Meet the Maltipoo

Meet the Maltipoo

Question: What do you get when you cross a Maltese and a poodle? Answer: An affectionate, playful, intelligent creature with a soft and silky, non-allergenic coat. In fact, the perfect pet.

The Maltipoo – first bred in the 1990s in the US – has the cute looks of an eternal puppy, thanks to its small size, round head, droopy ears and large eyes. Its coat can be white, apricot or beige.

A celebrity dog

Many famous faces have chosen a Maltipoo as their canine companion, and some of these pooches have become stars in their own right. Blake Lively was often accompanied by her pet Penny on the set of her hit TV series Gossip Girl. Ellen DeGeneres and her partner, Portia de Rossi, share their life with a Maltipoo ironically named Wolf.


Your Maltipoo may be small, but like any other dog, he needs outdoor exercise. A brisk walk of 30 to 45 minutes once a day will be enough, supplemented by extra strolls or playing in the park.

Brushing and bathing

Each day, you should brush your dog to remove dead hair, and clean his teeth. Once a month give him a bath – not more often, or you will remove the skin’s natural protective oil. When necessary, clean his ears well with a sterile gauze and specialist dog product and clip his nails. If you get him used to these hygiene measures while he’s a puppy, he’ll accept them without fuss.


As with any dog, it is best to get your Maltipoo into good habits from the start. Brief training sessions are best, so that his attention stays focused. But they need to be regular. So dedicate 15 minutes each day to positive training, that is, rewarding him for everything he does well. 

This way, he will become a sociable, balanced companion for you, one who will get on well with visitors to your home, including children and other animals, but doesn’t become stressed by spending some time there alone.

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