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Maltipoos are a very lovable designer dog breed. Also known as Moodle, they are actually not a breed of their own, but a cross between a Poodle and a Maltese. Because they have a bit of a poodle, they are considered really intelligent dogs.
Maltipoos’ popularity has grown exponentially when pop icon Jessica Simpson and her ex-husband, who had a Maltipoo, starred on a reality show about their marriage about 15 years ago.
The maltipoo on the show was super cute and sweet and made women all over America want one. The demand was so high that breeders struggled to breed the dogs.
Currently, they are among the most sought-after dogs in the world. If you’re interested in purchasing one, read on for a detailed guide on everything you need to know about Maltipoos.
History of the Maltipoo
Although Maltipoos first appeared in the early 1990s, the purpose of breeding the Maltipoo is not clearly established.
Some enthusiasts have argued that it was about bringing together the coveted traits of the Maltese and miniature poodles. Others have claimed that they were bred for people who are prone to dog allergies.
The latter is a very compelling case considering that both the Poodle and Maltese are hypoallergenic breeds, shedding very little, and lacking the smell common to dogs that some people dislike.
When we talk about the history of this dog, it is only right that we begin with the story of its parents, the poodle and the Maltese.
It is believed that the Maltese dog originated in the regions of Italy and on the small island of Malta. The Maltese were greatly revered by kings and their popularity gradually increased.
The origins of the poodle go back to 15th century France. They were so popular at the time that they became the national breed of the country. Over the next three centuries, these curly dogs became increasingly popular across Europe. This led to the poodle being downsized to what is now the miniature poodle.
Maltipoos physical appearance
Even as an adult, the Maltipoo is still a relatively small dog. They reach an average height of 11 inches and weigh around 5 to 18 pounds.
The color of their fur will vary depending on the poodle parent. They come in a wide variety of colors, with the fur rarely being too dark. However, this is due to the Maltese who have completely white fur.
The texture of the fur also varies with different maltipoos with different types of fur. Some have silky and soft fur, while others have curly and thick fur.
Your personality and temperament
Maltipoos are playful and friendly dogs. They love to hang out with their people and are faithful to a mistake. They are more than happy to stay by your side while relaxing on the couch.
One of the most alluring traits of the Maltipoo is that it inherited the Maltese’s loving nature and the poodle’s intelligence.
The result is a smart and cute dog that you will love to have in your home. However, they tend to warn their owners of the presence of strangers with their barking, which can create friction between you and your neighbors.
But don’t trust it to serve as a guard dog as a lot of them make friends with people pretty quickly. That’s because the parent breeds have great characters and personalities when it comes to temperament. You are charming and very easy to love. They get along with other pets and animals too if they are social enough at a young age.
What You Should Know About Maltipoo Health
When you get a dog, add a new member to your family. Hence, it is only natural that you would want to learn about health issues and overall lifespan.
The downside is that dogs live a much shorter life than humans. So all we can do is try to make sure they have happy lives. The positive side is that smaller dogs tend to live longer. The Maltipoo has a life expectancy of 12 to 13 years. However, this will be determined by the dog’s exercise routine and diet.
Just as humans can inherit a particular disease, dogs can also develop a genetic health problem. Avoid breeders who cannot offer a puppy health guarantee or who say their mixed breeds are 100 percent healthy.
Aside from the health problems that Maltipoos may have themselves, they may also be prone to the health problems that both the Poodle and Maltese have. However, there is a chance that both parents’ genetic traits may reduce their chances of developing genetic health conditions.
One of the Maltipoo’s health problems is White Shaker Syndrome, which is specific to Maltese and other white coated dogs. Progressive retinal atrophy, which gradually damages the retina, is another condition to consider. Patellar dislocation can also develop, which moves the kneecap out of its normal position.
Maintenance and care of the Maltipoo
As highlighted above, the Maltipoo is a hypoallergenic dog that sheds very little fur. The fur can grow up to 12 cm long and become quite curly. You must therefore maintain it regularly so that it does not get tangled.
You should also make sure that the ears are clean. You can do this by using a pet ear cleaning solution. Try to brush your dog’s teeth regularly as small dogs are prone to periodontal disease.
Get a Maltipoo today
Maltipoos are charming, loving, and their active nature would make an excellent choice for a new pet parent or someone with a young family. The puppies have a wide range of looks and personality traits. Their fur varies in color and texture, and they have high levels of playfulness, camaraderie, and intelligence.
If you need a one-line summary of Maltipoos, it’s here – get one today. Just make sure you are doing this from a breeder who is doing their best to match you with the right puppy and has all of the health certificates required for that dog.