Maltipom

3-8 lbs
7-8"
United States
Maltese
Pomeranian
Malti-Pom, Pomanese, and Pomamees

The Maltipom is a loving and playful breed, just like both its parent breeds — the Maltese and the Pomeranian. This designer dog is very small and fairly low-energy, which makes it the ideal pet for elderly or less active owners, and suitable for living in apartments.

In this guide to the Maltipom you’ll learn:

  • The Maltipom is a Maltese Pomeranian mix 
  • You may also hear this breed referred to as the Pomanese 
  • They’re formed of two Toy breeds, making them one of the smallest crossbreeds 
  • They aren’t a particularly active breed which makes them ideal for elderly owners

Maltipom breed overview

The Maltipom is a Maltese mixed with Pomeranian. These are two lovable, companion purebred dogs with a very gentle nature. 

Maltipoms are recognized by five canine clubs and may go by the name Maltipom, Malti-Pom, Pomanese, or even Pomamees, depending on the association.  

If you’re considering buying a dog then Maltipom puppies are between $600 and $1,500 from a reputable breeder, and you can expect to pay towards the higher end for a show-quality dog. You can, of course, rescue a Maltipom — this will cost you around $150 to $400. 

A Maltipom can live up to 15 years although some have been known to live longer than this. 



If you’re about to get a Maltipom you’ll want to know they’re covered for any unexpected health issues. Check out the best pet insurance plans — it’s quick and easy to browse and compare top providers. 



purpose Purpose
Companion
history Date of Origin
Unknown
ancestry Ancestry
Maltese and Pomeranian

Maltipom Health

Average Size
Male Maltipom size stats
Height: 7-8 inches Weight: 3-8 lbs
Female Maltipom size stats
Height: 7-8 inches Weight: 3-8 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Eye examination
  • Radiographs
  • Thyroid Testing

Maltipom Breed History

The Maltipom dog originated in the United States but the exact date and details around this is unknown.  

The Maltese, however, originated in Malta and is an ancient Toy breed. This breed has always been a favorite companion dog and gone by many names, including ‘The Comforter,’ the ‘Roman Ladies Dog,’ and ‘Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta’ before finally being dubbed the Maltese. 

The modern-day Maltese and standards are developed from the English imports that came into the British Isles during the 15th Century. These dogs were later imported to the United States in the late 1800s where the American Kennel Club recognized the Toy breed in 1888.  

The Pomeranian is a northern dog breed in the Spitz family and shares close bloodlines with the larger American Eskimos, German Spitz, and the Schipperke. Some of the early Pomeranians were classified as medium-sized dogs weighing up to 30 pounds but the 

modern-day standard is significantly reduced to the Toy size. The size of the Pomeranian can be attributed to Queen Victoria's love of the smaller version of the dog and by the late 1800s, dog breeders selectively reduced the size of the Pomeranian to under 7 pounds.  The American Kennel Club recognized the Pomeranian in 1888, the same year as the Maltese.

Maltipom Breed Appearance

This is a small hybrid dog breed of two Toy breeds, the Maltese and the Pomeranian. A Maltipom full grown is just 7 to 8 inches tall and weighs a mere 3 to 8 pounds. 

The Maltipom has a compact body. Its triangular-shaped ears stand up and they have dark round eyes that have been described as having a ‘fox-like’ expression due to their alertness. They have thin legs and a heavily plumed tail that curls over their back. 

Their coat will depend on which parent breed it inherits it from. Most often, it’s soft, long and straight. The hair on their head is likely to stand on end. They come in a variety of colors including fawn, white, cream, black and brown. 


Eye Color Possibilities
brown Maltipom eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Maltipom nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Maltipom coat
Fawn
white Maltipom coat
White
cream Maltipom coat
Cream
black Maltipom coat
Black
brown Maltipom coat
Brown
Coat Length
coat
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
pin
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Maltipom straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Maltipom Breed Maintenance

Your Maltipom’s coat will need brushing and combing regularly. You can use a pin brush or comb to remove knots and dirt. 

You may be wondering, are Maltipoms hypoallergenic? While no dog can be considered 100% hypoallergenic, they do have hypoallergenic qualities - but only if they inherit their coat from the Maltese. If their coat is thick and fluffy like the Pomeranian, it won’t be allergy-friendly.

You don’t need to bathe your pup unless necessary. When you need to clean him or her,use a wet cloth or a water spray. If your Maltipom has a white coat they may develop tear staining — use a pet wipe to clean the eyes and face which will prevent this staining. 

You also need to check your dog’s ears as long hair can trap dirt and debris. Then you can clean them if necessary. 

This breed has low energy and doesn’t require much exercise. A short walk or playtime at home will keep this pup happy. This, coupled with their small size, makes them ideal for living in apartments and cities. 

You should be aware that this breed doesn’t like it when it’s too hot or too cold. 



Maltipom health risks

The Maltipom is a relatively healthy breed. But, as with all dogs, they can get some health issues. The main one you need to be aware of is Patent Ductus Arteriosus, (PDA).

There’s also a chance of patellar luxation, cataracts, hypothyroidism, portosystemic shunt and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) — although these are only minor concerns.  

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Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)

Patent ductus arteriosus is a congenital heart defect, and unfortunately, the Maltese is one of the breeds most commonly affected. The ductus arteriosus is a blood vessel. It connects the aorta and the pulmonary artery of a fetus. It should close after birth but this condition is caused when it remains open. You may not notice any symptoms until there are signs of congestive heart failure but don’t worry, it should be picked up before then by your vet during their initial examination.

It can be fatal if not treated. 



Feeding a Maltipom — what’s the best diet? 

A high-quality dry food formulated for small breeds is the best option for the Maltipom. 

They’re relatively low-energy, so take this into account when feeding a Maltipom as they could easily become overweight. Likewise, treats are ideal for training purposes but they’ll need to be taken into account when serving up their meals. 

Puppies should be fed three to four smaller meals a day. Once a Maltipom is full grown, this can be reduced down to two larger meals a day. 

Need some help to ensure your pup is enjoying the best possible diet? Take a look at the advice from our trusted partner Dog Food Advisor, including the best food for Maltese dogs and the best dog food for Pomeranians


Brushes for Maltipom
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Flea Comb
Flea Comb
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Maltipom requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Maltipom Temperament

The Maltipom is a gentle and affectionate dog that loves its family. Both the parent breeds are eager to please their owners and therefore this hybrid is fairly easy to train. However, housetraining can sometimes be a little more challenging. 

This is a breed that does well with children, though Maltipoms tend to be better suited to living alongside older children than younger ones. They also typically get along well with other dogs and pets, but it’s important to socialize Maltipom puppies — ideally, the younger such training starts the better — to ensure they do. 

The Maltipom is an alert type of dog, and capable of sounding the alarm through barking. However, they’re wary of strangers and will stay aloof and continue to bark until asked to stop.  


Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
3 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
15 minutes
activity minutes

Maltipom Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.5 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Maltipom Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Maltipom size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 4.0 lbs
Female Maltipom size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 4.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Maltipom size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
Female Maltipom size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Maltipom size stats at 18 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
Female Maltipom size stats at 18 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs

Maltipom Owner Experiences

Lion
5 Months
1 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Play
Eating Snacks
Look out the window
Go on Vacation
Fetch
Chase
He's a little criminal, his favorite activity is thieving. He only does it for the chase, though. He goes from very fiesty to very sweet in a matter of seconds, and I personally find him very trainable (my last dog was a Yorkie, I'd give her a command and she'd literally scoff lol). He loves loves loves to play 24/7 and gets to blow off a ton of steam when I take him to my mom's house - she's got a fenced in backyard so he can run in circles to his heart's content. All around a happy guy who just loves his family. Cries VERY loudly when left behind. Drama king. 15/10 would recommend
1 year, 3 months ago
Cali
4 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She has separation anxiety and most recently a problem with recurrent UTI’s. Finicky eater. She is lovable and so darn cute! She was black when she was little and is now a beautiful gray. She doesn’t do well in the heat
1 year, 9 months ago
Chloe
4 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She is the best dog I’ve ever had. She potty trained with ease never had one accident
2 years, 3 months ago
Elsa
4 Years
4 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Laying in the sun
Cuddles
Hike
Road trip
Sleeping
Being outdoors
Easy going and lovable. Ours is a bit of a barker, but that is the only complaint. Elsa is perfect and is our kids (6&3) best friend.
2 years, 7 months ago
india
10 Weeks
5 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Digging holes
Running
eating bugs
hiding in tall grass
Most affectionate loveable dog gets along great with my big dogs and plays with the cats as well. She is scared of loud trucks and dogs barking. Loves pup a chinos and chasing after the kids to play outside. She does better on cooler days and loves to spend hours outside when it’s not so humid. Amazing dog and was potty trained the first day but is a big baby and has to sleep in our bed with us ♥️
2 years, 7 months ago
Gracie
2 Months
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing Ball
Great dog but I think she is going to be bigger than I thought as she weights 3 pounds already when she is only suppose to weight 5 pounds at 18months
6 years, 3 months ago
Sophie
10 Weeks
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
We absolutely love her. This is our first one. She is so smart and loving.
6 years, 2 months ago
Lilly Rose
13 Weeks
6 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She is an excitable, yappy, nippy, absolutely adorable girl
6 years ago
Pippa
18 Months
2 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Swim
Run
Pippa is a very sweet and affectionate dog. She loves cuddles and is very placid, I've often seen small children grab at her quite firmly and she accepts almost any touch. She is very vocal with guests or strangers but is quiet as soon as her presence is acknowledged
6 years ago
mikmik
2 Months
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
playful
she is very loving and caring she has no favoritism to ua
5 years, 11 months ago
Eli Benét
6 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He is very good barks when mailman comes. He is in teething stage so he can be very bitey. Other than than he has progress in potty training. Overall perfect dog for a family. Gets along my 6 month old beagle who is also a male.
5 years, 3 months ago
Rosie
10 Years
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Rosie has an aloft personality. She doesn't like to sit on your lap, but is happy to sit beside you. At 10 years old, she has plenty of energy and acts like a puppy.
5 years, 3 months ago
Target
3 Years
6 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Playing
Riding in the car
tummy rubs
Fetch
Vocal
Tug of war
Cuddling
He's very smart and loves to make us laugh. He'll chase a ball or tug a toy as long as we'll play with him. Target loves to cuddle and have his tummy rubbed. He's very excitable when someone comes to the door or even walks down the street. He has a large "vocabulary" of different noises he makes so he can "talk" with us!
4 years, 9 months ago
Gigi
11 Weeks
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Going on 3 weeks. Had a poodle prior for 10yrs.
4 years, 8 months ago
Wicket
6 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Wicket is just adorable. She is very friendly towards other dogs and people. She loves to walk and run around. Easy to train, she know 7 tricks already. Very good with my 8 years old daughter. Highly recommend this breed.
4 years, 5 months ago
Daisy
3 Months
7 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing
toys
She’s been amazing but she doesn’t really like her food in her bowl. Only on the floor
2 years, 10 months ago
Scryffy
8 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He's a very interesting dog he doesn't like a lot of people but when he's around those he loves he's a very nice dog
4 years, 3 months ago
Jingle
15 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Play
Cuddling
Tug-of-war
She's very possessive to me precisely but very protective to her environment and owners. She's playful but can be very aggressive. Even though she's already passed her toothing age and already given chew toy but she keeps biting us and other things. Try to teach her obedience but her response and learning process is slower (compared to mini pom I used to had)
4 years ago
Nala
3 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Cuddles
tummy rubs
Nala is a gorgeous, active, cheeky little fluff nugget. She’s 3 months and already holds going to the toilet through the night and then wakes me in the morning to go, she has accidents Inside through the day but not as many as she was... she loves playing fetch but her biting is worrying me. I know she’s still teething but I don’t know how to tell whether she’s biting from teething or whether her biting is a problem. I also don’t know how to stop her biting, and is it too early?
3 years, 10 months ago
Bella
10 Years
8 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Go on Vacation
Walk
Road trip
Groom
Speak
Nap
Chase
Fetch
Hide & Seek
Learn a new trick
Explore the city
Look out the window
Eating Snacks
Tag
Dressing up
Laying in the sun
She barks quite a lot especially when left alone. She is a very overprotective dog though. She gets very devoted to the person who cares for her the most and then she'll tend to follow them around. And wait for them to come home causing them to be their prize possession in which in only of there presence is when they can be truly happy.
3 years, 9 months ago
Bailey
7 Weeks
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing at home,
So far, it’s been amazing!
3 years, 8 months ago
Fatty
8 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fatty is the sweetest boy, he follows me everywhere and is always close by. He’s not a lap dog but stays very close. He doesn’t like to take walks but will run around the yard in bursts and then takes a nap.
3 years, 8 months ago
Maxwell
1 Year
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He’s amazing and verying loving only to me he doesn’t like other people to well
3 years, 6 months ago
Rex
3 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Rex is very smart dog we are enjoying our time with him, he likes to play, run and kiddle sometimes, there is something is making me worry about him he is shedding a lot I think he is non-shedding breed I just don’t like this about him, is anybody had the same problem??
3 years, 5 months ago
Len
16 Weeks
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playtime
training
Walking,
Cuddling
Len is a very chilled pup, very loving, very affectionate, great with other members of the family, brilliant with the children and other dogs in our family, a bit wary of loud noises and new objects in the house, he loves to play, but also loves to chill out too, the best decision we made, he is a pleasure, not a breed we had heard a lot about, but we are glad we have him now, he is very intelligent.
3 years, 4 months ago
Astro
4 Months
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Belly rubs
Playtime
Walks
training
Lots of energy and quite attention seeking, he is still teething but he is very loveable
3 years, 4 months ago
Bear
10 Weeks
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
he loves playing with his monkey.
He is so far the most loving little dog.
3 years, 1 month ago
Ronnie B
15 Weeks
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Loves running around with his teddy
Fetch with a ball
Stubborn little guy and very affectionate. Very much a dogs dog he loves his whippet brother following him everywhere.
2 years, 11 months ago
Carter
8 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He hates pretty much everyone except his humans. He’s very loyal, and loves his toys. He’s also super sassy sometimes. We love him.
2 years, 9 months ago
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We are purchasing a maltipom puppy today and can’t decide between a male and a female. We are new dog owners. Any suggestions on this breed in particular?

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How often should I feed my new multipom? Also how much

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