There’s been a lot of talk about “designer dogs” – dogs that are not considered mixed breeds, but are bred purposely to combine the best of 2 breeds. At Pauley’s Pups, we love these types of puppies. Cross a miniature or toy Poodle with a Maltese and you get the Malt-a-poo, a loving and playful dog that is adaptable and easy to train.
The Malt-a-poo comes in a variety of colors from white to apricot, and even black and white. They can range in height from eight inches to a foot tall, depending on whether they have been bred from a toy or miniature Poodle, and usually weigh between five and twenty pounds. They are a perfect first dog for many families and get along with other animals very well.
Well-suited to different types of dwellings, the Malt-a-poo is very adaptable and does well in either an apartment or a home. They are meant to be indoor dogs, not to be kept outside. And they should not be left alone for long periods of time, as they bond quickly and deeply with their humans and can show signs of having separation anxiety.
Malt-a-poos are good watch-dogs but need to be taught to distinguish between threatening and non-threatening situations and people. Otherwise they can be quite the barkers. But they are very intelligent and it won’t take too much time to teach them what they need to know be good dogs.
The Malt-a-poo is a non-shedding animal, but should not be considered completely hypoallergenic, as they still produce dander. If you are allergic to most dogs and want a Malt-a-poo, it is a good idea to spend some time around them to see how sensitive you are. There is a good chance, however, that you will be fine with the Malt-a-poo.
But the Malt-a-poo can be a bit high maintenance. They need to be brushed daily to prevent mats, and bathed once a month and groomed at least once every six weeks. You will also do well to brush their teeth every day if you can, but at least three times a week. They need your care and devotion as much as you might expect to have theirs.
It is always wise to discuss with your vet, ailments and problems that might be common to Malt-a-poos. But together with your vet, you can determine whether or not your pup is prone to any ailments and how best to care for your dog.
The Malt-a-poo is full of play and fun, loving and loyal, a yummy cuddler, and a wonderful addition to any family. If you’re interested in adding a member of the breed to your family, pay a visit to Pauley’s Pups for malt-a-poos and other small breeds for sale in Ashland, Virginia.