The Maltipom is a cross between the Pomeranian and Maltese. Pomeranians and Maltese are both popular dogs that make affectionate and loving pets. Maltipoms are known as “designer dogs” and has become popular due to their energetic and social nature, as well as their ability to live happily with children, adults and senior citizens.
The Maltipom is known as a toy dog. Their fur can be a variety of different colors including black, black and tan, gray, and white. Their fur grows quite long and will require regular grooming to keep it as silky as possible. Malitpoms have small floppy ears and a thin face with a small snout. Their tails are usually long and very fluffy.
Maltipoms can reach a maximum height of 12 inches, and the smallest dogs can be 8 inches tall. They can be anywhere from 4 – 9 lbs. Due to their size, they are great dogs for apartment buildings as they will comfortable in smaller spaces that larger dogs might find uncomfortable.
With cross breeds, it is important to consider the temperaments of both parent breeds. Pomeranians, in general, are very playful, active, and friendly with strangers. Maltese are known to be even more playful and gentle, curious about other people and very trusting. Both of these breeds are very affectionate and loving and can be wonderful household pets.
With a Maltipom, you can get a mixture of these temperaments. Like any dog, there is always a risk that they can become aggressive to people they believe are threats. However, Maltipoms that are raised in a safe environment tend to very friendly towards both children and adults, rarely showing aggression or violence.
Maltipoms can be difficult to train for those who have little experience as dog owners. However, they are very affectionate and do not bark as much as other breeds of toy dogs. They love to be active, social, and require regular exercise.
Maltipoms have a life expectancy of anywhere from 12 – 15 years. They are generally healthy and not susceptible to many diseases, however, they can develop health issues including respiratory problems, eye infections, slipped stifle, and luxating patella. It is important to clean their eyes and ears frequently to avoid infections. They can also have problems with their teeth and it is important to give them dental bones every once in awhile. Exercise is also extremely important; these dogs will be much more health if they get daily walks.