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!

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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

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.
Handbag dog Maltipoo

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:

Maltese Original Size

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

Squirrel Size

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

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 Size Infographic

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 Maltipoo

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.

Leg Length Maltipoos

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:

  1. Straight coat
  2. Wavy coat
  3. 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.

Hair Texture Maltipoos

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 Colour Coats - Maltipoo puppies

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.
4 grades patella luxation

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.

Dental Disease

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.

Hip joint anatomy - Common Issue Maltipoo

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.

Time Vs Nutrition Pyramid

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.

Dog Hydration-

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 Exercising a Maltipoo

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

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 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.

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