Malti Poo (also known as Malt-A-Poo)




Mix: ½ Maltese & ½ Poodle

Size: 5 – 20 pounds, 8 – 14 inches tall

Coat: Coat is soft and silky in texture.  Can be straight, wavy, or curly.  Coat colors are gray, white, red, black and apricot.  Low to non-shedding.

*Many people with allergies prefer Poodle mixes as their fur is more hypoallergenic than most dogs (a characteristic inherited from the Poodle)

Malti Poo (also known as Malt-A-Poo)

A Maltipoo (also known as Malt-A-Poo) is a mix between a Maltese and a toy or miniature Poodle.  They are very small weighing in at anywhere between 5 – 20 pounds, and standing only 8 – 14 inches in height.  Their coats are fairly long and will require some grooming in order to prevent matting.  Because of their small size they can adapt to just about any kind of living space whether it’s an apartment or a house.  However, a household with small children generally is not recommended since a small child often does not yet possess the ability to be gentle when picking up such a tiny animal.  The Maltipoo is gentle in nature and loves cuddling as well as receiving praise, affection, and attention from their family members.  They are wonderful for the elderly as they will enjoy sitting on a lap being pet, and also do not require an excessive amount of exercise.  Although, as with any dog, they will require some exercise in order to prevent boredom and keep them stimulated.  Barking may become an issue if they are not trained properly from the start of when it is okay to bark and when it is not.  They have a lifespan of approximately 10 – 13 years.

When considering the nature of the Malti poo you must consider the characteristics of both the Maltese and the Poodle separately in order to determine the characteristics the Malti poo may exhibit.


The Maltese is bred for companionship and is, therefore, very gentle in nature, and adoring of human attention and affection.  Cited as being very loving, they have proven to be quite devoted and loyal toward their owners.  They are very active and remain playful and energetic much into their adult years.  They can tend to be excessive barkers and need proper training to break them of this habit.  They also do not do well with very small children sometimes becoming nervous and snapping at them.  As with many smaller breeds housebreaking can be a challenge, although they are quite smart and will eventually learn what is expected of them.  Their intelligence makes them easy to train and able to do many tricks.  They are popular among people living in the city or in apartments due to their small size and will do well with a moderate amount of exercise.  They are very spirited, lively, entertaining, and a joy to be around.


The Poodle comes in three different sizes, toy (10” and under, 6-9 1bs.), miniature (10-15”, 15-17 1bs.), and standard (over 15”, 45-70 1bs.).  The Poodle has been cited as being the 2nd most intelligent breed of dog.  Their exceptional intelligence, paired with the fact that they are generally very eager to please, empowers them to excel in obedience training.  They learn quickly and will delight in showing off their new tricks.  Poodles are generally very easy to housebreak.  They are loyal and devoted companions, extremely people-oriented, and crave lots of love and attention.  They are typically calm, good natured, with a sweet temperament, and the ability to bond with all members of their human family.  The standard poodle, in particular, does extremely well in families with young children, while the toy and miniatures fair better with older children.  Poodles do not do well in households where they will be left alone for long periods of time, left outside, or bound to one room of the house.  Poodles have an extremely low-shedding, dense coat which is either curly or corded and should be groomed every 6 – 8 weeks to prevent mats and tangles.  If you should so decide, their coat can also be kept short for low-maintenance.  Poodles come in a variety of colors such as silver, cream, gray, blue, black, white, apricot, red, caf-au-lait, brown, and parti-colored.  The Poodle is oftentimes referred to as the hypo-allergenic dog.  But, while there truly is no such thing as a completely hypo-allergenic dog, they are unquestionably more compatible with allergic persons than other breeds.   Being classified as highly energetic, the poodle, like most dogs, will appreciate daily exercise, such as a walk, play session, or a run at the dog park.

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Photo submitted by: Julie 5/21/13

Umi is part poodle, maltese, pomeranian – 2yrs old

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