Due to the popularity of Teacup dogs, it has become a favourite topic of everyone to know more about these adorable dog breeds that can fit in the palm of your hand. Talking about the Teacup dogs, let’s pick up the rising star of the doggy world – The Teacup Maltipoo.
When you look at a Teacup Maltipoo, the first thing that strikes you is the cuteness and the liveliness of these furballs. Why are they getting so popular? Well, of course. They are adaptable, affectionate, friendly, intelligent, and easily trainable. Also, they retain their puppy looks and behaviour well into their teenage years. You would have to run your mind’s horses to find another breed that encompasses all these qualities.
Where Do They Come From?
Maltipoo did not originate as a natural breed in nature. It is a result of cross-breeding between the Maltese and the Poodle. The combination is apparent in the Maltipoos with the hypoallergenic coat of the Poodle and the personality of the Maltese.
No one, as of yet, has been able to unearth the origin of the breed. So, it is widely believed to be a combination of the Maltese and the Poodle only. The Maltese are one of the oldest dog breeds found in history. There have been talks about them in the writings dating from as old as 50 BC in Roman and Grecian literature.
The poodle, however, dates its records from the 15th century AD, they found popularity as pets only after the 18th century. The Poodle splits into three different categories – The toy Poodle, Miniature Poodle and The standard Poodle. Any of the Poodles, when interbreeding with the Maltese, results in the birth of a Teacup Maltipoo.
So, our Teacup sized Maltipoo is a result of interbreeding between two of the oldest dog breeds, however young they look. I bet however rowdy a dog you prefer, you can’t help making an adorable puppy face after looking at a Maltipoo.
You Can Also Call Them?
Other than Furrrr, poopoo, pillow face or whatever you prefer, the Maltipoo has many official names as a breed type. Their official name is MaltesePoodle. Also, a combination of Maltese and Poodle gives the breed different sorts of combinative names. Malt-A-Poo, Moodle, Maltipoo, Malt-oodles and Multapoo are some of the names this breed is recognised by.
However, later in time, all the other names disappeared as the dog enthusiasts refused to acknowledge the pup by these names.
How small are they and how long do they live?
As a Maltipoo is a result of a cross between a Poodle and a Maltese, their size and weights mostly depend on the parents and can vary accordingly. Broadly speaking though, Maltipoos grow up to be 14 inches tall and weigh up to 20 pounds on average.
Also, the good news, your pup can live up to 15 years. I know that’s still soon but come on, it’s not 10 years. They are perfect travel companions. Visible from their size, you can carry them anywhere in the crook of your arm like a stuffed toy. They are perfect for little kids as both of them understand the struggles of littleness.
Colours They Exhibit
A Maltipoo, being a cross between a Maltese and a Poodle, comes in colours that are crosses between the colours of the respective breeds only. Don’t worry, that makes up for a lot of colours. Also, contrary to popular opinion, the coats of all the colours of the Maltipoo are equally soft. With closed eyes, you won’t even be able to tell the difference.
- White – I am sure you have seen a white Maltipoo in your life as it is a very common colour.
- Cream – Sounds strange but it is the most common colour in a Maltipoo.
- Apricot – I challenge you to tell the difference between a teddy bear and an Apricot Maltipoo.
- Cafe Au Lait – You can’t drink a Maltipoo but you would want to.
- Black – Dark as night. This colour is very popular.
Inside a Teacup Maltipoo Brains
Generally, these furballs are active, lively, friendly and outgoing. Their owners’ company is a drop of heaven for them. They would follow them anywhere – parks, parties, meetings, shopping, edge of the cliffs, Antarctica (why would you go there?).
Their naturally gentle natures can be further enhanced by positive reinforcement training. The positive traits in their nature are more than can be found in any other breed. They love treats and their owners can prod them to do good things with a treat’s help.
They love being hugged, patted and praised when they follow orders. However, don’t fall for that cutest face alive and give them excessive treats.
The Dark Side of a Teacup Maltipoo
Here’s a strange fact about Maltipoo’s behaviour. Teacup Maltipoo is prone to the small dog syndrome. This syndrome develops in small dogs because they have a very loose leash. What harm can this palm-sized creature do? A lot, period.
When a lot of violations of discipline are ignored in small dogs because of their size and cuteness, they tend to become bossy and aggressive.
Due to the small dog syndrome, they can become picky eaters, obsessive barkers and chew away everything you love, including your three-day-old pizza. Also, they display jealousy towards anyone their owner loves.
This is why you need to reinforce a positive attitude in these harmless-looking pups at a very early age. Small dogs come with big syndromes.
Compatibility with the Pet Kind
Like most of us, the peace-loving Maltipoo breed doesn’t like to be around rowdies. They get moody and do not like it when another dog becomes too playful with them. They feel bullied and get in a corner.
However, when the Maltipoo is exposed to another dog’s company for at least 4 months, they get friendly with them. So, if you have other dogs at home and you are planning to bring home a Moodle, do not leave them alone.
Gradual exposure to company works. Sudden exposure leads to anxiety in this little creature. They can become more aggressive and defend themselves, even to the extent of getting violent.
Angry or Buddha?
As the Teacup Maltipoo is a mix between the Poodle and the Maltese, their temperament can be unpredictable. Some of them possess the activeness of a Poodle while some may be found to be docile as a Maltese.
Though, what mostly decides their temperament is their upbringing. You can raise them to be active and docile at the same time. Early age socialisation and training decide their temperament. The Teacup Maltipoo barks a lot. Barking is like their pastime activity.
With consistent behaviour of the handler and expert training, you can raise a charming, patient and adorable companion. You can also make them bossy, stubborn and angry pooch if you prefer your pet that way. They are very moldable and highly trainable.
Are They Family Friendly?
If you are confused about a Teacup Maltipoo being a family dog, you have never been around one. These teacup sized, fur faced, living stuff toys are perfect companions for families. A child can not have a better friend than a Malt-A-Poo.
Whether you have a big family or a small one, the charisma of a Teacup Maltipoo is what you need in your life. They can thrive in any kind of environment. If you live inside an apartment that does not have a backyard, they can easily settle in even that setup.
However, if you are in love with your module, it should be your responsibility to take care of their exercise needs. You need to take time out of your schedule to take it walking around the neighbourhood every day or the little one may face health issues.
Can You Leave Them Alone with Your Kids?
A Teacup Maltipoo, if not exposed to early age socialisation, is not very friendly with anyone, including children. One thing that is a big no with them is when someone pulls their hair or gets into rough play with them. What exactly does a little kid do with a little pup? All of us know the answer.
You need to gradually make your Teacup Maltipoo accustomed to a child’s behaviour. The owner needs to be around all the time in the beginning while the Maltipoo plays with a kid. Also, you need to tell your kid not to pull the little pup’s hair or tailor anything that they have an urge to pull.
If behaved properly with overtime, a Maltipoo becomes a best friend with children. The dog gets all the love of a jobless little companion and a kid gets their own little friend whom they can feed and play with.
Grooming of a Teacup Maltipoo
Do you see this hairy little pup? They need more frequent and long grooming sessions than regular dogs. In the absence of proper grooming, their fur gets tangled and unhealthy. However, despite a rich fur, the shedding potential of a Moodle is quite low (told you they are amazing). They are perfect for people with allergies to dog fur.
The hair in the eye is a constant problem with them. This could affect their vision in the long run. Do not neglect to clean their ears. They might get ear mites or ear infections that way.
Always take care to keep their nails short as they are prone to hurt themselves and others with their claws. The Maltipoo is prone to Periodontal disease, which is dental disease. That is why you need to brush their teeth at regular intervals to maintain dental health.
Like all other canines, Maltipoos need regular vet visits. You need to keep regular track of their checkups, vaccinations and usual vet consultations. This helps you prevent common dog illnesses like Kennel cough and heartworm in your pup.
How Much Do They Cost?
Teacup Maltipoo is an expensive little pup. The price of a little Moodle pup starts from around 500 dollars and goes up to even 2500 dollars. It depends on the source where you are getting your pup from.
It is always a great idea to get your pup from a shelter home. There are hundreds of websites available where you can get a puppy to adopt. You can also contact a private seller of a Maltipoo pup if you are lucky.
Why You Need to Think Twice Before Getting a Teacup Maltipoo
In the article above, you found all the reasons for getting a Teacup Maltipoo. I’m sure they were very convincing. However, let’s find out some downsides of getting a Teacup Maltipoo so that you don’t get to say you weren’t warned before.
- If You Are Looking for a Guard Dog
If you aim to get a dog that will guard your home or office, scare off trespassers and protect you like a wolf, this adorable pooch would only be a poor choice. With a quiet, adorable and playful nature, intimidation is not in their nature. They are more likely to charm the intruder rather than scare them away.
If your intruder is scared of a dog who barks at his own image, gives out a baby bark and rolls on the floor like a can, you may think about getting a Maltipoo.
- If You Are Not Ready to Spend on Their Grooming
Though this furry pup does not shed its hair, its coat needs regular maintenance. They need a monthly appointment with a groomer and they need you to keep cutting their hair every few days. Also, they often get their coat dirty and that gets you a job. They get fleas very fast and come home with a lot of them stuck in their coats.
3. Too Small
Being too small though acts as a positive point on their report card, it gets really annoying when you accidentally step on your pooch. They are so small that they get difficult to notice, even when they are full-grown pooches. They frequently get injured that way.
- If You Stay Out for a Long Time
Maltipoos are very prone to separation anxiety. They can’t take it if their owners stay out for work, leaving them alone at home for a long time. Cage life is not a life for a Maltipoo. They need constant attention and affection. You would come home to a barking and whining pooch, sometimes lying down sad in a corner, if you leave them alone.
- Small Dog Syndrome
Teacup Maltipoos get very yappy and barky when taken out to parks. They also get hostile towards strangers and become very stubborn. They need socialisation and training at an early age. If you have a tight schedule, you may have your dog grow up to be a mess creator.
All in all, if you choose to adopt a dog, a Maltipoo or any other dog, make sure you can dedicate your time and money to them. A dog has emotional, physical and psychological needs. They rely on their companions, that is you, for most of them. Be sure to take good care of them, just like you do to a child.
If you are ready to offer enough to your pooch, there is nothing stopping you from getting one of the most adorable dogs on the planet. They are worth every penny you spend. You would fall in love so fast and so hard, you would have trouble taking your attention anywhere else.
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