Often called “the cutest dog ever”, the Maltipoo is an affectionate designer dog. A mix of a Poodle and a Maltese, he is friendly and outgoing, believing that everyone he meets is his best friend. People can’t resist his soft coat and spunky attitude. A Maltipoo is a gorgeous dog for anyone who wants a fun and friendly companion. And, he’s great for those living in an apartment or a condo. Hi, Welcome to Animal Facts, today we look at the delightful, designer dog, the Maltipoo. Let’s get started. But before we start, take a moment to like and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts.
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10. Originating in the US, the Maltipoo was created to be a small and affectionate companion dog. He was bred to be a wonderful pet that would fit into any family’s lifestyle. The plan was to develop a dog that was hypoallergenic, low shedding and highly trainable. The original breeders hit their mark. Clever, playful, and affectionate, Maltipoos retain their puppy-like looks and behavior well into their teen years.
As a hybrid breed, his name is not quite standardized yet, although most call him Maltipoo. Malt-A-Poo is the 2nd most common name for this dog. This is used by the American Canine Hybrid Club and also by the Designer Breed Registry. The names of Moodle, Maltese-Poodle, Malt-oodles and MaltiPoodle have all but disappeared and are not used by the majority of breeders, who are striving for a more standardized name.
9. He’s a people pleaser and the Maltipoo tends to enjoy going for walks and playing with balls and toys, both indoors and out. If you train a Maltipoo with positive reinforcement techniques, showing him what you like by rewarding him with praise, play, and treats, he’s likely to learn quickly and will enjoy showing off the tricks he knows. He also tends to be easy to potty train.
8. The combination of a purebred Maltese and Poodle has brought about a wonderful generation of non-shedding and hypoallergenic dogs. However, this does not mean that dog lovers with severe allergies should run out and buy one. All it means is that those who suffer from allergies may not react as badly to him as to others dogs. Allergy sufferers should spend time with a Maltipoo dog before adopting.
7. The Maltipoo is a delightful looking little dog. His head is nicely proportioned with the rest of his body. He has dark, round eyes and short muzzle nicely finished off with a dark nose and dark colored, tight lips. His ears are set high and wide apart, falling forwards when alert or excited, but hanging down to the side when he is relaxed.
6. Maltipoos can have the tight curly coat of the poodle or the long, wavy coat of the Maltese or anything in between. They can come in a variety of colors, some examples are black, blue, gray, red and silver, but white and apricot remain among the most popular.
5. Why would someone choose a designer dog over a purebred dog? First, crossbreeding tends to produce a middle-of-the-road temperament that often fits better into the average household than the more “extreme” temperaments of many purebred dogs. Next, crossbreeds (assuming those breeds are not similar to each other) tend to be at lower risk of genetic disease than purebreds., since they don’t inherit two copies of defective genes from their parents. This is especially true of first generation designer dog that is purposely bred rather than randomly mixed.
4. A Maltipoo has an average lifespan of 12 years so don’t worry about being outlived by your pet. With a proper care and careful maintenance of the dog’s health, you can expect your pet’s lifespan to extend to 14 to 16 years.
3. Unlike pure breeds, the Maltipoo has no proper weight range. Nevertheless, the unofficial weight range is 5 to 20 pounds though there are some dogs that are an exception to the rule.
2. Maltipoos are fond of doing exercise, playing and walking outdoors. However, your pet is mostly an indoor pet and it may not tolerate being outside for extended periods of time. Since it is not a large dog, you need to keep an eye on him when going outside.
1. The Maltipoo is best suited to families where the children are slightly older because he can be a little snappy around younger children that might play a little too roughly with him. If well socialized from a young enough age, the Maltipoo generally gets along with other dogs and with the family cat. However, they would not think twice about chasing off any other cats they come across.
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