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.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.