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This small sweet looking dog is a mix between the Poodle and the Maltese. These dogs are otherwise known as the Malt-A-Poo or the Maltipoo. This is a cute dog and they will always retain their puppy-like appearance and behavior until their later years. Their coats can be either shaggy or curly and they come in a range of different colors including, tan, black, brown, white, cream or sometimes they are patchy with grey markings. Each Maltipoo puppy in a litter can look different from its brothers and sisters depending on what traits they inherit from their parents.
Maltese Poodle temperament:
A Maltipoo puppy that has been well-bred will be a friendly dog which likes to be around people. The temperament of this mixed breed depends on its parents behavior, especially its mothers. Both the Maltese and the Poodle are friendly dogs and if the Maltipoo has been well-bred they are more than likely to be kind and loving dogs. These dogs enjoy the outdoors and playing is an important part of their nature. If they do not have opportunities to play and be mentally stimulated they are more likely to cause mischief.
This dog is a quick learner and it should be trained from the first day the owner brings it home to help with socialization.
Maltese Poodle mix health problems
If this dog is cared for properly and does not inherit any health conditions from its parents the average life expectancy is between 12-15 years. There are no known health conditions of the Maltipoo, however, in order to choose a health dog its parentage must be checked and potential owners need to ask reputable breeders whether the parents have been screened for genetic diseases.
The Maltipoo dog does not do well in extreme heat and if it is in a country where it can get very hot they need to remain in rooms that are cool and air-conditioned. It is fine to keep this dog inside an apartment or a small condo as long as it gets to go outside on a daily basis as these dogs get bored very easily and like to have a change of environment.
Maltipoos do not need much exercise as they are easily able to tire themselves out through playing. A short daily walk outside is sufficient to allow them to stretch their legs.
Maltese Poodle mix grooming:
Depending on what kind of coat the Maltipoo has depends on what kind of grooming is needed. Most Maltipoo dogs need daily brushing and if it inherits the Poodle’s curlier coat then it will need professional grooming approximately every six weeks. It is important to take care of this dog’s coat as it can become easily matted and with its sensitive skin and no regular grooming the dog is prone to painful skin infections at its roots.
Just like the Poodle, the Maltipoo has very sensitive ears and need to be kept dry and clean. It is a good idea to have its ears checked every time they have a visit to the vet.
This is a great dog if you want a loving animal for small children. It has a playful nature and it does not require much exercise which is why it suits less active families.