All dogs are adorable but the little ones seem to have that extra special something. Especially when they happen to be a mix of two of the coolest dog breeds out there, the Poodle and the adorable Maltese. Known for their renowned amiability, Maltipoos are fast becoming one of the most popular designer breeds.
A beautiful blend of the brave yet sweet Poodle with the unconditional love and loyalty that their Maltese side brings to the proverbial puppy traits board. As beloved as the breed is, it is fairly new and as such we are still learning about it. One of the most common questions asked by Maltipoo parents: What are the full grown size, weight, and age of the Maltipoo?
|Maltipoo Full Grown Size||Full grown in 8-15 months / 8-14 inches tall|
|Maltipoo Full Grown Weight||5-20 lb|
|Maltipoo Full Grown Age||Consider adult at around 1-Year-Old|
Maltipoo Full Grown Size
Because of their unique genetics, there are a few factors that come into play regarding the full-grown size of the Maltipoo and the exact time it takes them to get there.
If yours is a first-generation Maltipoo meaning the parents were a Miniature or Toy Poodle and a Maltese then you can expect him to be fully grown by 8 to 10 months with a size of 8 to 14 inches tall. A second-generation Maltipoo, meaning both mom and dad are Maltipoos, may not stop growing until they are at least 15 months old.
Predicting the weight of any breed is never an exact science, but with designer breeds, so many factors come into play regarding parenting. This is why the size of a Maltipoo at any age will vary. How old were the parents? Were the Sire (dad) or the Dam (mom) a toy breed? Is he a first or second-generation Maltipoo? Determining an exact weight can be tricky.
In general, you can expect an 8-week-old Maltipoo to weigh 1.5 to 3 pounds, again depending on size and the mom and dad’s breed. At full growth, they typically never exceed 20 pounds. This is why it is always a good idea to meet the parents when getting your Maltipoo puppy. This can give you the best idea of how big it will end up being.
When does a Maltipoo puppy turn into an adult?
While they can grow rapidly, emotionally, and behaviorally, a Maltipoo remains puppy-like for most of its life. That’s one of the things that make these amazing little dogs so special (and popular). In a technical sense, the puppy stage passes very quickly and your Maltipoo is considered an adult at around one year of age.
Maltipoos come in a variety of colors and their coats can have different textures. Their parentage plays a large part in texture, but the three most common types are as follows: soft and silky, wavy and shaggy, and thick and curly. As they get older, their coloration can change, however, Maltipoos are typically not dark in color due to their Maltese half. The Maltese breed tends to be predominantly all-white.
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how fast do they grow
Like most miniature dog breeds, and especially toy dogs, the Maltipoo grows quite quickly. Once they are 6 years old, the aging process slows down significantly. This isn’t unique to Maltipoos though, slowing down the aging process is quite common in small breeds and is the reason they have such a long life expectancy. Especially compared to larger dogs. Keep in mind that with this particular dog, getting older doesn’t necessarily mean getting older, as these little fellows stay playful and pup-like well into old age. And since the “age” in Malti is about 10-15 years, you are ready for the trip.
Maltipoo Growth Chart – What to Expect
Birth – 2 weeks
Maltipoo puppies are not very large at birth, weighing anywhere from a few pounds to a pound depending on the Maltipoo.
They will gain weight in the first few weeks of life, but slowly. At this age, they should be completely dependent on their mother’s milk and should not stray from it, as their movements are very limited during this time.
3 weeks – 12 weeks
Intense growth occurs between the 3rd and 12th week of life. The puppies stay with their mother for up to 6-8 weeks of life and depend on her milk.
At this point, they will need to switch to puppy food. They will also be on the move a lot more, so expect to be very busy and hungry all the time.
4 months – 6 months
At 4 months of age, the Maltipoo should weigh around half its adult weight. Some Maltipoos finish growing around 6 months, especially the smaller Maltipoo breeds.
Its growth should also slow down at this point. Your puppy should eat 3 meals of puppy food per day and should play and exercise a lot throughout the day.
7 months – 9 months
Some Maltipoo breeds reach an adult size between 7 and 9 months. This applies to toy Maltipoo breeds, which are smaller than miniature breeds.
If you have a miniature Maltipoo, your puppy shouldn’t have finished growing yet, even if the growth rate has slowed dramatically. In this period it is advisable to reduce the puppy’s meals to only two times a day.
10 months – 12 months
Between the ages of 10 and 12 months is a slow growth period for Maltipoo puppies. Watch out for weight gain at this age, because by the time your puppy is fully grown, he probably won’t need as many calories as a puppy that is still growing.
Make sure you can see and feel the puppy’s waist, but not its ribs.
If you have a healthy Maltipoo, it should typically weigh between twelve and twenty pounds. In terms of height, a fully grown Maltipoo will stand anywhere from eight and fourteen centimeters. Some Maltipoos reach this height and size quite quickly, while others take some time to reach it.
Helpful Tips For Maintaining Weight
- Go for Walks: There are many positives: Getting your Maltipoo’s mental stimulation from all the sights and sounds gives him some much-needed exercise and he learns to adapt socially (no jumping, pulling, excessive barking, etc.).
- Limit Treats: Yes, it’ll be hard to resist that cute face and big brown eyes full of emotion, but it’s very much in his best interest. Snacks are one of the main causes of obesity in dogs. Moderation is the key. If your pup is already well on his way to becoming a sausage, it might be a good idea to switch to a low-calorie treat.
- No food for humans: that’s great. Definitely no human food for your darling. None. It makes him fat, his body isn’t designed to digest certain things, and some foods can be highly toxic to dogs. There are many healthy, dog-friendly alternatives to Fido’s snacks.
- Two are always better than one: a like-minded playmate can help keep them both fit. They also keep each other company when you can’t give them your full attention. Be sure to have her spayed, especially if you have either sex!
- Underweight dogs: If your dog is on the other end of the spectrum, you should still follow the advice above. However, adding a supplement like NutriCal to your underweight dog’s diet can help him gain weight in a healthy way.
How to check if a Maltipoo is too light or too heavy
Determining if your dog is overweight or underweight is fairly easy, although it can be misleading for a heavily coated Maltipoo.
- Get a bird’s-eye view of Fido. The waist should be defined, but not so much that the hipbones stick out.
- Check him out from the side. His ribs and hips shouldn’t be overly prominent, but they should be visible. The belly should neither be at chest level nor should it hang below it.
- Dangerous curves forward. Does your Maltipoo look like a ton or a sausage? This is a clear indication of obesity. If his ribs are pronounced and his hips are prominent, he’s probably underweight. A healthy dog should have soft but defined curves. Not too big, not too thin, just right.
How To Ensure Complete Maltipoo Happiness And Healthfulness
Contrary to what some may believe, a dog is not just a dog and no two dogs are the same. Everyone is their own individual with their own needs. Personality traits and character traits vary greatly from breed to breed (and dog to dog), just like their human counterparts. In order to provide your Maltipoo with the best possible life, you really need to get to know them. Knowing your dog can help you understand what it needs to be happy and healthy. And of course, an annual vet check is a must. It is better to identify and treat an illness or injury early (which usually leads to a better outcome).
Dogs have naturally evolved to be the perfect companions for humans. And you won’t find a more loyal and loving best friend. Your dog has dedicated his entire life to you, and your Maltipoo will be even more so. This breed loves “its” people very much. They are not happy when they are outside or cooped up all day. You want to be in the middle of the action, preferably on your lap.
So if you absolutely want a designer dog to carry around in your purse, the Maltipoo might not be for you. Although they are generally a small breed, smallness is no guarantee. Depending on their lineage, a Maltipoo can weigh anywhere from five to twenty pounds and have an adult height of three to four inches. Their size is not set in stone like that of a tea dog.
Dogs can become clingy and depressed very quickly, so make sure you’re ready to commit. If you try it will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. No matter the size, your new Maltipoo will undoubtedly be a ball of fur full of love and dedication. A decision you will never regret.
Toy Maltipoos typically weigh around 5-10 pounds and measure 6-11 inches from the withers. Toy Maltipoos usually reach half their full size at 3.5 months of age and full adult size at 7.5 to 11 months of age.
To calculate the estimated size of an adult Toy Maltipoo, multiply its weight at 15 weeks of age by two.
Pomeranian vs Maltipoo Size
Maltipoos and Pomeranians are nearly the same size but differ slightly. Maltipoos are heavier and larger than Pomeranians.
On average, an adult Maltipoo weighs between 5 and 15 pounds, ranging in height from 6 to 14 inches. On the other hand, an adult Pomeranian weighs between 5 and 20 pounds with a height of around 6 to 12 inches.
Owning a Maltipoo comes with increased responsibility. Since this breed is very small, caring for it requires extra effort. But the extra effort is well worth it, and it’s not even difficult. It can start with simple things, like being aware of your Maltipoo’s ideal size and weight. If you know what size a healthy Maltipoo should be, you can easily use this figure to verify that your Maltipoo is growing healthily.
This guide contains all the information you need on Maltipoo size and weight. You will have no trouble checking if your Maltipoo is growing as it should.
WHAT AGE ARE MALTIPOOS FULLY GROWN?
Toy or Tiny Maltipoos typically reach adult size and weight by 9-11 months of age. Miniature and medium Maltipoos finish growing at about 11-13 months of age.
HOW LONG WILL MY MALTYPOO GROW?
The size of the adult Maltipoo will depend on his genetic background, parents, diet, and level of training. You can use our interactive Maltipoo growth calculator, a useful tool for predicting puppy size as an adult.
Alternatively, you can use this formula to roughly estimate the Maltipoo’s size:
IS THE MALTYPOO A SMALL OR MEDIUM BREED DOG?
Maltipoos are generally considered small dogs. While larger Maltipoos fall into the medium breed category, they are still on the lower end of the spectrum thanks to their Maltese parents and mini or toy poodles.