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

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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

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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.

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