The Maltipoo is a popular cross of the Maltese and Poodle breeds. The idea is to try an produce a hypoallergenic breed, but keep in mind that there’s no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog, all breed shed dander and saliva, which carry allergens.
They are fun loving, affectionate and charming small dogs. If you are looking a sweet lapdog who is good with kids, this could be the perfect breed for you. With all crossbreed you can never really be sure which traits of each breed they will have and there are always lots of inconsistencies.
They require less exercise than other breeds and would make a great flat/apartment dog. They are quite playful dogs, so as long as they get plenty of playtime, they should adapt well to apartment living. A bored dog will usually become a mischievous dog, whether it be nuisance barking, chewing or digging. Try to make sure they are occupied with jobs, playtime or plenty of exercise to keep them out of trouble.
They make great pets, they love to play but are also affectionate and gentle. They are devoted to their families and hate to left alone, they are likely to suffer from separation anxiety, so do not get this dog if you work full time. The parent breed Maltese aren’t great with young children so consider this when choosing. They make great choice for elderly people as well as they are sensitive and sweet with them. They are devoted to their families and hate to left alone, they are likely to suffer from separation anxiety, so do not get this dog if you work full time.
They make great watchdogs and you will always know about who is at the door and anything suspicious or exciting going on outside. They love to bark so you will need to train them to be quiet on command. They can be a little un-trusting of strangers and as with most dogs will need good socialisation to combat this.
They are sweet-natured dogs and will usually live peacefully with other dogs, cats and small animals brought up within the same household. However, neighbourhood cats will likely get chased.
They are very sensitive and intelligent dogs, you will need to identify their reward motivation early for the best results. With sensitive dogs be sure to keep the training fun and interesting, don’t treat them harshly or forcefully, they make sulk or hide from you.
They have little to no shedding if brushed at least once a week, some people consider their hair to be hypoallergenic, so people may not be allergic to them. They will need to go to a professional to be trimmed/clipped although, this is something you can learn to do yourself.
Maltese and Miniature Poodle Crossbreed.
- Weight – 3kg – 4kg
- Size 25cm – 30cm
- They live for for 12-16 years
Best Trait – Light Shedders
Worst Trait – Need to be professionally groomed