Understanding the type of dog you are looking for is important if you want a pet that is a perfect fit. If you are looking for a dog that is small and rare, a Maltipoo is a perfect pet for you. Let’s take a deep dive into this breed to see why it is so special.
Maltipoo or Maltese Poodle Mix
The Maltipoo is a new breed of dog that originated in the United States within the last fifty years. The Maltipoo is a specialty crossbreed, often called a designer dog, that mixes two purebred breeds into one new breed.
The Maltipoo is a mix between a toy Poodle and a Maltese. This designer dog can be incredibly rare due to the need for two different breeds of purebred dogs to crossbreed. The black Maltipoo is even rarer due to the low genetic probability that a Maltipoo is black.
These dogs were bred specifically as companion animals and are meant to keep their owners company by showing them tons of affection. The mix of toy poodle or miniature poodle and Maltese is meant to increase the longevity of the dog’s life while decreasing the possibility of disease or disabilities within the dog.
How much should a Maltipoo cost?
Maltipoos have a price range from $600 – $4,000. These price tags include the cost of adoption or purchase from a reputable breeder, microchipping, vaccinations, spay/neuter costs, testing for certain diseases and a lifetime health guarantee.
Maltipoo puppies are incredibly adorable. Their coats are soft and fluffy no matter the color. Maltipoo puppies are very playful and energetic and love being around kids and other animals. When introduced early, Maltipoo puppies make lifelong connections with children, adults, and other animals.
Maltipoo puppies stay fairly small for the first year of their lives continue to have that puppy look for the first three years. Maltipoo puppies are quite small and therefore must be taken care of properly.
If you have children or other dogs in the house that like to play rough, make sure you keep an eye on your Maltipoo puppy. Because these dogs are so small, they are often injured or even killed in an accident. Even if your child falls on the dog accidentally it can cause serious damage to the puppy. However, if you keep an eye on your pup and your kids they will form a connection that will last a lifetime.
How big is a full-grown Maltipoo?
As a miniature breed, the full-grown Maltipoo can reach a height between 8 and 14 inches tall. Maltipoos generally only grow to be between 5 and 20 pounds. Their small size makes Maltipoos great lap dogs.
Many people transport them in small carrying cases, bags, or purses when going out and about. The Maltipoo is incredibly intelligent and easy to train. Maltipoos have an average life expectancy of 10 to 13 years which is average for dogs of their size.
Are Maltipoos hypoallergenic?
The Maltipoo sports a beautiful coat that is often wavy or curly. The Maltipoo has medium-length fur that is tightly arranged in curls. Maltipoos do not shed very much and are hypoallergenic. Their coats can differ in sheen and some Maltipoos have a very shiny coat while others are much fluffier in appearance.
Are Maltipoos good family dogs?
Maltipoos have a great temperament. The dogs are lovable and affectionate and will actively seek out human companionship like they were bred to do. Maltipoos are energetic and playful making them great for kids. Maltipoos are very gentle and enjoy spending time with their owners in many capacities.
Maltipoos often like to be held or carried and really love physical touch. They are very affectionate dogs that will nuzzle their owners and seek out attention. Maltipoos love to relax and they often do not enjoy spending much time outdoors. If you have an apartment or a smaller yard, a Maltipoo is a perfect dog for your situation.
Although the Maltipoo does not need a lot of space, it still requires a good amount of regular exercise to stay healthy and to burn off high energy levels. Playing with your Maltipoo regularly will allow them to burn off any excess energy so they will not use that energy to chew your things.
Maltipoos are very gentle dogs that will not hesitate to make a lot of noise if they see something wrong. Maltipoos may be very apprehensive to strangers or other animals that come close to their owners.
Maltipoos form a strong bond with their owners and therefore do whatever they can to protect them. If you are in a small space with neighbors nearby it may be a good idea to train your dog early to not bark at common occurrences.
Overall, Maltipoos are an incredibly friendly breed of dog that loves to give and receive love and companionship with their owners. They are great family dogs that can spend time snuggling on the couch and playing with the kids. Although it is important to understand that the dogs are very small and fragile and can be easily injured by rough children or by a simple accident.
Maltipoos do okay with other animals as long as the dog has been acquainted with those animals from a young age. Introducing a new animal to a Maltipoo may result in a storm of barking.
Does Maltipoo bark a lot?
No, Maltipoo does not bark a lot. But if you want to avoid barking, you should do some training. This can be done by following some instructions given to you by your Maltipoo breeder or puppy trainer.
Also, keep in mind that Maltipoo is a very emotionally sensitive breed. If you want to avoid barking, you need to assure your dog that it’s safe and secure in the environment it’s in. When this happens, Maltipoo won’t bark at people or other pets.
What should I ask a Maltipoo breeder?
As you probably already know, it’s very important to ask a lot of questions when considering a new pet. When you look at a Maltipoo breeder, there are a few important questions that will let you know if they are going to be a good match for you.
- The health of the parents
- Test results
- Experience with this breed
- Socialization practices
- Check vaccination schedule, make sure to get shots after health checkup
- Comes with a health guarantee and a written contract (make sure to ask for the contract)
- When can you pick up the puppy?
Communication is key when searching for a Maltipoo. If your breeder gives you any trouble or doesn’t respond to your inquiries, keep looking for another one.
Due to their crossbreeding, Maltipoos can come in a variety of wonderful colors. Most commonly the Maltipoo comes out in a white or cream color. This is because the most common colors of the poodle and Maltese used to make this breed are also white or cream.
However, the color of these dogs is truly unpredictable and completely reliant on the luck of genetics. Some shades are rarer than others and therefore have become more desirable over the years.
1. Black Maltipoo
The Black Maltipoo is the most desirable color of this breed because of its rarity. A Black Maltipoo features a coat and face that is completely black. The fur on a black Maltipoo is often luxuriously shiny. A truly black Maltipoo will not have any other tints or shades featured on the coat no matter what length the fur is kept. A Black Maltipoo, full-grown or puppy, will be completely jet black.
2. White Maltipoo
The white-coated Maltipoo is the most common color seen in this crossbreed. Maltese dogs are almost always white or sometimes have a beige or cream tint, so white is a dominant gene. White is also a common coat color for Poodles, so naturally, this is the most likely coat color for Maltipoo puppies.
A white Maltipoo will have a solid white coat with no colored patches anywhere on the body. The fur is usually thick and soft but lacks a shine like that of darker coat colors.
3. Brown Maltipoo
A brown coat is one of the rarest for Maltipoos, as it is caused by a recessive gene. Since there are no genes present for a brown coat from the Maltese parent, this gene must come from the Poodle. Brown is also a rare coat among Poodles.
If the gene for a brown coat is passed to the puppies, it most often shows as a parti coat. Even in this case, the coat would most likely be white with small brown patches or spots.
4. Red Maltipoo
A red coat is one of the most popular coat colors for Maltipoos. The red coat has a chestnut color and is very vibrant and rich. The color, paired with the distinct wavy or curly fur gives the appearance of a teddy bear.
Maltipoos do not normally have a red coat. To have a chance of any puppies showing a red coat, the breeder must pair a red Poodle with a tan-colored Maltipoo. Even then, only 1 or 2 puppies in the litter may show a red coat.
5. Apricot Maltipoo
Apricot is a lighter variation of the red coat. Just like red coats, apricot is accepted as a standard for Maltipoos and it is fairly common. Apricot Maltipoos puppies are most often born in a litter conceived between an apricot Poodle and a parti white and tan Maltese.
Maltipoos with apricot coats typically have the same characteristics of a black coat, with their eyes, nose and toenails being black. The coat is usually a solid color with no white patches, but the coat shade does lighten as the dog ages.
6. Golden or Café Au Lait Maltipoo
Like the brown and red coats, café au lait (or coffee) is one of the most sought-after coat colors for Maltipoo puppies. A café au lait coat looks like a pale biscuit color and the coat can be solid, parti with tan or parti with white. Patches typically show on the chest and paws but also be visible around the muzzle and the tail.
The café au lait coat is often called golden, as it is similar in color to that of a golden retriever coat. Lighter shades are more common since Maltese dogs only show white or pale cream coats.
7. Black and white Maltipoo
The bi-color black and white Maltipoo is a somewhat rare iteration of the breed. A Black and white Maltipoo boasts a beautiful pattern of distinct shades. Most often, a black and white Maltipoo will have a white snout and facial accents with a mostly white coat. The distinct feature of this color combination is the black fur that surrounds the eyes of the pup.
8. Black and brown Maltipoo
The black and brown Maltipoo is another rare version of a Maltipoo. This coat combination combines soft browns with distinct blacks to create a dog that feels like a teddy bear. Much like their black and white cousins, a black and brown Maltipoo has black fur surrounding the eyes. The snout, facial features, and coat of the dog are a beautiful chocolate brown.
How do you groom a Maltipoo?
Grooming your Maltipoo is a very important aspect of ownership. If left ungroomed, the Maltipoo’s medium-length curly fur will become tangled and knotted which can cause them to lose hair and be in pain.
You must keep your dog looking their best by brushing their coat frequently. Keeping their coats clean will also help to keep them untangled. Even though these energetic pups are hard to keep in the tub, you must wash your dog’s fur frequently.
Your Maltipoo needs to have their hair cut every few months to avoid matting and tangling that could put your dog in pain. Cutting your dog’s fur regularly will also help it regulate its own temperature while also letting it move around more freely.
The facial hair of the Maltipoo needs to be trimmed regularly or the fluffy fur surrounding the eyes can irritate your dog. This fur is usually softer and fluffier than the base coat and therefore can restrict your dog’s ability to see clearly.
Frequent trimming of the face will keep air out of your dog’s eyes so that they can move more comfortably. Trimming the facial hair around the mouth will also mean that your dog will stay cleaner when eating it will not drag water all around the house as it drips from its beard.
Because of its crossbreed between a Maltese and a poodle, there are multiple ways to cut your dog’s fur in a style that is reminiscent of both breeds. A Maltipoo’s haircut can be both functional and stylish and keeps your dog looking adorable and clean all the time.
Do Maltipoos need haircuts?
When trimming your dog’s fur there are many options to consider so that you can fit your dog with the perfect haircut to give them the look you desire. There are many popular Maltipoo haircuts that all serve a different purpose and are reminiscent of the parent breeds that are used to create this dog.
The Maltipoo puppy haircut is a popular option if you want to keep your dog looking young. This Maltipoo haircut keeps your dog’s coat fluffy and on the shorter side so that they hold the look of a puppy.
Another haircut to consider is the town and country poodle cut. This Maltipoo haircut keeps the belly face and legs trimmed or the rest of the coat is allowed to grow to its longest and fluffiest length. This style was made famous by poodles and could have your Maltipoo looking fancy. If you want to get really fancy, consider adding a Miami cut that allows for poofs to grow on the feet and at the end of the tail.
If your dog spends the majority of the time indoors, a lamb cut is a great option. This Maltipoo haircut keeps your dog’s fur at a longer length so that their coat looks full and fluffy. If your dog plays around in the mud or is frequently in water, this cut is not your best choice.
Choosing the right haircut for your Maltipoo is important so that you can get the exact type of pet you want. The dog’s beautiful wavy coat allows for many different styles and you can even experiment over time to define the look that is perfect for your pup. Frequently grooming your Maltipoo is a great way to keep them looking good while staying healthy and clean.
How do I find a good Maltipoo breeder?
When searching for a Maltipoo breeder it is important to do your research. You want a Maltipoo breeder that takes the time to ensure that your Maltipoo is being bred safely and ethically.
You want to look for Maltipoo breeders that use healthy parentage to make your dog. Make sure that your Maltipoo breeder takes good care of the Maltipoo puppies before you were able to take them home. Maltipoo breeders may be hard to find in your area, but a quick online search will help you find one that is nearest to you.
It is important to make sure that you were getting the best product and the best price from your Maltipoo breeder. Make sure to do your research before going to pay for a Maltipoo so that you can be sure you are getting the quality of dog that you are looking for in your Maltipoo.
If it is possible, you should attempt to search for a Maltipoo rescue or a place that offers Maltipoo adoption. This does not happen often, but Maltipoos sometimes make their way into Humane societies, rescues, and adoption centers. If you can obtain a Maltipoo in this way and you can ensure that it is healthy and pure, it is your most ethical and economically savvy way to obtain a Maltipoo.
Maltipoos are a beautiful crossbreed that is fun and energetic. They’re very intelligent dogs that provide lifelong companionship. They are loving and loyal and make for a great breed for families. If you’re in the market for a new dog consider finding a Maltipoo.
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