Breed group : Toy
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GENERALBreed group: Toy Type: Hybrid
Talent: Agility, Obedience, Tricks, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Small Weight: 5-20 pounds Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Curly
Fur Color: Black & White, Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 10-14 years Rarity: Common Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Malti-Poo is a cross between a purebred Poodle and a purebred Maltese. They are called hybrid dogs due to their origination from two different parent breeds. The Malti-Poo dogs are small in size and generally stand up to 14 inches and weigh from 5 to 20 pounds. Their height and weight largely depends on which Poodle is used in the cross; Standard, Miniature or Toy. These dogs are very gentle and generally possess a sweet disposition. They are intelligent and loyal dogs that offer affectionate companionship. Their coat is generally soft and luxurious, appearing in a variety of colors.
The Malti-Poo are found in many colors but most commonly they are seen in cream, white and silver colors.
Their coat is soft, dense, slightly curly or wavy. It is medium to long in length. The coat is low-shedding and low-dander.
The Malti-Poo are intelligent, loving and affectionate dogs that are very family-oriented. They are very good with children as they are gentle and patient with them. They love to spend time with their family. These dogs like to play as much as they like to cuddle in the lap of their master. They are excellent companion dogs that are alert and attentive to their surroundings. They will signal the arrival of a stranger but they are not very good guard dogs. The Malti-Poo are highly energetic and lively dogs but indoor play will take care of most of their exercise needs. They, however, do need to go on walks to satisfy their primal instinct to walk.
Children should be taught not to rough-handle these little dogs as they may get injured. They should not be left alone for long periods of time as they get bored easily and can become destructive. The coat should be brushed daily to straighten out tangles and minimize matting. A bath once a month will help keep it clean.
They are intelligent dogs that are very easy to train. These dogs will excel with rewards-based training.
The Malti-Poo dogs are very active and lively dogs and would need to use up their energy. A daily walk for 15-20 minutes or a lively game of fetch should take care of their exercise needs.