A designer breed between a Maltese and a Poodle, the Maltipoo is a fantastic companion. Maltipoos are active animals that want to play with their owner.
Proportion and Symmetry: No feature being in such prominence from either excess or lack of quality that the animal appears poorly proportioned.
Substance: They are small, reaching heights of 8 to 14 inches tall, and weigh 5 to 20 pounds. This breed lives roughly 10 to 13 years.
Head: Of medium length and in proportion to the size of the dog. The skull is slightly rounded on top, the stop moderate. The drop ears are rather low set and heavily feathered with long hair that hangs close to the head. Eyes are set not too far apart; they are very dark and round, their black rims enhancing the gentle yet alert expression. The muzzle is of medium length, fine and tapered but not snipy. The nose is black. The teeth meet in an even, edge-to-edge bite, or in a scissors bite.
Body: : Compact, the height from the withers to the ground equaling the length from the withers to the root of the tail. Shoulder blades are sloping, the elbows well knit and held close to the body. The back is level in topline, the ribs well sprung. The chest is fairly deep, the loins taut, strong, and just slightly tucked up underneath.
Forequarters: Legs are fine-boned and nicely feathered. Forelegs are straight, their pastern joints well knit and devoid of appreciable bend. Hind legs are strong and moderately angulated at stifles and hocks. The feet are small and round, with toe pads black. Scraggly hairs on the feet may be trimmed to give a neater appearance.
Coat: Hair is of medium texture, curly, weather resistant and of medium length. The undercoat varies in quantity with variations in climate. Hair is shorter on the head and ears.
Color: The coat comes in a variety of colors, with the more common colors being cream, white, and silver.
Gait: The Maltipoo moves with a jaunty, smooth, flowing gait. Viewed from the side, he gives an impression of rapid movement, size considered. In the stride, the forelegs reach straight and free from the shoulders, with elbows close. Hind legs to move in a straight line. Cowhocks or any suggestion of hind leg toeing in or out are faults.
Temperament: Playful, smart, and loyal, Maltipoos need exercise daily, such as a walk.