The Maltipoo is a cross between the Maltese and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. Depending on the parent’s size, the resulting Maltipoo will be different. In adulthood, their height can vary from 8 to 14 inches and their weight will be from 5 to 20 pounds. This breed is a great choice for first-time dog owners. If you’re searching for tips for taking care of a Maltipoo then this post is for you.
There are two food options for the Maltipoo, raw food and dry kibble. Both options are great, you can let your dog try both foods to see which one he prefers. Most Maltipoos do really good with high-quality kibble. This food not only provides enough nutrition for your dog and is good for his digest system but also keeps his teeth clean and saves you time.
If your dog goes for raw food, you should buy healthy meats and avoid those with additives and chemicals. You can add some rice and vegetables as well. Or you can mix the raw food with high-quality kibble. In the beginning, he might not like it but if you limit the amount of food at each meal, he will finish his food and get used to being fed that way.
An adult Maltipoo will need 2 meals a day. You should ask the vet to know how much food is good for the dog as well as how many meals your dog needs per day.
Exercise: Maltipoos are highly active and energetic dogs, they need daily exercise. Walking in a park, playing catch in the yard, or fetching somewhere near your house are great exercise options for this breed. If your Maltipoo doesn’t have enough exercise to drain all that energy, he might bite your shoes or”redesign” your furniture or your floor, you sure don’t want that to happen.
Coat care: The Maltipoo does not shed much but he does need daily brushing. This daily care helps your dog to maintain a clean coat and prevent developing knots and patches in their fur. It is always good to take your dog to the groomer to have some professional coat care for him. To keep your dog’s fur perfectly clean, baths bi-monthly is also recommended.
Teeth and nail care: You should brush your dog’s teeth daily and trim his nails every two weeks. These caring tips help your dog stay clean and healthy.
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Maltipoos are intelligent and learn really quickly. However, there are some tips that you should follow to train your dog.
Start training your dog when he 8 weeks old: At this age, a Maltipoo is able to learn some simple commands such as sit, stay, and come. Those commands are very good for your dog to learn which things that he’s allowed and which he’s not allowed.
The potty training should begin right away when your baby gets home: Like any other animal, when dogs are going to the toilet, it also means that they’re marking their territory. You will also need to provide your dog with a crate large enough for his adult body and find a suitable toilet place for your dog. These 2 places will be designated as “territory” that belongs to your dog. You need to have a stable meal and toilet schedule for your dog. Every time you take the dog to the “toilet” give him a simple command such as “potty.” Take your dog to his “toilet” every 2-3 hours, especially about 30 minutes after each meal, and wait until he’s done his “business”.