Maltese Pomeranian puppies and dogs are a wildly popular new designer mix. This cross, also referred to as a Maltipom, combines the most desirable traits of both breeds.
Maltipom Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Maltese and a Pomeranian
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 12 – 14 years
» Average estimated weight of between 6 – 9 pounds
» Average height of approximately 13 – 18 inches
» Training difficulty – Medium
» Grooming requirement – High
» Exercise requirement – Medium
This mix is ideal for anyone looking for a small, high-energy companion. The combination of breeds often results in a very low dander dog. Allergy sufferers may find the Malti Pom to be a perfect fit.
Appearance and Characteristics of the Maltipom
Individuals of the same mix can vary greatly in appearance. Your dog may closely resemble one of its purebred parents, or have an entirely unique look.
In general, Maltipoms will have long, straight hair. Many are cream or white like their Maltese parent, but due to the Pomeranian influence puppies can be found in a variety of colors and patterns.
Maltipom puppies may undergo drastic appearance changes as they age. Puppies usually start with downy curls that will grow long and silky once they reach maturity.
The adult size of these dogs is about 6-9 pounds. You can expect your puppy to grow up to be within the same height and weight range as its parents.
To see the wide spectrum of traits these dogs can inherit, check out Maltipom pictures owners and breeders have posted online.
Maltipom Grooming Requirements and Considerations
These dogs have very high grooming requirements. Your dog will need daily brushing and a monthly bath.
If you are unable to manage things yourself, a professional groomer can help you maintain your dog’s coat. Most owners of long haired breeds, like the Maltipom, prefer to give their dog a puppy cut. This short style is attractive and easy to groom.
Small dogs require routine dental care. Brush your dog’s teeth daily or give it chew toys designed for dental health. You will also need to take it to a vet for an annual dental checkup and teeth cleaning.
Personality and Intelligence of Maltipoms
These little dogs have a big personality. They are intelligent and gentle like their Maltese parent. From the Pomeranian side they inherit boundless energy and enthusiasm.
Malti pom puppies are very quick learners. If you are patient and consistent, your dog will respond well to obedience training. Consider enrolling your puppy in an obedience class if you need extra guidance.
This mix is extremely loyal to their owners, but this trait can also be a flaw. A puppy that is not properly socialized may be aggressive towards strangers. Make sure your puppy has positive experiences early in life with other people and dogs.
Health Issues Concerning Maltipoms
Mix breed dogs can potentially inherit congenital defects common in both parent’s breeds. Luckily, both Maltese and Pomeranians are very healthy dogs and the risk is low. It is still important to buy your Maltipom puppy from a reputable breeder to avoid possible genetic defects.
Ear infections are a common problem for this mix. Keep their ears clean with sanitizing wipes and avoid getting them wet.
Many small dogs have weepy eyes due to allergies or irritation and will develop dark tear stains. Wipe the area around the eyes every day. A groomer can trim the hair near the eyes to help reduce the appearance of stains.
If you admire the elegant beauty of the Maltese and the spunky energy of the Pomeranian, Maltese Pomeranian puppies may be the perfect choice for you.