Two Maltipoo puppies standing in their bed

In the world of dogs, there’s a breed that stands out, not because it’s the biggest or the fiercest, but because it embodies a unique blend of charm, intelligence, and companionship. That breed being the gorgeous Maltipoo.

Maltipoo Dog Breed

Origins – Maltese Poodle mix 🐾 Small, portable pups with round, friendly faces 🐾 Expressive eyes that melt your heart

Size, Colour, Coat Types – 5-14 inches tall 🐾 3-20 lbs, a very small dog 🐾 Coat colours run the rainbow – straight, wavy or a curly coat

Life Span – Live around 10-18 years+ with proper care and environmental astute-ism

Personalities – Friendly 🐾 Affectionate lap buddies 🐾 Lively and intelligent 🐾 Adaptable to any home

Ideal Owners – Singles or families with older kids 🐾 Owners who can provide companionship 🐾 Ensure proper socialisation

Pet-Friendly Potential – Friendly towards other pets 🐾 Early socialisation is key

Grooming – A Maltipoo needs regular coat, ear, eye, dental, nail care 🐾 Brushing, trims, baths, teeth brushing

Health Issues – Patellar luxation 🐾 Dental disease 🐾 Legg-Calve-Perthes disease 🐾 Epilepsy 🐾 White shaker syndrome 🐾 Liver shunts 🐾 Progressive retinal atrophy

Nutrition – Balanced, high-quality diet 🐾 Potential supplements as recommended

Training – Intelligent and eager learners 🐾 Respond well to positive reinforcement 🐾 Early puppy training essential

Exercise – Daily 10-30 min activity 🐾 Walks, fetch, puzzles

Breed Recognition – The Maltipoo is a designer breed so not recognised by the Kennel Club

Maltipoo Price – Anywhere between £0 – £10,000

Allergy Friendly – Hypoallergenic dogs due to Maltese & Poodle having hypoallergenic coats

Breed Classification – Maltipoos are a crossbreed (designer dogs). Popular celebrity dogs

That’s the 101 on Maltipoo dogs. Lets take a deeper dive into the breed, so you know exactly if a Maltipoo is right for you!

Maltipoo puppies in a Basket

What is a Maltipoo?

  • ✅ Maltipoos are a delightful mix of the Maltese and the Poodle, two breeds known for their intelligence and affectionate nature. This combination results in a dog that is not only smart but also eager to please, making them relatively easy to train.
  • ✅ Their size. Maltipoos are small dogs, typically weighing between 2 to 7 kilograms. This makes them perfect for both apartment living and for those who enjoy the company of a lap dog.
  • ✅ Maltipoos have a hypoallergenic coat. Thanks to their Poodle & Maltese heritage, most Maltipoos have a curly or wavy coat that sheds very little, which is a blessing for people with allergies.
  • ✅ Their temperament. The maltipoo temperament is friendly and they have a gentle nature. They get along well with children and other pets, making them a great addition to any family.
  • ✅ Maltipoos are known to perform above average in intelligence tests, due to their poodle heritage (Poodles are renowned for being one of the most intelligent dog breeds). Their high IQ not only makes them easy to train but also enables them to efficiently learn from training and perform tasks and services for their human companions. They are fast learners, quickly picking up on both simple and even complex commands.

The Evolution of the Maltipoo Puppy

As I’ve mentioned above to be called a Maltipoo its essentially a Maltese and Poodle cross (size and looks dependant where they originate), but lets look at exactly where and when this mating initially took place and why.

Evolution of the Maltipoo - Maltese Poodle cross puppies

Crossing breeds dates back to the 14th Century (though if you think about it, dogs evolved from wolves, so all breeds initially were cross bred), where dogs, usually grey hounds were crossed primarily for working purposes. The Encyclopaedia of Britannica traces the cross of the Poodle, which they term the ‘Designer Dog’ (called designer due to the interplay of dog breed names to make a designer style name), to the late 20th Century. This crossing of the purebred Poodle was to develop the hypoallergenic coat of the poodle, into other purebred breeds, plus retaining desired characteristics of other breeds.

So the era of the doodles commenced, and though some breeders of pure breeds had a distaste for this new ‘designer dog’. Jon Mooallem however, writing in The New York Times, commented “Given the roughly 350 inherited disorders littering the dog genome, crossing two purebreds and expanding their gene pools can be ‘a phenomenally good idea,’ according to one canine geneticist—if it is done conscientiously.”

Most, if not all ‘designer’ labelled dogs are strictly bred as companion dogs and pets (the cross breed label usually left for working style dogs like Lurchers and Eurohounds), only exception being Labradoodle which is now bred as an assistant and guide dog (hopefully this will be the route for the smaller, but equally clever and loyal Maltipoo)

What’s the right Maltipoo for you?

A Maltipoo ranges in looks depending on their parents. The main variations are:

  • Size (micro, teacup, toy and small)
  • Length of snout/nose – (long, short)
  • Length of Legs (short, long)
  • Coats (straight, wavy, curly)
  • Colour (Reds, Chocolate, Silver, Black, Black & Tans, Saddle Tan, Merle, Piebald, White and various mixtures of them all)

MALTIPOO SIZE

MICRO

Like most of the sizes on this list, Micro is not a recognised term for a dog, however with these dogs have been labelled designer, then like all designer items, they come with a new feel and fit too.

  • The tiniest of them all,
  • They average around 1.5kg, some even as small as 1.2kg fully grown.
  • Not for everyone, especially families with young kids (1 to 15 years old)
  • They do not need walks, or long outdoor activities of any kind.
  • Suits apartment living.
  • Best suited to be doted over and becoming social media superstars. Ultimately handbag dog (like royalty of old), carried everywhere.
Maltipoo puppy in a Handbag

They are not what breeders call runts (weakest developers in the litter), micro sized littermates actually all are very similar sizes and very healthy when they are born, however they are very rare. Also with their smaller sizes and frames there is a lot more to be vigilant with when puppy proofing a house, besides the obvious. Environments ideally should be dust free and water must be filtered with greater importance put on the correct nutrition, all due to their smaller noses (filter systems) and mouths, plus toxicity loads getting increased quickly due to their petite frames.

TEACUP

This is another term that has negative stigma attached to it. Teacup size is not a recognised size for any breed, though there are only 6 recognised breeds that regularly get label the term ‘teacup dog’. Those being Maltese, Chihuahua, Poodle, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier, or Shih Tzu. The term actually has its routes from the US where breeders with there savviness of marketing coined the term Teacup for their tiny sized puppies (which if done with unethical breeding practices is definitely wrong and detrimental for the gene pool). There are many publications and reputable breeders that despise the term and the teacup size.

Maltipoo Teacup Dog - Wikipedia

What’s the history on the size?

Rather than listening to regurgitating white noise, to get to the truth on the size debate lets look at what’s said in history.

Aristotle states “The polecat or marten is about as large as the smaller breed of Maltese dogs” (translated) found in The History of Animals By Aristotle Written 350 B.C.E.

The Marten weighs between 1 to 2kg and the Pole Cat at around 0.5–1.4 kg, written and fact-checked by The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica.

Another source, Systema naturae from 1772 by Caroli a Linné translated to, The animal kingdom in 1792 by Sir Charles Linnæus writes the following:

The Canis Melitaeus (Maltese Dog), 'Is about the size of a squirrel, having very long soft. silky hair all over the body'.

The Canis Melitaeus (Maltese Dog), ‘Is about the size of a squirrel, having very long soft. silky hair all over the body’.

Squirrel dimensions and weight

Now that’s ridiculously small, the breed nearly disappeared and was crossbred around the 18th Century when arriving in England, with other small dogs such as Poodles and miniature Spaniels. This was obviously to make the breed bigger and more robust to handle the new environment and climate of England.

Micro Maltese in Goyas painting of White Duchess

Getting back on topic, Maltese (one half of a Maltipoo), were historically very small and certain Asian countries, were able to preserve this smaller frame and look, bloodlines.

Just to be clear there is NO PLACE for unethical breeding practices and having sick and unhealthy dogs in a breeding program. However to label all smaller dogs that do not fit the mould of todays dog classificationists, namely Kennel Clubs, as poorly bred or from unhealthy breeding practices, is not just wrong but so far from the actual historic truth than they would admit or even know.

So the Teacup dog though not recognised, definitely is a standalone size, with a different look and bloodline. Their environment, nutrition and water needs are exactly the same mentioned for the micro size.

  • Size made popular around 2015 by celebrities.
  • Sizes range from 1.7kg to 2.7kg, average weight around 2.5kg.
  • Not suitable for households with young kids.
  • Short walks and activities suffice.
  • Suits apartment living and smaller gardens.

TOY

A toy maltipoo is the smallest recognised dog breed by Kennel Club.

  • Bred to be companion dogs as opposed to working dogs.
  • Sizes range 2.7kg to 4kg, average weight around 3.5kg.
  • Suitable for households with kids.
  • Medium walks of around 45min.
  • Houses with gardens recommended.
Maltipoo Infographic size chart

SMALL

Small and standard can work interchangeably for the Maltipoo, there are bigger dogs in other breeds, however due to the size of the Maltese, this would be the biggest size for the Maltipoo Dog.

  • Quiet active and energetic
  • Sizes range from 4kg to 7kg, average weight around 4.5kg
  • Great for households with any age kids.
  • Daily medium to long works necessary.
  • Houses with garden space recommended.

As mentioned above, there are variations of the Maltipoo depending on parents bloodlines and DNA traits, we’ll know look into the main variations for each one.

SNOUT (NOSE) LENGTH

Some dogs have shorten snouts due to inheriting characteristics from their parents, that may not show on a DNA test, others will have a variant on their DNA called BMP3 Variant. This gene codes for a short snout and having two copies of this variant may have a slight shortening effect on snout length. The prevalence of having one or more genetic variant of BMP3 is 3 in 10 dogs tested.

A dog with shortened snout (usually the smaller sizes), may have difficulty breathing with vigorous exercise and are more prone to heat stroke. Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and mild to moderate levels of exercise is recommended.

Nose Length Comparison of Maltipoo Dogs

LENGTH OF LEGS

The length of the legs is a determining factor how big the Maltipoo looks. Potentially the dog maybe a teacup size in terms of weight however with long legs so though the dog is 2.7kg its very tall, on the other end of the scale the Maltipoo may weigh 4kg and have very short legs which give the visuals of a tiny dog, even though its weight is that of a toy dog. Leg length again like noses is genetical and variants on the genome will express in length size.

Poodle Leg Length

The FGF4 variant codes for short legs, 3 in 10 dogs have one or more copy of this genetic variant in testing. Many dogs are so small that the effects of this FGF4 variant will not be evident. Short legs are a competitive advantage for terriers, who are better able to fit into holes and burrows after prey without a significant loss in power. They are also a preferred characteristic for some breeds used for hunting on foot, as the hunter is better able to keep up with a dog with shorter legs.

MALTIPOO COAT TEXTURE

Maltipoo coats mainly come in 3 textures:

  • Straight coat
  • Wavy coat
  • Curly coat

The variant which determinates the texture is the KRT71 gene. One copy of this variant is likely to give a soft curl or wave whereas two copies are likely to give a tighter curl. A curly coat is less apparent in dogs with short hair than those with long. Curly coats in an F1, first generation maltipoo is very rare due to the Maltese dog very rarely having a copy of the KRT17 gene copy. Curly coats are usually achieved in a multi-generational maltipoo. However with selective mating and a little luck its possible to have a curly coat in an F1 Maltipoo.

Maltipoo Coat Textures

MALTIPOO COAT COLOURS

Maltipoo coat colours are vast and unique, all dependant on the poodles DNA. All pure bred Maltese dogs are not white dogs, they actually have a double copy of a recessive red gene. This basically stops them from expressing any colour except for colours on the red spectrum, however they also have a double copy of a red intensity gene which dilutes the colour totally (a double copy (one from mum and dad) of any gene always expresses strongly). So with the addition of the poodles DNA colour copy, Maltipoos are able to show such wonderful and unique colour coats.

Maltipoo Colours - Maltipoo puppies of different colours

Maltipoo Health Problems

There are many articles online that state purebreds are healthier then mix breed dogs. Then a number a years ago a study was done to counter that a stances to show pure breeds had more health issues then mixed breed dogs. So what is the truth?

A recent study published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science on November 3, 2023, found that the lifetime prevalence of medical conditions does not differ significantly between purebred and mixed breed dogs. The most frequently reported medical conditions across the 25 most popular dog breeds were dental calculus, dog bite, extracted teeth, osteoarthritis, and Giardia.

There are well-known diseases that frequently occur in Maltese and Toy Poodles.

Progressive retinal atrophy – PRA

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) with the prcd mutation, known as progressive rod-cone degeneration, is a form of PRA that affects the photoreceptor cells in the retinas of dogs.

Here’s a concise summary:

Nature of prcd-PRA: It’s a late-onset, inherited disorder where the photoreceptor cells deteriorate over time, initially leading to night blindness and potentially progressing to complete blindness.
Onset: Dogs typically start showing symptoms of difficulty seeing in dim light around ages 3-5, although an ophthalmologist may diagnose it earlier, around 1-2 years.
Inheritance: prcd-PRA is an autosomal-recessive condition, meaning a dog must inherit two copies of the abnormal gene to be affected.
Diagnosis: An ERG (electroretinogram) is used to measure retinal function, and DNA tests can identify affected and carrier dogs.
Treatment: Currently, there is no cure for prcd-PRA, but research into gene therapy offers hope for future treatments.
Breeding Advice: Affected dogs should not be bred to prevent passing the condition to offspring.

Dogs with prcd-PRA can still live fulfilling lives with proper care and adjustments to their environment as their vision changes

Patellar luxation

Also known as a dislocating kneecap, is an orthopaedic condition where the patella (kneecap) slips out of its normal position in the groove of the thigh bone (femur).

Here’s a brief summary:

  • Grades of Luxation:
    • Grade 1: Kneecap can be manually dislocated but returns to its place immediately.
    • Grade 2: Kneecap occasionally dislocates during movement and may return on its own.
    • Grade 3: Kneecap is usually dislocated and can be manually repositioned, but it dislocates again when released.
    • Grade 4: Kneecap is permanently dislocated and cannot be manually repositioned.
  • Symptoms:
    • Intermittent hopping or skipping.
    • Stiffness in the affected leg(s).
    • Limping or abnormal gait.
  • Diagnosis:
    • Physical examination by a vet.
    • Imaging tests like X-rays.
    • Checking for concurrent cruciate ligament disease.
  • Treatment:
    • Mild cases may not require treatment.
    • Severe cases might need physiotherapy or surgery.
    • Post-surgery, dogs may require physical therapy and pain management.
  • Prevention:
    • Breeding practices should avoid passing this trait.
    • Awareness of symptoms for early intervention.

Patellar luxation is more common in small and toy breed dogs but can affect any breed. Early treatment can improve the prognosis and help prevent arthritis

Liver shunts

Also known as portosystemic shunts (PSS), are abnormal blood vessels that allow blood to bypass the liver, preventing proper detoxification.

Here’s a concise summary:


Congenital PSS: Present from birth, accounting for 80% of cases. Can be intrahepatic (inside the liver) or extrahepatic (outside the liver).
Acquired PSS: Develops due to conditions like liver cirrhosis or portal hypertension, making up 20% of cases.

Symptoms:

  • Neurological changes (e.g., disorientation, seizures).
  • Gastrointestinal issues (e.g., vomiting, diarrhea).
  • Urinary problems (e.g., frequent urination, blood in urine).
  • Stunted growth in puppies.

Diagnosis:

  • Blood tests measuring bile acids.
  • Imaging tests like ultrasounds or CT scans.

Treatment:

  • Surgical correction is the preferred treatment for congenital shunts.
  • Medical management for mild cases or when surgery isn’t an option.

Breeds Affected:

  • Small/toy breeds like Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier, and Poodles are more prone to extrahepatic shunts.
  • Early detection and treatment are crucial for managing liver shunts in dogs and can significantly improve their quality of life

Dental Disease

Dental disease in dogs is a common condition that affects a dog’s oral health, leading to issues like sore gums, tooth decay, and gum infections.

Here’s a quick summary:

  • Causes: Poor dental hygiene, age, breed predispositions, diet, and retained baby teeth can contribute to dental disease.
  • Symptoms: Bad breath, pain or difficulty eating, weight loss, plaque and tartar build-up, red and inflamed gums, wobbly or missing teeth, and excessive drooling are common signs.
  • Diagnosis: A vet will conduct a thorough oral examination and may use X-rays to assess the extent of the disease.
  • Treatment: Treatment options include professional dental cleaning, removal of diseased teeth, and antibiotics for any infections.
  • Prevention: Regular tooth brushing, dental chews, and annual check-ups with a vet can help prevent dental disease.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for a dog’s overall health, as dental issues can lead to more serious conditions affecting the kidneys, heart, and liver

Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease

Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease in dogs is a condition that affects the hip joint, leading to the deterioration of the femoral head.

Normal Hip Joint

Here’s a brief summary:

  • What it is: A disorder where the blood supply to the femoral head is interrupted, causing bone death and leading to a stiff, painful hip joint.
  • Age of Onset: Typically develops around 5 months old.
  • Symptoms: Limping, stiffness in one back leg, shrinking leg muscles, and progressively worsening pain.
  • Diagnosis: Clinical examination, X-rays, and history of symptoms.
  • Treatment: Surgery to remove the damaged hip bone, creating a ‘false’ joint for pain-free movement, and physiotherapy post-surgery.
  • Prognosis: With proper treatment, many dogs recover well and can walk without pain.
  • Breeding Advice: Dogs with Legg-Calvé-Perthes should not be bred to prevent passing the condition to offspring.

This condition is most common in small breed dogs and requires prompt veterinary attention for the best outcome.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy in dogs is a chronic neurological disorder that causes repeated seizures.

Here’s a concise summary:

  • What is Epilepsy?:
    • Epilepsy leads to sudden, short-lived changes in a dog’s behaviour and/or movement due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
    • It affects approximately 0.6-0.7% of all dogs in the UK (around 1 in 130 dogs).
    • Most cases are lifelong.
  • Signs of Epilepsy:
    • Seizures: Unprovoked epileptic seizures occur more than 24 hours apart.
    • Characteristics:
      • Loss of voluntary control (convulsions, jerking, muscle twitching).
      • Sudden onset and finish.
      • Repetitive clinical pattern.
  • Types of Seizures:
    • Focal seizures: Affect part of the brain (twitching, blinking, salivation, behaviour changes).
    • Generalized seizures: Full-body involvement (stiffening, rapid jerking).
    • Focal evolving into generalized seizures.
  • Causes:
    • Idiopathic epilepsy: No known cause, often linked to genetics.
    • Structural epilepsy: Underlying brain issues.
    • Reactive seizures: Temporary brain changes.
  • During a Seizure:
    • Stay calm.
    • Injuries can occur, but most dogs do not need immediate vet attention unless epilepsy is undiagnosed

White Shaker Syndrome

Also known as Generalized Tremor Syndrome or Little White Shaker Syndrome, is a neurological disorder characterized by generalized head and body tremors.

White Maltese Dog

Here’s a brief summary:

  • Affected Dogs: It’s most common in small-breed white dogs like the Maltese, West Highland White Terrier, and Poodle, but can affect any colour and size dog.
  • Symptoms: Dogs typically develop tremors during early adulthood (1-2 years of age) that may worsen with excitement and exercise but improve with rest.
  • Cause: The exact cause is unknown, but it’s considered autoimmune in origin due to its response to steroids.
  • Diagnosis: It’s a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning other medical causes for the tremors must be ruled out first through blood tests, urinalysis, and possibly advanced testing like MRI or CSF tap.
  • Treatment: Corticosteroids have been effective in reducing or eliminating tremors in many cases.

Despite the condition, many dogs with White Shaker Syndrome can lead happy and active lives with proper management and care.

Nutrition

With so many diets and nutritional advice from experts, being confused when it comes to nutrition, has become a daily occurrence. The way to think of nutrition is with, how much time is available. Having an abundance of time, will help to put together the most nutritious diet. However on the other side of the spectrum, having no time, usually means quick, ready made meals, which are always less nutritious.

Understanding the Nutritional Needs of a Maltipoo

Maltipoos have a faster metabolism compared to larger breeds. This means they require a diet high in quality proteins and fats to provide the energy they need.

Protein: Proteins are essential for muscle development and repair. Look as the first ingredient.

Fats: Fats provide the most concentrated source of energy. They also support skin and coat health, which is particularly important for breeds known for their beautiful coats like Poodles and Maltese and their crosses.

Carbohydrates: While dogs don’t require carbohydrates in their diet, they can provide a valuable source of energy and fibre. Aim for complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and brown rice for sustained energy release.

Nutritious Food Pyramid for Maltipoos

This inverted pyramid represents time and diet relationship in choosing the ideal nutrition for a maltipoo. *The most beneficial diet would be home prepared and well balanced.

  • 80% of good quality protein sources like beef, turkey, salmon. lamb, veal and rabbit. Notice the exclusion of chicken and duck, these poultry sources are known to increase chances of allergic reactions in a maltipoo as well as many other dog breeds.
  • Ensure when feeding a raw diet a tiny amount of offal (heart, liver or kidneys) be added (either daily or weekly), amount dependant on size, aim for around 5% of total meal weight.
  • Adding around 10% of carbohydrates like sweet potato, oats, potatoes, pumpkins and blueberries will help bulk up the meal and to help with satiety levels.
  • The final 5% should be good fats coming from egg yolks, coconut oil, salmon, mackerel, sardines.
  • For additional support for gut, joints, skin and energy levels, consult with a veterinarian on which supplements are best.

Hydration

Water is essential for all dogs, regardless of their size or breed. It aids in digestion, nutrient absorption, temperature regulation, and overall health. Dehydration in dogs can lead to serious health issues, including kidney and liver problems. As a general rule, dogs should drink about an ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. For a Maltipoo, which typically weighs between 5 to 20 pounds, this translates to roughly 1 to 2.5 cups of water daily. However, this can vary depending on their age, diet, activity level, and the weather.

When feeding a good quality raw diet, they do not need much water due to the meat containing ample amounts of fluid for hydration. Even with that said, water MUST always be available. Structured water is essential for life, its what makes up more then three quarters of body weight. So ensuring water is good quality and filtered is essential.

Signs of dehydration in dogs include lethargy, sunken eyes, dry gums, excessive panting, and loss of appetite. If dehydration occurs, it’s important to provide water immediately and consult a vet.

Poodle drinking water

Training & Exercise

Understanding training and exercise needs for a maltipoo is crucial for their well-being and your happiness. Maltipoos are intelligent, friendly, energetic, and eager to please, making them generally easy to train.

Training:

  • Start Early: Early puppy training classes and socialisation will help them develop into friendly, affectionate, balanced and confident adults.
  • Positive Reinforcement Training: Using treats, praise, and play as rewards. A maltipoo responds well to positive reinforcement, which encourages good behaviour without the need for harsh methods.
  • Consistency is Key: Be consistent with commands and routines. This helps them understand what is expected of them and prevents confusion.
  • Short Sessions: Keep training sessions short and fun. Maltipoos have short attention spans, so 5-10 minute sessions several times a day are more effective than longer ones.

Exercise:

  • Daily Walks: At least 30 minutes of walking every day. This not only provides physical exercise but also mental stimulation.
  • Playtime: Incorporate play into the routine. Fetch, tug-of-war, and hide-and-seek are great games to keep them active and engaged.
  • Agility Training: Maltipoos often excel in agility training, which can be a fun way to exercise both their body and mind.
  • Avoid Overexertion: While exercise is important, care should be taken not to overdo. Maltipoos are small and can be prone to exhaustion and overheating.
Training-and-Exercise - Maltipoo puppy passing his good dog citizen award

To avoid separation anxiety and constant barking, puppy socialization and training is essential.

A well-exercised and socialised Maltipoo is a happy Maltipoo. Regular training and exercise will not only keep them fit but also strengthen the bond between the maltipoo and owner, to develop a wonderful family pet.

Maltipoos and Grooming Needs

In simple words, if you do not have time to groom or take for grooming, then a maltipoo is not for you, period! The maltipoo like all low-shedding dogs, need regularly grooming and maintenance of their never ending growth of hair.

Regular grooming of their hypoallergenic coat is essential not only for aesthetics but also for their health and comfort.

  1. Bathing:
    • Regular baths are crucial to maintain the cleanliness and health of their coat.
    • Using a gentle dog shampoo specifically formulated for delicate fur.
    • Shampoo must be thoroughly rinsed to minimise the risk of skin irritations.
  2. Drying:
    • After bathing, gently towel dry, avoiding excessive rubbing to prevent matting.
    • Blow drying on a cool setting, being cautious of the heat level to protect their sensitive skin.
  3. Haircut Styles:
    • Various trendy haircut styles for a Maltipoo, such as the puppy cut or teddy bear cut.
    • Pay special attention to sensitive areas around the face and paws during trimming.
  4. Brushing:
    • Regular brushing is crucial to prevent matting of their non-shedding coats and to maintain a fluffy coat.
    • Start from the head and work your way down to the tail using a suitable brush.
    • Select comfortable tools for both you and your furry friend to create a stress-free grooming routine.
  5. Dealing with Challenges:
    • Approach grooming tasks with gentleness and patience.
    • Overcome common challenges like matting and tangles by dedicating time to regular care.
  6. Additional Tips:
    • Clean their ears regularly.
    • Trim their nails as needed.
    • Brush their teeth to prevent dental problems.
    • Daily care of eyes to prevent tear stains.
Maltipoo Dog Grooming - Before and after grooming Maltipoo dog

Maltipoo dogs need little and often grooming too keep them looking and feeling their best!

Maltipoo Life Span

It’s important to recognise the power of responsible breeding practices. Ethical breeders prioritise the health, temperament, and genetic diversity of their dogs, contributing to the overall vitality of the breed.

🐾 Responsible Breeding: By carefully selecting mating pairs, responsible breeders can reduce the incidence of hereditary conditions, ensuring that future generations of dogs are healthier and happier.

🔬 Genetic Health Testing: Advancements in genetic testing allow breeders to identify potential health risks and make informed decisions that can prevent the transmission of genetic diseases.

Maltipoo Lifespan - Maltipoo puppy sitting on lifespan blocks

Maltipoos regularly live past 15 years of age and its not unheard of for them to life into their 20s

To ensure the longevity of a Maltipoo, it starts with ethical breeding practices to limit hereditary conditions, however the onus is on the owner to provide health preventative care as well as creating an environment where the Maltipoo can thrive. A great deal of attention should be paid on nutrition, water, exercise and clean dust and toxic free environment, especially hidden carcinogens like PFAS and heavy metals.

Aforethought

After reading this masterclass on the maltipoo, you should be confident in making an informed decision if a Maltipoo is the right companion dog for you. If so, knowing the vast variations in them and choosing the right one for your environment and family setting is crucial. If you have any questions on this breed or would like any further information or clarity on this subject please contact us.

Is Maltipoo a Pedigree?

A consistent question that keeps popping up: Is Maltipoo a pedigree? What’s the story behind their Kennel Club registration? Let’s go through the facts and the processes.

The Maltipoo

The Maltipoo is a mix of two pure breeds: the Maltese and the Poodle. This cross brings together the traits of both breeds, creating a beautiful, unique and very lovable companion.

The Maltese

Korean Maltese - MLA Pets


The Maltese breed dates back at least 29 centuries. Its origins are a bit of a mystery, with theories suggesting it descended from Spitz-type dogs from Sweden or the Tibetan Terrier from ancient Asia. However, the breed most definitely flourished on the island of Malta, a beautiful isle off the coast of Italy. The Maltese was favoured amongst the rich aristocrats and royalty, and they were believed to have healing powers in ancient Egypt.

The Poodle

Poodle - MLA Pets


The Poodle’s story begins in Germany, where they were initially bred as water dogs in the 15th century. The breed’s name, “Poodle,” comes from the German word “Pudel,” meaning “to splash,” perfectly capturing their original purpose as skilled water retrievers. Despite their German origins, Poodles are widely associated with France, where they are hugely popular.

So the Maltipoo is a mixture of these two breeds, each with their own unique histories and characteristics.

The Kennel Club Conundrum

The concept of a pedigree and how it’s defined by the Kennel Club.

A pedigree dog, as defined by the Kennel Club, is a dog whose parents are both of the same breed. These parents must be registered with the Kennel Club or with another club or society recognised by them. This definition often leads to confusion as people tend to equate ‘pedigree’ with ‘purebred’. However, a pedigree dog can range from a purebred dog with a Kennel Club pedigree to a crossbred dog with a handwritten pedigree.

Maltipoos cannot be registered with the Kennel Club in the traditional sense. Why? Because they are not members of a pure Kennel Club recognized breed. But don’t let this concern you.

The Kennel Club is an organization that is often misunderstood. Its role is more limited than most people believe. It registers puppies without requiring the breeder to be licensed, prove parentage through DNA testing, health test their breeding dogs, or inspect breeders’ premises, dogs, puppies, or records. Also they allow puppies to be registered which have closely-related parents, or are ‘inbred’

The Kennel Club refuses to register puppies born from mother-son, father-daughter, or brother-sister breeding, all of which have a 25% COI for one generation. While this is a positive step, it’s not as straightforward as it seems. Inbreeding co-efficiencies accumulate and should account for as many generations as data is available. This implies that the Kennel Club registers puppies with COIs exceeding 25%, despite their rule.

For comparison, at MLA Pets, they usually deal with COIs below 1%, and most of their litters have a COI of 0%.

Therefore, being registered with the Kennel Club doesn’t necessarily mean the dog is superior in any way. It’s more about the dog’s lineage being recognised and recorded.

Cross Breed to Pure Breed

One example of a crossbreed that has been recognised as a pedigree breed by the Kennel Club is the Cesky Terrier. This breed was developed in the Czech Republic as a cross between a Sealyham Terrier and a Scottish Terrier.

The process of recognising a new breed by the Kennel Club is meticulous and time-consuming. It involves careful breeding over many generations to establish consistent traits and characteristics. Once a breed is sufficiently established within the UK, new breed standards are drawn up. Upon recognition, breeds are placed on the Imported Breed Register until they are deemed eligible for transferral to the Breed Register.

However, the recognition of a new breed as a pedigree by the Kennel Club is a rare occurrence and requires a significant amount of time, effort, and careful breeding practices.

So is Maltipoo a Pedigree?

But where does the Maltipoo fit in the pedigree puzzle?

A pedigree dog is any dog with a recorded ancestry. This can range from a purebred dog with a Kennel Club pedigree to a crossbred dog with a handwritten pedigree. The term ‘pedigree’ often gets mixed up with ‘purebred’, leading to confusion.

So, is Maltipoo a pedigree? Yes, Maltipoos should have a pedigree because they come from known lines and should have recorded ancestry. They are not mongrels.

It’s important to remember that all dogs, regardless of their breed, trace their roots back to a common ancestor. Over time, selective breeding has led to the diverse range of breeds we see today. So, while a Maltipoo may not be a purebred in the traditional sense, it is indeed a pedigree with its own unique lineage and characteristics.

Maltipoo Pedigree - MLA Pets

The Maltipoo Reality

So, while your Maltipoo may not be Kennel Club registered in the traditional sense, it doesn’t mean they are any less of a pedigree. They come from known lines and should have recorded ancestry.

Remember, the value of a dog is not determined by its Kennel Club registration but by its health, temperament, and how well it fits with your family.

In the end, whether Maltipoo or Australian Labradoodle, each breed has its unique charm and characteristics. And that’s what makes them special.

So, is Maltipoo a pedigree? Yes, indeed! They are a wonderful blend of known lines, bringing joy and companionship to families worldwide.

And that’s the beauty of the Maltipoo.

Can You Really Trust “Hypoallergenic” Dog Treats and Food?

You’ve seen the word splashed across pet food bags and treat packages – HYPOALLERGENIC! It sounds super scientific and important, like this stuff must be ultra premium and safe for your furry pal.

But let’s be real, most of the marketing lingo on pet food is about as trustworthy as a dog who claims he didn’t eat those cookies off the counter. “Hypoallergenic” is one of those terms that gets tossed around a lot, but do any of us really know what it means?

Brace yourselves, because I’m about to go on a bit of a rant…

What Does Hypoallergenic Even Mean?

Hypoallergenic quite literally means “below average” or “slightly” allergenic. So right off the bat, we have a term that is totally subjective.

It implies that whatever product has been slapped with this label is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. But less likely than what? And for who? Your dog? You? A friggin’ rock?

The term itself doesn’t provide any real standards or regulations around how “hypoallergenic” something actually is. It’s like calling a chocolate cake “low-fat” because you smeared a half-teaspoon of I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Butter on top instead of real buttercream frosting.

Can We Trust Hypoallergenic Labels on Dog Treats and Food?

In short – not really. There are no legal definitions or requirements for using “hypoallergenic” on pet food labels according to AAFCO (the Association of American Feed Control Officials) and the FDA.

  • A 2017 study tested 12 commercial dog food products labelled as hypoallergenic or limited-ingredient (good for elimination diet) and found that many still contained ingredients that could potentially trigger food allergies in dogs.
  • Similarly, a 2022 study looked at 15 over-the-counter dog foods and found several (11) contained ingredients commonly associated with food allergies like chicken.
  • To top it off, a 2022 review, concluded that mislabelling seems to be a widespread issue in pet foods used as elimination diets, especially in dry foods. Due to the high risk of contamination, particular attention should be given to both the selection of raw material suppliers and the production process.

So in essence, manufacturers can pretty much slap that word on packages as a marketing ploy, even if their formulas aren’t any less allergenic than regular chow. Awesome, right?

How to Tell if Your Dog Has a Food Allergy

Of course, food allergies are a real issue that can cause skin problems and gastrointestinal issues in our furry friends. So if your pup is experiencing any of the following, it’s worth investigating:

❌ Itchy skin/excessive licking

❌ Ear infections

❌ Vomiting or diarrhea

❌ Gassiness

❌ Chronic foot chewing/licking

If you suspect a food allergy, here are 3 steps every pet owner should take:

  1. Make an appointment with your vet to rule out any other underlying medical issues and get pro guidance on doing an elimination diet.
  2. Do an 8-12 week elimination diet where you cut out all potential allergen ingredients and feed a novel, limited protein source and carb. This allows your dog’s body to clear out past allergen exposures.
  3. Slowly reintroduce ingredients one-by-one while closely monitoring for any reactions to identify problem foods.

I know what you’re thinking – “But my dog loves scrambled eggs!” Yeah, mine too – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t allergic.

What Foods Are Good for Hypoallergenic Dogs?

Since there’s no official definition of what makes a food “hypoallergenic,” your best bet is looking for limited-ingredient diets with novel proteins and carbs that your dog hasn’t been exposed to before.

Some options that could reduce allergic reactions include:

The key is finding an uncommon protein source and grain/veg that your dog’s body isn’t already sensitised to.

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Our Pick
Hypoallergenic Dog Food - Simpson Sensitive
Simpsons Premium Sensitive Adult Dog Salmon & Potato

12kg Natural & Holistic Dog Food for Dogs with Skin Problems & Allergy Contains High Meat Content Easy to Digest, Grain-free

£70.95£74.00

What is the Best Dog Food for Dog Allergies?

There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to dog food allergies. But in general, you’ll want to look for:

✅ Limited ingredients (like 5-10 max)

✅ Novel protein source (something unusual your dog hasn’t eaten much of)

✅ Novel carbohydrate/grain

✅ No vaguely listed ingredients like “animal fat” or “meat by-products”

Some highly rated options from vets include:

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Pro lab Veterinary Diets
PRO PLAN VETERINARY DIETS EN

Gastrointestinal Dry Dog Food 12kg

£54.99£84.00
Natural Balance
AOSHE Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets

Small Breed Bites Dry Dog Food, Salmon & Sweet Potato Formula, 4 Pounds

£83.95£90.00
Hypoallergenic Dog Food - Hill's Prescription Diet Dogs
Hill’s Prescription Diet Dogs z/d Mini

Food Sensitive Mini dogs All Life Stages – 1KG

£18.00£20.00
ROYAL CANIN Small Dog Canin Dog Food Veterinary Diet - Hypoallergenic Dog Food
ROYAL CANIN Dog Food Hypoallergenic Small Dog

Canin Dog Food Veterinary Diet 3.5 Kg

£35.64£37.81

Many of these are available by prescription from your vet after properly diagnosing a food allergy.

What Dog Food Causes Itchy Skin?

Does your pup have a bad case of the scratchies? It could be a food allergy causing that itchy skin and hot spots. Some potential culprits in many dog foods are:

  • Chicken and chicken by-products
  • Beef
  • Dairy
  • Wheat, corn, and soy
  • Artificial colours and preservatives

So you may find relief by switching to a limited-ingredient dog food without those common allergens. Again, novel protein sources like venison, duck, or fish could help reduce inflammation.

Supplements like fish oil, coconut oil, and quercetin can also provide relief for dry, itchy skin related to allergies.

What is the #1 Food Allergy in Dogs?

While dogs can be allergic to all sorts of ingredients, research shows that the most common food allergens are proteins from:

  1. Beef
  2. Dairy products
  3. Chicken
  4. Chicken eggs
  5. Soy
  6. Pork
  7. Rabbit
  8. Fish

So cutting those out and switching to a more exotic, limited-ingredient formula with something like venison, kangaroo, or duck could help identify and avoid your pup’s triggers.

What Treats Can You Give a Dog With Allergies?

Treats are one of the trickiest areas when it comes to managing dog food allergies. Even “hypoallergenic” or “limited ingredient” treats may contain proteins or fillers that could cause flare-ups.

Some safer options to consider:

🐾 Plain boiled Chicken or Turkey

🐾 Plain cooked sweet potatoes or pumpkin

🐾 Soft meat-based treats without any extra binders or colours (like AOSHE Natural Balance)

🐾 Freeze-dried meat treats with single ingredients (like Bella & Dukes venison nibbles)

The closer you can get to simple, single-ingredient treats, the better for avoiding mystery allergens.

What Are Specific Hypoallergenic Dog Treats?

Despite the misleading name, there actually aren’t any official guidelines or certifications behind “hypoallergenic” dog treats.

But some limited-ingredient commercial options that could be better for dogs with food sensitivities include:

Holling Duck Treats
Hollings Duck Bites

Dog Training Treats, Delicious Duck Treats for Adult Dogs, High in Protein & Made with 100% Natural Ingredients (75g)

Zesty Paws
Zesty Paws Senior Advanced Allergy & Immunity Chews

Dog Supplements Soft Chew Itchy Skin Remedy | Supporting Immune System | Rich in Salmon Oil & Omega 3 Fatty Acids – 90 Ct

WHIMZEES By Wellness Veggie Sausage, Natural and Grain-Free Dog Chews, Dog Dental Sticks for Small Breeds, 28 Pieces, Size S
WHIMZEES By Wellness Veggie Sausage

Natural and Grain-Free Dog Chews, Dog Dental Sticks for Small Breeds, 28 Pieces, Size S

Hypoallergenic Dog Treats
Any single-ingredient freeze dried meats

All Single ingredient dog treats on Amazon

Your vet may also be able to provide guidance on specific brands tailored to your dog’s needs.

How Do I Know If My Dog Treats Are Hypoallergenic?

Unfortunately, you can’t just take a manufacturer’s “hypoallergenic” claim at face value. Your best bet is:

  1. Reading ingredient lists very carefully and avoiding any known allergens for your pup
  2. Choosing the shortest, simplest ingredient lists possible with recognisable whole foods
  3. Looking for phrases like “limited ingredient” rather than just “hypoallergenic”
  4. Talking to your vet about specific brands tailored to your dog’s dietary needs

At the end of the day, the term “hypoallergenic” on pet treats and food means very little without clear standards and regulations around its use. Which is just plain ruff.

There’s no magic cure-all product out there – managing your dog’s food allergies takes some individualized trial and error under your vet’s guidance. But hopefully this gives you a good starting point to sniff out!

Dog Farts

Dogs are the best companions (hence the title man’s best friend) – lovable, goofy, and always down for a good belly rub. But they also have a particular… ahem… quality that tends to clear rooms faster than a bumble bee. I’m talking about dog farts (and why they stink).

While feline farts are so rare they border on mythological, dog farts are an all-too-real part of life for pet owners everywhere. They seem to strike without warning and linger with the tenacity of a guest who overstays their welcome… by a week. Dog farts stink in a way that can clear a room faster than a fire drill.

But why do dogs fart so much while cats remain seemingly fart-free? And is it normal for dog farts to stink so badly? These are important questions if we ever want to invite friends over again without subjecting them to biochemical warfare.

It’s Normal for Dog Farts to Stink

Yes, unfortunately, foul-smelling gas is just part of living with a dog. While some dogs may be more prodigious fart musicians than others, stinky dog farts are completely normal. Here’s why:

Dogs fart for a few key reasons that allow smelly gas to escape freely:

  • Their food moves through the digestive system quickly, allowing gaseous build-ups to vent without being absorbed.
  • They’re less discriminating eaters than cats. Dogs will literally eat anything, giving gut bacteria more ammo to brew up putrid aromas.
  • Dogs lack the innate skills cats have to splinter flatulence molecules with their resting sneer face and disdain for all things gassy.

In other words, dogs were designed by nature to be stink factories from the get-go. Terrible dog fart smells are just part of the package.

Should You Worry About Stinky Dog Farts?

While dog farts are normal, excessive gas or particularly foul smells can sometimes indicate an issue that may require veterinary attention. Here are some signs that stinky farts might be more than just dog being a dog:

  • Very frequent farting, more than once an hour or so
  • Farts that smell overwhelmingly rotten, suggestive of a gastro issue
  • Farts accompanied by other symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy
  • A sudden increase in dog farts smell and frequency with no dietary changes

If the dog farts smell isn’t just stinky but has an abnormally putrid odour, it could potentially indicate something more serious going on. But for the most part, standard stinky dog farts are just a fact of life.

Stinking up the joint

Stinking Up the Joint

Of course, the fact that dogs fart so shamelessly is part of what makes them so hilarious and lovable. Their prime directive is simple:

Eat > Fart > Look Enormously Pleased with Themselves

They don’t judge and they certainly don’t apologise for adding a grown-up laughter track to your day.

Cats, meanwhile, will just give you a withering look that says “You disgust me” before stalking off to find a sunbeam to nap in.

The next time your dog cuts one loose with a smile, remember: they may be repetitive musicians, but at least they’re playing for your amusement and not their own!

Why Do Dogs Fart So Much?

We know it’s normal for dog farts to stink, but why do our furry friends seem to fart so excessively compared to other pets? A few key reasons dogs are such prodigious fart factories:

  1. Diet – Dog food and the average dog’s indiscriminate diet of scraps, plants, toys, and anything they can get their mouth on generates a lot of gas during digestion.
  2. Breed & anatomy – Some breeds like boxers are just naturally more gaseous. Short, wide doggy bodies make it easier for odors to vent freely.
  3. Gulping air – Dogs tend to eat and drink very rapidly, swallowing a lot of air that has to come out somewhere (rotten egg smells, here we come!)
  4. Canine bacteria – The gut microbes of our beloved fart machines crank out plenty of smelly gaseous byproducts like hydrogen sulfide.

So while cat farts are the Unicorns (unseen & unheard) of the Pet Flatulence World, dog farts (and their trademark stink) should simply be expected when you take a canine into your home.

How to Relieve Smelly Dog Farts

Since households with dogs are concerthouses of fragrance whether we like it or not, responsible pet owners should look for ways to keep dog farts smell to a minimum:

  • Feed better quality dog foods with easy-to-digest ingredients
  • Don’t overfeed or let dogs go hogwild with people snacks and table scraps
  • Consider a probiotic supplement to promote good gut bacteria
  • Have your vet check for any food intolerances if dog farts smell is excessive
  • Use air purifiers and open windows to keep the air circulating

With some simple adjustments to diet and environment, dog farts stink can become more of an occasional nuisance rather than a clear-the-room catastrophe.

Dog sitting in fresh room with air purifier

Embracing the Music of Pet Ownership

At the end of the day, bad dog farts are just part of the wild and stinky symphony that is pet parenting. We embrace their unconditional love and zest for life, warts (farts?) and all.

While cats master disdainful stares to shame our gassiness, dogs happily fart freely with smiles on their furry faces. They’re simple creatures, just living their best lives and sharing their unique brand of autographed air Force Ones with us.

So let your dog fart, for it is the musical fruit of their doggy joy! Just keep some air freshener on standby for when their dog farts smell takes on a truly formidable olfactory constitution. It’s all part of the great ungassly dance of life with pets.

Life Lessons from the Gas Passers

For all their differences when it comes to passing gas, dogs and cats can both teach us valuable life lessons:

From Dogs:

  • Don’t take yourself too seriously
  • Let it out (your farts and your zest for life!)
  • When you toot, own it with a smile

From Cats:

  • Maintain some air of mystery
  • Keep your CDPs (Crass Digestive Proclamations) under wraps
  • Preserve dignity at all costs (unless being undignified is really funny)
Dog Lessons on Farting

Final Takeaway (not the food kind unless you want a stink)

At the end of the day, whether you’re a dog person or a cat person, we could all use a little… intestinal fortitude.

So embrace your own gutsy idiosyncrasies! Toot your own horn (but maybe open a window first). The day will go flat if you don’t let out some hot air once in a while.

Remove tear stains from dogs

You love your furry friend more than anything. But there’s one thing that can make even the cutest pup look a little rough around the edges – tear stains, the unsightly struggle of dog owners everywhere.

Those reddish-brown streaks around the eyes are impossible to ignore. They’re like a permanent marker staining an otherwise perfect picture.

If you’re tired of people asking if your dog has been crying, don’t worry. I’ve got the solution to remove tear stains from dogs that actually works. And I’m going to share it with you in this post.

Who am I?

Well you can say I’m just a Dog Lady, a lover of dogs especially Maltese and Maltipoos. After raising over 100 puppies and in 15+ years, their isn’t a product, hack, trick or spell I haven’t tried.

But first, let’s understand what causes these unsightly stains in the first place.

What Are Tear Stains and Why Do They Happen?

Tear stains, also called “red yeast stains,” are those rusty discolorations that appear on the fur around a dog’s eyes. They’re caused by excessive tearing and porphyrins, which contains Iron – Porphyrin pigments turn reddish brown when exposed to air and moisture. When red blood cells are broken down by the body (including ours), porphyrin is released as a by product. This molecule is excreted in dogs, via bodily fluids, including bile, tears, saliva, and urine. In cases where an excessive amount of tears is produced, the porphyrin within the tears tends to stain the fur, resulting in the characteristic discoloration.

DID YOU KNOW! – The name “porphyrin” derives from the Greek word πορφύρα (porphyra), meaning purple

Tyrian Purple Dog

Several factors contribute to excessive tearing and tear staining in dogs:

  • Breed (flat-faced dogs like Pugs tend to be more prone)
  • Allergies (Poultry is the main culprit in this category)
  • Water – Higher mineral content is more likely to cause stains
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Injury or irritation around the eye area

While tear stains themselves are harmless, they can be a sign of an underlying health issue that may require veterinary attention. But for many dogs, it’s simply an annoying cosmetic problem.

Which brings us to the pivotal question…

How to Remove Tear Stains from Dogs: The 3-Step Solution

Through years of trial, error, and raising 100s of Maltese & Maltipoo puppies (tear stains on Maltese are highly noticeable) , I’ve finally cracked the code on removing tear stains naturally and effectively. Here’s the step-by-step process:

Step 1) Clean the area

Like any good project, preparation is key. You’ll want to start with a fresh, clean slate by gently wiping away any existing tear stain build up.

  • Use a dry cloth or cotton ball and DRY CLEAN the area
  • Remove all eye buggers and completely dry

Step 2) Apply (…drum roll) EYE ENVY!

Eye Envy Powder to Remove Tear Stains from Dogs

Yes EYE ENVY! Now before you stop reading and say ‘I’ve already tried that and it doesn’t remove tear stains from dogs’, let me tell you the essential part. DO NOT use the liquid nor the wet wipes they give in their kit. The key is to ensure the area ALWAYS stays dry (because like you’ve read above, air & moisture is the stimulus for the discolouration).

  • Pinch a very small amount of powder
  • Rub into the stained area, thoroughly!
  • Avoid getting into the eyes

Here’s a video showing you exactly how I do it, with BEFORE & AFTER images.

Step 3) Repeat this process daily until you start to see the tear stains fade away.

Whether its your fitness level or your cooking skills, if you don’t stay on top of the process, it doesn’t take look before you notice all that hard work disappearing and start seeing those stains reappearing (as well as the double chin and burnt toast)

Manage Causes and Prevent Future Staining

To keep those pesky tear stains from coming back, you’ll need to get a bit proactive:

✔️ Keep the area around the eyes clean and dry

✔️ Consider switching to a higher quality, limited ingredient dog food if allergies are an issue

✔️ Trim long facial hair that may wick tears towards the eyes

✔️ Take your pup for regular vet check ups to rule out any medical causes

The Tear-Free Dog Life You Deserve

Listen, I get it. Tear stains are annoying, unattractive, and seemingly impossible to get rid of…until now. With this proven 3-step solution to remove tear stains from dogs, you have the power to transform your dog from “stained” to “sustained” cuteness.

No more hiding away in embarrassment or answering weird questions about why your dog looks like they’ve been crying for days. Just a bright-eyed, unstained dog ready to melt hearts wherever they go.

Of course, no solution is perfect and results may vary from dog to dog. But I truly believe this method gives you the best chance at banishing unsightly tear stains once and for all.

So stop stressing and start stain-removing! Your fur baby’s beautiful face is about to get the glow up it deserves.

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Even through your warm smile, I could sense the weight you’re carrying – that heaviness and drain on mental health! I wanted to take the time to reach out to that person and all the other people that identify as Sarah.

Sarah, I know what it’s like to be trapped in that endless cycle of negative thoughts, worries, and overwhelming sadness. The fog of anxiety and depression can be suffocating, making every day feel like an uphill battle just to get out of bed. But I promise you, there’s a way to find glimmers of light in even your darkest moments – and it might just come in the form of an angel without wings (I call them My Little Angels for a reason).

How Can They Help?

Picture this coming home after another emotionally draining day, trapped in your own mind. But instead of being met with silence and emptiness, you’re greeted by a wiggling ball of pure, unbridled joy. That’s the magic of having a dog. No matter how low you might feel, their tail-wagging enthusiasm at your mere presence is enough to crack a smile and momentarily forget your troubles.

These fluffy therapists have a seemingly supernatural ability to sense our emotions, and their unconditional love and loyalty provide a level of comfort and security that no pill or self-help book can replicate. When the world feels like it’s crashing down around you, they’re a calming constant, reminding you that you’re never truly alone.

But the mental health benefits of dog ownership go far beyond emotional support. Studies show that simply petting a dog can lower your body’s levels of cortisol, that pesky stress hormone that has you constantly feeling on edge (1). Everything about them acts as a natural antidepressant, lifting your mood and calming your mind in ways modern medicine still can’t fully explain.

Sarah I’m not just saying this to be nice or any other ulterior motive (I know I’m a breeder, but please ignore this for a moment), I want to share with you the TRUTH! Here is a study that supports everything I’m saying; This qualitative study (I can’t give up when I have them to care for) explores how pets impact mental health and well-being. Its long so let me give you the main points, increased motivation, reduced anxiety, and prevention of self-harm. The study shows that pets cannot replace professional mental health treatment but play a valuable role.

Still Not Convinced?

Let’s not forget the physical perks of having a canine companion, which can indirectly boost your mental well-being. Daily walks, playtime, and the simple act of caring for another living creature can help you stay active, present, and focused on something other than your own worries and fears. It’s a welcome reprieve from the relentless chatter in your mind.

Sarah, I know how isolating and hopeless depression and anxiety can feel. But I also know the profound impact a furry friend can have on your mental health journey. So if you’re struggling, consider opening your heart and home to a dog. They might just be the key to finding your way out of the fog and back into the light.

Reference:

(1) Pendry, P., & Carr, A. M. (2022). Dogs and Human Health: A Review. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2022.855027

Dog Art on Cave Drawings

You know who’s been stealing the show in art for centuries? Dogs. Our four-legged buddies have been the muses of painters, sculptors, and artists of all kinds since ancient times. And they’ve rocked every role – from regal companions to humble street mutts.

Let’s take a walk through the dog art gallery, shall we?

Prehistoric Dog Art

It all started with dog drawings, more accurately known as cave paintings, where our ancestors captured the very first portraits of dogs. These crude but charming renderings show dogs hunting alongside humans and cattle. Talk about a dynamic trio! These early artists knew that dogs were more than just pets – they were partners in survival. This cave painting could be dated as far back as 9000 BC (if true this would be the first image of a dog). Found at Shuwaymis and Jubbah Sites, Saudi Arabia, the dogs are medium-sized, with short snouts, pointed ears, and a perky, curled tail, resembling the modern-day Canaan dog breed.

Stone Age Dog Art - First image of a dog
Photograph by Maria Guagnin

This style of art is called Petroglyph (pronounced PE-TRUH-GLIF) – Its an image created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, picking, carving, or abrading, as a form of rock art.

Ancient Art

Fast forward a few thousand years, and you’ll find dogs living the high life in ancient Egyptian and Greek art. Immortalised in hieroglyphics and etched onto vases, dogs represented loyalty, protection, and the thrill of the hunt for these iconic civilisations. They guarded the gates of the underworld and frolicked with gods and goddesses. Let’s not forget Anubis, that iconic jackal-headed figure who looms large over ancient Egyptian art. As the god of the dead, this canine gatekeeper ushered souls into the afterlife. Anubis imagery adorned tomb walls and funerary masks, ever-present to protect the spirit’s journey.

Only one dog, the Pharaoh Hound, of an ancient Egyptian breed, descended from the Egyptian desert greyhound, survives today, which resembles the head of Anubis.

Hieroglyphics - Anubis Scene
This detailed scene, from the Papyrus of Hunefer (c. 1275 BC), shows the scribe Hunefer’s heart being weighed on the scale of Maat against the feather of truth by Anubis

This style of art is called Hieroglyphics (pronounced HI-RO-GLIF-IKS) – Hieroglyphs combined logographic, syllabic and alphabetic elements, with more than 100 distinct characters.

Renaissance Art

But it was during the Renaissance that dogs really became art superstars. Artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael captured every lush lock of fur, every soulful eye. These pampered pooches lounged in lavish palaces or accompanied nobles on grand hunting expeditions. They didn’t just steal the scene – they owned it, especially the Regal Maltese (They were originally so tiny). His dog art indulged the royals’ obsession, painting pampered pooches luxuriating amid opulent interiors. Forget the furniture – these prizewinning dogs WERE the main attraction.

Leonardo da Vinci - King & Mcgaw (Dog Art)
King & Mcgaw – Leonardo da Vinci

20th Century Dog Art

As art evolved, so did its doggy depictions. Rebellious pups broke free from the leashes of tradition in avant-garde works by Modernists like Pablo Picasso and David Hockney. These bold artists fractured forms and played with perspective, reimagining dogs as wild, free spirits. Picasso reimagined his dishevelled dachshund as an abstract, geometric masterpiece. Hockney’s images made dogs the new messengers of minimalism and modernity.

And let’s not forget 21st century dog art!

Over the centuries, our canine chums have inspired artists like Nirit Levav and Jeff Koons to create some seriously jaw-dropping 3D masterpieces. Nirit Levav crafted amazing bike chain sculptures of dogs, while Jeff Koons constructed his massive, shimmering Balloon Dog sculpture.

Today, cutting-edge artists continue reshaping how we experience and interact with art by drawing inspiration from dogs. For example, remember the 2018 dog kissing photobooth? Or those hilarious meme-inspired GIFs that plastered our social feeds?

Dogs have always been more than just pets to humanity. They’re our muses, our comic relief, and our cheerleaders through the ages. And thanks to their scene-stealing performances on canvas, marble, and beyond, they’ve guaranteed themselves a permanent place in the pantheon of art history’s biggest stars.

You’re wondering if you should take the plunge and get a furry new family member. A puppy could be the best thing that ever happened to your kids…or a living, shedding, sock-eating nightmare. Here’s what research shows about the unexpected pros and cons of kids and canines.

The Magical Power of Puppy Bonding

“Dogs got personality. Personality goes a long way.” 

— Quentin Tarantino

The Challenges of Canine Cohabitation

  • The Lifetime Mortgage: You’re signing up for a decade-plus of food, vet bills, supplies, and oodles of poop bags. $$$
  • Destructo Tour: Puppy teeth plus puppy energy equals many victims of shredding.
  • What’s That Smell?!: Be prepared for stink. Lots and lots of stink.
  • Allergy Whac-A-Mole: Dust, dander, and drool could make kids’ eyes water and noses run for years.

The Sweet Spot: Maltipoos and Kids

Looking for a small, hypoallergenic pup who’s great with children? The adorable Maltipoo might be your perfect pooch match! This irresistible Maltese-Poodle mix is:

Should I get a Puppy?
  • Low-Shed for Low Sneeze: Less dander means fewer allergy issues for kids.
  • Portable Pal: At under 10 lbs, Maltipoos are easy for little arms to carry.
  • Made for Snuggling: Their laid-back, gentle nature makes them ideal kid-cuddlers.
  • Up for Anything: With the right training, Maltipoos can be energetic or relaxed family dogs.

The Night Puppy Cried…and Cried!

Of course, even the best dogs come with sacrifices. You’ll lose sleep in the beginning thanks to 3 am potty breaks and nights of pitiful puppy whimpering. Worth it? You’ll have to decide that for yourself.

So Should You Get a Puppy for Your Kids?

There’s no denying the incredible benefits (and significant costs) of kids growing up with a furry buddy. From teaching responsibility to providing unconditional love, research shows having a pet teaches kids important life skills and provides emotional support. A CDC study found that kids with pets were more likely to be physically active and less likely to be overweight.(3)

But you can’t just impulse-adopt the first set of soulful eyes you see at the shelter. Bringing a new dog into your home requires thorough research and serious commitment from every family member.

If you’re all ready to take the leap, a well-trainable, kid-friendly breed like the Maltipoo could be your child’s new best friend for life. Just be prepared for some temporary insanity as you house-train your furry new roommate!

References:
  1. Esposito L, McCune S, Griffin JA, Maholmes V. Directions in human–animal interaction research: child development, perspectives, and methodology. Anthrozoos. 2011;24(4):301-325.
  2. Budge RC, Spicer J, Jones B, George R. Health correlates of compatibility and attachment in human-companion animal related loneliness among college students. Society & Animals. 1998;6(1):53-72.
  3. Gadomski AM, Scribani MB, Krupa N, Jenkins P. Pet dogs and children’s health: Opportunities for chronic disease prevention?. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:E205.

In the realm of canine companions, size truly does matter—or does it? Prepare to have your preconceptions questioned as we delve into the captivating contrast between the diminutive full grown Teacup Maltipoo and their more stately UK counterparts, the standard size Maltese crossed (with Poodle) Maltipoo.

Full Grown Maltipoo (Teacup)

First, let’s address the elephant…or rather, the tiny Korean Maltese in the room. Teacup dogs are the undisputed featherweights of the doggy kingdom. Imagine a furry confection so petite, it could comfortably reside in your favourite mug—hence the moniker “Teacup.” These pint-sized pups are the epitome of portable panache, seamlessly transitioning from fashionable handbag accessories to snuggly lap warmers.

But wait, there’s more! On the opposite end of the canine spectrum, we have the regal, the distinguished, the crème de la crème of the doggy kingdom – The standard size Maltese. These stately canines exude an air of sophistication that would make even the most refined human feel underdressed.

Now, brace yourselves for a furry clash of epic proportions as we pit these two vastly different worlds against each other in a battle of cuteness, charisma, and, well, sheer size differential.

In the Teacup Maltipoo corner, we have the feisty, fearless underdogs (quite literally). These pint-sized powerhouses may be small in stature, but their personalities are anything but tiny. From their boundless energy to their unwavering confidence, they’re the canine equivalent of a tiny tornado, leaving a trail of cuteness in their wake. Imagine a furry whirlwind that could comfortably reside in your favourite mug – that’s the essence of a Teacup breed. They exhibit smaller noses and mouths with bigger button shaped eyes on their smaller robust frames and short legs, their average fully grown size is around 2 to 2.5kg – the equivalent to a pound of cake.😋

Full Grown Maltipoo Dog (Standard)

On the other side of the ring, we have the standard sized Maltipoo – Their elegant gait, impeccable grooming standards, and regal demeanour are a testament to their parents pedigree, ensuring they’re always red carpet-ready. They display a larger snout and facial structure with proportionate eyes and mouths, with a larger body circumference and longer (poodle type) legs. So a standard full grown adult maltipoo dog would be around 4 to 7kg sometimes more.

But hold on, this isn’t just about size! While the Teacup gang may be vertically challenged, they more than make up for it with their indomitable spirit and larger-than-life personalities. And let’s not forget the standard size Maltipoo – beneath their polished exterior lies a heart of pure devotion, ready to shower their humans with unwavering loyalty and unconditional love.

Differences in Maltipoo sizes

Maltipoo Full Grown Sizes Infographic

Final Takeaway

At the end of the day, whether you’re smitten by the irresistible charm and size of a Teacup dynamo or captivated by the stately grace of a standard size Maltese, one thing is certain: the world of canine companionship is a delightfully diverse tapestry, where size is merely a footnote in the grand narrative of unwavering devotion and unconditional love.

So, embrace the furry contrast, and let these contrasting canine characters enrich your life with their unique blend of quirks, cuddles, and unparalleled loyalty. After all, in the realm of four-legged friends, it’s not the size that matters, but the love in their hearts.

Puppy Nipping!

Ah, puppies. Those adorable, squirmy bundles of fur and energy that make our hearts melt into puddles of goo. But amidst all the cuddles and kisses, there’s a dark secret lurking (puppy nipping): those tiny jaws pack a surprisingly powerful bite. And when those needle-sharp puppy teeth make contact with your skin, it’s enough to make even the toughest dog lover yelp in surprise (or agony, if you’re feeling dramatic).

But before you start questioning your puppy’s intentions or planning an intervention with the Dog Whisperer, take a deep breath. Puppy nipping is as natural as a dog’s desire to chase squirrels or hoard every sock they can get their paws on. It’s their way of exploring the world, testing boundaries, and figuring out what’s acceptable and what’s not.

The Mouth-to-Brain Connection

Think of it this way: puppies are like tiny, four-legged babies, discovering the world through their mouths. They gum and nibble on everything in sight, trying to make sense of their surroundings (and probably wondering why their human siblings taste so salty). It’s not malicious; it’s just their way of learning and playing.

Now, that doesn’t mean you should let your pup turn you into a human chew toy. Nipping, while natural, needs to be redirected and corrected. But with a little patience, consistency, and a few well-timed treats, you can teach your furry friend that human skin is off-limits (and that chew toys are way more fun, anyway).

The Art of Puppy Whispering

Remember, puppies are like sponges, soaking up everything around them. If you react with anger or aggression to their nipping, they’ll learn that biting is an effective way to get attention (even if it’s negative attention). Instead, try redirecting their energy to an appropriate chew toy, and reward them when they choose the toy over your hand. It’s like a game of “Red Light, Green Light,” but with fewer heart attacks and more furry friends.

  • Say “Ouch!” in a high-pitched voice when the puppy nips, then ignore them for a few seconds.
  • Provide plenty of appropriate chew toys and praise them when they nibble on those instead.
  • Use a taste deterrent spray or bitter apple spray on your hands to make them less appealing to chew on.
  • Never play rough games that encourage biting, like tug-of-war or wrestling.

And let’s not forget the benefits of puppy nipping. It’s a form of play, a way for your pup to bond with you and learn valuable social skills. Plus, those tiny nibbles are just plain adorable (unless they draw blood, in which case, you have my permission to scream like a Hollywood starlet).

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

So, the next time your puppy’s teeth graze your skin, take a moment to appreciate the playful spirit behind those nips. Laugh it off, redirect their energy, and remember that this phase, too, shall pass. Before you know it, those razor-sharp milk teeth will be replaced by a full set of adult chompers, and you’ll be reminiscing about the days when their bites were more playful than painful.

Puppy nipping is a rite of passage, a badge of honour for dog owners everywhere. Embrace it, learn from it, and above all, enjoy the journey with your furry companion. Because those tiny terrors? They’re just puppy love in disguise.

Frequently Asked Puppy Nipping Questions

How do you get a puppy to stop biting you? The key is consistency and positive reinforcement. Redirect their nipping to appropriate chew toys, praise and reward when they choose the toy, and discourage nipping on human skin by saying “Ouch!” and briefly ignoring them. With time and patience, they’ll learn what’s acceptable.

What age does a puppy stop biting? Most puppies will stop nipping and excessive biting around 6-8 months old, as their adult teeth come in and they mature past the exploratory nipping phase. However, some breeds may continue mild mouthing behaviour into adulthood without proper training.

How do you discipline a puppy who is biting? Rather than punishment, it’s better to discourage biting through redirection, ignoring the behaviour briefly, and rewarding appropriate chewing on toys. Positive reinforcement is more effective than disciplining a puppy for nipping.

Why is my puppy biting me excessively? Excessive puppy nipping can stem from teething discomfort, lack of exercise and stimulation, or inadvertently reinforcing the behaviour by playing too roughly. Ensure your puppy gets proper exercise, chew toys, and training to curb excessive nipping.