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Maltipoo breed spotlight
Breed Spotlights


by MetLife Pet Insurance
6 years ago

Life Expectancy: 10 – 13 years
Dog Breed Group: Hybrid Dogs
Weight: 5 – 20 lbs.
Height: 8 – 13 inches

Where Does the Maltipoo Rank?

See where this beloved breed ranks in comparison to other breeds in 7 key categories.


9 out of 10 rankingMaltipoos are generally responsive to training using positive reinforcement.

Shedding Friendliness

10 out of 10 rankingThe Maltipoo is a hypoallergenic dog which does not shed.

Ease of Grooming

8 out of 10 rankingYour Maltipoo must be brushed daily to keep a clean, healthy coat. Most Maltipoos need to be trimmed to keep cool.


9 out of 10 rankingThis breed seems to be healthy. The Maltipoo mainly struggles with joint pain, shakes, and seizures but all of these conditions are manageable.

Exercise Needs

The Maltipoo needs moderate exercise to remain healthy. She is perfectly content following you around completing your chores, going for a walk and/or running errands.

Good with Children

9 out of 10 rankingThe Maltipoo is an extremely social dog and is very good with children. They can be easily injured so it is crucial to teach your child and your dog to interact properly.

Barking Restraint

2 out of 10 rankingExcessive barking can be a problem for this breed, as such, you may want to teach them when to and when not to bark.


What You Need to Know About Maltipoo Dogs


The Maltipoo is a hybrid cross between a Maltese and a Poodle. The Maltipoo is affectionate and gentle. They are known to be excellent family and therapy dogs due to their loving personality. The Maltipoo is also extremely active and enjoys life. They appreciate going for a walk and playing games to remain active.

Maltipoos are a good choice for first-time pet parents. Maltipoos are extremely affectionate, cuddly dogs and enjoy pleasing their pet parent. They are able to adapt to any living condition whether an apartment or a home in the country. They are not recommended for those who are away from the home for long periods of time. They develop separation anxiety fairly quickly as they form an extremely close bond with their pet parent.


Maltipoos are extremely easy to train and they learn quickly.


The Maltipoo is a cross between a Poodle and a Maltese which are both non-shedding, hypoallergenic dog breeds. This makes the Maltipoo a hypoallergenic, non-shedding breed as well.

Health Problems

White Shaker Syndrome – White Shaker Syndrome causes tremors throughout the entire body. White Shaker Syndrome also results in the lack of coordination and is most often experienced when the dog is six months to three years of age.

Epilepsy – Epilepsy causes seizures in Maltipoos but can be managed with medication.

Patellar Luxation – This is a health condition often found in small dogs. This is caused by the femur, patella, and tibia not being aligned properly.

Portosystemic Shunt (PSS) – PSS is the abnormal blood flow between the liver and the body. Symptoms of PSS include lack of appetite, poor balance, incoordination, urinary tract problems and stunted growth.

Legg Calve Perthes Disease – This is a disease that is common in small breed dogs. The condition consists of the degeneration of the femur bone and it results in bone and joint inflammation.

Top 10 Most Common Health Issues for Maltipoos

  1. White Shaker Syndrome
  2. Epilepsy
  3. Patellar Luxation
  4. Portosystemic Shunt (PSS)
  5. Legg Calve Perthes Disease
  6. Retinal Atrophy – proggressive vision loss and blindness
  7. Tiny Mouth Syndrome – no room for proper teeth development
  8. Colitis – inflammation of the inner lining of the colon
  9. Collapsing Trachea – weak windpipe
  10. Hypoglycemia – low blood sugar

Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

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