General Maltipoo Information
Behavior and Temperament
The Maltipoo breed loves to bond with their owners. This derives form the poodle being bred to work with their owners as water dogs and the maltese being bred to be a lap dog companion. While the Maltipoo loves a good long cuddle session, this is also a very active breed that likes to be where the action is and needs socialization starting at a young age. They usually get along very well with other pets in the home, but may be a little bit shy around larger dogs that they do not know.
The Maltipoo will vary in size depending on whether the parent is a toy or mini poodle. They are generally 8 to 14 inches tall and weigh 5 to 20 pounds.
Coat Types & Colors
There are 3 basic coat types with Maltipoos. The coat varies depending on whether the Poodle or Maltese genes are most dominant.
Straight and Silky: puppies with more maltese in them will tend to have a very soft and silky coat and it will be mostly straight. The coat will be thick, ranging from medium to very dense.
Thick and Curly: if the poodle genes are dominant, the Maltipoo will have a thick, curly coat. The texture will be more rough and is prone to matts and tangles.
Wavy and Wiry: This type of coat is rare and the wiry texture makes the coat very hard to groom, maintain a trim, or keep tangles away.
The most popular color is white for the Maltipoo, but they come in various colors due to the poodle having many different colors. They can be a solid color or be a combination of 2 or more colors. In most cases, the white coat from the maltese mixes with the colored poodle and creates a coat that is on the lighter side. Here are a few of the different Maltipoo colors:
White: pure, with no markings
Gold: similar to the color of a golden retriever
Grey: a light grey that looks like a “smoky” hue
Apricot: a gold/orange color
Black: very rare, however the Bb gene always overpowers the lighter colors
Remember that any dog is prone to health issues. Not all of them are avoidable, but some can be prevented by taking proper care of your dog. Some health problems are due to the size of the breed and some are simply due to genetics. This particular breed is generally very active and healthy. The average life span of the Maltipoo is 14 years, which is considered a long life span for a canine.
Not all Maltipoos will get any or all of these diseases, but it is important to be aware of these conditions:
White Shaker Syndrome: only occurs in white dogs as tremors over the entire body, lack of coordination, and rapid eye movements. It usually starts when the dog is 6 months to 3 years old and gets overly excited or stressed.
Epilepsy: causes seizures in the dog. A dog can still live a full and happy life with this condition if properly treated and cared for.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy: (PRA) is a degenerative eye disorder that eventually causes blindness from the loss of photoreceptors at the back of the eye. PRA is detectable years before the dog shows any signs of blindness.
Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease: is a congenital degeneration of the bone ends in the hips that affects many toy breeds. Usually, the first signs occur when puppies are 4 to 6 months old.
Maltipoos love people and should live indoors with the family. It is a great breed to adopt even if you live in an apartment, as long as they get daily exercise. They are very intelligent and can be trained quickly. Use positive reinforcement such as treats, play, and praise and you'll be successful in no time.
A Maltipoo should not be left alone for too long, as they are prone to separation anxiety. This can cause unnecessary whining and barking.
Maltipoos are active, and they need daily exercise to stay healthy and happy. Excess energy can lead to destructive damage. They need 10 to 15 minutes of exercise each day. A short walk, play session, or a good game of fetch down a hallway will do the trick. You can learn more about how to care for your Maltipoo here.
How often should you feed your Maltipoo?
2-3 months old: during the first month in a new home, it is recommended to free-feed a puppy. This means that fresh food should be available to the puppy at all times.
3 months - 1 year: during this time, your Maltipoo should be on a schedule of eating 3 meals per day.
1 year and on: most adult Maltipoo dogs need to have at least 2 meals per day.
Keep in mind that the amount of food you feed your Maltipoo depends on his size, age, metabolism and activity level. Below are the general feeding guidelines.
2 to 4 lbs. 1/3 to 1/2 cups per day.
5 to 8 lbs. 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
8 to 10 lb. adult = 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
10 to 12 lb. adult = 3/4 to 1 cup per day.
13 to 16 lb. adult = 1 to 1 and 1/4 cups per day.
Children & Other Pets
The Maltipoo is a social dog and gets along well with children. However, small Maltipoos are not well suited to homes with kids younger than 6 years old as they can be easily injured. Maltipoos generally get along with other dogs and pets.
Additional Maltipoo Information
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