Life span: 12-14 Years
Height: 8 – 14 inches
Weight: 6 – 15 lbs.
As the name denotes, the Maltipoo is a crossbreed between a Maltese and a Poodle. The breed is small in size, with a short, curled coat that comes in a variety of colors, ranging from black, brown, peach, and fawn. The Maltipoo is a low-shedding breed, and therefore, hair cleanup and allergic reactions are not much of an issue.
This loving breed was bred to be a companion, and can therefore, not be left alone for long periods of time. They are best suited spending time with their family on a daily basis. Given their size and energy level, they are well suited for apartments.
Their ears are small and fall down, with a small tail that has a slight curve. The eyes can be blue or brown with a black nose. Their coat is wavy, dense, and medium sized, as well as soft to the touch. Coat colors include black, grey, light grey, white, blue, brown, and cream colored.
Originating in the United States, this breed is the result of the crossbreeding between the Maltese and the Toy Poodle. It is unknown in what date it was created, but its purpose was to be a companion breed, which was successfully achieved. The breed is highly popular for its size and appearance. It is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Designer Breed Registry, and the International Designer Canine Registry. It has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club.
This loving breed is playful and affectionate with its family. They are lap dogs but also enjoy running around the house and playing with you. They get along well with children but should be watched around smaller children as they might unintentionally harm them. Although they tend to get along well with cats, they do need early socialization with other pets in order to get along well with them as well. They tend to be very loud and let you know of anyone within their territory right away, but once introduced, will be friendly with the strangers.
This breed can suffer from many diseases, including:
- Epilepsy, a neurological disorder that can produce seizures.
- Portosystemic Shunt, which is a congenital disease in which blood vessels let the blood bypass the liver, causing it to not be cleansed properly by the liver. It can be noticed through lack of appetite, hypoglycemia, urinary tract problems, etc. Surgery is recommended.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), in which the dogs may become night blind at first and progressively lose their day eyesight as well.
- Luxating Patella, in which the kneecaps may dislocate or move from its proper place.
- Legg-Perthes is a disease caused by the lack of blood reaching the femur bone, causing the cartilage around it to crack and for the bone to eventually collapse, affecting the hip joint, and noticeable through the dog limping.
- White Dog Shaker Syndrome, which predominantly affects white dogs, may begin when the puppy is as young as six months. Symptoms include lack of coordination, rapid eye movements, and body tremors. They are not painful, and can be treated.
Brushing should be done daily, with trimming or cutting of their coat done every month to prevent matting. Their ears need to be checked regularly for any dirt to prevent infections, as well as their teeth brushed and nails trimmed. Although they are not highly energetic, they do need daily exercise. As long as they get the necessary exercise, they can live in apartments. Training should be easy given that they are highly intelligent and aim to please their owners.