The Maltipoo breed originated from Malta Island (now known as Cyprus). They are a medium sized dog with a short coat and they have thick legs. Their eyes are small and their ears are large.
There is no difference between male and female maltipoos. Male maltipoos usually weigh around 30 pounds while females average 25 pounds.
Maltipoos are very friendly dogs with a strong sense of loyalty. They love to play and will do anything for their human family members. Maltipoos are not aggressive towards other animals or humans but they may bark at strangers if they get too close.
A maltipoo puppy’s temperament is similar to that of a 4 month old baby.
There are two main types of maltipoo: the Standard Malti and the Miniature Malti. The standard malti is slightly smaller than a Labrador Retriever. The miniature malti is larger than a German Shepherd.
Both breeds share many characteristics such as being loyal, loving, affectionate and playful.
Maltipoos are easy to train due to their friendly nature and intelligence. This dog is very suitable for first time owners or busy people who do not have the time to walk a dog daily. They enjoy playing indoors and will exercise themselves if you do not take them for a walk.
Maltese Shih Tzu Mix
Tibetan Terrier Mix
Common Health Issues
There are no particular health issues for the maltipoo. Any toy dog including the poodle or the maltese can suffer from health conditions such as bloating, dental problems, diarrhea and eye infections. These conditions can be managed by making sure your dog eats a quality diet, keeps active and stays at a healthy weight.
If you do not plan to breed from your maltipoo, it is advisable to have them neutered or spayed to avoid unwanted pregnancy complications.
These dogs are very active but they do not require long intense exercise. A short walk or a play session indoors is enough to keep them happy. They enjoy exploring their surroundings and will return quickly when you call them.
Because they are small, they can easily be carried if you have to walk over difficult terrain. Be careful when picking them up though, because their backs are fragile just like other toy dog breeds.
Their coat does not tangle or mat so it is not necessary to brush them regularly. They are average shedders and you may find their hair around your home. Unlike other breeds who shed intermittently, Maltipoos shed year-round.
Keep an eye out for any wounds on their skin and visit the vet if you notice any lumps or bumps on their body.
Maltipoos will require professional grooming if you want to keep their coat in a particular style.
The origins of the maltipoo breed are not exactly known but there are 2 theories about how they came to be. The first theory is that long haired poodles were bred with smaller versions of the poodle. The other theory is that the Maltese and the Miniature Poodle were bred with a small sized terrier.
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