Maltese Poodle puppies are small, soft, fluffy and adorable. As true as this is, when choosing any mixed breed puppy (a.k.a., designer breeds) understanding the individual breeds that go into the mix is imperative.
- 1 Maltipoo (Maltapoo) Puppy Quick Stats
- 2 Contributions of the Poodle to the Maltipoo
- 3 Contributions of the Maltese to the Maltapoo
- 4 An Overview of Maltipoo Puppies
- 5 Common Maltipoo Health Problems
- 6 What about Teacup Maltipoos?
Maltipoo (Maltapoo) Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Maltese and a Poodle
» 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 – 15 years
» Average estimated weight of between 6 – 10 pounds
» Average height of approximately 10 – 14 inches
» Training difficulty – Low
» Grooming requirement – Low
» Exercise requirement – Medium
A Maltipoo is a cross between a pure breed Poodle and a pure breed Maltese. This means that your puppy can exhibit any characteristics that might be present in either breed. The degree that either the Poodle or Maltese side of its genetics influences your new puppy is pure chance.
Contributions of the Poodle to the Maltipoo
Poodles are one of the most intelligent of all dog breeds and because of this, it requires plenty of mental stimulation. A highly intelligent dog with no mental challenges may become destructive.
The size of the Poodle parent has a big impact on the size of your Maltese Poodle puppy. Poodles range in size from less than 10 inches to over 15 inches. If you are interested in a small grown-up dog, make sure that the Poodle parent is of the toy variety, if possible.
The temperament of a Poodle is friendly, affectionate and occasionally yappy. They are great family dogs and bond well with everyone in the household. Poodles are courageous and bold when necessary but are not naturally aggressive.
The most striking feature of Poodles is its fur. The long hair of a Poodle is dense, coarse and curly. The fur is a result of its earlier ancestors being bred as water dogs.
Poodles come in a wide range of solid colors. Some colors that you may find include white, brown, cream and silver. As a consequence, this gives a wide range of potential colors to any Poodle mix.
Contributions of the Maltese to the Maltapoo
The Maltese is the most regal of all dog breeds. They were bred to be a status symbol and companion to Chinese royalty. This is a blue-blooded animal if there ever was one.
A Maltese is strictly a companion that was born to never work a day in its life. They know their role in the family and revel in it.
Unlike many other breeds of dog, they have no genetic predisposition towards work, guarding or herding. All they desire is to lay with their people and enjoy life.
The Maltese weighs in at less than seven pounds. Although small, the Maltese is active, frisky and willing to do anything with its owner.
Its fur is long, straight and white and is often so long that it almost touches the ground. The flowing hair makes the dog appear to float as it moves.
This Maltese is trusting, affectionate and without fear. A shy Maltese is an uncommon occurrence in the dog world. They love everyone and believe that nobody is a stranger.
An Overview of Maltipoo Puppies
When the Poodle and the Maltese breeds mix, the combination creates a great small dog. The Maltipoo temperament is very friendly and outgoing. They love everyone and are completely non-aggressive.
The one downside might be a tendency towards vocalization and they can be a bit on the yappy side.
The Maltapoo Coat
The fur is usually soft to the touch. They seldom develop the coarse hair that is a trademark of the Poodle. Instead the predominant tendency is towards longer hair.
Many people choose to keep their dogs fur clipped. This “Puppy Cut” gives the dog a charming appearance. The clipped fur cuts down on the grooming that they would require otherwise.
Their coloration is often white with an accent color. The white coloration of the Maltese is quite dominant but many colors are possible. Many of the most common Maltipoo coat colors are:
Even when you keep the coat short, it requires regular grooming. A Maltipoo puppy needs to be brushed several times every week and a monthly bath keeps the coat clean and dirt-free.
Because of the genetic makeup that goes into this breed, your dog can exhibit three main coat types. These coat types are silky with straight fur, thick with curly fur and wiry with curly hair.
The least common is the wiry/curly coat typically seen with Poodles. Poodle genes dominate this coat type and it is harsh to the touch. Breeders and owners do not desire this coat type.
The easiest to groom is the straight but silky coat. This coat does not tangle and is easy to brush. This coat type comes into play with the Maltese genes dominate.
When your dog exhibits the thick but curly coat, you must groom often and thoroughly. This coat tangles easily and can form mats. A poorly groomed dog with this coat type may require a severe clipping to remove the mats.
Some people desire this dog because of its supposed hypoallergenic properties. They do not shed much and when kept groomed have little dander to kick up allergies. No dog is completely hypoallergenic and the only way to keep your dog from causing an allergy flare-up is regular grooming.
Common Maltipoo Health Problems
Although mixed breed puppies tend to have better health overall than either of the purebreds that they originate from, they can still be susceptible to diseases which affect the parent.
In the case of the Maltipoo, common health issues seen are things such as:
- Collapsed Trachea
- Hip Dysplasia
- LCP Disease
- Luxating Patella
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Epilepsy and Seizures
- White Shaker Syndrome
Although the list seems intimidating, most of the conditions are treatable and there is no guarantee that your Maltapoo would have any of them. But, being informed gives you options so that you can keep an eye out for possible problems.
What about Teacup Maltipoos?
Officially, there is no such breed as a Teacup Maltipoo. Maltipoos do come in the toy variety which often leads to the confusion. A “teacup” puppy of any kind is merely a happenstance of birth.
If you think about a litter of puppies like a bunch of brothers and sisters, the concept of a Teacup Maltapoo becomes clearer. In a family, brothers and sisters will be taller, shorter, thinner and heavier. In much the same way, a Teacup Maltipoo puppy is just one of the tiniest pups in the litter and nothing more.
In the end, potential owners should gather as much Maltipoo information as possible before deciding on this breed.
If after doing your homework, you find that Maltese Poodle puppies are right for you, you’ll be in for a terrific lifelong companion.