|Families, seniors, singles, first time dog owners
|Hybrid / designer breed
|Affectionate, relaxed, playful
|Tendency to bark
|This breed has an around average probability of having health issues in its lifetime, hence it is one of the more affordable breeds to insure.
The Moodle was created by mixing Maltese dogs with Miniature or Toy Poodles. These breeds were selected in an effort to produce a small, hypoallergenic dog; however, Moodle owners report that they do still shed some fur.
The Moodle, or Maltipoo as it is known in the USA, is not officially recognised as a true breed, being a relatively new hybrid breed. A club called the North American Maltipoo/Maltepoo Club & Registry was formed because of the love and popularity surrounding the dog.
Moodle’s don’t have deep historical roots themselves; however, their parent breeds have lengthy histories and it is recommended to look into these to trace back the Moodle’s lineage.
The Moodle is a small sized dog with a fragile body, a cute face and expressive eyes.
There are 3 basic Moodle coat types: straight and silky, thick and curly, or wavy and wiry, depending on whether the Poodle or Maltese genes are dominant. Often the coat is fluffy, curly and a little scruffy, with a wool-like feel similar to a Poodle.
The Moodle coat comes in various colours including white, cream, peach, gold, brown, black and grey, either as a solid colour or a combination of two or more colours. In most cases, the influence of the Maltese ancestry results in a coat that is on the lighter side.
|3 to 8 kg
|Up to 20 cm
|Cream, white, silver, black or a mixture of all
|Medium to long
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Moodles or Maltipoos are known for being intelligent, loving, loyal, level-headed and affectionate. They are happy as long as they are with their companions and will seek out their affection.
The perfect lap dog in both size and temperament, Moodles make great family pets and are well suited as companions for seniors. They have a relaxed approach to life and can often be found lying in the laps of their owners. This laid back attitude doesn’t mean that they don’t like playing; in fact, they love playing with their owners.
Moodles are comfortable living in any environment and adapt well to smaller living environments such as apartments.
They do have a tendency to bark at strangers and noises, and early training and socialising will help to minimise these issues.
Moodles get along with children very well, however, children who play rough can easily cause physical injury to the Moodle because they are so small and fragile.
Moodles tend to develop a stronger relationship with teenagers and adults, who know how to handle their delicate nature, than with small children.
Their relaxed nature makes them an ideal companion to other animals in the household.
Moodles have fairly low exercise requirements but they do enjoy going for short walks.
They are easy dogs to train because they are very intelligent, which makes them a great choice for first time dog owners.
Highly sensitive to stern reprimands, loud voices or a chaotic households, the Moodle will benefit from a calm environment and lots of praise and positive reinforcement.
The Moodle or Maltipoo should be fed a high-quality dog food appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior) and level of activity. As a small breed, it is recommended to feed your adult Moodle at least two meals per day.
Small dogs can suffer from obesity, diabetes and dental problems, so extra care should be taken around their dietary and nutritional requirements. Avoid feeding them “people” food and excessive treats.
Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.
Thanks to their Poodle ancestry, Moodles shed little to no hair, making them an ideal pet for people with allergies.
However, Moodle coats require a lot of care and attention because their hair grows very fast. They need daily brushing and combing to prevent knots and tangles, and well as professional grooming and clipping every six weeks or so. Non-regular grooming can cause health problems for this breed.
Tear staining can occur around the Moodle’s eyes, which may require daily cleaning.
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