The Maltipoo is a mixture of the Maltese and Poodle. He is a small dog that is available in a variety of colors. Since Maltese are always white, the color depends on the poodle parent. Accordingly, the Maltipoo is available in white, gray, apricot, brown, black or spotted. Another thing that depends on the Poodle parent is the size of the Maltipoo. So if you want to know how big a full grown Maltipoo gets, keep on reading!
Appearance of Maltipoo
Since there is still no uniform standard for the Maltipoo, the appearance of the dogs can also be different. It can result in a mixture of the two types of fur of the poodle and the Maltese.
Most puppies have a teddy look: This means they have very dense curly or strongly wavy fur. The curls are larger than the poodle and due to the Maltese, which has a very soft and fine coat, the hair structure is usually very silky and shiny. If the hair is more like the poodle, the curls are very dense and much smaller, but these dogs are usually suitable for allergy sufferers. The size of the maltipoo varies depending on whether a dwarf or a toy poodle was crossed.
The coat color can be very different. Although all pure Maltese have a white coat, the Maltipoo can have different colors through the poodle. Usually the dogs are white, black, brown, cream or apricot. In addition to these monochrome skins, each of these colors is also available as a two-tone variant.
Full Grown Maltipoo
In most cases a full grown Maltipoo weighs around 5 to 25 pounds and stands 6 to 14 inches tall.
As with any other dog, we can predict a Maltipoo’s full size based on their parents’ size, their generation, mix, and gender. However, Maltipoos are usually a cross using Toy or Miniature Poodles, as the Maltese dog is a toy breed. So, knowing that, there are no Standard (large) Maltipoos.
In Maltipoos you have the intelligence and docile of the poodle mixed with the fearlessness and temperament of the Maltese. The result is a cheerful, fun-loving dog for the whole family. He is fond of children and relatively easy to raise, which is why he is suitable as a beginner dog. He is happy if he can be there everywhere, which is rarely a problem due to its small size.
The posture of a maltipoo is quite straightforward. The advantage of their small size is that they can also be easily kept in a city apartment. Of course, they need their walks every day, but in general their urge to move is quite manageable. This can also be satisfied quite well when playing together. They are very family-loving, usually quite calm dogs, get along well with other animals and do not have an above-average hunting instinct. In addition, they have almost no smell of their own, so they don’t “hundle”.
A small dog must also be trained, which is quickly forgotten. In contrast to a large dog, you can easily hold it on a leash during walks, but it is certainly much more pleasant if it is obedient and becomes a pleasant companion even without a leash. Maltipoos are attentive and intelligent – so they have all the prerequisites for an easy-to-implement training. If you are a new dog owner, you should definitely attend a dog school or hire a dog trainer.
Caring for a maltipoo
The great advantage of maltipoos is that it is one of the non-shedding dogs or almost non-shedding dogs. Although their coat grows all year round, it gets tangled up and does not fall out. This makes them an allergy-friendly dog. Unfortunately, some dog owners put the hardly existing hair loss on a par with the care – and care too little about the fur.
The grooming must not be neglected with the maltipoo, otherwise his hair will matt! Regular combing and occasional cutting is important. The longer his fur is, the more so. Even a bath (with a special dog shampoo) does not hurt from time to time to make the hair airier and shiny again.
Diseases in Maltipoo
The little Maltipoo is considered quite robust. There are no typical hereditary diseases. But, often problems with the kneecap occur. You can reduce the risk with a balanced diet. Difficulties sometimes arise due to their fur: If the hair is too long and falls into the eyes, it can cause eye inflammation. In addition, skin problems can occur if grooming is neglected.