Maltipoo is a very gentle and affectionate dog and a popular crossbreed between Maltese and Poodle. They are known as therapy dogs.

They are active and full of life with their cute and innocent face and their fur which can be scruffy and curly also they are available in a variety of colors. Although the most common colors are cream and white.

Maltipoo Temperament is very affectionate and kind with their cute face and heart-touching behavior.

They show amazing traits of a companion dog with their cuddly nature.

“They are known to be bred as Hypoallergenic Dogs”.

Maltipoo Pictures

Quick Facts

Average Weight: 5 -20 lbs.

Average Height: 8-14 Inches.

Life Expectancy: 10-13 years old.

Dog Group:  Hybrid dog, Companion dog.

Colors: Black, White, Cream, Golden, Brown, Red, Apricot, and Silver.

At A Glance

maltipoo puppies
  • Size (2/5)

Maltipoo Size varies depending on whose parent size they take upon yet usually they are small to medium in size.

Maltipoo Average Size in height ranges from 8 to 14 inches and in weight varies from 5 to 20 pounds.

  • Affection (4/5)

Maltipoos are very affectionate in nature as they are originally bred as companion dogs It’s in their nature to be affectionate.

They can blend into your family and friends with no problem.

They are known as very active beings so they need you to play with them all the time.

  • Apartment-Friendly (2/5)

They love being surrounded by people and they will totally love to stay inside with their families.

As they are very active they need their daily exercise so as long as they get to spend their energy everyday and these dogs will turn out to be good apartment dogs.

This breed is an intelligent and friendly, good-nurtured dog and takes well, being indoor so they are apartment-friendly.

  • Cold Water Tolerability (2/5)

These dogs can be in neutral temperature so they can tolerate cold water as long as it’s not too cold.

They cannot tolerate extreme temperatures so try to keep them in stable water which is not too cold.

  • Hot Water Tolerability (2/5)

Maltipoo can tolerate hot water but it should not be too hot just warm temperature can be tolerated by them.

Do not pour water that is too hot on the dog as they don’t do well with extreme temperatures.

  • Barking Tendencies (3/5)

As the dog is an enthusiastic being they are highly active which leads them to have too much energy which also results in them barking a lot.

Maltipoo Breed is a barker but not to the point where you will get irritated so you can control it with no problem.

  • Cat-Friendly (2/5)


Maltipoo Puppy needs training as they are a puppy so that they will have no problem getting along with each other.

Yet you will still need to train them to behave around cats.


It can be a problem with an adult Maltipoo as they don’t really have any experience with cats they may react aggressively.

But it’s not the same case for everyone as every dog differs from another so it’s better to test them before actually putting them together.

  • Dog-Friendly(4/5)


They can get along with other dogs with no problem as these Maltipoo’s are very gentle in nature they get along with other dogs.

Though, some training from puppyhood won’t be bad at all.


Maltipoo Adult won’t be a problem if your dog has received proper training in puppyhood they will get along with almost everyone.

They are very playful beings so they will get along most probably as said earlier not every dog is the same so their reactions may vary.

  • Exercise Needs(4/5)

They have a high-energy level so exercising daily is going to be a priority as they are very active.

They need to be taken for a walk at least 2 times daily to release their energy and you also need to play with them.

Maltipoo needs everyday exercise.

  • Grooming Needs (5/5)

You need to brush their coat daily and keep it clean and free of mats and daily attention to their coat.

Maltipoos head needs to be trimmed monthly and also to give them a bath once a month to keep them clean.

They do have grooming needs but not at extreme levels.

  • Playfulness (5/5)

These dogs are very friendly and playful in nature and playing with their owners and family is the best time for them.

They have high energy hence leading them to be active all the time and keep your company.

  • Trainability (5/5)

These dogs are easy to train as they are very intelligent and always eager to please so they are naturally trainable.

As they have high energy you need to start their training from puppyhood but harsh training may impact their behavior as they are very gentle in nature.

It’s better if you start their training after primary vaccination at least with basic commands.

  • Mouthiness (4/5)

The German breed has an average tendency to nip, chew or herd people since puppyhood as they are puppy their gums ache hence it leads to mouthiness.

You need to work on their mouthiness as soon as they get their teeth.

  • Intelligence (5/5)

They are intelligent beings and they take well with all the training they go through.

You just need to use positive techniques such as food rewards and praises and rest leave on the dog as they are very intelligent to respond.

  • Price (4/5)

Maltipoo Price ranges from $400 to $2,000 in the market.

If you are buying from a breeder it goes around $700 to $800 from a good breeder and online puppies and the puppies from pet stores can come from puppy mills.

About Maltipoo

maltipoo cute

This breed is a combination of Maltese and Miniature Poodle(toy) though this breed is not recognized by any kennel clubs such as AKC.

These dogs have high energy and they are active and energetic so they need exercise daily even if it’s a good walk or a game of fetch.

Our furry friends loving and gentle and they get along with everyone although puppy Maltipoo’s can get injured easily so they are recommended for people who have children older than six-year-old and know how to handle dogs.

They shed little so they are good for people who want dogs but have some kind of allergy so this dog does not shed too much hence fewer chances of allergy.

Though they are not the best choice for sensitive noise people as they tend to bark all the time pass their time.

The small dog is very easy to train as they are eager to please.

This breed can suffer from separation anxiety so if you are the person or family who has a lot of work and is away for most of the time this dog is not for you.

They have grooming needs as their coat needs to be brushed daily and they need monthly baths.

This dog almost gets along with everyone with its affectionate nature.

Where Maltipoos Came From?

maltipoo history

This breed was developed in the United States from the 1990s onwards as this breed is been bred recently.

They are bred as designer dogs.

There is not much history on this breed as they are new in the canine world.

They were created as companion dogs.

They are also used by breeders to get a hypoallergenic coat.

These dogs are also used for therapy for the people who are depressed or are dealing with some physiological problems as this breed is a very cheerful and best companion dog for you.

Maltipoo Lifespan is usually 10 to 13 years old.

About the parent of this breed, the Maltese is an ancient breed and originally found on the island of malta.

On the other hand, the poodle is used by breeders to get hypoallergenic coats. 

Maltipoo Size

maltipoo size

The size of this popular breed usually depends on whose parent side they take upon either poodle or Maltese.

Though they are small when they are young and Maltipoo Full Grown are medium in size.

Mostly Maltipoo Weight, varies from 5 to 20 lbs.

In height, they range from 8 to 14 inches.

Though they are usually small and cute.

 Maltipoo Trainability

maltipoo Trainablity

This breed is very easy to train as they are very intelligent and always eager to please everyone.

They have natural docility that means they do whatever their owner questions or ask, basically the owner has full authority.

They always respond with kindness so you need to be careful with them as they are very gentle and harsh training may affect their nature.

Training should be started early in puppyhood after primary vaccination with basic training of simple commands.

They are very energetic so they need to spend their energy and puppies are more energetic as compared to adult dogs so the training is necessary for them.

Enrolling them in a puppy training class can be very useful as trained people know how to train your dog exactly.

Also, this breed tends to bark a lot so this is also one of the reasons they need to start their training early.

Maltipoo Grooming

Maltipoo Haircuts are very famous as you can give them any style and shape you want and like and be creative with them.

The scurfy coat needs the most attention as it needs to be brushed, cleaned and tangle-free daily if not it will be tangled mess in a few weeks.

Their hair is prone to knotting so they need to be combed daily.

You need to give them monthly baths with specific dog-shampoo to avoid drying and damaging hair.

Maltipoo grooming takes place after every month, after that their coat needs proper grooming as in trimmed because they do not shed much so you can give them any trim you want.

Their nails need clipping every once a year.

It would be good if you let a professional groomer take care of these duties.

Common Diseases

  • Targeting the Bones:

Patellar luxation:

It is also known as “Slipped Stifles” and is a common problem in small dogs.

It is caused when three parts of the femur (thigh bone), patella (knee cap), and tibia (calf) which are parts of the patella is not lined up properly.

This causes lameness in the leg or abnormal gait, like a skip.

This is a condition present from birth.

  • Targeting The Nasal Cavity:

Runny Nose:

It can cause this dog because of their one parent Maltese often suffer from runny nose and the parent line can affect them.

An adult dog that has any allergies can lead to a runny nose.

The environmental change can also be the reason for the runny nose.

The dust mites can settle in their nasal track and cause a runny nose.

If it stays for too long might as well take them to vet.

  • Targeting The Skin:

Sebaceous Adenitis:

It is a disorder of skin glands.

It leads to resulting in hair loss, scaling, and irritation.

If you see all these symptoms take your dog to vet.

  • Targeting The Eyes:

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA):

It is a degenerative eye disorder that causes blindness from the loss of photoreceptors at the back of the eye.

It is detectable years before your dog shows any sign of blindness.

Luckily they can use their senses in place of blindness.

Even a blind dog can live a happy life.

Though show your vet as soon as you see a change in your dog’s change insight.

  • Targeting the Body:

White Shaker Syndrome:

The disorder is that it gives tremors all over the body.

The lack of coordination and rapid eye movements are some of the symptoms of white shaker syndrome.

These episodes start when your dog is six months to three years old.

They will act as overly stressed or overly excited.

If you see these signs go see your vet.


When your dog is 2 to 3 months old, feed fresh food all the time also keep in mind to clean and empty the bowl and keep it hygienic.

Puppies often need training where their bowl is so lead them every time till they get a hang of it.

After 3 months and more you can schedule their food time as their food time needs to be the same even if it’s just puppy.

All this will level their blood glucose even gives them proper energy throughout the day.

Suggested: Senior Dog Food

There should be 3 bowls of food every day these portions are enough for them.

You can give your dog dry as well as wet canned food but be careful it should be better received as some will like the dry and some will like it wet it depends on your dog.

Your dog needs all the proteins, fat, carbohydrates so feed them with proper diet.

Vaccination and Care

Vaccination is needed to protect your dog and puppies from different diseases and viruses

Such can affect your dog’s health.

Follow one vaccination schedule and do not mix it up with everything else.

Too many vaccines are also very fatal to your dog so be careful.

A 6 to 8 weeks old puppy needs distemper, parainfluenza vaccination.

10 to 12 weeks old puppy needs DHPP and coronavirus.

12 to 24 weeks old needs a rabies vaccination.

1 to 2 years needs leptospirosis.

By 1 to 3 years old puppy needs a rabies vaccination that is given by law.

Suggested: Guide To Dog Vaccination

Monthly Expense Estimation

The purchase of your Maltipoo Puppy goes up to $1,800

Initial medical fees exams go to $70.

The first round of vaccinations is $50.

Crate, collar, leash, ID tags go up to $120.

Spay or neuter rates till $200 to $400.

Dog beds will come to $100 to $300.

Puppy training will be more than $100.

The food will be $30.

Toys treat, and bones will cost $30 to $90.

All annual recurring expenses will go to $5,415.

Behavior With


Maltipoo with baby

Maltipoos are gentle and kind and will get along with kids with no problem.

Though it is recommended to have 6 years above kids as these dogs are small and can get injured easily.

So it’s better to welcome them to a family where your kids are 6 years old and above.

Other than that Maltipoo’s are very affectionate so their behavior with children will be gentle.


This kind of breed can get along with almost everyone.

They will blend in with your other dogs with no problem.

They are active and playful and will play along with your other dogs.

Though not every dog is the same so in some situations, the results may vary.

Cats :

Cats are totally different beings so it’s better you take some days and see if they tolerate each other.

You need to train your dog since puppyhood then they will be used to each other and there won’t be any problem.

Though in most cases they do get along with each other.


This cute breedis very kind, gentle, alert, clever, playful, affectionate, and friendly in nature.

They can get along with your family well even with your kids, other dogs, and cats.

This designer dog is extremely small but his size, color, coat, type, temperament, activity level and, health risks will vary depending on whom the individual puppy has inherited.

This small dog can be a barker so you need to train your dog from puppyhood.

They are recently bred dogs so they don’t really have any history.

They are the best therapy and companion dogs.

Fun Facts:

  • For the dogs who have so many hairs they shed very little so the owners don’t have to worry about them shedding all over their house.
  • The lineage of this breed of puppies from 1st generation is totally different from the 2nd generation.
  • One advantage of having this dog is they will appear and act as a puppy only even in their adulthood.
  • It is said it’s not healthy for female Maltipoo to mate and carry a litter when they are 2 years old and young.

This was all about your small and kind Maltipoo.

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