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Maltipoo 101

April 17, 2024

Nothing says designer dog like a Maltipoo. Coming from two popular show dogs, a Maltipoo showcases the best traits from their parents. They could easily be mistaken for another stuffed animal in your collection. They have those adorable floppy ears and creamy, soft coats that make them irresistible to anyone looking for a new furry addition to the family. Now that we’ve got your attention let’s go over the basics of this breed to help prepare you for meeting your new best friend.

What are Maltipoos?
Maltipoos are a popular hybrid dog breed that crosses a Maltese with a Poodle. These adorable fluffers are known for their sweet friendliness, sharp intelligence, and loving demeanor. They are known to be fluffy bundles of joy that capture the hearts of families nationwide. Maltipoos have a unique appearance that makes them look like they were purchased at a toy store, but they also have a fun and happy personality to match their adorable teddy bear faces. If you look up “man’s best friend” in the dictionary, you might find a picture of a Maltipoo.

How big will they get?
Maltipoos vary slightly in size, but they’re known for their small stature. They will grow up to be 5 – 12 pounds, which makes them great for anyone who:

  • loves to travel
  • lives in a big city
  • has kids
  • lives in a small apartment.

What is their temperament like?
Temperament is defined as a dog’s personality, disposition, or nature. Though temperament is not part of a dog’s physical characteristics, it is biologically based. Understanding any dog’s temperament is one of the best ways to determine if that breed fits your family and lifestyle well. Here are a few things to consider about a Maltipoo’s temperament.

  • They love to love. A Maltipoo’s temperament is hard to beat. They are lovers through and through. These little dogs can fit right into a big family with lots of kids or someone living independently. They thrive on human companionship and will build strong bonds with everyone in your family, big or small. Given their smaller size, they will probably bond more with older children, and younger children should always be supervised to ensure gentle play.
  • Everyone’s best friend. These warm-hearted dogs are very comfortable with making new friends. They’re known for being happy, playful, and very loving. Of course, every dog has a personality of their own. It’s essential to provide them with socialization to help reduce their stress and promote safe interactions. By doing this, your dog will enjoy visiting dog-friendly locations or meeting new people when you’re hosting a gathering at your home.
  • Lots of training potential. Thanks to their poodle parent, Maltipoos are a very intelligent breed. This makes them eager to learn. They will pick up on new behaviors and commands more easily than other dogs with the help of positive reinforcement. That said, it’s essential to have reasonable expectations. Be consistent, practice patience, and you both will find success.
  • Adaptable. Maltipoos are very flexible and adjust well to different environments, whether an apartment in the city or a home in the countryside. Their easy-going nature also makes it easier to handle different situations. Again, we want to remind you that proper socialization can help your puppy feel even less stressed when they experience something new.

What are their grooming needs?
As with any dog, grooming your Maltipoo is essential for them to have a long and happy life. Maltipoos may require more attention to grooming to maintain their adorable fluffy coats. Because a Maltipoo has silky and luxurious fur, we recommend visiting the groomer every 6 – 8 weeks for a good trim. When it comes to at-home grooming, here’s what we recommend:

  • Brush, brush, brush! Make sure to brush through your maltipoo’s fur every day to keep their coat free of mats and tangles and to keep it shiny.
  • Dogs need a spa day, too. Bathe, blow dry, and brush your doodle every 2 – 3 weeks to maintain a clean coat and a happy, comfortable dog. We can’t guarantee their happiness while they’re getting their bath, but they’ll love how they feel after all is said and done.
  • It’s all about maintenance. To maintain fur growth and health, it is vital to take your Maltipoo to the groomer every 6-8 weeks. It’s also important to ensure their nails are trimmed and their teeth are brushed.

How much energy do they have?
Maltipoos love to play. They have a lot of energy to get out, so daily exercise is crucial. But their energy levels are far more manageable than those of larger breeds. Maltipoos require moderate exercise, mental stimulation, and positive reinforcement. So, what are the best ways to manage their energy levels?

  • Early training. Issues such as play biting, excessive licking, chewing, tugging, and wrestling are common among puppies. You can manage these behaviors by using positive reinforcement for proper behavior, leading by example calmly, and consistent routines.
  • Regular exercise. Ensure you’re giving your Maltipoo enough to release their energy. Take short, daily walks and enjoy some playtime in the backyard. It’s important not to over-exercise your Maltipoo. A moderate amount of exercise doesn’t just promote good behavior but helps ensure your beloved dog lives a longer, healthier life.

Are there any health considerations?
Maltipoos are generally very healthy dogs with an average lifespan of 10 – 15 years. However, no breed is invulnerable to health concerns. Understanding some of the most common issues you may face will help you keep your dog healthy.

    Common health problems:

  • The most important issues to be aware of for this breed are eye problems, dental problems, and allergies.

Measures to prevent health problems:

  • Regular vet check-ups. These help in the early detection of potential health issues.
  • Balanced diet. Feeding your dog a well-balanced diet supports their overall health. Check with your vet or nutrition specialist to find the proper brand to help your dog thrive.
  • Moderate exercise. Keeping your Maltipoo physically active is very good for their overall health. It’s recommended they take short walks and have outside playtime every day.
  • Grooming. Maintaining healthy grooming practices for your pet can help stop ear infections and tooth problems.

Though potential health issues may be a concern, don’t let it discourage you. Many of these conditions are very manageable with the proper care and attention.

Successful Training Tips:

  • Consistency is key. Establish clear and consistent rules during training. This helps your Maltipoo understand your expectations and respond accordingly.
  • Always choose positive reinforcement. Praise and rewards should be given immediately after your Maltipoo successfully performs the desired command. Treats, verbal praise, and cuddles can help reinforce positive behavior.
  • Don’t wait—start training now. Beginning your training sessions when your Maltipoo is a puppy helps instill good habits and build a strong bond from the start.
  • It’s all about patience. Every dog learns at their own pace. It’s essential to be patient and understanding and adjust your training accordingly.
  • Socialization is vital. Expose your Maltipoo to various environments, people, and other animals to develop their confidence and adaptability. Click here if you would like to learn more about socializing your dog right from home.

Why get a Maltipoo?
If you haven’t made the decision yet? Then let this be your answer. Maltipoos will surely be a great addition to your family with their loving nature and loyal companionship. Here are a few more reasons why a Maltipoo might be the best friend you’ve been looking for:

  • Cuteness overload! Maltipoos have an adorable demeanor that matches their looks. They are known for their gentle and affectionate nature. If you bring a Maltipoo home, expect them to become one of your most loyal and happy companions. They enjoy long cuddles and will be sensitive to your wants and needs.
  • They’re social butterflies. These little dogs are a great fight for almost any home, whether you have a big family or live alone. It’s easy for them to build strong bonds with the people closest to them, but they will also approach new people with a friendly disposition. This makes them an excellent choice for people who love to travel, live in big cities, or have kids at home.
  • Say goodbye to shedding. Although no do is completely hypoallergenic, adults and children who deal with allergies can appreciate the Maltipoo’s low-shedding coat. There is also a lot less to clean up from hair fallout, which is a huge pro for anyone who doesn’t have the time to worry about that maintenance.
  • They’re smart cookies. Here’s another breed that can thank their poodle parent for their wits. Maltipoos are extremely smart, enabling them to do obedience training exceptionally well. However, this doesn’t mean you don’t have to prioritize training. Proper training will help a Maltipoo’s intelligence shine.

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