The Malti-Poo is a breed that is crossed between a Maltese and a Poodle. This dog is considered a hybrid and there its characteristics are not yet distinct. The breed will generally have an appearance that combines features of both the Maltese and Poodle. Since both breeds typically have a luxurious coat, the Malti-Poo will usually have a similar coat. The breed should have a strong frame. The body is usually compact and well proportioned. The head is small, yet proportion to the rest of its body.


Since the Malti-Poo is a hybrid breed, its temperament is a combination of the Maltese and Poodle. It should have an above average intelligence and an energetic nature. This breed should be very sociable and love to be in the company of its family. Loyalty and obedience are very common traits for the Malti-Poo. The breed generally gets along with everyone, but may not do well with children that are very young. Supervision is recommended when the breed is interacting with young children. The breed is a great watchdog, but only an average guard dog.

Height and Weight

The Malti-Poo is an average of 14-15 inches tall and weighs an average of 13-18 pounds.

Health Problems

The Malti-Poo should be a healthy breed. The Maltese, one of the breeds from which it is developed, is associated with genetic eye problems. The Malti-Poo may develop the same eye problems.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Malti-Poo is a small breed that will do fine indoors in small living conditions, such as an apartment. The breed loves to be in the company of people, so it is best if the breed is not left alone.


The Malti-Poo is an energetic breed and will generally obtain the exercise it needs. Types that reside indoors will require more opportunities for exercise. The exercise for the Malti-Poo does not have to be very physical. This breed will do fine if it has a daily walk.

Life Expectancy

The Malti-Poo is a breed that has not been in existence for a period long enough to determine its average life expectancy.

Litter Size

The Malti-Poo is a breed that has not been in existence for a period long enough to determine its average litter size.


The luxurious coat is probably the most distinctive feature of the Malti-Poo. The coat is very attractive, but requires regular maintenance. Depending on the dog’s coat, the coat may require weekly washing and daily brushing. A professional is recommended if clipping is necessary. The eyes and ears should be checked and cleaned on a regular basis.


The Malti-Poo is a hybrid breed that was developed in the United States.




The colors that are generally accepted for the Malti-Poo coat include white, black, light born, light brown, and gray.