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Maltipoo

Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Maltipoo puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Maltipoo please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Maltipoo puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Maltipoo puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Maltipoo breed is also commonly known by the names Maltese x Poodle, Moodle, Maltapoo.

Lifespan: 10 – 15 years

Pedigree Breed Status: Not Pedigree – Hybrid Dog Breed

Height
Males 20 – 35 cm
Females 20 – 35 cm

Weight
Males 2 – 9 kg
Females 2 – 9 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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small (3/10)

Exercise

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low (4/10)

Training

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Average (6/10)

Shedding

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low (4/10)

Grooming

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very high (10/10)

Children

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below average (4/10)

Health

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good (7/10)

Cost to Keep

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low (3/10)

Being Alone

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short periods (2/10)

Intelligence

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above average (8/10)

Introduction

The Maltipoo is a small and very popular cross breed that’s relatively new to the dog world with their parent breeds being the pedigree Poodle and the pedigree Maltese.  Over the years, these charming little dogs have found their way into the hearts and homes of people throughout the world, thanks to their adorable looks and the fact they have inherited many of their parent breeds traits which includes their intelligence and playfulness.  Many clubs have been established.

History

The Maltipoo is among the more recent deliberate crossbreeds to have appeared on the scene over recent years.  They were first bred in the States to be companions and family pets with low and non-shedding coats which meant that people who usually suffered from pet-related allergies would be able to share their homes with a small sized canine companion. 

They have also proved to be a firm favourite with many celebrities too.  As yet, the Maltipoo is not recognised as a breed in its own right by The Kennel Club or other international breeds clubs. 

Appearance

Maltipoos are delightful looking little dogs with some being much smaller than others because it depends on which of the parent breeds they throw to.  Puppies from the same litter can look quite different to each other for this very reason with some boasting tight, curly coats that shed little much like the Poodle, whereas another puppy might have more of the Maltese type coat.  However, over the years multi-generational Maltipoos have become available which in turn has created a more standardised looking dogs.

Their heads are nicely in proportion with the rest of their bodies.  They have dark, round eyes and short muzzles nicely finished off with dark noses and dark coloured, tight lips.  Their ears are set high and wide apart on a dog’s head, falling forwards when alert or excited, but hanging down to the side when they are relaxed.  The Maltipoo has a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite where their upper teeth neatly overlap their lower ones.

When it comes to their coat, the Maltipoo can have a very tight, curly coat or a much looser wavy coat depending on which of the parent breeds they have thrown to.  The most commonly seen colours are as follows:

All colours – depending on the colour of the Poodle parent.

Temperament

Maltipoos have inherited the intelligence of both parent breeds, but they have also inherited the friendly and loving natures of the Poodle and the Maltese too.  They are extremely people-oriented, loving nothing more than to be with their owners all of the time.

They are a good choice for first time owners as long as the people have the time needed to be with their pets.  They fit in well to households where the children are older and who therefore know how to behave around dogs.

A puppy’s socialisation has to start early as does their training, starting with the basics as soon as they arrive in their new home.  Once they have been fully vaccinated it’s important to introduce them to lots of new situations, noises, people, other animals and pets so they grow up to be calmer, well-rounded mature dogs. 

Intelligence / Trainability

It’s all too easy to let a Maltipoo get away with things that larger dogs would never be allowed to do which can result in these cute.  However, in the right hands and environment, Maltipoos being so intelligent are easy to train and love the one-to-one attention they are given during their training sessions and love nothing more than to show off to the crowd.

Being so intelligent, Maltipoos are quick learners.  They are sensitive little dogs by nature.  Maltipoos are prone to putting on too much weight, it’s important to keep food rewards to a minimum and to offer fewer high value ones rather than lots of lower value ones.

Children and Other Pets

Maltipoos are best suited to families where the children are slightly older because they can be a little snappy around toddlers and younger children especially if the kids start playing a little too roughly with them.  With this in mind, any interaction between young children and a dog should always be supervised by an adult to make sure things don’t get too boisterous.

Health

The average life expectancy of a Maltipoo is between 10 and 15 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.

Caring for a Maltipoo

Maltipoos can have curlier coats or some can have straighter ones depending on which of their parent breeds they have after after, but they all benefit from being given a brush every day which helps prevent any knots or tangles from forming.  However, dogs with very curly coats should ideally be professionally groomed on a regular basis.

As with any other breed, Maltipoos need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition.  They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy.  On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.

It’s also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. 

Exercise

The Maltipoo is an active, intelligent dog and as such they need to be given the right amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation for them to be truly happy, well-rounded dogs.  They need anything from 20 to 30 minutes exercise a day with as much off the lead time as possible. 

These dogs like to be able to roam around a back garden as often as possible so they can really let off steam.  However, the fencing has to be extremely secure to keep these active, little dogs in because if they find a weakness in the fence, they will soon escape out and get into all sorts of trouble.

With this said, Maltipoo puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still growing.  This includes not letting a dog jump up and down from furniture or going up or down the stairs.  Too much pressure placed on their joints and spines at an early age could result in a dog developing serious problems later in their lives.

Feeding

If you get a Maltipoo puppy from Little Rascals we will give you a feeding schedule and it’s important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets. 

Older dogs are not known to be fussy eaters.  It’s best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it’s good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements.  It’s also important that dogs be given the right amount of exercise so they burn off any excess calories or they might gain too much weight.

Average Cost to keep/care for a Maltipoo

If you are looking to buy a Maltipoo, you would need to pay anything from £450 to over £1000 for a well-bred puppy.  The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Maltipoo in England would be £22.01 a month for basic cover or a lifetime policy which will cost you £43.83 a month (quote as of July 2016).  When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK, a dog’s age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed among other things.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry making sure it suits the different stages of a dog’s life.  This would cost you between £30 – £40 a month.  On top of all of this, you need to factor in veterinary costs this includes their initial vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying a dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks.

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Maltipoo would be between £50 to £80 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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