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Life span

15 Years


9 Kg


Hybrid Dogs

Maltipoo Overview

The Maltipoo belongs to the small dog breed group. They weigh in the region of 2 to 10 pounds and measure 4 to 9 inches high. This dog breed comes in a variety of colours, ranging from white, black, brown, grey, peach and fawn. Their noses can be white, black or pink. They're considered as a hypoallergenic dog breed as they shed very little.

Their temperament is very sweet, and they love affection and giving affection. Cuddling and snuggling is their favourite hobby as well as a good run around the park. They're extremely patient and thus would suit a family with young children. 

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Maltipoo Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Maltipoo is a cross-breed of the Maltese and Poodle dog breed. As both dog breeds are similar in appearance, the Maltipoo resembles both dog breeds in appearance. This dog breed is small and very popular amongst many households within the UK. This wonderful dog breed has inherited the delightful traits of their parent breeds such as their playfulness and their intelligence. 

They were originally bred to be low to non-shedding pets which means they're ideal for people suffering from allergies. 

Maltipoo Temperament

The Maltipoo has the intelligence of both parent breeds and the friendliness and loving nature of both the Poodle and Maltese. This dog breed aims to please and they love to make their families with their playful ways. This dog breed is prone to developing separation anxiety if they're left for long periods of time on their own. If not trained correctly this dog breed can become destructive at home as a way of releasing their stress levels if left on their own for a very long time. 

This dog breed is a great choice for first-time dog owners as they're people-oriented and very loving. They're not ideal for owners that work long hours as the Maltipoo doesn't like to be left on their own for too long. They can be snappy at times so wouldn't suit a family with young children.

Maltipoo Training

The Maltipoo is very intelligent, and they're very quick to learn new tricks and commands. The only downside to this is they can pick up bad behaviours just as quickly, which is why they need to be trained consistently from a young age. This dog breed adapts well but can be very sensitive and do not respond well to shouting or harsh behavioural correcting. They do, however, respond well to positive reinforcement and this should always be used when training and handling your Maltipoo.

The Maltipoo is prone to putting weight on easily and therefore when rewarding them for their good behaviour, you should avoid giving them treats every-time. Instead, you can reward them with a healthy reward such as high-five or a good rub on their belly. 

This dog breed is incredibly cute and it's hard not to spoil them. You should try to avoid this as they will get used to getting away with most behaviours and this can become a bigger issue as they grow into adulthood. Training from a young age and consistently is key to happy and content Maltipoo. 


The Maltipoo needs regular grooming like most dog breeds. As they're very small, you must be gentle when brushing their coat and teeth. Regular checking of their teeth, ears, coat and paws will help keep them in healthy, optimum condition.

When bathing your Maltipoo it is important that you use a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner to maintain their beautiful coat.


The Maltipoo is, unfortunately, prone to a few health issues, this is why it is most important to ensure your Maltipoo is well-bred and bought from a reputable breeder. Some of the health issues are listed as follows:

  • Patent ductus
  • Tremor syndrome
  • Necrotising meningoencephalitis 
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Chiari malformation syringomyelia

Maltipoo Exercise Needs

The Maltipoo is active and very intelligent and therefore relativity easy to train. It is important to provide your Maltipoo with enough daily exercise to keep them happy and well-rounded. Every day they will need 20-30 minutes of exercise twice a day. Aim to keep them off their lead for the majority of this time so they can have a good run around and burn off all their energy. If they're not given enough exercise on a daily basis, they are prone to becoming bored and destructive. 

This dog breed loves nothing more than to roam around their garden, so if possible, allow them lots of time in the garden to explore. 


Children and other pets

The Maltipoo is suited to a family with older children because this dog breed is prone to being snappy around smaller children. Interaction between any dog breed and children should always be supervised. 

If the Maltipoo is socialised from a young age they are able to get on with any pet of their household. The Maltipoo doesn't have prey drive but that won't stop them chasing a cat they come across.