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Maltese vs Maltipoo

Updated on June 21, 2014

Maltese and Maltipoos

Black and tan puppies are Maltipoo's and the white puppy is a Maltese dog.
Black and tan puppies are Maltipoo's and the white puppy is a Maltese dog. | Source
Maltipoo Puppy
Maltipoo Puppy | Source

Maltese Breed

Let's start with the Maltese breed. Maltese dogs are purebred dogs unlike Maltipoos. They don't shed and are hypoallergenic. Their hair is white, straight and grows all the way to the floor. If you want to keep a Maltese hair long it will be need to be brushed daily. There is also the option of keeping the Maltese's hair short which does not require daily brushing. Since Maltese have white hair their hair may need to be washed more often than a Maltipoo's. They are excellent companion dogs for a family with or without kids and Maltese generally get along well with most all other pets. Maltese love to show affection and are fairly easy to train. Maltese dogs are not very noisy. They do enjoy going on short walks and would do fine without a walk as well. Maltese are usually smaller than the Maltipoo's with the Maltese dog weighing anywhere between 5-9 lbs as an adult. Maltese have floppy ears which means if their ears are not kept clean moisture can build up inside the ear canal and cause ear infections. Another Health issue that is more common in Maltese is their knees. The medical term is Luxating Patella and this may be caused from jumping off of furniture onto hard surfaces or from being dropped. Maltese are generally a healthy breed with very few common genetic disorders; they are one of the healthiest breeds.

Maltese vs Maltipoo Chart

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Both Breeds  
White Hair and sometimes Lemon Markings
Variety of Hair colors or Particolors
Straight or Slightly Wavy hair
Curly or Wavy Hair
Good with Kids
5-9 lbs
Energy Level 5 to 6
Energy Level 5 to 7
Grooming Needs - High
Grooming Needs - Medium High
Weekly Walks
Walks 3 to 4 times a week
High level of Intelligence
Cheerful and Friendly
Non Shedding
Both Maltese and Multipoo's are good with kids, have a high level of intelligence, cheerful, friendly and they don't shed!

Maltipoo Designer Breed

Maltipoo's are actually a mixed breed, sometimes referred to as a designer breed. They are part Poodle and part Maltese. Poodles range in many colors so you can find Maltepoo puppies and dogs in a variety of colors such as gray, brown, black, tan, white, apricot, and parti-colors (mixed colors). One of my favorite colors is the teddy bear brown color. Multipoo's have more curly or wavy hair which means they can be lower maintenance when it comes to grooming. They are like Maltese and do not shed either. Maltipoo's have floppy ears which means if their ears are not kept clean moisture can build up inside the ear canal and cause ear infections. Another Health issue that is more common in Maltipoo's is their knees. The medical term for this is Luxating Patella and it may be caused from jumping off of furniture onto hard surfaces or from being dropped. Maltipoos get along well with children and they are very playful and cute. Maltipoo's may bark more than the Maltese just because they are part Poodle; poodles normally bark more than the Maltese breed. Poodles also love to exercise. Therefore a Maltapoo that takes after a Poodle may require more outdoor time than a Maltese to help prevent pent up energy which can cause more barking. Toy Poodles normally weigh about 6-12 lbs and Maltese weigh about 5-9 lbs so a Maltipoo may weigh anywhere between 6-12 lbs as an adult. Maltipoo's are generally a healthier dog than either the Poodle or Maltese breeds because of the effect known as hybrid vigor. Maltipoo's might be somewhat smarter than a Maltese if they take after the Poodle. Poodles are exceptionally smart. Maltipoo's are good at learning new tricks. They are wonderful people pleasers.

Cute Maltese Puppy
Cute Maltese Puppy | Source

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    • grand old lady profile image

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      3 years ago from Philippines

      I love this article. My next dog will have to be a maltese because I have rhinitis and allergy. Now sure if it would work as well with a maltipoo.


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