Maltipom

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3-8 lbs
7-8"
United States
Maltese
Pomeranian
Malti-Pom, Pomanese, and Pomamees
The Maltipom is a hybrid of two lovable, companion purebred dogs.  The alarm barking, yet naturally gentle Maltese and the equally gentle and highly intelligent Pomeranian are the parent 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
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
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 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 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, breeders selectively reduced to the size of the Pomeranian to under 7 pounds.  The American Kennel Club recognized the Pomeranian in 1888, the same year at the Maltese.

Maltipom Breed Appearance

The Maltipom is a small hybrid 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
white Maltipom coat
White
cream Maltipom coat
Cream
black Maltipom coat
Black
brown Maltipom coat
Brown
fawn Maltipom coat
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
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.    

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

Maltipom Temperament

The Maltipom is a hybrid 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 Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
3 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
15 minutes

Maltipom Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.5 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Maltipom Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Maltipom size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 4 lbs
Female Maltipom size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 4 lbs
12 Months
Male Maltipom size stats at 12 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Maltipom size stats at 12 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 5 lbs
18 Months
Male Maltipom size stats at 18 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Maltipom size stats at 18 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 5 lbs

Maltipom Owner Experiences

Pippa
18 Months
2 People
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Run
Swim
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
1 week, 4 days ago
Lilly Rose
13 Weeks
6 People
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She is an excitable, yappy, nippy, absolutely adorable girl
1 month ago
Sophie
10 Weeks
2 People
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We absolutely love her. This is our first one. She is so smart and loving.
2 months, 1 week ago
Gracie
2 Months
2 People
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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 months, 1 week ago
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