This hybrid mix of a Maltese and a Poodle is also referred to as Maltipoo. The physical and behavioral characteristics that are prevalent in Maltese and Poodles may also be passed onto the offspring.

MALTESE CHARACTERISTICS: The perfect companion dog, these little wonders are friendly, outgoing, affectionate and easily learn to do tricks. They do well in homes with other animals present. They love to play and run lead-free outside in a fenced yard, but you must be aware of outside conditions as they may get either too warm or too cold, must be kept from damp climates, and could sunburn along their hair lines. Prevent unwelcome behaviors such as picky eating, jealousy, and barking by not overprotecting it and treating it as a dog, not a human. Keep life constant and predictable with you as the "pack leader" and boss, and both of you shall lead happy, long lives together.

Height: 8-10 inches
Weight: 5-9 lbs.
Life Expectancy: 15-18 years

POODLE CHARACTERISTICS: Highly intelligent, the Poodle is one of the easiest dogs to train. Their personalities tend to be good natured and friendly, and are a calm breed. They enjoy being around others and are a good house and family (especially one with children) pet, and do well in a house with other pets present. Poodles adore water and require daily walks, and if properly exercised, are quite inactive inside a house. A firm, but not harsh, hand is required when training or reprimanding a poodle. They are very sensitive to their owners tone of voice so a calm, firm word is usually all it takes to control a poodle. Poodles have a curly or corded coat, and do not shed, making them a great pet for allergy sufferers.

Height: 10 inches and under - Toy
Height: 11-15 inches - Miniature
Life Expectancy: About 12-15 years

With Maltipoos you get an adorable, beautiful, and most faithful companion. The mom can be either, as long as the dad is the opposite breed. While looking for your special friend, you might see "1st generation" and "2nd generation" Maltipoos. A first generation, or F1, Maltipoo has parents which are each purebred Poodle and purebred Maltese. Second generation, or F2, Maltipoos have a Maltipoo mom and a Maltipoo dad. Personally, we like the 1st generation cross Maltipoos. We believe they are a healthier generation. We only breed and raise from purebred and registered Poodles and Maltese which make our babies 1st generation Maltipoos.

Maltipoos are great for most people with allergies. Please research to find other facts about human allergies to pets before choosing any companion. The Maltipoo hair is wavy, depending on the length you choose to keep your dog's hair. If you choose to keep a longer hairstyle for your Maltipoo, brushing often is a must! They will get mats (tangles) if not properly groomed. I would suggest brushing every day. My first dog baby was a Maltipoo and I kept her hair fairly short. I brushed her a few times a week.

The Maltipoo is a loving, playful, intelligent, compassionate and life long companion. Maltipoos do better with older and considerate children. Some of our Maltipoos are considered small and can be hurt if not handled carefully. They are pretty tough but any pet can be hurt by a child who doesn't intend to hurt them just by mishandling them. Talk with your children and teach them the proper way to hold and love their "dog babies"!

Teddy, Maltipoo boy lives in Texas

Teddy, Maltipoo boy lives in Texas