General Information:

This cute little dog is a mixed breed of the Poodle and the Maltese. Commonly these dogs are known as Maltipoo or the Malt-a-Poo. It is in their genetics to have a puppy-like appearance until their late years of life. They have different hair coats that can either be curly or shaggy. Their coat color has variety: black, white, brown, cream, tan, and other than these colors they can also have erratic grey markings

There can be great diversity in the appearance of sisters and brothers of the same types of parents as appearance is mostly dependant on the traits that are inherited by a puppy from its parents.

Size of Maltipoo

Maltipoo height can be 14 inches and its weight can be around 2.2-6.8 kg or 5-15 lbs. usually, the puppy height and weight depend upon the size of the parents.

Personality of Maltipoo

A well-bred Maltipoo puppy has a friendly personality and it loves to be in the presence of people. As Poodle and Maltese both have a friendly nature so   Maltipoo has adapted this good parents’ habit and develops a kind and friendly character. A Maltipoo loves to be outdoors as much as possible and it also likes to play a lot; it is included in their nature. If this dog does not get enough to play then it can cause trouble at house.

Training of Maltipoo

A Maltipoo should be trained from the very day it is bought home so it can get socialize; it learns things quickly so no hard working is required on training.

The health issue of Maltipoo

If a Maltipoo is cared properly and does not have any health problems from their parents then they can live up to an average of twelve to fifteen years. Usually, no health issues are found in these dogs but it is recommended for the potential owners to ask the reputable breeder if the parents had any genetic diseases. Parents’ genetics matter a lot in the puppy’s health.

Best Suitable environment for Maltipoo

A Maltipoo is not for the countries with extremely hot weather because it becomes lazy in intense heat and likes to remain indoors in air-conditioned or cool rooms. A Maltipoo requires a change of environment because it could get easily bored with the same place. It is good to keep Maltipoo inside an apartment as long as it gets a daily outdoor walk to get its mood cheered up.

Exercise for Maltipoo

Its requirement of exercising is quite low as it has a playful nature and usually, it tires itself up by playing around on its own. However, a daily walk for a short time period is considered good.

Grooming of Maltipoo

Usually, the grooming of a Maltipoo depends upon the coat it has. Commonly, a Maltipoo requires daily brushing, but if it has a curly coat like its parent poodle then it should be kept tidy by visiting a professional groomer after every 6 weeks. It is really important to keep good care of the coat because if it is not groomed daily, a dog may get an infection as it possesses very sensitive skin.

Just like their parent Poodle, a Maltipoo’s ears are also very sensitive. They require to be kept clean and dry. A great idea is to have their ears checked up at the vet every time you take it there.

Perfect Family for the Maltese and Poodle Mix

A Maltipoo does not require a great amount of exercise a little bit of walk can do the job. It perfectly suits a family with few activities. It is a great pet for families having small children as this dog has a good playful nature.


If you are looking for a cuddly and very cute type of dog, then Maltipoo is the right one for you. It is very affectionate type of hybrid breed canine, friendly and very outgoing. Individuals cannot repel the smooth hairs and the energetic attitudes of this dog. Maltipoos are actually trainable, since they only want the best for their family. This crossbreed type of dog is just the right type of dog if this is your first time to own a dog and also for those who are living in apartments or small homes.

Maltipoos are hypoallergenic, but of course not all the pups will develop as a hypoallergenic one. If you are allergic to dogs, you need to spend some time with Maltipoos first before having one to make sure that your allergies won’t go back with this dog breed around you. You wouldn’t want to get the puppy and then give it back to the owner after a few days when your allergy problems strikes back. As you read on you will become familiar with it and you will know how to take care of it and if it is best for you and for your household as well.

Maltese and Poodle are known for have low to non-shedding coats and that makes Maltipoo low to non-shedding too. This makes them considered as a hypoallergenic type of dog, but you need to keep in mind that dander or dead skin particles may still crumble even in dogs that are considered non-shedding. Maltipoos are not just the best for people with allergies, but they are also great for any type of climate. This breed of mix dogs are known for their guarding ability, tricks, talents as watchdogs and their suppleness as well.

Other names for Maltese and Poodle Mix

a black Maltipoo puppy

a black Maltipoo puppy

There are different names for Maltese and Poodle mix, so you shouldn’t be confused.  Maltipoo are also known for their names like Maltepoo, Malt-A-Poo, Maltipoo, Moodle, Multapoo, Multipoo, Malte-Poo, Maltapoo, Multapoo, Multi-Poo, Maltese-Poodle, Malt-oddles and MaltiPoodle.

Maltipoo is not accepted by the American Kennel Club, since they do not consider it as a purebred dog. There are other registries that do distinguish Maltipoo as a crossbreed type of dog and they are the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Designer Breed Registry, International Designer Canine Registry & the Designer Breed Registry.


Maltipoo started in the US and it was made to become small, cuddly and a good companion as well. This dog is a very good pet and will surely be appropriate in any kind of family and their lifestyle. It was made to become a companion of families these days and breeders are successful though.

The Pedigree

Maltipoo is known as a hybrid dog. It is a result of thoroughbred Poodle – purebred Maltese. The aim in breeding this dog is to come up with a hypoallergenic one for those with allergies. They would like to come up with a canine that is hypoallergenic is highly trainable as well. There are multi-generational breeds that have been made to come up with a standardize look and temper meant for this mixture type.

Food and diet

Maltipoo is a high spirited type of dog though it is small in size and it needs nourishment especially made for them. Such type of dog must be fed with high quality and dry kibble to prevent from oral problems like gum infections, bad breath and loss of tooth. When feeding a Maltipoo, its best to know the type of foods for him and you should know that puppy food is very much different from an adult food. A puppy may be given adult food after 6 months, but it will be best to ask a vet first before giving your pups an adult food.

Maltipoo pups normally eat 1 ½ cups of pup food twice a day. You need to always give your pups premium and high quality food to prevent table leftovers.  Dogs are like humans too they have special nutritional needs that dog owners should know. A lot of dog owners cook their puppy food to give them their personal touch. This is also great, since it can help in making the bonds stronger between you and your dog. It’s just that you need to always consider their nutritional needs all the time. It’s best to invest in foods that are good for them than being sorry later on.

Physical activity

When you train a Maltipoo you will never have a hard time, but be sure to train him in a composed and very thoughtful manner. This type of dog is very smart, but he is very sensitive too. This dog may respond to optimistic teaching process only. The possibility of easy training might be ruined if you use harsh words and methods or if you yell or use aggressive force to tame the dog. During training, there must be delish treats and praises to boost the interest of the dog to work even more. Maltipoos are very obedient and they excel if you boost them and if they are happy. They can also be a great therapy for people.

Temper and Behavior

Maltipoo is normally calm and well-mannered that makes it a good domestic friend for people who would like to spend most of their time with a dog. This type of crossbred dog loves to deal with people and it can go along easily with them too. It’s just that this dog may suffer from separation anxiety, especially if there is a very strong human bond between the dog and the owner. Maltipoos may suffer from depression and may do harm to themselves like pulling their coats, chewing their skin and others.

They can do best with a household follower with them most a lot of times. Maltipoos are very lively and they are full of spirit, which will bring fun memories to the whole family. You can play with him using a ball and he will be very happy running with a ball or tag game with kids too. They can also mingle with other dogs and animals as well. After a tiring day, he will surely curl and spend some time there during a nap.

Usual health issues of Maltipoos

Since Maltipoos are crossbreeds, they are prone to issues that affect Maltese and Poodle. They may have problems like Legg Calve Perthes Disease, Portosystemic Shunt, Patellar Luxation, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, and Epilepsy & White Shaker Syndrome. Some skin issues may also be a problem with this type of breed. Due to crossbreeding, Maltipoo starts a life at a greater advantage when compared to purebred ones. As a matter of fact, some ailments that the first generation’s sire and dame are prone to or might suffering from will just pass by the Maltipoo.

Activities required

Even if Maltipoos are very lively and full of energy, they do not need a lot of activities or exercise. They only need a short gait in the sunrise or in the evening just to keep them happy. This dog adores playing and will be very happy to run after a ball for so many hours. It can keep them entertained throughout the day. This is very appropriate for small spaces and homes like condos and apartments. It can also live comfortably in a place where there is a small yard, but you shouldn’t leave him without a leash except in a secure fence or he is inside the house.


Maltipoo pups are extremely cute, but they are also very delicate as well. You should handle them and take care of them with precaution. Kids should be guided when holding the pups; they can be hugged to death. You need to introduce people to them to prevent them from becoming shy or nervous. Socialization must start at an early age, in fact there are puppy classes conducted for the benefits of new pups.

The lifespan

Maltipoos are expected to live between 10-14 years, but this varies from one dog to another. Dogs with good health and those who are given with proper care may be able to live longer than those with poor health condition. They may soon die of ailment or hunger.

The physique

Maltipoos are considered as toy dogs. Their head is small and round in shape. They basically have a small muzzle in black color. Their eyes are found, the ears are flappy down to their cheeks. Their coat is low to non-shedding and the dander is also low. They have different colors like white and silver & cream too.

Maltipoo with kids and other animals

Maltipoos are best with kids; they can also go along with other animals. Even if they are very friendly, they must be administered with small kids around. It will be best for kids and the dog to avoid damaging body parts to prevent problems. They are normally a good companion too among elders.

Care and proper grooming

In taking care of Maltipoos, it will be best to brush their coat all the time to clean it and to prevent mats. You can also clip the hair to make it more attractive and neat all the time. The hair may also be cut at least two times a year, but the head area must be trimmed every month. Cutting the hairs around the eyes will make the dog look great. The ears must also be cleaned all the time, but bathing the dog must be done every month only.

Intelligence and understanding

Having a Maltipoo at home is a great decision, because you will never feel alone anymore with this dog breed around you. Just by merely looking in his yes, you will know how intelligent it is and you will be smiling after minutes of having it even during hard days at work. Its smartness will make him suited for early house training, but similar to other smart dog breeds, they also require enough amount of mental stimulation first. You must be good with house training, since this breed is not the one that you can just leave inside the crate while you leave for work all day.

The generations

It’s a fact that Maltipoo is a result of crossbreeding. Their first generations Maltipoos are the successful result of cross breeding between a purebred Maltese and a purebred Poodle. Because of this a lot of ailments were passed on thru the genes, which makes Maltipoo healthier than the sire and dam. While the second generation rises in 3 ways, first, the cross between the first generation of Maltipoo and a purebred Maltese, the second is a cross between the first generation of Maltipoo and a purebred Poodle, the last one is a cross between the 2 first generation Maltipoos.

Due to the genetic factors that were passed on to the next generation, the puppies are usually healthy like the first generation Maltipoos.  The 3rd generation Maltipoos is the outcome of the cross between the 2nd generation Maltipoos. On the other hand, every sire and dam must have one purebred parent of its kind.

Other important things to keep in mind

Getting a Maltipoo is a lifelong investment; you need to spend time, money, energy and emotions in him. But in return, you will have a friend that will make you happy, fulfilled and healthy too. a lot of Maltipoo owners nowadays never thought about the time, energy and the money they will spend for the dog, since they are very much determined to have one, believing that he is the best for them. It will be best to know anything and everything about Maltipoo first before you get one, this way you will be familiar with the temper, diet and other essential things about the breed. It is a big responsibility to take care of a dog and make him live happy, contented and healthy. You need to be emotionally, physically and financially ready for it though.