13 Surprising Facts About the Maltipoo (A.K.A. Maltese Poodle Mix)

There is no limit to cuteness when it comes to small dogs. And a Maltipoo is slowly climbing to the top of the list. The Maltese and Poodle mix is strikingly beautiful, and its size just makes him a dog you’d want to cuddle with all day long.

There is a reason Maltipoos are gaining popularity as a designer crossbreed. Breeders are hoping to get the best of each of the purebred parents mixed into one small-sized dog. It is a race for cuteness, fluffiness and overall likability.

The Maltipoo is a dog that will get your attention with his small size, big personality, and loving temperament. You just cannot help falling in love once you see him walking confidently in the streets or playing with bigger dogs in the park.

He is a companion dog that will love you more than you could ever imagine. So, once you have him in your arms as a puppy, your bond will grow stronger. By the end of the day, you will become inseparable.

That’s great because you should never feel the need to leave your dog alone.

Now, before we get to know more about the Maltipoo, we need to know his parents. After all, he is more likely to take after one or both of them.

Maltipoo Purebred Parents

The Maltipoo is the result of mixing a purebred Maltese and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. The standard Poodle stands taller than what the breeders of the Maltipoo are looking for. That is why the Toy and Miniature Poodles are the best for this mix.

The Maltese

With a small body, crazy long white hair, and fearless eyes, the Maltese is a dog that compels you to love him. When he is striding in the streets, you think that he is floating rather than walking.

He is a royalty toy dog. You do not lean down to pet him, but you bow down. You have to respect him for his noble blood. I mean, what’s not so royal about this dog breed?

white Maltese looking away

A royal Maltese. All heads bow!

No matter the part of the world that you find it today, the Maltese has silky white hair. He is a perfect companion. Some even consider him hypoallergenic because he barely ever sheds. This is one of the main reasons people try to crossbreed the Maltese with other breeds.

There aren't many hypoallergenic dog breeds, and surely not all of them are as good looking as the Maltese.

As for his temperament, the Maltese is a gentle toy dog. His fearless attitude assumes that everyone is his friend, but he is not afraid to defend when the need arises. He may be small in size, but he has a bigger heat.

Read more about the Maltese here.

Toy and Miniature Poodle

black and white poodle walking on a leach

Now, that’s a dog that knows how to walk.

Poodles look less like real dogs and more like cartoon puppies. However, the Poodle has a long history.

Believe it or not, the Poodle’s primary reason for existence is to jump in the water and fetch something out of it. He is that good of a swimmer. That weird haircut that you see him rocking every day helps make him the Michael Phelps of the dog world.

Being such a cool dog, he loves to get spoiled. But if you do not train him enough, he may consider himself to be the alpha-dog. He will boss you around, and soon you’ll be the one doing the fetching. It is always better to start an obedience training as soon as your puppy is able to run around the house.

The Poodle is also a companion dog. So, mixing his extraordinary features with a royal dog like the Maltese is precisely why the Maltipoo is such a great crossbreed.

You can read more about the Poodles here.

Who is the Maltipoo?

Now that we have an idea about the purebred parents and their temperament, it is time to give the well-deserved spotlight on the Maltese and Poodle mix.

Ladies and gentlemen, here is one of the cutest dogs in the world right now: the Maltipoo.

white Maltipoo Maltese poodle mix on a white sofa

I know you want one!

Credit: M I T C H Ǝ L L​ / CC BY

There is no point in discussing where his name comes from. It is clearly made up of the names of his purebred parents.

Only recently has he been bred with the hopes of making the cutest dog possible. Breeders can undoubtedly claim they have succeeded. The Maltipoo’s popularity has increased significantly in the recent years. Many first-time dog owners are trying to get one.

Most people who are looking to adopt a Maltese and a Poodle mix are looking for two things: an extraordinary dog that will break people’s necks, and a hypoallergenic dog that is easy to groom. One of those two is not always the case, and the list below will tell you more about that.

Now, it is time to get to know our Maltipoos in more detail.

List of Facts about the Maltipoos

To get to know the Maltipoo, it is essential to know the parents of the specific dog you want to get for your own. And even then, every Maltipoo will be different than the next one.

Dogs, whether purebred or not, are individuals. They may look similar, but their behaviors and temperament are based on their genes, their environment, and YOUR training.

However, it is safe to assume that some characteristics are almost always found in this mix. Below is a list of facts that you should be aware of before making your final decision.

Shakespeare once said: to get a crossbreed dog or not to get one? That is the question.

Or maybe he did not say it. But it is an excellent question to ask.

1 - Hypoallergenic Myth Busted

If you love dogs but have an allergy, I am about to taint your hopes a tiny bit. The fact is, there is no 100% hypoallergenic dog. You will get an allergic reaction sooner or later. This article does a great job of explaining exactly why that is the case.

The Maltese and the Poodle are both considered hypoallergenic for their minimum shedding. But that does not mean that their mix will also be the same. Genetics work in mysterious ways, at least for us non-scientists.

Although there is a great chance the Maltipoo won’t shed a lot, you can only make sure of that when he is born and starts to grow. And the only way to know whether you can keep him as your companion when you’re allergic is by having him around for some time.

Your body’s reaction to the individual dog you’re interested in is what matters. Everything else is based on guesses and no solid facts. If you’re looking for (almost) hypoallergenic dogs, this is a list to check out.

2 - He Is Small, but He Lives Long

The Maltipoo’s size depends on which purebred Poodle is the parent. Generally, he won’t be taller than 14 inches and heavier than 20 pounds. Those are the max, and Maltipoos don’t actually make it to that size. You’ll probably find him to be a 10-inch tall and 15-pounds-heavy cuteness.

He lives to be up to 13 years old. He will grow to love his family and friends, live to put a smile on their faces every minute of every day. He commands your love and affection throughout his life, but he gives more than he takes.

3 - He Is a Companion Dog

The Malteses and Poodles are both companion dogs. Although they had previous jobs when they were first bred, today they are considered the best for therapy. And you can definitely see the reason.

Their mix is also a companion dog, and he wants to make you the happiest in the world. Companion dogs do not appreciate being left alone for long times. So, if you cannot be there with your dog, you should make sure someone is there to keep him company.

The best way to treat him is to take him with you everywhere you can. If you’re single, he’ll make sure you find your partner very soon. You can also help him help other people have a better day.

Wherever you walk your Maltipoo, the mood instantly lightens up. He loves to get spoiled by strangers, and strangers need such a cute dog to relieve their stress.

All in all, the Poodle Maltese mix makes it possible for us to feel a little more at peace in our daily lives. Don’t keep it locked away indoors if you own one. Let the world around you smile.

4 - Maltipoos Are Great Apartment Dogs

While it is for the greater good that your Maltipoo gets to discover the world, his favorite place is probably your home. He makes a good apartment dog thanks to his small size, minimum grooming needs, and playful nature.

Of course, you need to make sure you live in a place that allows pets. We don’t want you to sneak him in and out every time. Also, Maltipoos do have a voice and like to use it more often than not. So, your neighbors will know you have a dog for sure.

Generally, the Maltipoo won’t be happy in a kennel outside the house. He can run, play, and dig outside for an hour or two a day, but most of his time is spent around your couch.

a Maltipoo sitting calmly in the living room

A calm Maltipoo is a great Maltipoo.

Credit: Genevive_Too / CC BY-NC-ND

5 - He Does Not Require a lot of Exercise

There is always a misconception about how much exercise a small dog needs. Sometimes, you think just because they are small in size, they don’t run a lot. But that’s not always true.

Exercise needs depend on the dog breed in the first place, and the individual dog in the second. If you have a couch potato, that dog is not really looking forward to mountain climbing every week.

The Maltipoo is not a couch potato. He burns a lot of energy with his activity level. He does not require a lot of exercise, but a lot of attention. You can enjoy playing with a ball or a frisbee in the yard or the dog park.

It’s always fun watching your dog struggling to put a ball in his tiny mouth. He can also enjoy a little playtime inside the house. The goal is to keep the dog entertained. While the Maltipoo may be small, he can do a lot of damage when he is bored.

6 - Grooming a Maltipoo Is Important

Because the Maltipoo does not shed, his coat can accumulate dirt, and his cute and fluffiness may be ruined. If you are not too good with the scissors, you may need to hire a professional.

The video below shows you how to keep your dog clean and at home.

Your dog will need frequent bathing, once a month at least. The frequency depends on how much dirt he has gathered during his playtime.

Considering how important it is to groom your Maltipoo, this guide should come in handy when professional groomers get expensive.

7 - Maltipoos Suffer from Separation Anxiety

Actually, all dog breeds and crossbreeds have some level of separation anxiety. It’s how you train them to tolerate being alone that matters.

The Maltipoos are known to have a strong bond with their human owners. If yours is causing mayhem when you’re not home, it’s because his anxiety levels goes through the roof.

Because Maltipoos originate from companion dogs, their instinct to be around people is twice as much intense, and so is their anxiety. You should never leave your Maltipoo for a prolonged period of time. Always have someone to keep him company if you’re going away for more than a couple of hours. There are many ways to keep your dog busy while you’re away. These are a few of them.

8 - The Maltipoo is Not Always White

The Maltese is always white, but the Poodle is not. The Maltipoo comes in a variety of coat colors. He may be creamy, white, apricot, blue, brown silver, or any of these colors. Most of the time, the Maltipoo blends really well with the Maltese, especially when he has a white coat.

They almost look identical. It is more so when the Maltipoo inherits more physical feature of the Maltese than the Poodle. However, when the color changes to anything but white, it is easier to spot the Maltipoo.

black Maltipoo Maltese poodle mix

Here is Gracie looking ravishing as usual!

Credit: Caleb Howell / CC BY-NC-SA

You may still go back and forth few seconds questioning why they seem so similar yet different at the same time. But you’ll get there sooner or later.

9 - He Is Not Hard to Train

Small dogs have continuously proved to be more stubborn than bigger dogs. The Maltipoo is not the case, however. He loves to please his owner, and that means following the commands as accurately as possible. He will quickly learn the commands and even faster if you bring treats.

He will need socialization at a young age. His friendly appearance will make him inviting to other people. He needs to learn how to handle all those strangers coming up to him for belly rubs.

He does well with children and others pets you may have. However, Maltipoo’s interaction with others bigger than him has to be under supervision. Sometimes, he may get injured if bigger dogs play too rough with him. Or maybe your kids just don’t understand how fragile the little puppy is.

10 - Health Issues

Crossbreed dogs are not immune to illness. Unfortunately, the Maltipoo is no exception. There is always a risk of inherited diseases or worse. It is essential to know the medical history of your puppy’s parent if you are getting a new one from a breeder.

Some of the health issues that your dog may suffer include: White Shaker Syndrome, Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation, Portosystemic Shunt, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease.

Other health concerns may come up during your furbaby’s lifetime. It is important to take him at least twice a year to the vet to make sure that there is nothing to be worried about.

11 - They Bark (a lot)

The Maltipoo is an active dog with a very alert personality. I have mentioned this above, but it is important to give it enough space on its own.

When you get your Maltipoo inside the apartment, you have to make sure you are within the noise limits. Usually, the Maltipoo tends to be vocal around everyone. Everything that moves gets his attention.

He will make sure that you learn about every movement in the apartment, the house, and even outside. With enough training, you can teach your Maltipoo that not everything is worth barking about. Positive reinforcement training can help reduce your dog’s need to bark.

Still, he is a small dog who uses his vocals as a way to defend himself and his pack. It is not simple to take away that instinct in two training sessions, or ever.

12 - Nutrition

How much food your dog needs depends entirely on his activity level. Just like exercise, each dog has different needs. However, it is always important to pick the best food for your dog. Fortunately, there are many high-quality dog food products that you can choose from.

You should not make a rash decision based on quantity or price. The important is the ingredients and how much they help your dog grow healthy. That is why your vet is the best person to consult. He knows your dog better.

13 - They Are Up for Adoption

You do not always have to buy a new puppy or an adult one. If you visit your local dog shelter, chances are you will find a Maltipoo waiting for an owner to make happy. We always encourage you to consider adoption, whether it be a Maltipoo or any other dog breed.

If you’re not so sure about adoption, you can buy a new puppy. As long as the breeder is responsible, you should get a lovely Maltese and Poodle mix. Ask the breeder the right questions before deciding to buy from them. Sometimes, they are puppy mills that do not care about the safety of their the dogs or the people buying them.

Here is a simple guide to help you vet your breeder.


The Maltese and Poodle mix is possibly one of the best dog breeds. He is lovely and has a lot to offer to his owner.

He may have a tendency to bark, but he also loves cuddles. Still, the Maltipoo wants to have company all the time. Therefore, only get this dog if you have enough time in your day to play with him.

Are you looking to get a Maltipoo? Do you know someone who has one? Let us know in the comments down below.

About the Author Sam Cummings

Hey world! Sam here! I am a writer and a blogger, with keen interest in pets, dogs especially. Writing about those creatures make time melt like an ice cube in a desert! Dogs are just unbelievably amazing!

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Ingrid says June 27, 2018

Thank you for a great website on the Maltipoo breed. Just wanted to comment that our Maltipoo hardly barks at all. Moreover, we have gradually trained her to stay on her own for up to six hours. Otherwise, I recognize the traits you describe. Especially the playfulness and social nature of these dogs.

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