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Red Maltipoos

Red Maltipoos

Why This is Rare

Of all of the possible Maltipoo colors, this is one of the most rare, seen even less often than a brown. In fact, the red Maltipoo and the black are the 2 most difficult colors to achieve when breeding.

The Maltipoo is a result of a direct breeding between a purebred toy Poodle and a purebred Maltese. Since the Maltese is a pure white dog, those genes will almost always affect the coloring of the puppies.

Now, the toy Poodle comes in a variety of colors...11 solids and 17 parti-colors (meaning a combination of 2 or more). In the process of breeding, any one of those color will almost always be influenced by the white gene.

Therefore, a brown will usually be diluted (faded) and the pups will be light tan, etc.

So, in regard to coat, you will generally find faded down colors. 
red Maltipoo
Being 50% Maltese, a red Maltipoo will almost never be a solid red. When an apricot coat shines with darker, deeper shades of red areas, this makes the Maltipoo a red.
Rowdy, 10 months old
Photo courtesy of Jack Moody, Newport Beach, CA
red Maltipoo newborn puppy

The toy Poodle (as with all varieties) has a tendency to fade. This means that if a puppy has a dark, solid coat, as that pup grows, the color will often lighten...Reds can turn apricot, browns can change to light beige, etc. This is a genetic trait and one if it is not desirable, one can aim to obtain a toy Poodle that does not have a history of fading in their line.

When present, this same genetic trait is usually passed down to the Maltipoo pups....And therefore Maltipoos puppies can have a change in coat from puppy-hood to adult. 
This does not always happen, however if you are to obtain a red Maltipoo, do be aware that the dog may be lighter as an adult canine. 
How Genetics Plays a Role

A Maltipoo litter is not just the results of the dam and sire. Size (both weight and height), temperament, color and so forth are influenced from at least 5 generations back.... In other words, the pup's great-great-great grandparents.  

In rare cases, you can also have what is known as a Throw Back... This means that traits travel down to the litter or even just an individual pup from 10, 20 or even more generations. While it is rare, it does happen occasionally. Therefore, even with very select, carefully planned breeding, one may still be very surprised at the results!
Do Not Be Fooled by Labeling

Breeders are allowed to write down any color that they wish on a pup's papers.... Therefore, you will find many apricot, tan and even cream Maltipoos being labeled as red Maltipoo dogs. This is false advertising. While one cannot guarantee the adult canine color, pups do not change fast enough to warrant a misrepresentation in this regard.

Since this breed is not yet recognized by the AKC, people make up names such as "Apple Dumping Red", "Strawberry", or "Blazing Cinnamon"....This does not mean a thing if the puppy is not truly a red. They are simply phrases created by a particular person, and since there are no "official" color standards, one is allowed to use any combination of words that they can think of. 

If you have a pup that appears to be red when young, he may hold his color however be prepared for the coat to fade and change when the puppy coat falls out and is replaced by the adult coat. Since this is indeed a very rare color for Maltipoos, even if you purchase a red 

If you have one of these unique dogs or are thinking of bringing one into your home, you may be interested in popular names for dogs of this hue.... Here are the most popular:
  • Arizona
  • Auburn
  • Autumn
  • Burgundy
  • Cherry
  • Cheyenne.
  • Chianti
  • Chili
  • Crimson
  • Ginger
  • Lucy - Lucille Ball the actress had naturally bright auburn hair
  • Mahogany
  • Merlot
  • Poppy
  • Ridley" - which means red meadow
  • Rose
  • Ruby
  • Ruskin - means 'red-haired one'
  • Scarlet
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