What is a Maltipoo?
A Maltipoo is a designer crossbreed between a Maltese and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. They are friendly and affectionate. They can be great for families with children, but also perfect for a single person owner that lives in an apartment. Maltipoos are perfect for first time dog owners as they are easy to train. Maltipoos are typically 8 - 14 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 5 - 20 lbs. Their life expectancy is between 10 - 13 years. Let's take a look at both the Maltese and Poodle to give you a better understanding of this designer mixed breed.
The Maltese is known for being playful and affectionate. Throughout history they have been the pampered lapdog of countless aristocrats. Despite their catered background they are hardy athletes and can make charming watchdogs. They love to be a constant companion to people of all ages and do not do well when left alone for extended periods of time.
Maltese weigh less than 7 pounds and have straight, white, and low shedding fur.
Toy or Miniature Poodle
The toy or miniature Poodle is an eager and highly intelligent breed. Like the Maltese it has been an aristocrat's companion for centuries as well. Poodles have had the reputation as wimpy dogs, but that stereotype couldn't be more wrong. They are super athletic and strong with an ability to great hunting and water dogs. They make for affectionate companions that do not like to be left alone frequently. They are hypoallergenic and non drooling or shedding.