Soft and fluffy, low shedding.
Maltipoos come in an array of colors, with lighter shades most commonly seen.
Although Maltipoos inherit their personality traits from both the Maltese and the Poodle, the former appears to have slightly more influence on the typical Maltipoo's temperament. He is extremely emotional and sensitive and bonds closely to his owner. He is also loving, giving and empathetic, gravitating toward family members in need of cheering up. Although he's a small dog, don't be fooled by the Maltipoo's dainty facade - he's surprisingly quick to defend his family or what he considers his territory, especially if an intruder startles him.
Maltipoos are versatile and can live almost anywhere. However, this is not a dog who can be left alone all day - he will act out destructively if not given enough time and attention. He's small enough to accompany his owner anywhere and loves to meet new people.
Although not eligible for American Kennel Club (AKC) activities, some clubs do allow mixed breeds to participate. The Maltipoo may enjoy agility, canine freestyle, or therapy.
Maltipoos are energetic and love to play. They require daily exercise, but because of their size, a walk around the neighborhood and some playtime will meet their needs.
Maltipoos can be picky eaters, so you'll need to make sure that what you're feeding your pet is of the highest quality. Offering small meals twice a day is usually best.
The Maltipoo can have a mischievous side and may prefer clowning around to listening to your training instructions. Short, positive sessions will keep his interest and ensure that he's well behaved. Because he's so friendly, socialization is a snap. Like many toy dogs, Maltipoos may take slightly longer to housetrain.
This breed is gentle and playful with children. It typically gets along well with other pets, including other dogs.
Maltipoos can live up to 12 to 15 years. Health problems may include epilepsy; patellar luxation; Legg-Calve Perthes disease; progressive retinal atrophy (PRA); and White Shaker Dog Syndrome (WSDS).
Keeping a Maltipoo with long hair requires a lot of grooming to prevent mats from forming. Many owners prefer to keep their dog in a "puppy cut," which is much easier to care for but usually requires trips to the groomer.
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