Breed Spotlight: Malti-Poo

Maltipoo dogs and puppies

by: Kaylee Jones

“Maltipoo, what is that?” is a common response I get when I tell people what kind of dogs I own. A true maltipoo is a dog whose parents are 1 full blooded Maltese and 1 toy or miniature poodle. However, there are many different combinations of 2nd and 3rd generation Maltipoos. We bought our first Maltipoo, Higgins, 4 years ago. One year later we got our second, Layla. They are complete opposites but have been best friends ever since bringing them together. In fact when one is not around, the other is crying and looking for him/her.

Maltipoos are a small dog topping out at an average of 12lbs. They do not shed and are considered a hypoallergenic dog. Maltipoos do require regular grooming including maintenance brushing at home and haircuts. They are an active dog with energy to burn, however if you lay down they will be curled up right next to you. Since barking is a favorite pastime of the maltipoo breed, you’re not only getting a great companion but also a great security system.

This past year, Layla and Higgins had 2 litters of puppies. Although dog breeding is often frowned upon, both Layla and Higgins are great dogs with good genes that we wanted to pass on to other people.  Dogs are generally pregnant for 67 days. Around day 55 we did an X-ray to determine how many puppies there were in order to help aid in delivery. It is important to have an idea of how many there are in case one was to get stuck. Although most dogs deliver on their own just fine, I did have to help Layla quite a bit with the first litter. Labor and delivery is pretty nerve-wracking but after it’s all done, observing the puppies first few days of life is pretty amazing.

My favorite part about having puppies was seeing all the different markings on the puppies and observing their different personalities. Even at only 3 weeks old, you can start to see their different behaviors. At 8 weeks old, the puppies are ready to go to their new homes. It’s always fun matching puppies with the perfect family and what is even more fun is getting updates on them. Knowing that we helped give people great companions is a really good feeling. Higgins and Layla are such a big part of our family and I love seeing their puppies be the same for others.

After 2 great litters, we decided it was time for Layla to just be a dog again, so we got her spayed. It was fun having puppies but it’s nice to just have our two fur-babies back. If you are looking for a great house dog, consider a maltipoo. They are generally easy to train and adapt well to both small and large spaces. I think a maltipoo would make a great companion for just about anyone.