Malti Poo

Malti Poo

General Description

The Malti Poo is a cross breed between the Maltese and the Poodle. This breed, which is sometimes referred to as a designer breed of dog is not a breed that is recognized by the AKC because it is not a purebred. Even when both parents are purebred it is not possible to register this dog. There are some hybrid organizations that are now recognizing crossbreeds.

The Malti Poo may have a coat that is long and straight or it may be somewhat wavy or even curly. Colors for the Malti Poo may be gray, cream, white, red, black or apricot. The exact coloring as well as the type of coat that is achieved in a Malti Poo will largely depend upon its heritage. Some Malti Poos tend to take more after the poodle side while others more strongly resemble the Maltese side. The size of the dog will also vary as well. One of the largest factors that can play a role in the size of the dog will depend upon whether one of the parents was a standard poodle or a miniature poodle. Miniature poodles will produce Malti Poos that are smaller while standard poodles will produce larger Malti Poos. A Malti Poo may be either a first generation or a second generation. First generation Malti Poos come from two purebred parents while second generation dogs are produced by breeding two Malti Poos.

Also known as a Malt-A-Poo.

Also spelled Malti Poo.


The character of the Malti Poo tends to be cheerful as well as lively. This is a dog that is alert, agile and active. For the most part, the Malti Poo is very loving and loyal as well as affectionate. This is definitely a dog that craves human interaction and attention. While the Malti Poo gets along well enough with children and will make a good family pet, it should be noted that due to the often small size of this dog it could be vulnerable in a home with small children. As a result, the Malti Poo will usually do best in a home with older children. The Malti Poo is known for getting along well with other animals, especially those they are raised with. Due to the fact that the Malti Poo is so loving and affectionate, it does not make a good watchdog.


10-14 inches


5-15 pounds

General Health:

The Malti Poo breed has an average life expectancy between 10 and 14 years. This is a small breed dog, but it is one that is active and will require exercise in order to remain healthy. Due to the fact that it is a small breed, owners will need to take care with this dog when it jumps and plays, particularly as it grows older. Also, owners should be aware that the eyes of this breed can become dirty fast and will need to be cleaned several times per week in order for the dog’s vision to remain healthy. In addition, the ears will need to be kept clean. It may also be necessary to pluck the hair out of the ear canal, a task that should be tended to by the vet.


When a Malti Poo has a long coat, it will be necessary to brush the coat on a daily basis. Failure to do so will result in the coat becoming snarled and tangled. If the coat is curly then it will be necessary for the coat to be professionally clipped. When necessary, the Malti Poo will need to be bathed but only a mild shampoo should be used as anything strong could cause skin disorders in this dog breed. Care should also be taken to make sure that shampoo does not get into the dogs eyes while bathing. They are low to no shedders.

Ideal Environment:

The ideal environment for the Malti Poo will be one in which the owner will see to the dog’s grooming and health requirements and provide plenty of opportunity for play and exercise. This is not a dog that can or should be left alone for long periods of time. It does best with older children who will be considerate and not engage in rough house type of play with the dog. While the Malti Poo enjoys time spent outside this is not a dog that should live outside. It will do best when allowed to live inside and play outside at times.

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