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The Forever Young and Sweet Maltipoo

The Forever Young and Sweet Maltipoo
Published Wednesday, September 1, 2021 by Premier Pups Team

Maltipoos are gorgeous, playful, kind, and fun dogs. They never seem to age, which means they hold on to their cute puppy looks forever and ever, and you can never slow them down, not even in their teen years.

Maltipoos are designer Doodles. They are a mixed breed of a Maltese and a Mini Poodle.  The Maltipoo merits his worldwide popularity to his affectionate nature, cleverness, and cuddly good looks. The Maltipoo loves to love. He is a highly affectionate dog who wants nothing more than to cuddle you up, impress you with tricks, and blink his pretty little eyes all the way into your soul.

Smart, easy to train, friendly, adaptable, and entirely devoted to his family, the Maltipoo is one amazing pup. He is an excellent playmate for children, a wonderful companion pet for families, and a great first pet for novice owners. You can find him in sporting competitions holding trophies, in hospitals doing therapy work, or in dog parks turning heads. Simply put, the Maltipoo is a remarkable dog.

brown and white Maltipoo dog playing with a green plush toy

Having inherited the joyful nature of his Maltese parent, the Maltipoo will always look to bring joy to everyone around him. He wakes up happy and will have his favorite humans matching his mood by the time breakfast is over. Maltipoos are entertainers, and good ones at that. They like to perform tricks and impress, even when they are not specifically asked to. They enjoy being in the center of attention and will always find a way to get there. Some of their more impressive tricks are: standing on their hind legs “begging” for attention, rolling over on their backs asking for belly rubs, saluting or giving paw, and sitting pretty. Needless to say, any of these tricks will have you smiling and reaching for delicious rewards.  

Maltipoos are fun-loving dogs. They like to play games of find, fetch, tag, hide-and-seek, and chase. They enjoy going on camping trips, exploring new places, playing on sandy beaches, swimming, and rolling over in puddles. Basically, whatever activity you do, they will want to be a part of it. If you want to go on a fishing trip, your Maltipoo will be right there to keep an eye on your rods. If you prefer to relax on the couch and binge-watch your favorite show, your Maltipoo will be just as happy to cuddle on your lap and watch it with you. Maltipoos are highly adaptable pups. They are comfortable in any living situation whether it’s a small city apartment or a big countryside farm with lots of space to roam around in. They can adapt to both active and relaxed lifestyles, and are happy either way.  

The Maltipoo is a highly intelligent dog, and thanks to his Poodle genes, he will always be eagerly waiting at his desk for a new lesson to learn. Equipped with an eager-to-please personality, an agile mindset, and an easygoing nature, he will be effortless to train. The Maltipoo is great at learning new tricks and commands. He is an eager, fast-learning student and a people pleaser. You can count on him to pick up on tricks quickly and be a show-off in the process. Maltipoos love to be rewarded with treats, cheers, praise, cuddles, and some more treats. They respond well to positive reinforcement and are entirely capable of learning complex tricks and commands. They can be trained in advanced agility and obedience, and they will never fail to impress with their fast-learning capabilities.  

little girl holding a cream Maltipoo dog

The Maltipoo is a non-aggressive and kid-friendly dog. He is a gentle, patient, sweet, and calm companion pet for kids. He will always relish the opportunity to have play dates with children. The Maltipoo loves to entertain and children love to be entertained, so it’s a match made in heaven. Kids and Maltipoos share in their love for games, adventures, and fun activities. It’s a safe bet to say they make best friends. Maltipoos are friendly dogs. They are naturally open to meeting new people and making new friends. They love puppy kindergarten and dog parks and they get along great with other dogs and pets. 

Being social by nature, a Maltipoo will never be cautious or timid around strangers, but rather see them as new friends or cuddle buddies to be had.  

Maltipoos are small dogs and although they are patient and get along great with children of all ages, younger kids might not be able to properly handle them. It’s always recommended to supervise small children and Maltipoo play dates to make sure neither gets hurt while playing.  

Maltipoos are loving and lovable pups. They crave human affection and like all attention-seeking pups, they enjoy being cuddled, pampered, and spoiled. They are cuddly, sweet, and highly affectionate dogs who want to be near you as much as possible. They want to be a part of your daily routine, and they thrive when included in all family activities. That being said, expect your Maltipoo to follow you everywhere and smother you will love.  

Thanks to their loyal and devoted nature, Maltipoos can be trained for therapy work and they are famously good at it. They possess all the qualities that make a good therapy dog. Maltipoos are attentive, caring, friendly, patient, calm, confident, and receptive to human emotion. They crave human interaction and they are known to be able to sense their patients’ needs.  

Maltipoo puppies will happily remodel your house and redesign your belongings whether you want it or not. That’s what puppies do. They will pull on your window curtains, redecorate your furniture, and redesign your shoes to their liking (possibly while you’re still wearing them). You will find your bed sheets strolling through your living room and all you will see is an upward puffy tail sticking out at some end.  

Maltipoo puppy sitting on its back on a fluffy pillow

Maltipoo puppies are energetic, bouncy, playful, comedic, fluffy, and adorable. They love to spend their puppy energy by spontaneously running from one room to the next, and will try to conquer couch climbing as soon as they arrive at their forever home. They will also be teething and will want to chew everything in sight to ease their gums. You might want to rest your feet somewhere high where chewy can’t reach. It is always best to train your Maltipoo puppy at a young age to avoid any rebel puppy behavior manifesting in an adult Maltipoo dog.

History of Maltipoo 

The Maltipoo is a fairly new and highly popular designer Doodle Breed. A cross between a purebred Poodle and a purebred Maltese, the Maltipoo is the perfect combination of good looks, big brains, and adoring personality. 
The Poodle and the Maltese are ancient breeds with long histories, they are canine aristocrats. They have always been popular breeds and people love them dearly all around the world. They are sweet, playful, highly affectionate, and loyal dogs. Choosing between the two has always been a difficult choice.  

Now, thanks to professional breeders, the choice has been made easier.  American breeders intentionally crossed the Poodle and Maltese breeds a little over 20 years ago. Their goal was to create a new breed that would possess the high intelligence of the Poodle and the joyful disposition of the Maltese.  

They achieved their goal and then some. The new Maltipoo breed displayed the impressive agility and hypoallergenic qualities of the Poodle and the cuddly good looks and affectionate nature of the Maltese with an added bonus of hybrid vigor. Needless to say, everyone was impressed, and the Maltipoo popularity skyrocketed overnight.  
The Maltipoo went on to impress the world over and has since been recognized by the Designer Dog Kennel Club and the American Canine Hybrid Club.  

Size and Appearance of Maltipoo  

Predicting the size and features of Maltipoos is tricky, as is with all designer mixed breeds. They are a result of two different breeds being mixed together. More gene pools equal more possibilities in terms of appearance. Maltipoos can take after either their Poodle parent or their Maltese parent. They can have more Poodle features, resemble a Maltese more, or be a perfectly balanced combination of both. The beauty of mixed breeds is that they are unique. No two puppies look alike, not even in the same litter.

That being said, Maltipoos are the sweet, fluffy, and cuddly pillows/joy bringers we all want to hug and never let go of.  

Maltipoos are a small breed; they are elegant, athletic, gorgeous, and fluffy. Add a bonus – they never grow old, they retain their puppy-like appearance, playfulness, and sportiness well into their teen years – and you have the perfect pup.

As adult dogs, Maltipoos will grow 9 to 12 inches tall and will weigh an average of 5 to 10 pounds.  

Maltipoo coats are fluffy, soft, and wool-like in texture. They grow medium to long in length and can be either wavy or curly. Coat structure varies depending on which parent breed the Maltipoo puppy takes after.  

Maltipoo coat colors include white, black, cream, silver, or various combinations of these colors.  

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Maltipoos are also considered hypoallergenic. They have low-shedding coats and are allergy-friendly dogs.  
Up to 20% of the world’s population suffers from pet-related allergies, many of which have probably wanted to be pet parents at some point but were cautious and preferred to avoid headaches and sneeze fits altogether. No breed is 100% hypoallergenic, but there are a few that are known to produce less dander. Hypoallergenic roughly translates to fewer allergens. That being said, Maltipoos are less likely to cause allergic reactions as opposed to other dog breeds.  

If you suffer from pet-related allergies, chances are you won’t have a sneeze party every time you cuddle your Maltipoo.  

Taking care of a Maltipoo

Maltipoos are low-maintenance dogs. Taking care of a dog has never been easier. Maltipoos are easygoing, adaptable, they train easily, and their grooming requirements are low.  

fluffy Maltipoo dog with a white and cream coat

Maltipoos have medium to long coats and they shed very little, which means they need to be brushed and combed regularly in order to avoid any tangles or matting of the hair. A quick brush every other day will do the trick in keeping the Maltipoo coat in pristine condition.                                  

A monthly bath will also help keep the Maltipoo coat clean, shiny, and soft.                  

Having a medium to long coat means a wide variety of haircuts, clips, and hairstyles to choose from. You can give your Maltipoo a puppy cut, a Mohawk, you can add ribbons and scarfs to it, or try out whatever style you deem fit.

Maltipoos need to have their teeth brushed, nails clipped, face, ears, and eyes cleaned regularly, preferably at least once a month. 

Maltipoos love to be pampered, so regular grooming will be a relaxing spa moment for them and a great bonding experience for both of you.

Introducing your Maltipoo puppy to the brush, comb, clippers, and bathtub early on is essential. It helps him get comfortable with grooming tools and ensures an easy transition from home grooming to professional grooming. 

Toy Maltipoo dog wearing a pink dog outfit

The Maltipoo is a moderately active dog. He enjoys being active outdoors as much as he enjoys lazing around the house all day.

Although they are sporty and athletic, Maltipoos are not built to withstand intense or very active routines like running for miles or hiking to the top of Mount Everest. They can jog alongside you for a little while and join you on short hiking trips. They much prefer playing canine games like ball chasing and fetching and then having a relaxing cuddle session on the couch with their favorite humans as opposed to going on never-ending adventures. 

The ideal exercise routine for a Maltipoo would be a combined 30 minutes every day, split into one morning and one evening walk and some interactive playtime indoors.  

Maltipoos are not pretentious eaters and they are not prone to severe weight gain. Basically, they eat what they need, no more or less. They enjoy the occasional home-cooked canine feast and treats that are specially designed for dogs. Some food items they enjoy are apples, carrots, cooked rice, meat, and your shoes.  

The amount of food/kibble you feed your Maltipoo depends on his activity routine. If your Maltipoo enjoys being active and spends his energy running outdoors, swimming, hiking, etc. then the recommended amount of kibble is around 1.5 cups per day, split into two meals – breakfast and dinner. If your Maltipoo enjoys lazing around the house most of the time, 1 cup of kibble, also split into two meals, will suffice.   

Scroll down to see FAQs about Maltipoo dogs!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Maltipoo? A Maltipoo is a popular crossbreed of a Maltese and a Miniature Poodle. Known for their affectionate nature, cleverness, and cuddly good looks, Maltipoos are highly adaptable and make excellent companions for families, children, and novice pet owners.

How big do Maltipoos get? Maltipoos are a small breed. As adult dogs, they typically grow to a height of 9 to 12 inches and weigh an average of 5 to 10 pounds. Their size makes them suitable for both small city apartments and large countryside homes.

Are Maltipoos easy to train? Yes, Maltipoos are highly intelligent and easy to train. Thanks to their Poodle genes and eager-to-please personality, they pick up on new tricks and commands quickly. They respond well to positive reinforcement and can even learn complex tricks and commands.

Are Maltipoos good with kids? Maltipoos are known to be gentle, patient, and kid-friendly dogs. They love to entertain and are usually a hit with children. However, due to their small size, it's recommended to supervise play dates with younger kids to ensure neither gets hurt.

Do Maltipoos require a lot of grooming? Maltipoos have medium to long coats that shed very little, which means they need to be brushed and combed regularly to avoid any tangles or matting of the hair. Regular grooming, including teeth brushing, nail clipping, and cleaning of face, ears, and eyes, is also essential.

How much exercise do Maltipoos need? Maltipoos are moderately active dogs. The ideal exercise routine for a Maltipoo would be a combined 30 minutes every day, split into one morning and one evening walk, along with some interactive playtime indoors.

What do Maltipoos eat? Maltipoos are not pretentious eaters. They enjoy the occasional home-cooked canine feast and treats that are specially designed for dogs. The amount of food you feed your Maltipoo depends on their activity routine.

Are Maltipoos hypoallergenic? Maltipoos are considered hypoallergenic as they have low-shedding coats and are less likely to cause allergic reactions compared to other dog breeds. However, no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and individual reactions may vary.