The hybrid Maltipoo has a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.
The Maltipoo is a designer breed and a mix between the Maltese and either the Toy or Miniature Poodle. The Maltipoo was created to be an allergy-friendly companion dog. Although no one knows for sure, it is generally believed that the Maltipoo emerged sometime in the 1980s.
The Maltipoo weighs 5 to 15 pounds and measures up to 14 inches.
The Maltipoo has a medium-to-long coat that is soft and fluffy, and sheds very little. The coat can be slightly wavy or curly, depending on the Maltipoo’s breeding. The Maltipoo’s coat and the hair around their eyes should be trimmed regularly. Their coat also needs to be brushed daily and bathed once a month. Like all dogs, the Maltipoo needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Maltipoo is outgoing and full of life.
The Maltipoo has a feisty streak and loves to play, but is also gentle and sweet. The Maltipoo relishes their role as a lap dog. They are quite affectionate and crave attention.
The Maltipoo is deeply devoted to their family and is especially good with children, although their small size makes them a better match for older kids. The Maltipoo’s disposition has made them an ideal therapy dog in addition to a great companion. They are generally congenial and get along well with other dogs and pets. However, the Maltipoo can be wary of strangers and may bark incessantly when someone new approaches.
Like the Maltese and the Poodle, the Maltipoo is intelligent and likes to learn. Maltipoos are known for being easy to train and naturally obedient. Unlike many small dogs, Maltipoos typically pick up housetraining quickly.
Thanks to their size, the Maltipoo is well-suited for apartment life, but is nonetheless energetic and enjoys romping around outside. The Maltipoo stays fairly active well past puppyhood. They should have daily walks and regular time to play. Maltipoos especially enjoy playing games of fetch and chasing balls around.