About Maltipoos fur
The pictures you see of Maltipoos online make them look like they have perfectly clean and brushed coats all the time. After owning one you will soon realize that this is not a natural state for your pup or anyone's pup for that matter. There is some regular maintenance that goes into keeping that beautiful coat looking picture perfect. First let's talk about the three most common types of Maltipoo fur as genetics play a big part in what you will get, there are three different combinations that your pup is most likely to have:
- The Maltese influenced fur: meaning their hair is straighter and silkier, it won't be as straight as a purebred Maltese's hair, but it will have a lot less than a poodle. Even a tiny amount of curl will make it impossible to grow their hair out long to the floor like a typical Maltese show dog. But with this type of fur it will be easier to keep your pup with longer hair. This hair will still require a daily 10 minute brush with a weekly more thorough brush over to demat. You'll want to use the tools listed above to give your pup a thorough brushing. Start at her tail and thoroughly make your way to her head. You should take about 20 minutes to do this. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube demonstrating this. This type of coat is easiest to care for.
- The Poodle influenced fur: means that their hair is curlier, it'll resemble a Poodle more closely, and be thick and less silky. This type of coat will be easier to maintain if kept a bit shorter, more of the "puppy cut" look. The same type of daily and weekly brushing routine should be used as described above, but we'd suggest using a high quality detangling dog coat spray as well. This will make brushing easier for you and your pup.
- Wiry, thick and wavy fur: this is the toughest coat to maintain. It is not silky at all and because of the thick Maltese fur and curly Poodle fur it mats quickly and easily. If your pup has this type of coat we suggest that daily brushing is the only way to stay on top of this. You'll have to be a dedicated and avid owner. Make sure you buy the proper brushes and detangling sprays for your pup. The right equipment will make all the difference. And make sure your pup is on a professional groomer's schedule at least every other month. You can always do it yourself as well which will save you lots of money in the long run.