The Malti Poo, aka Malti Doodle, Malta Poo, Multa Poo and Moodle, is a first generation
cross (purebred to purebred) between a Maltese and Miniature or Toy Poodle. They
are typically a low maintenance dog that is very smart, alert, playful and affectionate.
Though highly trainable and outgoing some may be territorial or leery of strangers.
Click out the Maltese and Poodle profiles, and combine the two. That equals the marvelous
The Malti Poo is a small yet sturdy dog that is hypoallergenic (little to no shedding),
great with children and small animals and require little grooming and exercise. The
Malti Poo is easy to train and eager to please. They are a favorite among professional
breeders and the pet of choice for many celebrities like Carmen Electra, Ellen DeGeneres,
Jessica Simpson and others.
Obviously, appearance, size and temperaments vary based on many factors. All of our
Malti Poo puppies derive from our purebred Miniature Poodle sire and Maltese dam.
Most puppies mature at around 9 to 12 pounds and stand about 11 inches tall at the
withers. As a rule the coat is kept short (aka puppy cut) by trimming or shaving
three or more times per year. If coat is kept long a daily brushing is required.
As a side note, one of our Malti Poo offspring “Lucy” is employed therapeutically
by a Kansas City school for children with special needs. Mr. Willett (phone: 816-820-1972)
says Lucy’s weekly appearance inspires the otherwise non responsive children to get
excited and even attempt to communicate and participate with Lucy.
Studies show that first generation mix breed dogs often live longer, healthier, happier
lives than many purebred dogs. Successful cross breeding requires experience, research
and a good understanding of genetics and hereditary tendencies. Breeding half breeds
to mix breeds, or mating dogs of conflicting temperament, structure or size can be
disastrous. Please research all sellers and be careful selecting your designer breed.
Height: 10 to 15 inches
Weight: 9 to 16 pounds
Activity Level: Low
Selecting the appropriate breed is often more important than choosing which puppy.
It’s always best to refer to the AKC to obtain a general idea of the breeds structure,
temperament and care requirements before selecting your breed. We also have some
very reliable “pick of the litter” methods on our shopping tips page.
Secondly, you should try to speak with someone that actually owns the breed as a
pet, rather than just the folks trying to sell you one. Also keep in mind, how they
were initially cared for and later trained greatly determines how they look and behave
MODOG breed descriptions are based solely on our personal interpretation of, and
experience with, these particular breeds. These are not official standards and may
or may not accurately reflect the general characteristics of this breed.