Maltipoo or Poodle maltés

This breed is, without a doubt, an excellent choice if you have never had a dog before. They are extremely affectionate, docile and intelligent, so training and coexistence will go smoothly. Of course, if you choose this breed you should reserve time every day to play with your pet, since they demand a lot of attention and activity.

The Maltipoo or MaltiPoodle, as they are also known, belong to a relatively young hybrid breed. Their enormous acceptance among celebrities in their native USA has made them highly appreciated dogs. In the following lines we provide you with all the keys about these friendly mongrel dogs.

Characteristics of the Maltipoo

Maltipoos are small dogs that take the most outstanding attributes from their predecessors: the Maltese and the miniature poodle. Despite their small size, their body is heavy and robust. In fact, they are twice the weight of the Maltese.

Their characteristics vary from one specimen to another, taking more attributes from the Poodle, the Maltese or a mixture of both. Their head is triangular, their ears are medium-sized and droopy and their eyes are round and dark. The muzzle is usually black or pink and the tail is medium-sized and well-populated.

Maltipoo or Poodle maltés

The coat is long, very soft and pompadour. It can be straight or wavy, rarely rough and frizzy. They hardly shed during the shedding months, making it a very suitable breed for people who are often allergic to dog hair.

  • Height between 20 and 36 cm in males and females.
  • The Maltipoo teacup weighs from 1 to 2.5 kg, the Maltipoo toy mini from 2.5 to 4 kg and the Maltipoo toy between 4 and 7 kg, regardless of sex.
  • Soft and voluminous coat of the Poodle, as well as its colors. We find Maltipoos with silver, apricot, blue, beige, white or brown coat. The bicolor patterns composed of alternating white and any of the exposed shades are also common.
  • Social and playful character
  • Regular health, with a tendency to develop pancreatitis, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, oral and respiratory disorders.
  • Estimated life expectancy between 13 and 15 years.
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What is the Maltipoo’s character like?


Because of their attachment and obedience they are one of the best dog breeds to take in as a pet. They learn quickly, seek interaction and want to please their guardian at all times. They are sociable with strangers and coexist perfectly with other dogs and cats. As they are small, it is advisable to educate children not to hurt them when playing.

Maltipoo or Poodle maltés

They greatly enjoy spending time in the company of their family and caresses. They are dogs that adapt without problems to small spaces and live happily in small urban apartments. However, it is not advisable to leave them alone for a long time because they will show it with persistent barking and mischief.

In short, they are the ideal pet for people who live alone and have free time or for families with grown-up children.

What care does the Maltipoo require?


Their fur is fine and tangles easily. Therefore, it should be brushed daily to avoid knots. Monthly baths will make brushing easier, as will regular haircuts. In the hot months, they will also prevent heat stroke, which, by the way, they are prone to because of their abundant hair.

Maltipoo or Poodle maltés

They like to eat. You should provide them with a rationed and balanced diet according to their size and age. Feed enriched with Omega 3 fatty acids, or supplements if you prefer to feed them homemade food, will help to keep their coat and heart in perfect condition. If the weather is cold, it is advisable to keep them warm because they are delicate dogs.

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Don’t forget daily play and exercise. In addition to strengthening your bond and feeling accompanied, this breed requires several walks of about 30 minutes each throughout the day. Agility circuits are ideal for the Maltipoo, as they exercise while having fun.

History of the breed


The first Maltipoo puppies were born in the 90’s in the USA, the result of crossing the Maltese Bichon and the Poodle or miniature poodle. As they are mongrels, Maltipoos are not recognized as a breed by the cynological federations.

Maltipoo or Poodle maltés

However, there are other organizations that do recognize it as a hybrid breed. This is the case of the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) or the Maltipoo Club of America.

Curiosities of the Maltipoo


Did you know that these dogs are excellent swimmers? In 2015 Lucky, a Maltipoo puppy was awarded as the best canine performer for the film A Thousand and One Nights at the Palm Dog at the Cannes Film Festival.

Maltipoo or Poodle maltés
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