While cute and cuddly, your Maltipoo can be registered only with certain canine registries. Maltipoos are a Maltese and poodle hybrid, which makes them ineligible for registry in organizations such as the American Kennel Club. Your furry friend may qualify for designer dog or hybrid registries.
Designer registries are newer than organizations such as the AKC. The proliferation of these registries has prevented breed standards from developing. The International Designer Canine Registry welcomes all designer pooches, including your Maltipoo. Your Maltipoo also can be registered with other organizations, including the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Designer Breed Registry and the Dog Registry of America. None of these qualify your Maltipoo to compete in AKC shows.
Elizabeth Muirhead is a practicing veterinarian with an undergraduate degree in biological sciences. She has real-world experience with the husbandry, grooming, training and feeding a variety of household pets.