For over four years, I have been the lucky pet parent to a 17-pound Maltipoo.
Maltipoos (Maltese Poodles) make a great family pet because they are small, have great personalities, and are hypoallergenic. They are often recommended for first-time and novice pet parents because of their easy-going personalities. And they are considered good pets for apartment dwellers because they don't require large spaces.
Maltipoos, also called moodles, are a mixed breed; part poodle and part Maltese terrier. These designer dogs are a relatively new breed.
Maltese terriers are small dogs, usually weighing around 8 pounds. Because of their small size, they generally mate with Toy or Miniature poodles. Their offspring, the Maltipoo, is usually between 8 and 14 inches tall, and they typically weigh between 5 to 20 pounds.
These are some things you need to know before adopting a cute and fluffy Maltipoo. I'll start with the pros before covering the cons.
The Maltipoo has accumulated a range of nicknames, and you may have heard this dog referred to as a Malti-Doodle, Malt-A-Doodle, Maltidoodle, Maltedoodle, Malt-oodle, Malt-A-Poo, Malta-Poo, Malta Poo, Malti-Poodle, Malte-Poo, Maltepoo, Maltesepoo, Maltese-Poodle, Maltesedoodle, or even the Moodle!
Pros of Owning a Maltese Poodle
Gentle Temperament (But May Not Be Great With Young Children)
A Maltipoo can be a great family pet because of the breed's temperament. This doesn't mean they will play well with young children. My youngest child was nine when we got our dog, so we didn't have any issues with our kids. However, he didn't respond well to younger kids who came to visit because their exuberance frightened him. He is terrified of small children because they have hit him with toys or placed their hands on his face. Because he is so fearful, we must keep a close eye on him when younger children come to visit to ensure they don't hurt him and ensure he doesn't bite to protect himself. Their gentle and sensitive personalities can be both a pro and a con.
If you hate the idea of dog hair on couches and beds, a Maltipoo may be a good option to consider. My dog does not shed at all.
Because Maltipoos don't shed hair, they can be a good option if anyone in your household suffers from allergies. However, even though they are considered to be hypoallergenic dogs, they may still shed skin cells, which can cause an allergic reaction in some people. No dog is completely hypoallergenic.
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Cons of Owning a Maltese Poodle
One of the biggest disadvantages of owning a Maltipoo is that they have thick coats. My dog's eyes disappear when his hair grows over them. Taking care of his fur used to be a big challenge despite using hair care products like detanglers and The Stuff. Dealing with matting in his fur was like playing a game of whack-a-mole. Despite our best efforts, new mats continually appeared. Even worse, he hated being brushed, and removing matting can be painful, even with the right tools.
Matting in your pet's hair isn't just unsightly. It affects blood circulation and can trap moisture. This can lead to irritation and sores on your dog's skin. Mats can also be used as a hiding place by parasites like fleas and ticks. It's crucial to your dog's health to prevent mats.
Eventually, we gave up on trying to take care of our dog's thick coat, and we now have him groomed every three to four months. We get his hair cut very short to limit the number of mats that develop between appointments. We pay $80 for grooming. If you think dealing with a thick Maltipoo coat will be too overwhelming, consider the cost of grooming before bringing one into your home.
Another issue to consider is that Maltipoos experience discharge from their eyes. With my Maltipoo, that leads to crusty buildup that gets stuck in his fur at the corner of his eyes.
I remove this crusty gunk using a washcloth and warm water. When the water softens it, I pull it out of his fur. I do this about twice a week or when I give him a bath. However, in some Maltipoos, this discharge can stain their fur and look like reddish-colored tear stains running down the sides of their faces. Luckily this doesn't happen with my dog. The staining is limited to the fur right at the corner of his eyes and isn't very noticeable. However, when he was a puppy, it was very obvious.
Your Puppy May Change Colors
When I got my dog at twelve weeks old, he was mostly dark grey. However, as he grew, his fur turned light grey and white. He looks white from a distance but up close the grey in his fur is very noticeable. Be prepared for the possibility that your Maltipoo will look very different as he or she ages because color fading is very common in this breed.
Maltipoos have a more sensitive temperament, which may make them sensitive to environmental changes. This can make them prone to separation anxiety. This is something to consider if you take lots of trips.
We boarded our dog once for a week when he was a puppy, and he did fine. However, when we left him at a pet hotel a year later, he was so traumatized, that a friend had to go pick him up. When we go on trips now, we have to leave him with someone he knows.
Maltipoos are highly affectionate and would make a great choice for a novice pet parent. However, they’re highly sensitive and do not like being left alone for long periods of the day.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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