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In fact, this is not a dog breed per se, the Maltipu is a popular cross between Maltese and Poodles, known for their cheerful and affectionate nature. Active and charming, they will fit into any home: an apartment or house, a family with children or single elderly people.

Maltipu are very affectionate and will be an excellent choice for aspiring parents. However, they are very sensitive and do not like being left alone for a long time. As companion dogs, they crave the company of their people and can develop separation anxiety when not receiving the attention they deserve. But if you can create a loving home that meets the needs of this mix, you will have a loving family member who can organize many cuddling sessions.

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Maltipu is a popular cross between a Maltese cat and one or a miniature poodle. Like their parent breeds, the Maltipu are affectionate and gentle. They are super companions for empty nests and are excellent therapy dogs.

Crossbreeds such as the Maltipu are often referred to as designer dogs rather than mixed breeds because they are specially bred and are a combination of two known breeds.

Since both poodles and Maltese are not considered shedders, people who breed Maltipa are hoping to get a hypoallergenic dog. However, if you are allergic, it is important to learn a little about pet allergies before running for Maltipoo.

All dogs produce dandruff (flakes of dead skin) and saliva, which carry allergens. And over time, allergies can develop. You may not react to your dog when you first see it, but you may develop allergies after living with it for several days, weeks, or even months. Spend a lot of time with different Maltipoos to see how you react.

If you decide that the Maltipu is right for you, you will find it to be an active, energetic and cheerful dog. He enjoys life, and his ideal day includes playing dog games, going for walks, and horse racing throughout the house.


Maltipu can be a good choice for beginners or timid owners. They are easy to train and quick to learn. They also thrive in homes where there are elderly people or older children who can handle them with care. They enjoy long hugs and are sensitive to the wants and needs of their people.

Maltipa can be adapted to any home, from apartment to house. No matter what dwelling they live in, they love to be with their people and should live indoors with their human families, not outdoors or in nurseries. They are not recommended for use in homes where they will be left alone for a long time.

Maltipoos can be a barker and will alert you to everything that happens. You may have to work hard to teach them to distinguish between what to bark at and what not.

Maltipu are funny, funny dogs who have stolen many hearts. For those who appreciate their pleasant appeal and can provide them with the companionship they need, they can make the perfect pet.


  • Maltipu is a cross between a Maltese cat and a toy or miniature poodle.
  • Maltipu are active and energetic. They need daily exercise - a good walk, fidgeting in the yard, or playing looking for things will help.
  • Barking can be a favorite pastime for the Maltipu. They make great barking watchdogs to alert you to any suspicions, but they may not be the best choice for people who are sensitive to noise or those who live in noise-restricted homes.
  • Maltipu spills little. They are considered beneficial for allergy sufferers, but keep in mind that there is no real hypoallergenic dog. All dogs secrete dandruff and saliva, which carry allergens. The best way to find out if maltipa is causing you allergies is to spend a lot of time with it.
  • The Maltipa should be brushed daily and bathed monthly to keep the coat clean and tangle-free. It is also recommended to trim your coat.
  • Loving and gentle, Maltipu gets along with children. But since small maltipas can be easily injured, they are only recommended for families with children over the age of six who know how to handle dogs.
  • Maltipu are intelligent and easy to train.
  • Maltipu usually gets along with other dogs and pets.
  • Maltipa can be used both in apartments and houses. They have a high energy level in the room.
  • Maltipu are companion dogs and can suffer from separation anxiety if they are often left alone for long periods of time.
  • To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy factory or pet store.


Maltipu was created to be a small breed companion dog for allergy sufferers. Whether or not it is hypoallergenic remains a matter of controversy; Each dog is different in the amount of allergens it produces, but either way it's a charming lump of fluff that's growing in popularity.

The Maltipu are loved by celebrities and are among the most popular of the so-called designer breeds. Most litters are the result of first generation mating Maltese dogs and Poodles, but some people breed Maltipa and Maltipa as well.

The Maltipu is not officially recognized as a true breed, but fans have formed the North American Maltepu / Maltepu Club and roster.

The size

Maltipu varies in size depending on whether the parent of the poodle was toy or miniature. Usually maltipu have a height of 20 to 35 centimeters and a weight of 2 to 9 kilograms.



It is an intelligent, affectionate, cheerful dog that usually gets along well with everyone it meets. Gentle and loyal Maltipu love to spend their days sitting on the lap of the owner or walking next to him. They can also be active and assertive and enjoy a good game as well as a long hug. They are vigilant and make great alarm clocks, but don't expect them to provide any protection.

Like all dogs, the Maltipu at a young age requires early socialization - getting to know a lot of different people, looks, sounds and impressions. Socialization helps make your Maltipu puppy grow up as a versatile dog.


Not all maltipu will contract any of these diseases, but it is important to be aware of them if you are considering this hybrid.

  • White Shaker Syndrome is manifested by whole body tremors, lack of coordination, and rapid eye movements. The episodes usually begin when the dog is six months to three years old, under stress or overly agitated. It is not a painful condition and does not affect the dog's personality. If you suspect your maltipu has white dog shaker syndrome, talk to your veterinarian about treatment options.
  • Epilepsy causes seizures in a dog. Epilepsy can be treated with medication, but it cannot be cured. A dog can live a full and healthy life with the right treatment for this condition, which may be hereditary or have an unknown cause.
  • Patellar dislocation, also known as "knee slippage", is a common problem in small dogs. It is caused by improper placement of the patella, which has three parts: the femur (femur), the patella (patella), and the tibia (shin). This causes a limp in the leg or an abnormal gait, something like jumping or jumping. It is a condition that is present at birth, although the actual displacement or dislocation does not always occur much later. Friction caused by a dislocated patella can lead to arthritis, a degenerative joint disease. There are four grades of patellar dislocation, ranging from grade I, an accidental dislocation causing temporary lameness in the joint, to grade IV, in which tibial rotation is severe and the patella cannot be manually aligned. This gives the dog a bow-legged appearance.
  • A portosystemic shunt (PSS) is an abnormal blood flow between the liver and the body. This is a problem because the liver is responsible for detoxifying the body, metabolizing nutrients, and eliminating drugs. Signs may include, but are not limited to, neurobehavioral disorders such as poor balance, lack of appetite, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), recurrent gastrointestinal problems, loss of appetite, urinary tract problems, drug intolerance, and growth retardation. Symptoms usually appear before the age of two. Long-term treatment can be helped by corrective surgery as well as a special diet.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a degenerative eye disease that ultimately leads to blindness from the loss of photoreceptors in the back of the eye. PRA is found years before a dog shows any signs of blindness. Fortunately, dogs can use their other senses to compensate for blindness, and a blind dog can live a full and happy life. Just don't make it a habit to move furniture around. Respected breeders annually undergo eye certification of their dogs by a veterinary ophthalmologist and do not breed dogs with this disease.
  • Legg-Calvet-Perthes disease affects many toy breeds. When your Maltipoo has Legg Perthes, the blood supply to the femoral head (the large bone in the hind leg) decreases and the femoral head, which connects to the pelvis, begins to decay. Usually, the first signs of Legg-Perthes disease - lameness and muscle atrophy of the legs - appear between the ages of 4 and 6 months. The condition can be corrected with surgery to cut off the affected femur so that it no longer attaches to the pelvis. The scar tissue from the surgery creates a pseudarthrosis, and the puppy usually has no pain. The prognosis after surgery is generally very good, and many dogs only have mild lameness, especially when the weather changes.
  • Before purchasing a maltipu, it is important to examine the health issues that affect both Maltese and Poodles. Both parents must have approval from the Animal Orthopedic Foundation for the patella (knee) and thyroid gland and the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) confirming that the eyes are normal, including a DNA test for progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

Because some health problems do not appear until the dog reaches full maturity, health permits are not issued to dogs younger than 2 years old. Look for a breeder who doesn't breed their dogs until they are two or three years old.


Maltipu are people who love people and should live with their family indoors, not outdoors or in a nursery. They make excellent house dogs if they exercise daily and are not allowed to become annoying barking.

Maltipu is an intelligent dog that lends itself well to training. Use positive reinforcement techniques such as food rewards, play, and praise, and you will quickly find success.

Maltipu are active and need daily exercise to stay healthy, happy and out of trouble. Excessive energy can lead to destructive behavior, and you may be shocked to learn how much damage a small bored dog can do. Give your Maltipoo 10-15 minutes of exercise every day. A short walk, game sessions in a fenced yard, or a good game to bring down the hallway will do the trick.

Maltipu can be noisy and warn by barking when they see something or someone that looks suspicious. Please take this into account before purchasing a Maltipoo, especially if you live in a noise-restricted building.



Recommended daily intake: 5/8 to 1.5 glasses of high quality dog ​​food per day, divided into two meals.

How much your adult dog eats depends on its size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. Dogs are as individual as humans, and not all of them need the same amount of food. It goes without saying that a very active dog will need more than a house dog. The quality of the dog food you buy also matters - the better the dog food, the further it will feed your dog and the less you will need to pour into the dog's bowl.

Keep the Maltipa in good shape by measuring its food and feeding it twice a day, rather than leaving it on all the time. If you are not sure if he is overweight, check his eyesight and practice. Look down at it first. You should be able to see your waist. Then place your hands on his back, thumbs along the spine, fingers spread down. You should be able to feel but not see his ribs without pressing hard. If you can't, he needs less food and more exercise.

For more information on feeding the maltipu, see our recommendations for buying the right food, feeding your puppy and adult dog.

Coat color and care

Maltipoo has a low shedding, low dandruff coat with fluffy, soft, wool-like textures. Medium to long, slightly wavy to curly. The coat comes in a variety of colors, most often cream, white and silver.

The Maltipa needs to be brushed daily to keep its coat clean and without rugs. Many maltipu are trimmed to keep them clean and cool. Typically, a Maltipu only needs to be trimmed once or twice a year, but its head will need to be trimmed monthly.

Expect to swim in Maltipoo at least once a month to keep your coat soft and clean. Trim your hair around your eyes for a neat look. Ears should also be kept clean as they will pick up dirt, debris and moisture.

Other grooming needs include oral hygiene and nail care. Brush your Maltipoo teeth at least two to three times a week to remove plaque and bacteria. Better every day. Trim his nails once or twice a month, if necessary. If you hear a nail banging on the floor, it is too long. Short nails keep your feet in good condition and won't scratch them when Maltipoo jumps up to greet you.

Start grooming the Maltipu when he becomes a puppy so that he gets used to it. Often take his paws - dogs are touchy about their paws - and look inside his mouth and ears. Make self-care a positive experience filled with praise and rewards, and you'll lay the foundation for light veterinary checkups and other procedures as he grows up.

Children and other pets

Maltipu is a social dog and gets along well with children. Small maltipu are not suitable for homes with children under 6 years of age, as they can be easily injured.

As with any dog, always teach children to approach and touch your Maltipoo, and watch for any interaction between dogs and young children to prevent biting or ear pulling on either side.

Maltipu usually gets along with other dogs and pets, whether they grew up with them or not.

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