Characteristics of a Maltipoo

by Jodi Thornton O'Connell Google
    Maltipoos exhibit characteristics of Maltese and poodle parents.

    Maltipoos exhibit characteristics of Maltese and poodle parents.

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    A favorite designer dog breed among allergy sufferers, the Maltipoo is a first-generation hybrid between a Maltese and a miniature poodle or toy poodle. Exhibiting the intelligence and soft coat of the parent breeds, the Maltipoo can make an ideal family pet or one-on-one companion for anyone looking for an indoor pet.

    Hair

    Maltipoos are low-shedding dogs, making their Maltipoo puppies ideal dogs for cuddling on your lap. Maltipoos work well for some allergy sufferers but saliva and skin cells known as dander can cause reactions in some people.

    Build

    Depending on whether your Maltipoo's parent was a miniature or a toy poodle, he will range in height from 8 to 14 inches at the shoulder, fully grown, and will weigh between 5 to 20 pounds, generally speaking.

    Behavior

    Maltipoos are gentle-natured, highly intelligent and easily trained, making them good choices for first-time dog owners. Their alert nature will inspire them to bark frequently, so they may not be the best choice if you are noise-sensitive.

    Energy Level

    Maltipoos are high-energy dogs who require daily exercise such as a long walk or a round of chasing a ball. A maltipoo will let you know when he needs more exercise by getting into mischief around the home or barking excessively.

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    About the Author

    Jodi Thornton O'Connell has been an outdoorswoman for more than 45 years. She shares her love of adventure in columns for "Out-and-About Magazine," "Adam’s Rib," "Senior Christian Lifestyles," "Creede Magazine" and various websites.

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