If you’re looking for a canine buddy to brighten your household with great characteristics such as minimum hair shedding, smartness, cute looking and extreme affection, then a Maltipoo can be a perfect choice!
Maltipoo puppies are what you will have after successfully cross-breeding a Maltese with a Poodle of mini or toy size.
You might be wondering: Why did breeders choose these two breeds? Well, to answer this question, we must first take a brief look at the original goal of Maltipoo breeders: to create a perfect companion for allergy-prone dog lovers.
This is due to the fact that Maltipoos’ coat takes after that of their lovely Poodle parent, which means it sheds significantly lesser than other dog breeds.
And lovely-looking is exactly the second point why Maltipoos were born. Malteses and Poodles have similar body sizes and cute appearances, so the Maltese Poodle mix is born with both these features: small and adorable!
Not to mention their exceptionally intelligent, playful nature, which is just like the Morkie (another mixed result of Maltese, but this time, with the Yorkie). You’ll never get bored with a little Maltipoo by your side!
However, the number of Maltipoo dogs around the world is negligible because they haven’t been recognized as a distinct dog breed. As far as experts are concerned, these are but mutts. And not everyone is keen on breeding their purebred dog with a mutt.
Your puppy is a Maltese Poodle mix, so of course, he will inherit his parents’ most prominent traits.
The first trait is his modest body size. Depending on his parents’ specific type (Toy or Miniature), there’ll be a small error in the Maltipoo pup’s actual measurements.
This unavoidable factor is what makes you unable to tell his adult size accurately. But you can guess that the measured digits must be somewhere between the maximum and minimum figures of his founding breeds.
For example, if his Maltese parent is 6-8 pounds and 8-10 inches high, while his Poodle parent’s measurements are 4-6 pounds and 10 inches high, then you can expect your mixed breed pup will weigh about 5-20 pounds and reach 8-14 inches tall when he’s all grown-up.
The Maltese Poodle mix has silky, curly hair of various colors and patterns, ranging from the most common like white and cream, to rarer shades like black, brown, tan, or patchy with grey patterns.
Maltipoos’ downy fur looks like that of their Poodle parent except for the strands – they are longer. That’s also why you should take meticulous care of your dog’s coat, lest it becomes too tangle or loses its shininess.
About the Legendary “Hypoallergenic” Trait
This, sadly, is still a legend quality – one that is too perfect to be real. At least, not 100% anyway. Worldwide breeders have been thriving to achieve that goal. And so far, Maltipoos are one of the leaders in the list of dog types possessing such trait.
However, whether your Maltipoo sheds profusely or otherwise, it is not really relevant to your allergy in general. For the main reason why owner usually has allergy in the first place is because of the dog’s dander (i.e. dead skin flakes), which any dog of all kinds have, and not because of his fur.
The Maltipoo dogs love being with their humans just as much as playing outdoor. But don’t underestimate your Maltipoo buddy because of his look! Though little, he is a true bundle of energy, ready for any dynamic game with his owner or other doggy friends in the park.
Also, never forget that Maltese Poodle mix is an affectionate, friendly dog breed (sometimes overly so) towards babies and even strangers, so you need to keep an eye on him, or he’ll unwittingly hurt the small children or be snatched away.
Ever the Watchful Soldier
Loud, strong voice and a tendency to bark making up for Maltipoos’ unintimidating appearance (i.e. big puppy eyes, innocent face, tiny body covered in cotton-like fur). Your little friend is fiercely loyal and can make a good watchdog, as he won’t hesitate to bark at any shady-looking thing lurking near his territory.
And maybe that’s also the minus of his traits. Because Maltipoos are expressive dogs, he’ll even bark to welcome you home. His resounding voice may be a bit annoying to your or your neighbors’ noise-sensitive ears.
How Long Can We Be Together?
It depends partly on your buddy’s lifespan. Normally, dogs with small sizes live longer than their large breed counterparts.
But Maltipoo is a mix of Maltese and Poodle, so their life expectancy must be the average of Poodles’ 13-14 years and Maltese’s 12 years. The result is 12-13 years, but your beloved doggy can live longer (up to 15 years) if he is born to healthy parents without any genetic diseases, and is properly cared for by a good owner.
Ideally, your Maltipoo should have two meals a day, 5/8 to 1.5 cups of dog food every day. And you should only give him his meal when it’s feeding time, instead of leaving a large amount of food out for the whole day.
This is to avoid wasting high-price food while still maintaining its quality, and by extension, your dog’s health.
As mentioned above, Maltipoos’ downy coat needs regular grooming, preferably every day, so that the fur won’t lose its silkiness. And if your fluffy ball takes after his Poodle parent (i.e., curlier hair), he’ll need to see the groomer every 4 or 6 weeks.
Maltipoo dogs have sensitive skin and aren’t very good at tolerating heat. That’s why it is a must that you have to trim his fast-growing hair often if you don’t want him to get heatstroke. Or skin infections, for that matter, once the hair becomes too thick it gets grimily matted.
When you hear the telling click-clack sounds follow every little step he takes, you know that it is high time for a nail-trimming session.
After his nails are clipped (usually by using a nail grinder), not only your walls, wood floorings, and your furniture will thank you a lot, but your skin will be safe from scratches as well, whenever your enthusiastic puppy bounces around to greet you.
Do you know that small dogs are more susceptible to dental diseases than large dogs? That’s why you should brush your yipping boy’s teeth as often as possible with high-quality toothpaste and toothbrush.
It’s best to brush his teeth daily to maintain good dental health and to remove any tartar accumulation. But if you’re too busy, then twice every week is still acceptable.
Dogs need to unwind from time to time, too. Especially small dogs such as Maltipoos for they’re the mix of two inherently hyperactive, playful dog breeds. As such, if your dynamic Maltipoo doesn’t get to spend up his energy with games or outdoor activities, he’ll be prone to harbor mischievous ideas towards your furniture.
Since Maltipoos give any interesting game their all, they easily tire themselves. You don’t have to make him do much exercise like other big doggies, just a 15 minutes’ walk in the park every day is sufficient.
How Much for a Maltipoo?
You can buy a Maltipoo from trustworthy breeders with the average cost for one pup ranges from below $400 to $1,000. Pet stores may have Maltipoos for sale with low prices, too. Except you should never do that, for the dogs may come from unknown origins.
How to Value a Maltipoo Puppy?
The final price for one pup depends on many factors, including:
- Breeder’s reputation: a famous and reliable breeder or organization will set a higher price for one pup. You can expect the number can be up to $2,000 if the litter is produced from a highly reputable breeder with legal certificates.
- Parents’ pedigree: whether they’re purebred dogs. And the pup will be less expensive if he is born to “standard parents” (i.e. one is a Maltese and one is a Poodle) than to “whole-Maltipoo parents” (i.e. both founding dogs are Maltese-Poodle mix)
- Parents’ fur colors: whether both of them or either of them has rare shades.
- Parents’ health records: whether the genetic health issues in both founding breeds are serious.
- Geographic factor: this is where the shipping fee is added to the total cost. The farther you are from the breeder’s location, the higher the fee will be.
- Supply and demand: this aspect sets the costs for all things. You can’t find a competitive price if there’s no other a breeder or organization resides near your chosen breeder. The same goes for when there’s a lack of parent dogs to carry out the cross-breeding orders.
Another thing to consider is: what kind of Maltipoo do you prefer? Because you’ll have to pay about $600 to $1,000 for a very tiny Maltipoo of teacup type – a much higher amount in comparison to that of a standard type Maltipoo.
And remember that if you want to have the first pick of the litter, prepare to pay the breeder an extra charge of a few hundred dollars.
Of course, those are just the approximate amounts of money you will have to pay to get one Maltipoo puppy, the rest is the expenses to ensure your little chap a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life. This includes the amounts spent on his registering, foods (especially foods for small dogs), toys, supplies, periodic health check and surprise visits to the vet, etc.
As is the case of any dog, Maltipoos were created to be loved and to cheer people up. Despite the mischievous trait that Maltipoos exhibit sometimes, they will no doubt make a wonderful buddy for you. Your life will be full of happiness with a devoted, affectionate bundle of joy waiting for you.