Maltipoo Temperament – Looking Beyond the Cuteness

White Maltipoo on LawnOften called “the cutest dog ever”, the Maltipoo (also called Maltepoo) is cross between a Toy or Miniature Poodle and a Maltese. The Maltipoo is one of many Poodle-Mix breeds.

Adult Maltipoos have a lifespan of around 12 years and weigh in at around 10 lbs (5 kgs). So, they are practically lap dogs.

But, don’t be fooled — the Maltipoo temperament is not that of a dog that is happy to sit contentedly and watch the world go by.

Here are a few characteristics of the Maltipoo temperament that you should know if you are considering taking the plunge.

Friendly and Good-natured

The Maltipoo tends to be very friendly to both humans and other animals. This makes visits by friends to your apartment relatively stress-free events. However, this friendliness can translate into the potential for accidents.

Try to discourage visitors, especially children, from carrying your Maltipoo for it is very easy for your dog to suffer a fracture if dropped from even a small height.

Your Maltipoo, because of his innate friendliness, is unlikely to be a winner in the watchdog category. On the other hand, his good-natured temperament make him quite capable of getting along with other pets in the house.


Like a number of other small dogs, the Maltipoo is constantly on the move. Maltipoo puppies can be quite a handful, but even adults retain a number of the puppy characteristics (that most find adorable), one of which is the proclivity to activity.

maltipoo catching ballSo, while Maltipoos are “apartment” or indoor dogs, the typical Maltipoo does very well with regular walks.

In fact, in the absence of the mental and physical stimulation that is part and parcel of a trip around the neighborhood  you could well find that your Maltipoo resorts to “bad behavior” — whining, barking and chewing — in an attempt to get rid of his excess energy.

If you have a misbehaving Maltipoo  click here for tips on the benefits of exercise for dogs with behavioral probelms.

Intelligent and Amusing

If you are in need for a pick me up, your Maltipoo is just what the doctor ordered. When you look square into the eyes of one, you just know that he is an intelligent clown. You will be smiling within minutes of entering the front door after a hard day’s work. Maltipoos love to mock play around you.

Their high intelligence makes them amenable to early house training, but like with other intelligent breeds, they do require their quota of mental stimulation. You really do need to be on the ball with house training because this is not a breed that can be left in a crate while you are out working long hours.

Maltipoo Generations

Woman with Maltipoo licking her faceThe Maltipoo, by definition, is a crossbreed. First generation Maltipoos are the result of a cross between a purebred Maltese and a purebred Poodle. Because of the way many diseases are passed on through genes, this makes the Maltipoo likely to be much healthier than either of its parents.

Second generation Maltipoos can arise in three ways :

  • Cross between a first generation Maltipoo and a purebred Maltese
  • Cross between a first generation Maltipoo and a purebred Poodle
  • Cross between two first generation Maltipoos

Because of the way genes are passed to the next generation, the resultant puppies will, typically, not be as robust as first generation Maltipoos.

Third generation Maltipoos are the result of a cross between second generation Maltipoos. However, each of the parents should have had one purebred parent of its own. Again, third generation puppies are unlikely to be as robust a first generation Maltipoos.

No other combination of breeds or generations results in a “true” Maltipoo.


Because the Maltipoo is a crossbreed, it starts life at a huge advantage in comparison to its purebred counterparts. In fact, a number of diseases that a first generation Maltipoo’s parents are susceptible to, perhaps even suffering from, will just pass your Maltipoo by.

A Final Word on Maltipoo Temperament

The Maltipoo temperament makes the dog a great choice for someone who lives in an apartment but who is willing to invest some time in her pet. When selecting your Maltipoo puppy, be sure to visit multiple well regarded breeders; ideally, aim to get a first generation Maltipoo.

Similar Dogs

If you are interested in Maltipoos, there are a number of other small breed dogs that you could consider:

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