Malti-Poo

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5-20 lbs
8-14"
United States
Maltese
Poodle
Malti-Doodle, Malt-A-Doodle, Maltidoodle, Maltedoodle, Malt-oodle, Malt-A-Poo, Malta-Poo, Malta Poo, Malti-Poodle, Malte-Poo, Maltepoo, Maltesepoo, Maltese-Poodle, Maltesedoodle, Moodle
The Malti-Poo, a hybrid resulting from breeding a Maltese and a Toy Poodle, was created for the specific purpose of being a small and affectionate companion.  This hybrid is hypoallergenic, doesn't shed and is quite trainable.  This soft and cuddly bundle of love generally weighs in from 5 to 20 pounds and stands 8 to 14 inches tall and, if it doesn't warm the heart of anyone in close proximity, they must not have one!  This adorable and cuddly hybrid is not only affectionate but also gentle, lively and energetic, intelligent and loyal and will make an amazing (did I say cuddly?) addition to your home (and probably to your lap as well).
Purpose
Companionship, agility, competitive obedience
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Maltese, Toy Poodle

Malti-Poo Health

Average Size
Male Malti-Poo size stats
Height: 8-14 inches Weight: 5-20 lbs
Female Malti-Poo size stats
Height: 8-14 inches Weight: 5-20 lbs

Malti-Poo Breed History

The Malti-Poo is a hybrid mix of the Maltese and the Toy Poodle.  There is some history available for the hybrid in that it was created in the United States but the date of origin is unknown.  It was created for companionship purposes and the cute and cuddly hybrid more than fills the requirements for that purpose.  The hybrid itself is recognized by the following organizations:  American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Designer Breed Registry and the International Designer Canine Registry.  To get a better history of the hybrid, let's look at a brief history of the parent breeds.  The Maltese is among the oldest breeds known, its history being traced back to at least 3500 B.C. in Malta, on the southern coast of Italy where it was utilized for companionship purposes.  It is thought to be the most ancient of all the European toy breeds, eventually coming to Britain and America, where its popularity grew steadily.  The Maltese breed made its first appearance in the show ring in England in 1859 and in the Westminster show ring in America in 1877.  The Maltese enjoys a rich history and a loving relationship with royalty, the rich and famous as well as the common people in Italy, Britain and America.  It was finally recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1963.  The Toy Poodle is one of three sizes of Poodle whose origins come from France and Germany, though the exact date of origin is unknown. The Standard Poodle is considered one of the oldest dog breeds known, with the Toy Poodle coming later.   We know they have been utilized since the 1400's for hunting and retrieval, water dogs and companion canines.  Though, when you see any of the various sizes of Poodles in dog shows, you may think of them as fluffy, furry companions who just lay around and basque in the attention of their owners, they really were quite useful in their original purpose of hunting.  The Poodle began as a water dog, being bred to have a water resistant coat, and basically retrieved game for their owners.  I'll bet you never pictured them as water dogs or retrievers!  That same water-resistant coat is the hallmark of the breed and it's what we expect to see in the show ring. Even the style of the grooming of that hallmark coat had its beginnings centuries ago as various areas of the coat were cut shorted to avoid weighting the dog down and getting caught on underwater obstacles. Elegant, proud and clever are words frequently used to describe the Poodle we see today but, be assured that, behind the pomp and circumstance that accompanies the breed in the show ring, lies an affectionate and loving family companion who could be welcomed into any home.  The Poodle was recognized by The Kennel Club (England) in 1874 and by the American Kennel Club in 1886.

Malti-Poo Breed Appearance

The Malti-Poo, being a hybrid mix of the Maltese and the Toy Poodle, can take on the appearance characteristics of one or both parent breeds.  Owners and breeders have described the appearance of the Malti-poo as weighing from 5 to 20 pounds, standing from 8 to 14 inches tall at the withers, having hair that can be medium to long in length and slightly curly, wavy or silky, coat colors of cream, white, silver, apricot, black, blue gray, brown and cafe-au-lait.  The ears are of medium length and floppy, black nose and sweet looking dark eyes or blue eyes( for lighter colored Malti-Poos).  The hybrid has a somewhat square shaped body and a tail that can curl over the back or be slightly hooked.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Malti-Poo eyes
Blue
brown Malti-Poo eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Malti-Poo nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Malti-Poo coat
White
silver Malti-Poo coat
Silver
blue Malti-Poo coat
Blue
cream Malti-Poo coat
Cream
brown Malti-Poo coat
Brown
gray Malti-Poo coat
Gray
black Malti-Poo coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Malti-Poo wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Malti-Poo Breed Maintenance

Your Malti-poo will likely require minimal maintenance and that will likely be brushing at least once weekly.  This hybrid is hypoallergenic and doesn't shed, making life easier for those having breathing issues or asthma.  Weekly checking of the ears and cleaning as needed will help avoid infection.  Teeth brushing at least two to three times a week, if not daily, will help reduce periodontal disease and its accompanying tooth loss.  Gently wiping around the eyes may be needed several times a week to keep them clean and healthy looking.  Toenail trimming should be addressed at least monthly unless the canine is able to keep them worn down with his normal activities.  This hybrid has a low smell and drooling level so bathing should only be done as necessary.
Brushes for Malti-Poo
Pin Brush
Flea Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Malti-Poo requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Malti-Poo Temperament

Your Malti-Poo hybrid is a mix of the Maltese and the Toy Poodle and can take on the temperament traits of one or both of the parent breeds.  Owners and breeders of this cute and cuddly hybrid have described it as affectionate, alert, energetic, gentle, intelligent, lively and loving.  Your hybrid pet will likely spend hours in his favorite resting place -- your lap!  But don't be fooled...this little one can also play for hours at the drop of a hat (or ball or toy) when the opportunity arises.  Your hybrid pet will love to chase that ball or toy across the living room for hours if you're willing to participate.  He will get along well with older children but close supervision when playing with small children is recommended to prevent unintentional injuries which can accompany play with this age group.  He will likely get along well with the family cat, too, but, when it comes to children and other animals, it is recommended that socialization be done as early in your pet's life as possible to avoid future issues.  Your hybrid Malti-Poo will get along well with strangers but may be loud, as in barking, when they're afoot. Your hybrid pet is very intelligent and sensitive and. as such, will be easily trained provided positive training methods are employed.  He won't respond well to yelling and harsh words, shutting down and cowering under these circumstances.  He is an energetic little dog but that doesn't necessarily mean lots of long walks to keep him fit and healthy.

Malti-Poo Activity Requirements

Your Malti-Poo will love to take walks with you at least once daily.  He loves the outdoors and walking beside those he loves.  He also loves to romp and play in the dog park or the fenced back yard and play games of fetch and Frisbee.  He will chase a toy or ball across the yard or living room for hours (or until your arm gives out), giving him plenty of opportunity to expend his large store of energy.  Because he is also intelligent, you may wish to keep him mentally challenged as well to avoid those annoying destructive behaviors which accompany boredom.  Activities like obedience training and agility exercises will work well to achieve this.  Your hybrid is the perfect size for apartment or condo living as well as any family home with or without a fenced yard.  He can live in urban as well as rural settings and can tolerate most climates, though he tolerates heat better than cold.  Providing him with adequate protection in the colder temperatures will be required to keep him safe and healthy.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes

Malti-Poo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Malti-Poo Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Malti-Poo size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Malti-Poo size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 9 lbs
12 Months
Male Malti-Poo size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Malti-Poo size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 12 lbs
18 Months
Male Malti-Poo size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Malti-Poo size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 12 lbs

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