Maltipoo designer dog breed


Maltipoo is a designer dog breed made by crossing purebred Maltese with purebred Toy Poodles. Maltipoo is one of the cutest designer dog breeds. They are beautiful and intelligent with a sparkle in their eyes. There are many types (F1/F1b/F2/F2b) of Maltipoos. The best way to forecast your puppy’s personality is to look at the parents, breed temperament, and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either parent’s breed type.

Maltipoo Temperament

They are intelligent, tolerant, friendly, and very loving. Maltipoo hybrids of all generations are friendly with everyone, including strangers and kids, making them an ideal choice as a family dog. They are cheerful, trustworthy, gentle, affectionate, smart, and highly trainable lapdogs with a high desire to please. The Maltipoo can be taught many tricks and is a fun companion to have.

Maltipoo Size

The Maltipoo should be 10 to 12 inches high and weigh about 10 pounds. It is a tiny designer dog. You cannot imagine how small it is until you hold one! However, when a miniature poodle is bred, it will grow bigger. 

Maltipoo hybrid designer dog

Maltipoo FAQs Frequently Asked Questions:

Let us seek some answers related to the Maltipoo designer breed. Are they hypoallergenic (non-shedding), or do they shed a lot? Do they bark a lot? Are they good watchdogs? Are they good family dogs? Good with children? And many more questions that a potential Maltipoo owner may be concerned about.

Do Maltipoo dogs bark a lot?

Yes. Like all toy dogs, Maltipoos can be yappy and bark a lot. However, with proper training, a Maltipoo can be taught to bark less. To avoid the attention-seeking barking of your Maltipoo, you have to set a schedule for walking, playing, and training. When your dog is used to the schedule and knows that he will get attention soon, they will not bark a lot. Older dogs learn this fast, and if you have a puppy Maltipoo, it can hard to teach them.

Is Maltipoo a good family dog?

Yes, Maltipoos make good little family dogs. Maltipoos are first and foremost companion dogs who should live in the home/apartment. They are too small and delicate to live outdoors. With their sweet, gentle temperament, Maltipoos can make great family dogs and therapy dogs. Because of their small size, Maltipoos are best suited to homes with older children who will handle them carefully.

Is Maltipoo affectionate? Good with kids?

Loving and gentle, the Maltipoo gets along with kids. But because small Maltipoos could easily be injured, they’re only recommended for families with children older than six who know how to handle dogs. Maltipoos are smart and can be easy to train. Maltipoos generally get along with other dogs and pets too.

Are Maltipoos good watchdogs?

Maltipoos make excellent watchdogs for your home or apartment. Alert and barking to warn you of anything suspicious, but they may be a bit too yappy (bark a lot). However, they can be trained to bark less.

Is Maltipoo aggressive? Do they bite?

A Maltipoo can be aggressive because of fear. Maltipoos are very small and may get intimidated due to their small size (small dog syndrome). Puppy Maltipoos are naturally playful. Biting and nipping might be their way of letting you know that they want to play. Also, during playtime, your pup may get too excited, which will lead to an unintended bite.

Can Maltipoos swim? Do they like it?

Yes, Maltipoos can swim, and they like water.

How much do Maltipoos cost? How much is a Maltipoo puppy?

The cost of a puppy purchased from a breeder can vary. Maltipoo prices range from around $500 to as much as $2,500. Expect to pay around $800-$1000 for a dog from a good breeder.

What is a teacup Maltipoo? How big is a teacup Maltipoo?

The teacup Maltipoo is a way breeders advertise how small their Maltipoos are. Maltipoos bred for mini teacup sizes sometimes suffer from ailments due to weak bone structure. They can be below 10 inches in height and weigh about 5-7 pounds.  Discourage breeding for tiny teacup specimens.

teacup Maltipoo

Is Maltipoo Hypoallergenic? Do they shed?

Almost all Maltipoos have a low-shedding coat, but the degree of shedding will vary from dog to dog. In designer dogs, no two dogs are alike. F1b hybrid puppies from one purebred toy Poodle, and an F1 Maltipoo as parents have the maximum probability of being hypoallergenic. 

What is an F1 Maltipoo? Do they shed?

F1 Maltipoo is the first generation of hybrids bred from purebred Maltese and purebred Toy Poodle as parents. F1 Maltipoo generation has a higher risk of shedding, but most do not shed. Most shed very lightly, but even when they do shed, they do not have an undercoat and shed so little hair that you would not notice it.

What is an F1b Maltipoo? Do they shed?

The F1B hybrid is 75% Poodle (one purebred Toy Poodle and an F1 first generation Maltipoo as parents). F1B hybrids have beautiful curly plush coats and have the maximum chance of being non-shedding. Also, F1b Maltipoo is often smarter. Some breeders claim that the F1 first generation in Maltipoo is healthier and hypoallergenic. However, while there is no problem with the F1 first generation, the F1b generation always has a greater chance of wiping out bad genes responsible for many health issues.

What is an F2/F2b Maltipoo? Do they shed?

The second-generation Maltipoo (F2 or F2B) is produced by crossing the (F1 X F1 = F2) hybrid or a (F1B X F1 = F2B) hybrid. Both F2 and F2B generations also have a high success rate for non-shedding, but the F2 generation may develop some health issues arising out of a weak bone structure. F2B Maltipoo is healthier.


 Maltipoo Colors

Common coat colors include white, black and white, cream, apricot, gold, red, and sometimes gray and black. Unlimited colors with white markings are possible in the F1b backcrossed Maltipoos.

How long do Maltipoos live?

These designer dogs have a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. Their lifespan is about average for small dog breeds.

Do Maltipoos have health problems?

Because the Maltipoo is a crossbreed, he is susceptible to problems that affect both the Maltese and the Poodle. These health problems could include Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Portosystemic Shunt, Patellar Luxation, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Epilepsy, and White Shaker Syndrome. It is advisable to get your puppy from a reputed breeder who will screen out these problems while breeding.


Ok, so let’s assume you have chosen the Maltipoo as the best designer dog breed suitable for yourself. You have decided to find yourself a Maltipoo puppy as your next family member. How will you choose the best pup? Let us look at some standard characteristics of the Maltipoo dog breed, which will help you select the right puppy. Keep reading.

Picking a good Maltipoo puppy

Searching for physical confirmations will help you in picking up a good Maltipoo puppy. However, remember that this is a designer dog, and a unique mix of characteristics can be observed in each designer breed. No two designer dogs are alike! Look for the following characteristics.

Maltipoo’s General Appearance

The Maltipoo is symmetrical, active dog, sound and well put together, not clumsy or long in the leg, displaying a kindly expression and possessing an eager and alert personality.

Maltipoo pup

Maltipoo’s Coat

Hypoallergenic, non-shedding, water repellent. Texture not as hard as that of a short-haired dog nor very silky. Lies flat against the body and may be straight or curly.

The Maltipoo’s Head

Head in proportion to the size of the dog. It should not look too small or too large.

Maltipoo’s Neck

In proportion to the body.

Maltipoo’s Forequarters

Forelegs are straight, their pastern joints well knit and devoid of an appreciable bend.

The Maltipoo’s Body

It should be in every way balanced. The dog should be compact, small, but finely balanced (good quality).

Maltipoo’s Hindquarters

Legs are fine-boned and nicely feathered.

Maltipoo’s Tail

It is set high and should be long-haired and carried well arched over the back.

Maltipoo dog

Maltipoo’s Gait

The gait should be smooth and flowing.

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2 thoughts on “Maltipoo”

  1. There’s a reason #maltipoo has a nearly 300,000 posts on Instagram right now – it’s because the maltipoo is the craziest, funniest, smartest and cutest little designer breed to ever grace the planet!

    Look, I know that maltipoos aren’t perfect. They can yap, they sometimes have an attitude, and they totally think they are smarter than we are. But I wouldn’t trade my maltipoos for absolutely anything in the world!!!

    A maltipoo isn’t just a breed, it’s a way of life. And if you’re a prospective maltipoo parent, you should totally understand the following.

    Get the purse! Blame it on miniature dog lovers like Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton, but everyone knows that Yorkies belong in a matching purse – at least some of the time. How else are you going to carry your pup around and show it off to all your friends!

    Small dogs must have decided this in their secret small-dog society, but your maltipoo is going to expect to be carried. Everywhere. Especially up the stairs in your house.

    What is it about adorably silky puppy hair that makes you want to brush it and put a bow in it? Maltipoo mamas know that the only way to keep hair out of a pup’s eyes is with a stylish clip.

  2. It is wrong about Maltipoos are up to 10lbs. If bred to a miniature poodle they can and will get bigger. Many people want a bigger maltipoo for sturdier bodies and bigger for children. I am a licensed maltipoo breeder.

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