Maltipoo Temperament: Pros & Cons

Maltipoo Temperament: Pros & Cons

Have you got your heart set on a Maltipoo puppy? If that’s the case, then you’d most likely want to learn more about the Maltipoo temperament and personality traits. In this guide, we discuss all about the Maltipoo temperament, their pros, cons, and what you should consider before adopting this adorable little Dood. Let’s get started!

Is a Maltipoo the Right Dog for You?
Is a Maltipoo the Right Dog for You?

What is a Maltipoo?

The Maltipoo is a hybrid cross between the Maltese and Poodle. Both purebred parents probably don’t need much introduction. The Maltese and Poodle have been around for a while and they’re one of the most popular and well-known dog breeds out there. By combining the Poodle and Maltese, we get the most charming, sweetest pocket-sized pup.

Maltipoo Temperament & Puppy Info
Maltipoo Temperament & Puppy Info

The Maltipoo is a relatively new designer breed and it’s thought that they were first bred in the late 90s or at the beginning of 2000s. Over the past decade, these pups have gained much popularity, just like any other Doodle breed.

The Maltese is a toy-sized breed, which makes this pup the ultimate lapdog. For obvious reasons, Malteses are always crossed with either Toy or Miniature Poodles. Simply because it wouldn’t make sense to cross a toy-sized Maltese with a large Standard Poodle.

Regardless of their size, the popularity of Maltipoos is on the rise, and we can certainly understand why. Not only do they look cute, the Maltipoo temperament is loved by many dog owners all across the globe.

Most common Maltipoo temperament traits

Whenever we cross two different purebred dogs, their puppies can lean on either side of the lineage – both in terms of looks and also their personality traits. Or, they combine the best traits from both of the parent dogs. Therefore, it’s safe to say that the Maltipoo temperament is inherited from its Poodle and Maltese parents.

Maltese dogs are praised for their easy-going and affectionate nature. Thanks to their sweet and gentle disposition, they make excellent family pets. Poodles, on the other hand, are notoriously intelligent pups that are extremely loyal to their families. They’re also super energetic. After all, Poodles were first bred for hunting birds.

As you can imagine, the Maltipoo hybrid cross combines the best traits from the tiny, affectionate Maltese and the intelligent and fun-loving Poodle. The Maltipoo temperament can be described best as loving, gentle, intelligent, and people oriented.

However, the downside of being such an affectionate and loyal pup is that Maltipoos are prone to separation anxiety. For this reason, leaving a Maltipoo alone for long periods of time is a big no-no.

Of course, we can never predict a Maltipoo’s temperament with 100% accuracy before birth. We can, however, make guesses based on the temperament of their parents. Still, each puppy is unique and even puppies from the same litter can have complete opposite personalities.

In fact, many ethical breeders conduct personality testing before placing their puppies into forever homes. This is probably the best method of pairing each puppy with the most suitable owner, and vice versa.

Maltipoo Temperament: Pros & Cons

Maltipoos are tiny and cute, and come with low-shedding coats. What’s there not to love about them? Well, even though the Maltipoo does make a great companion for many, it’s still crucial that you’ve thoroughly studied the Maltipoo’s personality traits. After all, you need to weigh all the pros and cons before you adopt your new furry family member.


Intelligent & Easy To Train

Did you know that the Poodle is ranked as the world’s second smartest breed behind Border Collie? Of course, the tiny Maltipoo inherits a fair share of it, as at least a half of its genetic makeup comes from the Poodle.

Thanks to their high levels of intelligence, Maltipoos generally respond very well to training, especially when food and treats are involved. They’re eager to please their humans, which means that it shouldn’t be much of a hassle to raise your Maltipoo puppy into a well-behaved adult.

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.