Appearance

Malti-Poos have a beautiful mantel of long, silky, hair. This is their crowning glory. They
may sometimes have a hint of lemon or tan on their ears. They are short, petite sized
dogs and have short triangular drop ears. They are squarely built, well-proportioned,
moving soundly and carrying themselves proudly. They should also swim well.
Intelligent and eager to learn makes them popular in obedience trials.

Temperament

Malti-Poos are intelligent, lively, quick to mimic and learn. They are highly intelligent and
very obedient. Poodles love to be around humans and are not good for kenneling. They
are friendly and alert. They are agile, entertaining and happy dogs.
Malti-Poos are
generally good with older children, and are fairly adaptable. They are comforters,
fastidious and loyal. They are wary of strangers, but friendly. They are trusting and
fearless as well.

History

A Roman governor of Malta was reported to like his Maltese so much that he had
poems written about it and a painting portrait made of his little female dog. In the
1500s, one writer recorded a Maltese being sold for $2,000! Originally bred as a
retriever and flushers of birds, the Poodle became quite popular among French
aristocracy and was designated the national dog of France. They share common
ancestors with the Irish Water Spaniel, and were originally used as a gundog and
retriever.
Coat:
Origin:
Height:
Color:
Guard Ability:
Life Span:
Weight:
Learning rate:
Obedience:
Temperament:
Watch Ability:
Activity level:
8-10 inches
High
High-Very High
10-15 Years
Dense, silky and long
Low
Maltese: Italy, Poodle: France
White or other solid colors
High
Lively, playful, spirited and happy
4-12 pounds
High-Very High
Malti-Poo
A Malti-Poo is a cross-breed of a Maltese and a
Miniature Poodle and may demonstrate any
combination of traits from those two breeds.