The Maltipoo is a popular designer dog breed that is a cross between the Maltese and the Poodle. Maltipoos were likely developed in an attempt to combine the temperament of the Maltese with the non-shedding coat of the Poodle. Like most designer dogs, not much is known about the Maltipoo’s history and origins. No one person can be credited with being the first to breed a Maltipoo, but it is believed that the breed originated in the United States sometime during the 1980s or 90s. Despite having two purebred parents, the Maltipoo itself is not a purebred dog, which makes it ineligible for American Kennel Club (AKC) registration. The Maltipoo is still recognized by several smaller dog clubs, like the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC).
Throughout his long history, the Maltese has been given many names, such as the “Melitae Dog,” “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta,” the “Roman Ladies Dog,” “The Comforter,” the “Spaniel Gentle,” the “Bichon,” the “Maltese Lion Dog,” and the “Maltese Terrier.” Today, he is known simply as the Maltese.
This elegant toy dog breed is famed for the silky white hair covering his body. Straight and thick, the coat falls all the way to the floor. Many years ago, Maltese came in many colors, but these days they are always white. When a properly built Maltese moves, he seems to float beneath his cloud of white hair. Because he doesn’t have an undercoat, the Maltese sheds little, and many people consider the breed to be hypoallergenic.
Poodles have a reputation for being effete, aristocratic dogs. Toy poodles double down on the froofroo rep with their tiny size and by sometimes sporting those fancy haircuts. But trust us, poodles are more than happy to get down and dirty. In fact, poodles started life as hunting dogs for the rich and famous in Europe. What made them so popular, however, is their incredible intelligence. Generally regarded as one of the smartest dog breeds poodles are highly trainable, extremely eager to please people, and love being the center of attention through tricks and activities. None of that has changed over the years: The poodle consistently ranks as one of the 10 most popular breeds in the world.