If you’re looking for a new dog, it can be a little overwhelming when there are so many different breeds and crosses to choose from. You might well be tempted to opt for the first dog you fall in love with, but this can be potentially problematic for you, you family and for your new companion. Most dogs, especially pups, are easy to fall in love with yet a pup’s size, appearance and temperament can change wildly as they mature. While the nature vs nurture debate rages on, it’s naive not to expect a dog’s heritage to play a part in its temperament, attitude and skill set regardless of how the animal is raised.
As such, it’s always prudent to learn a little about the typical characteristics of any given breed whether thoroughbred or a cross, ensuring that they are a good fit for your own temperament, your home, your family and your lifestyle. If, however, you’re looking for a versatile pet that can make any house a home while having an utterly heartbreakingly adorable appearance… Look no further than the Maltipoo.
What is a Maltipoo?
A Maltipoo is a Maltese terrier cross bred with a Poodle. The result is a delightful little ball of fluff that will melt even the stoniest heart among your family, friends and visitors. Indeed, they’re widely regarded as the “cutest dog ever”. Cuteness, however, can be misleading and there are some breeds like the West Highland Terrier in which a cute appearance can belie a potentially aggressive personality. While the Maltipoo is generally a good and loyal friend, they are also a consummate terrier. They tend to live around 12 years and have an average weight of 10lbs.
The Maltipoo behaves like any other terrier, meaning that they are active and excitable yet they tend to lack the sense of attitude that’s present in other breeds of terrier. They are friendly, good natured and loving… Not to mention playful. They love nothing more than to play with humans and you are likely to run out of steam long before they do, so a Maltipoo should only reside in a patient and giving household. That said, if you’re prone to the blues a Maltipoo never fails to provide a pick-me-up. While they’re great with kids, advise against letting your kids pick up and handle a Maltipoo as they are delicate beasts.
Maltipoos are intelligent and easy to train. Their diminutive size, even a maltipoo full grown rarely exceeds 10-12 lbs, makes them great for people with limited living space like apartment dwellers. That said, they require a lot of exercise and attention and are not well disposed to being left alone for long periods of time. Maltipoos are often bursting with energy and need to be exercised regularly.
Like most crossbreeds, the Maltipoo’s crossbreed frees it from the inherent health problems that plague its forebears on both sides. While they may be small and delicate they are genetically hardy and tend to lead long, healthy and happy lives.