Country of OriginUnited States
Nicknames and Other NamesMalti-Doodle, Malt-A-Poo, Moodle,
Maltese-Poodle, Multa-Poo
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeCrossbreed
GroupDesigner, Toy, Companion
Bred ForCompanion for family
Life Span10-15 Years
Ideal Weight5-15 Pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height8-14 Inches (male and female)
Fur TypeMedium to long, soft, dense, curly
Common ColorsCream, Gray, Brown, Fawn,
Peach and Black, White
AvailabilityWidely Available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToMaltese
Miniatre Poodle

Maltipoo is a hybrid that is the result of mixing Maltese and the Poodle. It is also known by many names like MaltiPoodle, Moodle, Multapoo, Maltese-Poodle, and Malti Poo.

It has an adorable small size that is best as a lapdog. It is best for a family companion as it is a friendly, loving, and playful dog. Maltipoo is best suited for a loving family and is suited in an apartment too.

Maltipoo appearance is mixed one that it got from both of its parents. The majority of the looks goes to the dominant parent. Their eyes might be either almond-shaped or round and the ears are feathery that falls down on the cheek. The coat is thick and curly that needs regular grooming but shades in minimal.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Maltipoo is mixed with both of its parents. It gets the fearless, gentle, loving nature of the Maltese and elegant, proud, clever nature of the Poodle. It makes an excellent pet at home with family members of all ages.

Behavior: The Maltipoo thrives on the love and attention of its people. So, if they are not showered with all the love and interaction that they need, they will become depressed and anxious.

Therefore, provide them with all the love ad attention. You also will not be able to ignore their adorable looking face.

Maltipoo playing
Maltipoo playing with a ball.
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Personality: The personality of the Maltipoo is devoted, friendly, and active. They are great with visitors at home if introduced properly. It is also an alert dog that will sound an alarm if it senses any unusual activities going on the area. However, it does not make a great guard dog.

Is Maltipoo Child-Friendly?

Yes, Maltipoo is a child-friendly dog that gets along with children very well. They are loving and playful with kids who also enjoy their company.

Although small kids might sometime play rough by pinching and pulling, so it is necessary to supervise their interaction. Plus, Maltipoo is small and kids might knock over them and hurt them accidentally.

A girl and Maltipoo
A girl and Maltipoo.
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Training Maltipoo is not a hard job to do as they are smart and eager to please. They need a leader who can train them with consistency and firmness.

Use positive methods of training where you reward them with treats and lots of vocal praises. This will keep them motivated and focused on the training. Never treat them harshly and always be gentle towards them.


  • Maltipoo is a designer breed that is not yet recognized by any major Kennel Club including American Kennel Club.
  • It is believed to be created in the United States.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesCataracts, Lens Luxation, Glaucoma,
Hip Dysplasia, Allergy
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus, Canine Distemper,
Kennel Cough, Canine Parvovirus,
Canine Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingMinimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialLow
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergies
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 18%
Fat: 8%
Milk Thistle

The Maltipoo can inherit some of the canine health problems from its parents.

  • Elbow Dysplasia: When the elbow of your dog is dislocated from its original place, it is called elbow dysplasia. It causes pain which makes moving from one place to another hard for your dog. So, consult a vet and start the treatment as soon as possible.
  • Allergies: It is caused when your dog comes in the contact with things that its body cannot adopt. For example; some foods, dust, smoke that is not suitable for your dog. It causes rashes, itchiness on the body and some food can also harm the inner part of the body. So, know what stuff is causing allergy to your dog and consult a vet for the treatment.


Maltipoo puppy running
Maltipoo puppy running.
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Cost: The average cost of the Maltipoo is between $500-$700 USD.


Height: The average height of the Maltipoo is between 8-12 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Maltipoo is between 5-20 pounds.

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