A Maltipoo is a popular hybrid dog breed designed specifically to be a companion dog. This is a small breed but has still not been accepted as a full breed by any Kennel Club. Nevertheless it is one of the most popular mixed breeds as it is a fun-loving and cute animal. It attracts the attention of both children and adults and is a great pet to have around the house.
This dog has been developed by mixing the Maltese dog and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. Their scruffy coats and loveable attitude are enough to make you fall in love with this kind of a dog.
History & Origins
A Maltipoo is a designer dog and was breed for the purpose of being a companion dog. These dog do not have such a long history but their popularity has sky rocketed in recent times. The original idea came with they decided to cross breed a Maltese dog with a Poodle. The first generation of Maltipoos are all the result of this crossbreeding. Now there are dogs which have been born between two Maltipoo parents.
The idea was also to combine the attitude of a Maltese and the hypoallergenic properties of a Poodle. The restful is a bit mixed as not all the dogs have hypoallergenic fur as their parent breed has. This is the reason why the Maltipoo has yet to be recognized as a standalone breed. There are still some properties of them that are not standardized.
Maltipoo Characteristics & Temperament
A Maltipoo is an alert, fun-loving and affectionate dog. They are very playful and joyful dogs. The thing that they like the most is to spend time with people and play around. They are also enjoy siting on the owners lap or taking a walk with them. Tis confirms the Maltipoo as a dog which will create ties with its owners and will do anything to please them. They work exceptionally well with kids and get along with them well.
As these dogs are best kept inside an apartment, they also work well as watch dogs. As they are very alert they will bark in order to warn their owner if somebody is coming. But this can sometimes be a disadvantage as they also tend to bark and they are very vocal dogs.
Training them shouldn’t be too hard. They are obedient dogs and one does not require so much experience to train one of these dogs. You have to provide them with regular socialization and training. This wall ensure your dog is a balanced and well-mannered dog.
Appearance, Colors, Size
The size and the appearance of a Maltipoo can vary. This is mainly because of the parents and which gene is stronger. Also one has to take an account for whether the dog was mixed with a Toy or a Miniature Poodle. Nevertheless, the average size of a Maltipoo goes between 8 and 14 inches and their weight is between 5 to 20 pounds.
A Maltipoo has a low-shedding coat with low dander. Their coats are usually soft and fluffy and have a wooly texture. The length is somewhere between medium to long and it can also be both wavy and curly. There are a variety of possible colors, but the most common one are still cream, white, and silver.
The average lifespan of a Maltipoo is pretty similar to their parent breeds. They will live somewhere between 10 and 13 years. They are healthy dogs and the main conditions that they suffer from are the ones that have been genetically inherited from their parent breeds. These include White Shaker Syndrome, Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation, Portosystemic Shunt, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease. This does not mean that your particular dog might get any of these conditions, but there is a high possibility that it may get it. So it is important to check them and threat them in advance.
Maltipoo Grooming & Shedding
A Matlipoo is a low shedding dog. But this does not mean that he does not require any grooming or regular maintenance. All in all, these dogs will need you to brush them frequently. Due to their long hair they also need regular clipping. You will have to clip their hair when it gets too long and it is advised that you do it once or twice a year at least. Brushing will ensure that the dead hair is removed and that the coat is kept clean.
Giving your dog a bath is also a part of their regular maintenance. They need baths once a month. This will keep their coats neat and help the keep your dog very clean. If you decide to showcase this dog, it will also help to hire a professional groomer as many people do. There is also the case of clipping the hair around the eyes and also clipping the nails of your dog.
Price and Breeders
Even though a Maltipoo is not a pure bred breed, they are very popular and have a high cost to them. Breeders that develop these animals today are numerous and there are tons of places that they are being bred. So if you want to own one a starting price will be around400 dollars. But the price can easily go up even to 2,000 dollars for some Maltipoo puppies.
You can still get a Maltipoo by contacting animal shelters and rescue organizations. Some people are under the opinion that this is a much better way of helping dogs, and by most accounts they are right. You can find a Maltipoo dog with North American Maltipoo/Maltepoo Club and Registry Rescue or Poo-Mix Rescue.