Cute and cuddly in his virtually hypoallergenic coat, the Maltipoo is a “designer” (hybrid) cross between two purebreds, the Maltese and the poodle. Because either a toy or miniature poodle is acceptable for this crossing, individuals within the same litter often vary significantly in size. Mature Maltipoos may range in heights from 8 to 14 inches tall and weigh between 5 and 20 pounds.
When Size Matters
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Because a significant difference in toy and miniature poodle heights is possible, you can expect the unexpected in hybrid cross offspring depending upon the size of the poodle. The AKC breed standard calls for a maximum height of 10 inches for the toy poodle, and allows heights up to 15 inches for miniature poodles. Mature Maltese dogs only grow to between 8 and 10 inches tall. The smaller the poodle in the mix, the smaller the hybrid puppies are likely to be.
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