The Maltipoo breed is a wonderful pet and one of the most sought after designer pet dogs. This dog breed is the result of crossbreeding a Poodle dog and a Maltese dog. The Maltipoo’s popularity as a companion pet is due to its many pros. Yes, it is true that the dog has its cons, but the pros tend to outweigh those cons.
Below is a guide and information about the dog and it’s a must-read for any person who owns or is about to own a Maltipoo dog.
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The dog originated in the United States and was initially breed to a companion pet that is both friendly and small in size. These are the main traits that Maltipoo breeders wanted in a dog when they got the bright idea of breeding the Maltese and the Poodle, which are popular dog pets. The Maltipoo dog which is the result of the cross breeding combines the best traits of both dogs in one single dog. Today the Maltipoo is a very popular dog, and the proof of this dog’s popularity is the number of people as well families buying or adopting one. Also, there many Maltipoo breeders that continue to breed this beautiful dog for any dog lovers who want to have one
As stated above breeders bred this dog to be the ideal family pet. By mixing the desirable traits of the Maltese and the Poodle the Maltipoo is lively, good natured, friendly intelligent dog with an excellent temperament. A full-grown Maltipoo’s good nature is a very useful trait. Because of it, the dog can get along with other pets and humans. This trait friendliness of the breed also makes them excellent therapy dogs.
Training the dog is not difficult due to its intelligence. You just need to remember to be firm but gentle discipline. Use wonderful praises and delicious treats as a training encouragement for the dog, but balance with moderation to avoid spoiling your pet. Do not use any dangerous tactics, harsh words and loud yelling as training motivation. You want an obedient and lively dog, not a fearful and reclusive one. The Maltipoo is suited for indoors or outdoors though the dog loves to be active and needs an exercise to maintain its health.
Bear in mind that the dog due to its size is fragile, so it is a smart thing to be careful with it. Advise people (be they strangers or relatives) who wants to handle the dog to be gentle with their actions and to be careful not to drop it. While it is a recommended pet for families, it is not suitable for young kids. Children are fond of playing rough, and the Maltipoo is unsuited for rough playing. So it is best to keep the dog away from children.
Finally, the dog’s inherent friendly personality can be a good thing since it won’t be aggressive to strangers, but this can also be a negative thing for the dog. A Maltipoo’s temperament is too friendly making ill-suited as a guard dog. Still if you want a gentle and loving dog as a pet, the Maltipoo will suit you well
The most noticeable physical of a Maltipoo is its hairy coat that covers its whole body. At a casual glance, all dogs of this type look the same, but the truth is each dog has varied distinct coats. A Maltipoo puppy or full-grown adult dogs have 3 kinds of basic coats. The physical look of the dog’s coat often depends on which genes of its forbearers (Poodle or Maltese) are dominant.
- Curly and Thick – This coat has a rough texture due to it being curly and thick. It can be prone to matting and tangling. Because the coat is prone to mats and tangles, the Maltipoo’s owner needs to do constant maintenance like combing as wells as clipping. It’s best to deal with those mats and tangle while they’re still not a big problem because otherwise you need to do some serious clipping on the dog’s coat. A Maltipoo with kind of coat has dominant Poodle genes.
- Silky and Straight – The most resilient coat of all 3 types that suffers the least from tangling. The coat hairs are predominantly straight while silky and soft to a person’s touch. The coat can either be medium or dense in thickness. Many dog lovers prefer a Maltipoo with this kind of coat since it is easy to do trims and clippings on the dog. A Maltipoo with kind of coat has dominant Maltese genes.
- Wiry and Wavy – The rarest coat found on this dog breed and the one coat type that a professional breeder of Maltipoo dogs avoids in their pups. The coat’s wiry texture makes it hard to groom, trimming and remove tangles. Even worse if the dog was not properly bred the wavy and wiry texture increases making it even harder
Like any other dog, the Maltipoo breed comes in different colors. Some colors are rare, while other are more desirable that the other. All colors are either solid (single color) or parti-coat (two colors) depending on each dog.
- Apricot – Depending on the dog apricot color can look like cream due to it being lighter in color. A solid apricot may or may not have a secondary color or is very dark colored to the point that it looks red.
- Black – This color is a solid type though some have a touch of different coloring called mismarks. If the black is particolored, you can see blue, silver, and white tints. A true black Maltipoo is extremely rare and will not change color when it gets older.
- Blue – Often mistaken as black color though the color is merely a diluted version of black. Of all colors found in a Maltipoo dog blue is not based on coat color but pigmentation color. Because of it the eye rims, nose and paw pads of the dog are also blue. Some Maltipoo blue puppies can be mistaken for black, but at 1 to 2 years old their coat will lighten in color.
- Brown – A deep dark color compared to bronze, tan and golden though to the eyes of some it looks like a chocolate bar that melted. A dog of this color has no black mixed in it and the eyes, as well as nose, are also brown.
- Café Au Lait – Another rare color for Matipoos. This coat is tan that looks light as well as shiny, and the dog has dark almond eyes along with a liver nose. Café Au Lait is French for “coffee with milk”.
- Cream – Look like an off-white color or it possess a nice, soft hue. Sometimes a cream-colored dog has a darker coloring on certain spots of its body.
- Gray – There is not much to be said about this color except that it is a mix of white and black. Also, Matipoos of this color are born gray and will remain gray for all its life. However, a Maltipoo that is part-black will turn into gray at 4-5 years old.
- Red – Another rare color for the dog. Most Maltipoos, when born, have a 50/50 chance of having a light red shade.
- Silver – Silver is often indistinguishable from gray. To identify if the Maltipoo is silver-colored see if the coat’s silver color is lighter and shinier when compared to a gray coat. Some pups are born black, but will get lighter into silver as they grow older.
- Silver Beige – This color is comparable to diluted brown. You won’t know if a puppy is a silver beige until it matures. At the age of 6-7 weeks, the puppy (who was born brown) will change the color of its face and paws to lighter color. By the time the Maltipoo reaches 2 years of age its entire coat is now silver beige. Eyes, nose, and paw pads have black skin pigments.
- White – The most popular color for a Maltipoo. Breed a purebred Maltese (already a pure white colored dog) with a pure white Poodle and you get this kind of dogs.
It is important to know the Maltipoo information about the health issues that affect the dog. Health problems are present in any dog pet so knowing what those problems are and how to deal with them is important for any Maltipoo owner.
Legg Calve Perthes Disease – A congenital problem that is caused by the degeneration of the hip bones in young Maltipoos. The result is lameness, soreness, and weakness in the dog.
White Shaker Syndrome – A canine disease found in white Maltipoos (though other colored dogs may suffer from it) that is characterized by the shaking that can be mild or severe. This problem shows up when the pup is 6 months to 3 years old. The good news is that the tremors are easily treatable.
Cardiomyopathy (Heart Condition) – A rare but complicated disease in Maltipoos that causes its heart to beat unsteadily or rapidly. Symptoms are coughing and fainting that can become fatal. Despite its lethality, it can be treated.
Luxating Patella – A congenital problem that causes the kneecaps of the dog to slip out of place. If a Maltipoo is limping, feeling hurt during physical activity or holding its leg in an odd position it could be suffering from that problem. It is treatable though it has to be treated as soon as possible lest it becomes severe.
Hypothyroidism – When a dog’s thyroid glands work improperly this happens. The gland problem affects a dog’s growth and metabolism. This problem can be treated by hormone replacement medication. Vegetables that are eaten in numerous amounts by a Maltipoo cause this, so it is advisable to reduce the veggies being consumed.
Dental Problems – A very simple but overlooked problem. Most Maltipoo owners think that their pets don’t to have their teeth brushed. Said action, however, can prevent dental problems with just a little effort. If the problem is severe, see a qualified vet.
Allergies – This is caused by the environment (weeds, grasses or pollen), contact with various objects (chemicals, shampoo or laundry detergent) and food (artificial add-ons and chemical preservatives). Simply eliminate what thing is causing your dog’s allergies to prevent and stop the problem.
Hip Dysplasia – A Maltipoos’ bone socket and ball in the hip will slip out of their places and will cause Hip Dysplasia. The dog will suffer a lack of mobility for daily exercise and severe discomfort. It is treatable, but must be done early.
Be sure to check and see the health documentation tests of a puppy as well as it parents before buying. Some breeders charge a high Maltipoo price for a puppy with heath problems that don’t show up until the dog matures.
List of Rescue Groups
A dog rescue group is composed of volunteers who take in stray, abused, unwanted and abandoned dogs. These groups will rehabilitee or treat a poor dog and put them for adoption. They can be places to get a Maltipoo. Here are 5 dog rescue groups in the US.
- North American Maltipoo/Maltepoo Club and Registry Rescue
- Poo-Mix Rescue
- 4Legs4Justice Animal Advocate and Rescue
- A Buddy For Life Inc.
- LifeLine Animal Project
Overall Stats about Maltipoo
Height: 8 to 14 inches
Weight: 5 to 20 pounds
Lifespan: 10 to 13 years
Ideally suited for
- Families with children
- Homes with or without yards.
Personality: Intelligent, calm, active, friendly
Recommended daily feeding: 5/8 to 1.5 cups of high-quality food
Now that you know how to take care of a Maltipoo go and get one. You won’t regret having a cute friendly loving as your very own pet and companion. Always look out for the good welfare of your Maltipoo and you will have a wonderful pet dog for the rest of your life.
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