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The Maltipoo

A cute and cuddly cross between the Maltese and Poodle breeds, the Maltipoo is one of the friendliest little dogs you could ever hope to meet. These balls of fluff have little bodies but big hearts, always seeking out affection and love from the people around them.

Maltipoos were designed with the intention of being a warm and caring companion and absolutely fill that role. No matter who they live with, this breed can form long-lasting, unbreakable bonds with their owners. They simply get along with anyone they meet and even try to become friends with other dogs or animals.

The Maltipoo is also known for its hypoallergenic nature and other appealing attributes. For first-time dog owners, there are few breeds better than this one. Maltipoos don’t need too much exercise and can thrive in nearly any kind of environment. They are great house dogs and love to cuddle up alongside their owners each day. They can also be quite feisty and bouncy from time to time, always eager to learn new things and play different games.

If you want a dog with the brains of a Poodle and the looks of a Maltese, the Maltipoo is the perfect choice.

Maltipoo History

The Maltipoo only recently came into existence. The breed originated in the United States just a couple of decades ago and swiftly found plenty of fans. Toy breeds have become more and more popular in the last half a century, with many prospective dog owners on the lookout for the ideal canine companion. In the past, breeds were crossed together to become more efficient hunters or stronger workers, but it’s quite a new phenomenon to crossbreed dogs for aesthetic reasons.

The Maltipoo is one of many toy or designer dogs to have come into existence in recent years. The breed was made by the crossing of a Maltese and a Poodle. The former is already a very popular toy breed, while the latter is commonly used in these sorts of crosses for its intelligence and tendency to shed very little hair.

Like many crossbreeds, the Maltipoo is not officially recognized by the major clubs and organizations. Still, some breeders and clubs have been established, with enthusiasts experimenting with multigenerational breeding techniques in order to someday help the breed become official. Still, a lack of professional recognition hasn’t stopped these dogs becoming very popular.

The breed was originally designed to appeal to allergy sufferers, as Maltipoos tend to shed little to no hair. However, the Maltipoo quickly appealed to a much wider audience thanks to its fluffy look and affectionate nature. These dogs have proven to be wonderful pets that can get on well with anyone. Individuals can have different personalities, but these dogs tend to inherit the intelligence of their Poodle parent and the playfulness of their Maltese parent, offering a good mix of both breeds.

Today’s Maltipoo

This is a very new breed and is still finding its feet in the world. That said, Maltipoos have quickly gained popularity, like many other toy and designer breeds. These dogs are cute and cuddly, with these factors massively helping them to find countless homes as family pets. It’s also not uncommon to see a Maltipoo being used as a therapy dog. This breed’s warm and friendly nature helps it to get along with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Other attributes of the Maltipoo that have helped it become more popular are its relatively low-maintenance requirements. These dogs are active, but don’t need hours and hours of exercise each day. They also don’t require any special grooming techniques and are also very small, so can fit in well in almost any kind of home. Finally, these dogs were bred to be hypoallergenic, so they can appeal to a huge range of potential owners.

Grooming A Maltipoo

The Maltipoo’s coat is renowned for its soft and fluffy touch. The hair can be quite curly in some cases, so the grooming requirements for this dog will vary depending on its coat. Owners are generally encouraged to brush or comb the Maltipoo on a daily basis to prevent knots or tangles from setting in. Special attention should also be paid to the dog’s eyes and ears for any dirt or problems. These dogs also need frequent bathing to remain clean and odor-free, and they may also benefit from professional grooming every now and then. The Maltipoo was bred to shed very little hair, so is usually perfectly suitable for allergy sufferers. Remember though, no breeding program is perfect and some individuals will shed more hair than normal. Speak to a breeder before adopting your dog.

Maltipoo Personality

The Maltipoo was bred to be the perfect family companion. They therefore exhibit all of the attributes that most prospective owners could possibly ask for. Maltipoos will vary in some ways, but these dogs tend to be very friendly and affectionate. They like to spend time on their owner’s lap and can curl up in a cozy area for hours on end. If you want a dog that you can pet and play with as much as you like, the Maltipoo is a top choice. They’re also great with children, but care must be taken. These dogs are very fragile and could be accidentally by a young child, so adult supervision is recommended at all times.

At the same time, these dogs also have a great attitude for fun and frolics. They love to play games and can be quite active at certain times throughout the day. One minute, they’ll want to curl up and have a nap, and the next minute they’ll be bouncing around and ready to play. They enjoy a variety of games and are blessed with a high level of intelligence, so can learn to enjoy plenty of different activities. They can also be trained to learn different tricks and commands, and should be quite obedient and loyal most of the time. These dogs are also quite aware and observant of their surroundings, so can actually be well-suited to the role of a watch dog, especially thanks to their sharp bark.

The Maltipoo is one of those breeds that can fall into the problem of Small Dog Syndrome. This occurs when owners treat their canine companions with extra leniency and generosity because of their small size and adorable appearance. This can cause a lot of bad habits to set in. It is therefore absolutely vital for any Maltipoo owner to remember that this dog is just like any other breed and needs to be treated as such. Maltipoos still require an authoritative owner to help them understand their role in the family pack. Plenty of socialization is also recommended to help the dog grow accustomed to humans and other animals.

Living With A Maltipoo

The Maltipoo is quite an active dog when in the home, but these dogs are also very small and so can be well-suited for apartment life. They are fragile and can easily suffer in harsh conditions, so should never be kept outside. It’s worth pointing out that these dogs have a tendency to bark at strange sounds or sights, so prospective owners need to be prepared for this. If you live in an apartment building or an area with noise restrictions, this might not be the dog for you. Maltipoos can be trained to control their barking habits, but this may take some time. In terms of other animals, the Maltipoo will usually get along well with other dogs, cats and even small pets.

Exercising Maltipoos

Maltipoos may be small, but they have a lot of energy. These active, energetic dogs need plenty of physical and mental stimulation each day. They should be taken on brisk walks on a daily basis and will always appreciate exploring new areas. They ideally also require some time to run around in a yard or outdoor space. To take care of their mental stimulation requirements, these dogs should be played with throughout the day. They will appreciate having a few toys to chew on and love to play games like fetch.

Maltipoo Health Concerns

The Maltipoo can live for around 12 years on average, but may survive much longer than this with the right care and a bit of luck. These dogs are very small and fragile, so owners need to look after them well. Here are some examples of health problems you may notice in your Maltipoo:

Patellar Luxation

Also known as “trick knee”, this condition tends to be quite common in small canine breeds like the Maltese or Poodle. It can therefore occur with regularity in Maltipoos as well. Patellar luxation occurs when the dog’s knee joint is loose and cannot properly bend. Dogs are usually born with this problem, but it might take a while for the symptoms to actually become evident. Those symptoms include limping, pain while moving or even bow-leggedness. Depending on the severity of the case, patellar luxation can be treated with surgery. It’s therefore important to visit a veterinary clinic as soon as you notice your dog having any problems.

White Shaker Dog Syndrome

This condition is known under many names and can sometimes be confused for epilepsy. White Shaker Dog Syndrome is very prevalent in small breeds, particularly Bichons like the Maltese. It causes the animal to begin uncontrollably shaking, while other symptoms may include seizures, dizziness and rapid movements of the eyes. Scientists still don’t know why or how this condition really happens, but it usually occurs when the animal is overexcited for some reason. It can therefore be wise to raise a Maltipoo in a calm environment.

If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, visit a veterinarian as soon as possible. Various forms of medication are available, including pills like diazepam. White Shaker Dog Syndrome is curable, so don’t let it ruin your dog’s life.