If you would like a dog that maintains its puppy look, even into adulthood, think no further than the Maltipoo. This mix of a Maltese and Toy or Miniature Poodle is one such breed. They are an adorable, happy, playful ball of fluff who would be content in any family. Although, the Maltipoo would be happier in a family that would lavish it with lots of love and attention. This companion breed is perfect for a first time dog owner, a timid personality, or perhaps someone always at home. Maltipoos make great therapy dogs due to their being highly sensitive. However, because they are highly sensitive they can also develop separation anxiety when left alone for too long. The Maltipoo can live in an apartment or house, but it does enjoy barking, and your neighbors may not appreciate that. They are a breed that requires indoor living, but they do need some exercise and playtime every day. Early socialization and training would be helpful in order for good habits to be developed around children, pets, and strangers. This adoring and lovable breed would be content going for walks as well as snuggling on the couch. Maltipoos are typically 8-14 inches high, and usually weigh between 5-20 pounds. The single coat of the Maltipoo does require some maintenance to keep the fur from becoming matted. Some Maltipoos have a coat more like human hair which is thinner and finer, while other Maltipoos can have a rougher, curlier, and thicker coat, but the breed is still a low shedder. It mainly depends on which parent the Maltipoo took after genetically. The coat is medium-long, and comes in a variety of colors, such as white, cream, fawn, silver, black, gray, and even blue. Maltipoos do require daily brushing, monthly baths, and periodic grooming. Their teeth need to be brushed frequently, if not daily, and their eyes and ears need to be examined often to avoid any problems. The breed is generally a healthy breed but does have a few health issues common to them such as White Shaker Syndrome and Epilepsy. However, these can be maintained with proper veterinary care.
Each dog breed can be prone to develop certain diseases or conditions, be sure to research your specific breed before making a purchase to ensure you´re prepared for any challenges that may arise. This information is only a generalization and we make no guarantees on any breed related to personality, appearance, or typical health characteristics.