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.