Maltese Poodle Mix -The Ultimate Maltipoo Guide


Maltese Poodle mix dogs are also known as Maltipoos. The Maltese and Poodle cross is a small-sized mixed dog with a height of between 8 and 14 inches and has big adorable eyes. This Poodle mix also comes in a variety of coat colors and makes a great family and companion mix. 

You may have heard about this hybrid dog and you are interested in it. Then it may be important that you learn what it entails to own one of these dogs and how to take care of them.

You may also have a Maltipoo and want to figure out how you can best live with this adorable dog.

You may be interested in learning about the Teacup Maltipoo.

In this guide, we will go through the basics and in-depth of the most important information that you need to know while adopting or buying this dog.

By the end of this article, you should have a clear understanding and be able to decide whether this dog is suitable for you and your living conditions.

Maltese mix with Poodle

Let’s get to the basics first:

About the Maltese Poodle mix

Maltese Poodle mix is also known as Maltipoo and is a popular cross between the Maltese and Toy or Miniature Poodle.

It is considered to be a designer dog as it is a crossbreed and not a purebred, hence it’s not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

They make great companions and are excellent therapy dogs due to their affectionate and gentle nature.

Maltipoo is considered to be a hypoallergenic dog because both the parent breeds the Maltese and Poodle are considered non-shedders.

No dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic so before you decide to get a Maltipoo there are several things that you should consider.

Dander is found and produced by all dogs, the dead skin flakes and saliva carry allergens. Allergies can build up over some time.

An allergic reaction is not that noticeable the first time you meet a dog, allergies develop over time after living with a dog for some days, weeks, or months.

How to know if a Maltipoo will be allergy-friendly

To measure how you would be affected by a Maltipoo dog, spend some time with some Maltipoo dogs to see how your body would react.

Maltipoos are active, feisty, and fun-loving dogs.

They are best suited for active family settings where they can run around and find someone to play ball with them or take them for a walk.

First time or timid dog owners will find a Maltipoo dog to be a good choice, they’re easy to train and are very smart hence they learn quickly.

These dogs need to be handled with care.

They thrive in homes that house more mature people than children. Maltese Poodle mixes are eager to please and very sensitive to their owner’s needs.

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Living with a Maltese Poodle mix

Unlike other dog breeds Maltipoos can easily adapt to any kind of living environment, they thrive both in apartments or house settings.

They just love being around their human family and should be kept indoors, not in kennels outside.

These dogs may suffer from separation anxiety, hence it is not recommended to leave them all alone for long periods.

Maltipoos if untrained will bark at everything that is going on around them.

Through proper training, they can be taught to alert through barking only when it is highly necessary.

This will reduce complaints from neighbors on continuous irrelevant barking.

Maltipoos have stolen the hearts of many dog lovers with their love life attitude.

Dog lovers that love to cuddle will enjoy the Maltipoos companionship du to the Maltipoos cuddly appeal.

They are the ideal pet for older people.

Pros and cons



Intelligent and highly trainable


Great for small homes and apartments



High maintenance

Tends to bark a lot when excited

Difficult to housebreak

5 Maltipoo fun facts

  1. Both the Maltese and the Poodle have had their fair share of royalty.
  2. Maltipoos thrive on human affection and are very adaptable.
  3. The Maltese Poodle mix has been owned by various celebrities including Jessica Simpson and Ellen Degeneres.
  4. These mixed dogs are super friendly and sociable which makes them great therapy dogs.
  5. Maltipoos are eager to please and intelligent which makes them very trainable.

General Appearance of a Maltese Poodle mix

Maltipoo Summary Table
Size Height 8 to 14 inches
Weight 5 to 20 pounds.
Lifespan 10 to 13 years
Breed Type Mixes and more
Purpose Companions and therapy dogs
Suitable For Older People
Color Variations light-colored or dark solid color
Temperament cuddly, gentle, and loving
Other Names Maltepoo, Malt-A-Poo, Maltipoo, Moodle, Multapoo, Maltipoo, Malte-Poo, Maltapoo, Multapoo, Multi-Poo, Maltese-Poodle, Malt-oodles, MaltiPoodle

Height and weight

The size of the Maltese and Poodle mix may vary depending on the size of the parent breeds.

Some puppies may take more of the Maltese and some more of the Poodle.

You can even have variations in puppies of the same litter.

This hybrid dog can stand anywhere from 8-14 inches at the withers.

He can be a toy to a small dog weighing anywhere from 5-20 pounds.

The dark eyes of the Maltese Poodle mix can melt even the hardest of hearts.

Maltese Poodle

Coat of the Maltese Poodle mix

The Maltese Poodle mix has a low low-shedding, low-dander coat with a fluffy, soft, wool-like texture.

Its coat is medium to long. The Maltipoo coat ranges from curly to slightly wavy.


Below are some of the coat types that the Maltese and poodle mix has:

  • Brown and curly
  • White and straight
  • Black and curly

The coats come in different colors but it will depend on which parent dog is dominant.

Some of the main colors are Fawn, Beige, White, Black, and Bicolored.

History of the Maltese Poodle mix

The Maltese Poodle mix was developed primarily for allergy sufferers.

Maltese and Poodle are known to shed less than other dog breeds, this makes for the perfect hypoallergenic dog.

These breeds have less dander that can be released into the air making them ideal pets for people suffering from allergies. There is no clear date of when the Maltipoo was developed.

With an increase in popularity over recent years, Maltipoos have been seen to be popular amongst celebrities and they are among the top most popular designer breeds in the world. Some people breed Maltipoos with Maltipoos but most litters have been a result of breeding the Maltese and Poodles.

Maltipoos are not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club or any other official organization of the FCI.

However, dog lovers have created the North American Maltipoo/Maltepoo Club and Registry to house the Maltipoo breed.

Maltipoo Parent Breeds

To understand the Maltipoo even better let’s take a closer look at the parent breeds.


The Maltese dog breed was first developed in the Central Mediterranean Area some 2,000 years ago.

They are affectionate companion toy dogs.

It has a compact and square body.

Don’t let this small glamorous white coat dog deceive you, he is a vigorous dog who is not only a great companion but thrives as a therapy dog and is a tough competitor in dog sports.

Maltese With A Long Coat

The Maltese coat is long, silky, and white, it’s hair would hang to the ground if left to grow to its full length.

It has an alert yet gentle expression. It may seem as if the dog is floating on the ground when it’s trotting due to its smooth, lively movement and his cloud of white hair.

This toy dog is most popular for its unusual coat.

Even though Maltese are delicate dogs they can be quite adaptable pets.

They thrive as alert watchdogs because of their fearless and athletic tendencies.

Maltese are considered to be hypoallergenic as they shed very little making them perfect dogs for dog lovers that have allergies.

They are friendly and love being around people.

Maltese respond well to positive training and rewards for their efforts.

Once available in a variety of colors but in recent years, they are always white.

Living With A Maltese

Maltese are intelligent dogs that love their human families.

He is one of the smallest of the toy breeds, he would do well in both an apartment or condo environment.

The Maltese are extremely adaptable to whatever environment they are in.

They tend to suffer from separation anxiety hence require a lot of human attention.

They become destructive and bark a lot when left alone for long periods.

Maltese are not well suited for families with small children as they tend to get intolerant if they are over-pampered.

If this happens they become protective and could even bite.

They usually weigh around seven pounds when they hit maturity.

A male Maltese is about eight to ten inches tall at the shoulder, while a female Maltese is about eight to nine inches tall.

Other popular Maltese mixes

  • Morkie is what you get when you crossbreed a purebred Maltese with a purebred Yorkshire Terrier.
  • Mauzer comes from the mixing of a Maltese with a Miniature Schnauzer.
  • When a Maltese and a Havanese dog are mixed, the puppies are called Havamalts.
  • The Waltese is the name given to pups with one Maltese parent dog and one West Highland Terrier (Westie) parent dog.
  • The Papitese is a hybrid dog that has one purebred Maltese parent and one purebred Papillon parent.
  • MaltiBeag is the nickname given to a puppy with one Maltese parent and one Beagle parent.


Poodles are intelligent, eager to please, easy to training, and low-shedding dogs that have gained popularity for their highly developed sense of humor.

They are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.

Standard Poodle

They were first developed in Germany as water dogs who would retrieve ducks from the water.

Poodles thrive in performance activities that involve obedience and agility. They are active dogs that enjoy attention and learning.

Poodles are generally friendly with strangers and are easy to house train. They are highly adaptable dogs.

Poodles come in three sizes:

  • Standard Poodle – 15 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Miniature Poodle – 15 inches or under at the shoulder
  • Toy Poodle – no more than 10 inches at the shoulder

The smaller toy poodles can be overly protective of strangers outside their family and to other dogs.

These dogs need to be socialized at an early age to avoid unpredictable incidents.

Poodles are very protective of their family homes.

They are hunting dogs, they need training and exercise to be great companions.

Living With Poodles

Poodles can become overweight if they are constantly rewarded with treats.

Poodles have a good life expectancy, the Toy, and Miniature Poodles having a life expectancy of 17 years, while the Standard Poodles has a life expectancy of about 12 to 14 years.

Regular grooming for a poodle is paramount.

Poodles have a coat that tends to mat, hence requiring them to be clipped and groomed daily.

Poodles are fun, energetic, intelligent, and easy to train, they make for good family dogs.

They require plenty of exercise as they are active dogs.

Poodle owners should play dog games that challenge the dog’s mind to keep it at its best. These dogs thrive more indoors, they are not well suited to be kept outside in a kennel.

more on  living with Poodles

Poodles prefer to be around people most of the time.

They exhibit signs of separation anxiety and can do a lot of damage if lonely.

If ignored or left alone they can develop bad habits such as nuisance barking for attention.

It is important to socialize them at an early age as well as start the grooming routine at an early age to get them used to it.

Poodles are amazing jumpers and would be able to easily clear a moderate fence height, so dog owners should be careful and watchful on how their yard is fenced.

Poodles are also considered to be hypoallergenic because they are low-shedding, its coat mats to itself.

The poodle coat should be tight and curly unless brushed out vigorously.

Poodles are known as good dogs for people with allergies because the hair does not routinely shed out; instead, it mats to itself.

This is why poodles need clipping or frequent grooming because the mats can be painful.

The commonly seen colors of poodles are silver, black, white, apricot, and chocolate. Reds do appear as well as creams and blues. Parti-colors such as black and white are not considered acceptable in the show ring.

Other popular Poodle mixes

  • Labradoodle is a hybrid that combines the genes of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle.
  • Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.
  • Cockapoo is a cross between a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel.
  • Bichon Poodle is a mix that combines the qualities of a Poodle and a Bichon Frise.
  • Maltipoo is a happy cross between a Poodle and a Maltese.
  • Westiepoo is the product of mixing the qualities of a Poodle and a West Highland Terrier.

Maltipoo Puppy

Maltese Poodle mixes are designer dogs meaning that each puppy is born looking unique.

The 50-50 split is not always guaranteed even in the same litter.

It is for this reason that you should get a Maltipoo from a responsible and reputable breeder that can give a slight idea of how your dog will look like.

The cost of getting one of these hybrid dogs is between $400-$2000 depending on the breeder.

Finding a Maltipoo puppy

A responsible breeder should have the most important information about the breed.

Apart from getting a reputable breeder, you should also spend time with the parent breeds and get to know their traits. And if you are lucky enough and get a puppy or adult dog to adopt then also spending time with his is also crucial.

Do research prior to buying the puppy so that you can be sure of what type of questions to ask your breeder that would be helpful for what you want. It is also helpful that you meet the dog prior to buying him to know if you are compatible.

The price of the pup will differ from breeder to breeder, the healthier the puppy is the more expensive he will be.

One advantage of getting a puppy from a breeder is that you get to ask questions regarding the puppy that you are about to pay for.

Maltese with Poodle mix

Training a Maltese Poodle mix

Maltese Poodle mix dogs are easy to train due to they’re intelligent and eager to please nature.

They respond well to positive reinforcement techniques such as treats, praise, and play as a way of rewarding them for following instructions.

Malitpoos will bark to alert whenever they see something suspicious, this could be annoying to some owners.

They could be trained to bark less but dog lovers should consider this before getting a Maltipoo.

This is especially for owners living in an apartment or an environment where there are noise restrictions.

You may want to take your Maltipoo through two types of training.

  1. House training – this training is essential for bathroom needs.
  2. Command training – this is training on proper behavior for your dog. Teaching him how to sit, stay, come, down, and how to refrain from chewing on shoes and everything else.

Maltipoo Training Tips

  • Reward them with treats when they follow your instructions. Please consider using healthy treats. At most 15 calories and this can be broken down into 4 or 5 reward pieces.
  • Reward your Maltipoo at the exact time that he follows your command.
  • Train your puppy when they are hungry, they are more likely to follow your commands to be rewarded.
  • Be consistent. You need to be consistent in your training so that your Maltipoo can also be consistent in learning. Have a specific time that you train your puppy each day. Use the same words and praise and in the same manner each day for them to learn quickly.
  • Have patience. Your dog will not master all commands in one day. If trained well a puppy will learn a command within 2 to 3 weeks. A dog may forget what it has learned if the command is not given regularly.


Feeding requirements of a Maltipoo

Maltipoo puppies should be fed four small meals a day.

When they get older and stop growing they can be transitioned to adult formulated dog food which contains less fat, calcium, and protein.

Once they are transitioned to adult formulated dog food their meals can be reduced to two or three meals a day.

All puppies require a wide range of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to be healthy.

Small Maltipoo dogs require more calories per pound than larger breeds. This is because they have a higher metabolic rate.

Your Maltipoo nutritional and caloric needs will change as it gets older as this breed has quite a variance in size.

It is always a good idea to check with your vet before switching your Maltipoo food to adult formulated dog food.

Change your dog’s food gradually to make sure that you do not upset it’s stomach.

The size of your Maltipoo will depend on whether the Maltese were crossed with a Miniature or Toy Poodle.

Feeding tips

A healthy diet will consist mainly of protein as the main ingredient. The protein should be in high amounts and should be meat protein.

The more protein that is in your dog’s diet the healthier he will become.

So, as a puppy, the diet should be made up of about 25% protein and 8% fat. it should also be rich in minerals such as calcium and phosphorous.

The amount of protein and fat that you give to your dog will reduce as he grows to about 20% protein and 5% fat.

Many dog lovers try to avoid foods that have grains when they want to avoid allergies in their dogs.

Always make sure that you read the food label to make sure that it has the correct amount of fat, proteins, and that it does not have too many carbohydrates.

  • Remember to always provide clean water to the Maltese Poodle mix for him to stay hydrated.

Fatty acids help in keeping the coat healthy and shiny.

Exercise and proper diet are required to keep the dog from getting obese which can bring some health complications.


Exercise requirements of a Maltipoo

Maltipoos need around 40 minutes of exercise each day.

Having someone to walk them and play with them around the backyard could be enough exercise for them to be happy and healthy.

The exercise could be broken down into two walks of 20 minutes each.

In addition to the two walks each day, your puppy or dog may benefit from an outdoor play session of about 20 minutes.

Your puppy may get restless and bark excessively, this may be a sign that he may need to go outside and release some energy, and have some physical and mental stimulation.

They are active dogs that need daily exercise for them to be at their best.

Maltese Poodle mix dogs can be destructive if they have excess energy.

They may be small but could do a lot of damage when they are bored.

Socialization the Maltese with Poodle mix

For your Maltipoo to do well in a peaceful and calm household they would need some socialization.

Maltipoos are intelligent, friendly, and good-natured dogs with excellent temperament.

It is paramount to socialize your Maltipoo at an early age to avoid any complications as an adult.

Exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences are very important to your puppy at a young age.

Dogs that have not learned how to respond to their surroundings such as other dogs, people, situations, cars, and events may always respond in a negative way.
Maltipoo puppies tend to be very hyperactive.
If a Maltipoo is not socialized properly at an early age he may continue to be triggered easily by his surroundings making him very hyper and this could be annoying for some owners.
Poodle mixed with Maltese

Grooming the Maltipoo

The beautiful coat of the Maltese Poodle does not come easy. You will have to be prepared to have the coat looking at its best.

Maltipoos require regular brushing and even daily brushing.

You will have to invest in a good brush to keep the coat free of mats and tangles. Get a brush that has loosely spaced teeth which is the best to prevent the coat from matting.

The better you brush the coat the cleaner and healthier it will be.

You should note that mats and tangles can cause skin infections in your Maltese Poodle mix.

Bathing a Maltese Poodle mix dog

Bathing the dog can also help minimize shedding. But don’t do it more than once every month unless it is very necessary.

You should note that the dog should not be bathed too often as this strips the coat of essential oils and minerals. Only bathe him when you notice that the dog is really dog.

However, if you feel that your dog is getting too dirty between baths, you can just use a damp piece of cloth and wipe him with it.

Use a good dog shampoo and conditioner to keep the coat shiny and healthy. Your vet can help you choose the shampoo that is best suited for your dog.

Never use human shampoo while bathing your dog.

Use a shampoo that is formulated for dogs. This shampoo should have a neutral pH and should be hypoallergenic.

Poodle Maltese Mix care tips

Apart from taking care of the dog’s coat, you should also check the ears for any chances of ear infections.

Dip a cotton bud into an ear cleaning solution after which you will use it to clean the Maltipoo’s ears.

Make sure that you are cleaning the outer area as you do not want to damage the dog’s ears. Visit a groomer if you are not comfortable doing it by yourself.

Clipping the nails is also an important part of grooming. If you are not sure of what to do you should visit a professional groomer.

Brush your Maltese and Poodle mix teeth a few times every week to reduce the risk of periodontal diseases.

Some dogs may not want you to touch their teeth, so make him get used to the process. Make it a gradual process. The process of brushing a dog’s teeth is just the same as how you would do it on your teeth.

Maltese Poodle mix

Health concerns of the Maltese Poodle mix

With the Maltipoo being a crossbreed rather than a purebred, he is susceptible to health problems that affect both the Maltese and the Poodle parent breeds.

Most common health problems that a Maltipoo may face include:

  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease – this is a developmental orthopedic disease that affects dogs. LCPD is the disintegration of Hip Joint in Dogs. It is a spontaneous degeneration of the femoral head, the top portion of the femur leg bone.
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Epilepsy
  • White Shaker Syndrome
  • Skin problems – a hybrid breed may develop skin issues, more so if the puppy has a white coat. Designer dog owners should also look out for food and skin allergies as well as increased skin sensitivity.

Maltese mix with Poodle

Temperament and personality of the Maltese Poodle mix

The Maltese and Poodle mix temperament is dependent on the parent breeds temperament, especially the mother breed, they may influence the Maltipoos behavior more than the male parent.

Maltipoos are cheerful, gentle, trustworthy, smart, affectionate, and highly trainable lapdogs who are very eager to please.

They are a fun companion to be around and could be taught a substantial amount of tricks.

This breed makes for a wonderful pet as it is friendly, lively, and fun to be around.

The Maltipoo is an active dog that loves action and being engaged.

Sensitive to and very aware of his environment, most Maltipoos need some socialization to get used to new things and do best in calm, peaceful households.

The Maltipoo is a lively, good-natured, friendly, intelligent dog with an excellent temperament.

Summary of the Maltipoo

The Maltese and Poodle Mix is a warm, petite, and affectionate breed.

Well-suited for the indoors and even the elderly, the Maltipoo may be tiny but has a huge heart.

The Maltese with Poodle mix has minimal exercise requirements.

He is also an easy-to-train dog and a beautiful appearance, this teddy-bear like breed is suitable for a homebody.

This hybrid dog is perfect for anybody who craves a little attention every day.

The Maltese with Poodle mix makes for a great companion.

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