Maltipom

3-8 lbs
7-8"
United States
Maltese
Pomeranian
Malti-Pom, Pomanese, and Pomamees
The Maltipom is a hybrid dog breed of two lovable, companion purebred dogs.  The alarm-barking, yet naturally gentle Maltese and the equally gentle and highly intelligent Pomeranian are the parent dog breeds that make up the Maltipom. 

The Maltipom is a recognized by five canine clubs and may go by Maltipom, Malti-Pom, Pomanese, or Pomamees depending on the association.  Maltipoms do not have a long and well documented history, like their purebred parents, and it is difficult to say when the designer dog was first introduced.

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

As a designer dog, the Maltipom does not have set standards, nor does it have a documented history.  The Maltipom is not a perfect 50/50 mix of its parents and can lean toward either one.  However, both parents have similar dispositions and owners can review the histories, temperaments, and medical histories; so, owners may examine the histories of the parents for insights on the Maltipom. 

The Maltese developed in Malta and is an ancient Toy breed that has given rise to other favored Toy companions, such as the Havanese of Cuba.  Predecessors to the Maltese are traced back over two thousand years.  This dog 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

The Maltipom is a small hybrid dog breed of two Toy breeds, the Maltese and the Pomeranian.  The coat of the Maltipom may vary slightly depending on which parent it most resembles but its most often described as soft, long, and straight. 
The hair on the head may stand on end as well. 
The Maltipom's head is in proportion with its body, which is compact.  The ears are triangular-shaped and stand up.  The Maltipom's eyes are dark and round with a "fox-like" expression that denotes its alertness.  The Maltipom's legs are thin with cat-like feet and the tail is heavily plumed and curls over the back.
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

The Maltipom has a beautiful coat that needs regular brushing and combing to maintain itself.  Gently brush the Maltipom's coat with a pin brush or comb to remove knots and dirt.  Using a light water spray will also help but do not bathe the Maltipom unless necessary.  White coated dogs may develop tear staining but using a pet wipe to clean the eyes and face can prevent straining.  Long hairs on the head may trap dirt and debris in the Maltipom's ears.  It's wise to check your dog's ears and clean them as necessary while you're grooming.

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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 hybrid dog breed of two of the most well-known and old Toy companion dogs.  The hybrid is a gentle, affectionate dog that loves its family but is also alert and capable of sounding the alarm through barking.  The Maltipom can adjust to life with children but is not well-suited for living with younger kids who may not understand how to interact with dogs.  The hybrid is also leery of strangers and will stay aloof and continue to bark until asked to stop.  It's dog and pet friendliness depends on which parent breed the Maltipom most resembles and how much socialization your dog receives.  Both parent breeds are very eager to please their people and train well in almost all respects.  Housetraining can be challenging for the Maltipom so crate training and puppy pads are suggested.

Maltipom Activity Requirements

The Maltipom has low levels of energy and does not require a lot of exercise.  A short burst of energy in the living room as the Maltipom races to your lap for a cuddle is characteristic of this dog.  The intensity of exercise is not great either and the Maltipom is a pretty sedate companion.  Given its size and energy levels, the Maltipom is an excellent dog for apartment and urban living and can spend the greater part of its life indoors.  The Maltipom is a temperate climate dog and doesn't like it too hot or too cold.
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

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 weeks, 3 days 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 ♥️
3 weeks, 3 days 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
3 years, 8 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.
3 years, 7 months ago
Lilly Rose
13 Weeks
6 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She is an excitable, yappy, nippy, absolutely adorable girl
3 years, 6 months 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
3 years, 5 months 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
3 years, 4 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.
2 years, 9 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.
2 years, 8 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!
2 years, 2 months ago
Gigi
11 Weeks
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Going on 3 weeks. Had a poodle prior for 10yrs.
2 years, 1 month 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.
1 year, 11 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
3 months, 1 week 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
1 year, 8 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)
1 year, 6 months 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?
1 year, 3 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.
1 year, 2 months ago
Bailey
7 Weeks
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing at home,
So far, it’s been amazing!
1 year, 2 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.
1 year, 1 month 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
11 months, 3 weeks 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??
11 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.
10 months, 1 week 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
10 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.
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
4 months, 2 weeks 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 months, 2 weeks 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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