can occur due to the Maltipoo size:

The 2 most important elements to know regarding this issue is the risk of hypoglycemia and collapsed trachea. Both are conditions that occur more often with tiny to small dogs. 
Hypoglycemia is the term used for when there is a rapid drop in the blood sugar level of the dog. This most often happens to puppies as opposed to adult dogs and it most often happens within the first 3 months. This is not to say that one should not be on guard after the 3 month mark. This can be brought on by stress (even just the stress of the pup leaving its 1st home and being away from its mother and littermates). A fast change in food can also cause this...for this reason, one should always feed a new puppy the exact same food that a breeder fed him or her and plan to make a slow change over to the food that they wish to feed their Maltipoo. Even those who adopt adult dogs are encouraged to make this slow change over as well.

The signs of hypoglycemia include weakness, fainting and/or confusion. Rubbing a dab of honey into the gums can help stabilize blood sugar levels a bit until the pup reaches the veterinarian. .

Collapsed trachea - The 2nd issue that can happen due to Maltipoo size is collapsed trachea. The neck (trachea) is made out of rings of cartilage. If too much pressure is put on the neck, the rings can collapse inward. This causes quite a bit of pain and trouble breathing. The reason why this happens to small dogs is because an owner will connect a leash to their collar. This is a very bad idea, because if the dog lunges ahead or jumps up, the leash will pull taunt and put all of the pressure on the neck. For this reason, it is highly recommended to always use a harness when your Maltipoo is on leash. 
Yes! A nice, healthy size! This Maltipoo is small yet sturdy; and NOT a so-called Teacup that would be so tiny that she'd be unhealthy.
Betsy, 10 weeks old (3 lb.)
Photo courtesy of Joan Swartz 
big Maltipoo
Worried About Your Maltipoo Being Too Large or Too Small?

With such a wide range of weight variance, (5-12 pounds), many owners worry about the size of their Maltipoo. They may worry that their dog is too small or they may worry that he or she is too large.

One thing to remember is that a lot of growing will be done during the 1st year. Most of that will be during the first 6 months. After 6 months, the dog will gain weight at a slower pace but continue to grow in height..and this is what makes an adult dog appear to be thinner and sleeker than a pup.

Bad breeding practices can result in Maltipoos that fall far out of the expected weight range. If an adult is only 2-4 pounds, one should make sure to keep regular appointments with the vet to make sure to catch any medical issues early on. A Maltipoo that is just too tiny may be the result of a breeder pairing dogs who themselves where undersized and this is not healthy.

The opposite can happen if a Maltese is breed to a Miniature Poodle and not a Toy Poodle...It can also happen if 2 larger than normal dogs are chosen to mate. 
In either case, Maltipoo size can also be due to genetics that go back as far as 5 generations and in some cases even further.

Many Maltipoos have a squared, sturdy body shape and not necessarily a thinned, lean look. And it is normal for puppies to have a rounded appearance. But if you are concerned that your adult Maltipoo is too large and perhaps overweight, it would be a good idea to have the veterinarian check this for you. At home, a general rule is to access the dog's rib cage. You should be able to feel the ribs, without too much fatty tissue covering them. If you cannot feel them at all, there is a good chance that the dog is indeed overweight and a cut back on snacks and increase in activity can put him or her back on track.
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