About This Breed
A mix between a Maltese and a Poodle, the Maltipoo is known for its affectionate, charming personality. They make great options for families with kids, as well as for single people and the elderly.
The Maltipoo comes in a variety of colors, although the most common ones include cream, white and silver.
A big draw of the Maltipoo is its coat, which is low-shedding and low-dander with a fluffy, soft, wool-like texture that ranges from slightly wavy to curly.
Personality and Temperament
Moderate to high
The Maltipoo is intelligent, affectionate and social, and they get along well with children and other animals, although their small size makes them easily susceptible to injury.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Your Maltipoo may love to bark, and their coats require daily brushing.
IDEAL LIVING CONDITIONS
Maltipoos adapt well to apartment living or small-to-medium sized homes – places where they won’t get lost!
Because Maltipoos are so small, they require extra attention around kids and other large pets to avoid injury. The breed has a tendency towards barking, and they are high in energy and require daily stimulation and walking. They also may shed a little and they need daily brushing and monthly baths to maintain their coats.
The Maltipoo has a predisposition to a few different diseases including White Shaker Syndrome, Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation, Portosystemic Shunt, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease (which affects many toy breeds).
History and Background
The Maltipoo was created essentially to be a suitable breed for those with allergies. Keep in mind, however, that although the Maltipoo is said to be hypoallergenic because of its coat, all dogs produce dander and saliva, which may carry allergens that can cause allergic reactions in some people.