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Maltipom Breed Information

White Maltipom chewing on a red plush toy

Maltipoms are gentle, sweet, and fun dogs. Their people-pleasing personality and caring nature make them a delightful addition to any lucky family. These lovely dogs crave attention, like to learn and socialize, and are known to soak up all the love their family has to offer. Maltipoms are smart, cuddle-oriented, and fun-loving pooches. They love games of hide and seek, tug of war, and fetch, and they enjoy zooming from one lap to the next. A designer crossbreed between a Maltese and a Pomeranian, the Maltipom is toy-sized, cute, fluffy, and cuddly. 

BREED TYPE / MIX Hybrid / Maltese crossed with a Pomeranian ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Responsive TEMPERAMENT Affectionate, Alert, Friendly, Playful, Social ADULT WEIGHT 4-8 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 8-10 in LIFE SPAN 10-14 yrs

Characteristics

  • Maltipoms are adorable hyrbid dogs that are also known as Pomanese, Malti-Pom, Maltese Pomeranian mix, and Pomanees
  • Alert, protective, and vigilant, Maltipoms make excellent alarm dogs
  • The Maltipom is a light shedder and a hypoallergenic breed
  • Sociable, affectionate, and approachable, the Maltipom gets along great with other dogs, other household pets, strangers, and kids
  • Maltipoms adapt well to both large and small living quarters  
  • As a first-generation crossbreed, the Maltipom puppies benefit from hybrid vigor
  • Maltipoms are moderately energetic dogs. They love to play and make a wonderful addition to families with older kids, seniors, couples, and singles  
  • Intelligent and eager to please, Maltipom puppies are excellent companion pets for first-time pet owners 
Cute Maltipom puppy wearing a black and white outfit

Appearance

The Maltipom is a tiny toy-sized dog known for his/her elegant demeanor, playful disposition, and cute-cuddly looks. The Maltipom dogs nonchalantly exude happiness and friendliness with their expression warm and approachable and their appearance joyful.

The lovely Maltipoms, although very small, are sturdy built and hardy. Their eyes are dark round and alert, their ears slightly erect, and their tails puffy and curled over their backs. The Maltipom sports a long, silky, soft, and straight coat of solid black, white, cream, orange, red, or any combination of these and other colors. As a toy dog, the Maltipom stands at 8 to 10 inches tall and weighs between 4 to 8 pounds. The Maltipom sheds very little is considered hypoallergenic and is an excellent companion pet for those suffering from pet-related allergies.

Temperament

The Maltipoms are amongst the most loving and most lovable pooches of the canine kingdom. These elegant dogs are affectionate, sweet, friendly, and gentle. They love their pet parents above all else and are known to be highly attached and at times protective of them.  

They are as feisty and wild as they are cuddly and caring. Maltipom dogs love their canine toys and games. They like to play games of hide and seek with doggy treats, fetch games, tugs of war, and games that involve obstacle courses both indoors and outdoors. They also love noisy toys like squeaky toys or dog toys that make animal sounds, and they are very fond of dog food puzzle toys. When they’ve had their fun and spent their energy, the Maltipom pups are ready for snuggles, cuddles, and pampering.

As attention seekers, these lovely pups want to be the stars of the living room stage. They like to perform tricks, stunts, random zooms, jumps, and rolls and get praised for all of it. They also want to be the center of the universe where all the affection is concentrated toward. Because of their need to be the ones receiving all the love, these cute pooches sometimes become territorial and exhibit jealous behavior towards other household pets. As with most tiny adorable dogs, they need to be properly trained during early puppyhood to avoid any such behavior passing on to full-grown Maltipom dogs.  

Maltipom puppies are bouncy, joyful, and playful balls of frizzy fluff. They enjoy testing their speed, jumping altitude, and exploratory skills. Maltipom puppies are as sweet and cuddly as can be, and their joyful disposition is highly contagious.

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Care

Grooming

When it comes to grooming, Maltipom dogs are between high and low maintenance. They sport medium to long straight coats that need brushing (with a pin brush) and combing a few times per week to keep them tangle-free and shining-looking. Bathing, nail clipping, and teeth cleaning should be done as often as needed. Maltipom eyes and ears should be cleaned or wiped regularly to avoid tear stains and ear infections.  

Exercise Needs

Because they are tiny dogs, Maltipoms, regardless of their energy levels, don’t require much exercise. They are more than happy to go for a brisk daily walk or two and engage in some active play indoors. 30 minutes of combined walks and play are enough to keep these lovely pooches in shape and healthy. Games that keep their minds engaged are also a way to exercise them. They especially like to be entertained by puzzle games and Kong toys with puppy dog treats in them. 

Health

Like all small dog breeds, Maltipoms can suffer from a number of minor health issues, especially during their senior years. They may develop cataracts, joint problems, tooth decay, and loss of hearing during old age. More serious issues that can arise include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, and thyroid issues. As first-generation puppies, their health problems are few and far between. They are blessed with hybrid vigor and known to live long, healthy lives.  

Lifespan

The lifespan of a Maltipom is between 10 and 14 years, although these dogs can live longer with proper care and a nourishing environment. Both the Maltese and the Pomeranian are long-lived dog breeds that pass down their longevity to the Maltipom. Maltese dogs have made history with some dogs in the breed living as much as 23 years. The Pomeranian breed has seen its share of long-lived dogs as well. Pomeranian Coty lived to be 3 months shy of 22 years old.  

Training

As a crossbreed between two equally intelligent dogs, the Maltipom puppy inherits the people-pleasing personality of the Maltese with a dash of a stubborn streak from the Pomeranian. With patience, positive reinforcement, and treat-based rewards, Maltipoms can be the most excellent students when it comes to training. They are fast learners when it comes to basic commands, tricks, and skills, and they are very fond of making their owners happy.

As young puppies, Maltipoms have a short attention span that limits what they can learn during the first 10 weeks of their lives. It is recommended to keep training sessions short and entertaining. 10 minutes of training per day for the first 10-12 weeks should be sufficient. The minutes can increase as the puppy grows older.  

Maltipom puppies, although naturally outgoing and friendly, should be socialized during early puppyhood in order to avoid shy or reserved behavior during adult Maltipom years. It is also beneficial to train these puppies on how to be independent prior to leaving them alone for the first time. Without prior training, they may be prone to suffer from separation anxiety

History

Maltipoms are a designer hybrid breed, a cross between a purebred Bichon Maltese and a purebred Pomeranian. Both the Maltese and Pomeranian are ancient breeds that have held high places on canine popularity charts for decades. These two lovely breeds are known for their intelligence, adorable looks, affection, and strong loyalty toward their owners. Maltipoms inherit wonderful traits from both parent breeds and are just as popular.

Although Maltipoms may have been around for quite some time without professional breeders’ intervention, they were intentionally bred between purebred lines of Maltese and Pomeranian some 20 to 30 years ago in the United States. As with most designer hybrids, the Maltipoms don’t have a well-documented or extensive history. To better understand these amazing dogs, we can take a look at the history of their parent breeds.  

The Maltese puppies are the living jewels of dogdom. These gorgeous toy dogs originate from the Isle of Malta and are among the most popular toy-sized companion pets in the world. The Maltese have been around for many centuries and in that time they have known a life of luxury among high society families as well as royals, aristocrats, and noblemen. They have been represented in poetry, paintings, sculptures, and even ancient artifacts. These beautiful dogs of silky white coats and elegant demeanor have conquered the canine show ring as well as the hearts of dog lovers worldwide. They are sweet, kind, obedient, and friendly dogs known for their strong family attachment and playful nature.  

The Pomeranian puppies are adventurous, loyal, and animated dogs. Their feistiness, intelligence, and formidable looks have granted these precious pups a special place in the hearts of kings and queens. Originally from Pomerania, a region near the Baltic Sea, the Pomeranian breed traces its lineage to ancient Spitz dogs that were used for sledding in the Arctic. Inheriting great strength, agility, and speed from their Spitz ancestors, the Pomeranians are among the best small breed sporting competitors. These lovely dogs have been cherished by Queen Victoria and Napoleon of France, as well as wealthy and common families alike for hundreds of years. Today, the Pomeranians are ranked among the 20 most popular breeds in the world. 

The Maltipom breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the International Designer Canine Registry, and the Designer Dog Kennel Club.  

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