Maltipoos are a crossbreed between purebred Poodles and a Maltese. According to Your Dog Advisor, a Maltipoo can "grow up with the very tight curls of a Poodle or the long, wavy hair of a Maltese. He could also have hair that is somewhere in between."
Maltipoo dogs are friendly and outgoing! Yet they'll need to be socialized with children at an early age. The parents will dictate the temperament of the puppy you end up bringing home. Children simply need to be taught that gentle is the key with these smaller breeds.
How big does a Maltipoo get?
You can talk to a reputable breeder about the size of their Maltipoo puppies to get a really good idea how big they'll get. On average, these "designer dogs" will stand around 8 to 14 inches tall and weigh between 5 to 20 pounds. Given this is a large range for these small dogs, always look at the parent breeds as the Poodle parents may be a big dog!
Are Maltipoo dogs hypoallergenic?
According to ASPCA, the popular rise of Poodle mix is attributed to the fact they the are "hypoallergenic," which means there's a reduced possibility in an allergic reaction occurring.
"While no one type of dog is completely hypoallergenic, Maltipoos come very close. With a reduced amount of dander, these pups can be an ideal choice for someone with a dog allergy."
If you have health issues and allergies, then this crossbreed may be wonderful hybrid dog for your family!
How much does a Maltipoo cost?
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Adopting is always cheaper!
Maltipoo pups range in cost from between $400 to $2,000 depending on the quality of the breeder, the quality of the puppy's parents, and the puppy's estimated size and coloring.
There are a few health problems according to the ASPCA you'll need to have on your radar:
- Digestive issues
- Ear infections
- Skin irritation
- Patellar luxation
Little dogs are easy to carry around from the car to the house, but just because they're small doesn't mean they don't have exercise needs. Training is important for your new puppy too, so consider a training class that uses positive reinforcement techniques.
They're also available as teacup dogs, so this small size breed comes in an even smaller size! Crate training is a great way to make sure your puppy is comfortable, but first-time owners shouldn't kennel their dogs for too long -- This is a social breed and you don't want to create any separation anxiety.
Other family dogs you should consider? The Golden Retriever, Labradoodle, Toy Poodle, Miniature Poodle, Standard Poodle, Cavapoo or the terrier.
The Poodle breed is active and the Maltese is a great companion dog! This breed is a perfect family pet and low-shedding.
Do you live with a Maltipoo? Let us know what characteristics you love about this breed!