The Maltipoo is a designer dog created using the Maltese and the Poodle . These dogs have a reputation for being excellent companions. As a result, if interested individuals are looking for exactly that, they should make sure to look into these designer dogs. Please note that Maltipoos are sometime found in the care of shelters and other animal welfare organizations, meaning that adoption can be a very sensible alternative to buying a puppy.
1. Designer Dog
As mentioned earlier, the Maltipoo is a designer dog. This means that it was created by crossbreeding purebred dogs. However, designer dogs aren’t quite the same as mixed-breed dogs because their creation was intentional. Generally speaking, dog breeders create designer dogs for the purpose of combining the most desirable characteristics from both sides of their heritage, which is supposed to create a more suitable animal than otherwise possible.
2. Don’t Expect a Consistent Set of Characteristics
Of course, this means that people should be prepared for the Maltipoo to show considerable variation. Purebred dogs are the products of generation after generation of breeding for a consistent set of characteristics. As a result, they are very predictable, though even they can show unexpected characteristics from time to time. The Maltipoo is like other designer dogs in that it has inherited a mix of characteristics from both sides of its heritage, which are not guaranteed to be the same from dog to dog.
3. There Are Both First-Generation and Multi-Generation Mixes
Designer dogs are nowhere near as established as their purebred counterparts. This means that the breeding of designer dogs is nowhere near as strictly controlled. Interested individuals can expect to see both first-generation mixes and multi-generation mixes if they are looking into the Maltipoo.
4. Can Get a Maltipoo that Is Closer to One Side of Its Heritage
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, some people might want a Maltipoo that is either more like a Maltese or more like a Poodle. If so, they should remember that multi-generation mixes can have more descent from one dog breed than the other, which should increase their chances of inheriting characteristics from that dog breed.
5. Not Guaranteed to Be Healthier
There is a common belief that designer dogs are healthier than their purebred counterparts. This isn’t unfounded. Still, interested individuals need to remember that trends aren’t applicable to every single individual that make up those trends. In other words, a Maltipoo isn’t guaranteed to be healthier than the average purebred dog, meaning that interested individuals need to keep a watchful eye on their health. With this as with other kinds of health, faster intervention can make for better health outcomes, which is why preventative health care is as important for dogs as it is for humans.
6. Small Dogs
Chances are good that interested individuals can guess that the Maltipoo tends to be a small dog. They are said to reach a height of 8 to 14 inches, which translates to a weight of 5 to 20 pounds. Some people might be surprised because Poodles can be quite a bit bigger than these measurements. However, it should be mentioned that the Maltipoo was created using either Miniature Poodles or even Toy Poodles, which are quite a bit smaller than the Standard Poodle.
7. Average Lifespan
There is a claim that the Maltipoo can expect to live 10 to 13 years. It isn’t clear how accurate this is supposed to be. If 10 to 13 years is accurate, that is a very average expected lifespan. In any case, small dogs tend to live longer lives than their bigger counterparts. The exact combination of factors responsible for this need further investigation. However, one of the factors seems to be that smaller dogs just age at a slower rate than their bigger counterparts. In fact, it is interesting to note that a shorter height has a positive correlation with a longer lifespan in humans as well, which is a subject of even more investigation.
8. Not Guaranteed to Be Hypoallergenic
Both the Maltese and the Poodle have a reputation for being hypoallergenic. As such, one might expect the same to be true for the Maltipoo. Certainly, there are reports of this being the case. However, interested individuals should remember that every dog produces both dander and saliva, which contain allergens. Furthermore, just because someone isn’t allergic to dogs in the present time, that doesn’t mean that said individual will remain so in the future. Due to this, it might be a good idea for interested individuals to spend some time interacting with multiple Maltipoos to see what happens before proceeding further.
9. Good Choice for First-Time Dog Owners
The Maltipoo has a reputation for being both smart and obedient. On top of that, they aren’t exactly the most intimidating dogs that can be found out there. As such, the Maltipoo can be an excellent choice of dog for people who have never owned a dog before. Similarly, these characteristics also make them suitable for experienced dog owners with personalities that aren’t well-suited for taking charge. Something that can be very important for bigger, more independent-minded dog breeds.
10. Good Choice for Both Seniors and Older Children
These dogs are capable of getting along with a wide range of individuals. Conveniently, this includes both seniors and older children who have learned how to handle small dogs. The last point is important because younger children who haven’t learned how to handle small dogs can accidentally hurt them. Something that can cause those animals to lash out in turn.
11. Need Daily Exercise
Like most dogs, the Maltipoo needs daily exercise. Fortunately, they aren’t too demanding in this regard, which is one more reason why they are a suitable choice of canine companion for both seniors and older children. Generally speaking, something as simple as either a walk, some playtime in the backyard, or some playtime with the dog owner should be enough to satisfy their needs in this regard. Making sure that dogs get enough exercise is extremely important for much the same reason that making sure people get enough exercise is extremely important. One could say that one of the benefits of responsible dog ownership is that interested individuals can get a fair amount of assistance with the latter.
12. Doesn’t Like Being Alone
Maltipoos are companion animals. Unsurprisingly, this means that they don’t like being left alone for long periods of time. As such, interested individuals need to make sure that their Maltipoo has some kind of companionship. Otherwise, well, suffice to say Maltipoos are prone to separation anxiety, which won’t be good for either these dogs, their dog owners, or anyone around them. There are some dog breeds that can handle independent living for long periods of time, but these designer dogs definitely can’t be counted among their ranks.
13. Indoor Dogs
Given that, it should come as no surprise to learn that the Maltipoo is much better-suited for being an indoor dog than for being an outdoor dog. After all, they need plenty of companionship, meaning that leaving them alone in either a backyard or some other part of the outdoors is not good for their health to say the least.
14. Sometimes Bark a Lot
On a related note, the Maltipoo sometimes barks a lot. It is possible to train them to distinguish between things that are alert-worthy and things that are not alert-worthy. However, interested individuals might need to put some serious effort into this. As always, it is a good idea to start both a dog’s training and a dog’s socialization when they are still young rather than wait until they have grown into bad habits. Fortunately, the Maltipoo tends to be on the smarter side of things, so chances are good that interested individuals can expect that to be working in their favor.
15. Can Get Along with Other Animals
There are a lot of dog breeds that can get along very well with humans but much less so with other animals. If people have been thinking about establishing a multi-animal household, they will be glad to know that the Maltipoo isn’t one of these. Instead, they are supposed to be capable of getting along with humans, other dogs, and even other pet animals. Of course, training and socialization are very useful for this, which is one more reason why interested individuals should get started on that sooner rather than later. In this as in other things, if people want a particular result, they need to start working towards that end sooner rather than later for the best results.
16. Need a Fair Amount of Grooming
Maltipoos tend to need a fair amount of grooming. For example, daily brushing will be very useful for keeping their coat both clean and unmatted. Similarly, a monthly bath is a good idea for keeping them fur both soft and clean. Naturally, interested individuals should also make sure to trim their fur from time to time, particularly in places where excessive length can cause further complications to build up.
17. Get Them Used to Grooming ASAP
Dogs can be sensitive about their paws. This is an issue because a Maltipoo should have its nails trimmed once or twice a month, which is important if people want to prevent themselves from being scratched up by the nails when interacting with them. Due to this, it is a good idea to get these dogs accustomed to grooming sooner rather than later. This isn’t just true for their paws, this is also true for their ears as well as other parts of their body that need regular grooming. Rewards and other examples of positive reinforcement can do much to make grooming feel rewarding for Maltipoos as well as other dogs.
18. Has Ancient Roots
Maltipoos are created using the Maltese, which in turn, might be capable of claiming ancient roots. In short, it is often thought that these dogs are descended from the stereotypical lap dog of the Greco-Roman world, which does possess something of a resemblance. Amusingly, the ancients weren’t any surer about the ultimate origin of these dogs than we are. There were those who thought that they came from the island of Malta out in the Mediterranean. However, there were also those who thought that they came from the island of Mljet out in the Adriatic. This wasn’t helped by the fact that both places were called Melita in Latin.
19. Might Have Either German or French Roots
Meanwhile, Poodles might have either German or French roots. A lot of people think that these dogs developed as water dogs in medieval Germany in much the same way that a number of other dog breeds developed in other medieval European countries. This belief is supported by the fact that the name Poodle comes from the Low German puddeln meaning “to splash.” Having said that, there are also people who believe that the Poodle is descended from the Barbet over in France. Of course, the line between France and Germany was nowhere near as clear-cut in the past as it is in the present. To name an example, consider how the French themselves weren’t sure whether they should identify themselves with the ancient Celtic peoples or the ancient Germanic peoples during the age of nationalism because they had connections with both groups rather than just one or the other.
20. A Very Modern Sort of Dog
Ultimately, the Maltipoo is a very modern sort of dog. Mixed-breed dogs have been around since before the idea of purebred dogs were a thing. However, the intentional crossbreeding of purebred dogs for the purpose of creating a designer dog is much more recent. To be exact, it started up in the late 20th century, not least because people wanted to introduce the Poodle’s supposedly hypoallergenic coat to other dog breeds. Ever since, designer dogs have been quite popular.