One of the newest trends in the dog ownership world is having what is called a designer breed. Designer breeds are a combination, usually of two compatible, albeit different, full breeds. Go to any dog park and you’ll surely find several Labradoodles (Labrador/Poodle mix) and more than a few Puggles (Beagle/Pug mix) too! There is a good reason that these dogs are gaining in popularity, they seem to get the best characteristics of both parent breeds (if bred correctly).
One of the most excellent mixes that have come out of these breeding experiments is the sweet Maltipoo, an adorable cross between a Maltese and a Poodle. Aside from being the cutest dog to grace us with his furry, four-legged presence, these tiny balls of curly fur also make excellent canine companions. They are smart, and not quite like any of their canine counterparts (in a fantastic, amazing kind of way!). Keep reading for 13 must-know Maltipoo facts.
13. He Might Be Smarter Than You
Many people believe that small breed dogs are of lower intelligence, and in some cases (but not many, and it’s usually down to bad breeding), they would be correct. However, the Maltipoo is smarter than your average pocket pup.
Poodles, which typically provide at least half of the genes, are quite smart and their crossbreed babies get it from them. They retain information well and are quick to learn commands. They are also one of the easiest small breeds to potty train. They’ve got the beauty, personality, and brains – doggy version of a home run!
12. The Lighter His Coat, The More He Cries About It
Or at least that’s what it looks like. Because both the Poodle and the Maltese breeds are predisposed to epiphora or excessive production of tears, your Maltipoo is more than likely going to suffer from it as well.
It just happens to be more noticeable on lighter-colored Maltipoos, it’s annoying but not dangerous. So long as there is no odor emanating from the tear staining, and the color isn’t off (red, or pus-like which could be signs of infection) it is perfectly harmless. To be safe though, the eyes should be checked by a veterinarian as well as cleaned regularly.
11. Not Actually Hypoallergenic
Are you ready for this? Brace yourself. No dog breed is truly hypoallergenic! None of them. Many Maltipoo parent has visited their local vet with red puffy eyes, saying “They said these dogs were hypoallergenic!”. Alas, it’s not true. However, although these cute little pups might not be hypoallergenic they are less likely to trigger your allergies. Most pet allergies stem not from the fur of the pet but actually due to a protein in the saliva (some people are allergic to the pet dander and that would mean that any dog is a no-no).
When a dog cleans himself, he spreads it to his coat which is then released into the air during the shedding process. Getting back to our curly-haired little friend, Maltipoos really are known for shedding less than other breeds, although you should always test it out before committing.
10. Relatively Low Maintenance (Especially When Compared To Other Small Breeds)
While many small breeds tend to be high maintenance, the Maltipoo is far from it. Unlike other tiny, toy breeds, they don’t relish being pampered. No this is one dog that won’t be satisfied riding around in your handbag. They are friendly, social dogs, and they typically don’t mind getting their paws dirty. Due to their genetics, however, regular grooming visits are a must.
09. They Never Grow Up
Yes, your Maltipoo is going to get older, however, he probably won’t mature right away, if ever. Maltipoos are hyper, spunky, and full of energy, and unlike other dogs, this does not subside much as he gets older. Having a Maltipoo around is not unlike dealing with a happy-go-lucky puppy. For years. Possibly forever. Maltipoos are the Peter Pan of the dog world.
08. Aww, Look At Him Scoot – Until You Find Out What He Is Really Doing
Smaller breeds have this cute and funny habit of scooting their bottoms across the floor. Large breeds also do it but it is more common in the smaller breeds. And, sure, it is likely to give a giggle, even a snort or two. That is until you find out exactly why your dog is doing this odd move. He either has worms or more likely, needs his anal glands expressed. Yep. Your precious pooch is using your carpeting to clean his anal glands.
Once you are done gagging, mark down on the calendar that Fluffy needs to have regular anal gland expression by a veterinarian or groomer. Anal sacs can become clogged, impacted, and infected (requiring surgery in the more serious cases), so grossness aside, it’s important to have it checked out by a professional.
07. Highly Protective Of ‘Their’ Person
Maltipoos are both social and oddly enough, also very much a one-person pup. That’s not to say he will not love each and every one of his two (and four) legged family members wholeheartedly, but the Maltipoo holds a special place for ‘his’ hooman. Although not typically an aggressive breed, they might get protective which can turn into a behavioral issue, if you let it get out of hand (paw).
06. Your Maltipoo’s Overall Health Is Only As Good As His Breeders Qualifications
Let’s talk about ‘backyard breeders’. Backyard breeders are the ones that have done little to no research and breed animals recklessly. These animals are often bred within the family line which can result in serious health conditions and/or behavioral problems. Always do your homework when acquiring your Maltipoo from a breeder.
Getting a dog from the wrong breeder could mean a lifetime of health complications and medical bills. A good breeder will ensure his line has no genetic issues, as these dogs are prone to several different medical conditions including epilepsy.
05. Great Family Dog – Careful With Little Kids
The smaller the dog, the more caution should be taken around the kiddos. Maltipoos are fantastic with kids, and they absolutely love them, but they are also tiny and fragile little dogs. It is fairly easy to injure them and they have been known to snap or bite when hurt or scared. Small children should be supervised with the pup, at least until they get used to each other (after that, good luck separating them!).
04. Known For Becoming Overly Attached (Separation Anxiety)
Your Maltipoo needs to be socialized at an early age. They are a breed known for becoming overly attached to people (usually one person in particular) which can result in severe separation anxiety. Symptoms of separation anxiety can include:
- Incessant barking, howling, whimpering, and/or whining
- Destructive behaviors such as chewing
- Behavioral changes – aggression, having accidents in the house, etc.
There are medications that can treat separation anxiety however, behavioral therapy is recommended before getting to that. You should discuss your options with your pooch doctor.
03. He Is No Wallflower
This little guy is most certainly no wallflower! He has no problem standing up and speaking his mind (from the safety of your lap of course). Unlike some other miniature/toy breeds, the Maltipoo is not shy and has a very outgoing personality along with a friendly temperament. They can get along with pretty much everyone, human and furry alike.
02. Make Sure You Take Care Of His Teeth
Both the Maltese and the Poodle are known for being prone to dental issues such as gingivitis and tooth loss. Regular dental care for your Maltipoo is an absolute must. Dental exams every six months and regular finger brushing at home. Not only are oral problems painful, if left untreated they can lead to more serious medical issues.
01. You’ll Not Find A More Lovable, Loyal Companion
With all of the above being said, if you were looking for a true companion, your paw-fact soul-mate, one who’ll love you unconditionally, you definitely chose well. Maltipoos are one of the sweetest, most loving breeds in the universe. They want nothing more in this world than to please their hooman and they are more than happy to spend their whole lives attempting to do just that.
Care for Under-sized Maltipoo Dogs
For small dogs in general, but especially for adult dogs weighing in single digits (less than 10 pounds), certain care measures should be followed to avoid some of the most common problems in small dogs.
- Think of your Maltipoo as an “underfoot” dog. This term refers to small dogs that can quickly and quietly appear under your feet without you noticing. This can cause the owner to accidentally trip over or step on their dog, which can result in serious injury. Always remain situationally aware, especially when turning corners or entering a dark room where your dog might be.
- Always pick up your Maltipoo with two hands. One hand should be placed under the back and the other on the chest. Although you shouldn’t use too much force, it’s important to use common sense to ensure your dog is held tightly enough to avoid breaking free of the hold and falling to the ground. When you put your Maltipoo back on the floor, guide him again with both hands so that his entire body gently touches the floor without jerking.
- Do not allow children to handle the Maltipoo unless they are able to follow proper handling techniques. Aside from the above instructions on how to adopt a small Maltipoo, other guidelines for children include prohibition on mistreatment, prohibition on pulling the dog’s tail, and prohibition on hitting him.
- Feed your Maltipoo several times a day. Small dogs are very susceptible to hypoglycemia, i.e. H. a rapid drop in blood sugar levels, which in severe cases can lead to coma or even death. Signs include dizziness, confusion, and lethargy. Giving your little Maltipoo 3 small meals a day as well as several dry snacks can prevent this.
Although moderate to severe cases are considered an emergency and require veterinary care, mild cases can often be treated at home by rubbing a small amount of honey on the gums, which can help stabilize blood sugar levels.
- Use a harness, not a collar. A collapsed trachea is a problem most commonly seen in small dogs, including the Maltipoo. This is a painful condition in which the tracheal rings that surround the windpipe weaken and collapse inward. Signs include a honking cough or choking noises. Although some cases are genetic and the rings are prone to degeneration, it is advisable not to use a collar as it puts tension and pressure directly on the dog’s neck.
So if you are wondering which collar is best for a Maltipoo, the answer is: none. The best solution is a dog harness.
When is a Maltipoo considered oversized?
Just like with undersized Maltipoos, it would be easier to give a concrete answer if there were breed guidelines that specified specific weights and sizes. So there are two elements that play a role here.
The first is a look at the statistics that most Maltipoos (70%) weigh between 3.1 and 5.8 kg (7 and 13 pounds). And when we look at all the weights reported in our survey, 80% of Maltipoo weigh between 1.36 and 5.8 kg (3 and 13 lbs).
From this we can conclude that a small percentage of Maltipoos (20%) weigh more than 13 pounds, making them “larger than average.”
However, this is only part of the equation, because larger does not necessarily mean oversized in the sense of being overweight. As mentioned earlier, dogs range in size from small toy breeds to giant breeds. A Maltipoo that weighs over 13 pounds can have a larger bone structure than its smaller counterparts and still be completely healthy.
Larger dogs are more robust and less prone to size-related injuries, such as: such as being stepped on or dropped, and there are fewer cases of size-related health problems in very small dogs, such as B. Hypoglycemia and collapsed trachea.
If you have a Maltipoo that is on the upper end of the weight scale (in the teens or twenties) and you are unsure whether this is due to natural bone structure or excess weight, your veterinarian is best placed to assess this. One method you can use at home (just for an initial assessment) is to look at and feel your dog’s chest when the fur is wet (e.g. when bathing).
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