Recommended for: Families, individuals & couples, people with allergies
Maintenance Level: Medium
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Temperament: Affectionate, relaxed, and placid
The Moodle, aka Maltipoo, is a toy breed dog that comes from mixing Maltese and Miniature Poodle genetics. Their coat is usually a little scruffy and curly, but it is often fluffy and feels like wool. Moodle’s shed little to no hair, making them an ideal pet for people with allergies.
Due to amount of hair they have, Moodle’s need daily brushing and professional grooming every month and a half. Non-regular grooming can cause health problems for this breed. Moodle’s usually come in cream, white, silver, or a mixture of all.
Moodle’s usually only grow to about 20 cm and can weigh anywhere between 2 kg and 9 kg. Their average life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.
It is known that the Moodle was created by mixing Maltese dogs with Miniature or Toy Poodles. They were cross-bred to be a hypoallergenic dog; however, people have reported that this breed sheds some fur on occasion.
This breed is not officially counted as a true breed, but a club called the North American Maltipoo/Maltepoo Club & Registry was formed due to the love and popularity surrounding the dog.
Moodle’s don’t have deep historical roots themselves, however, it is recommended to look into Maltese and Poodle’s history to trace back their lineage.
Moodle’s are known for being intelligent, loving, laid back dogs that like the occasional meet and greet with others. Their low energy levels cause them to take the relaxed approach with life and you can often find Moodle’s lying in the laps of their owners or going for short walks. That’s not to say that they don’t like playing! They love playing with their owners.
They are easy dogs to train because they are very intelligent which makes them a great dog for first time dog owners.
Moodle’s 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. The Moodle’s relaxed nature makes them an ideal companion to other animals in the household.
COMMON MOODLE DISEASES AND CONDITIONS
Possibly inherited, epilepsy is a neurological disorder which causes seizures that can manifest themselves in unusual behaviour, dizziness, rigidity and fainting spells. Though it is frightening to watch, the prognosis for affected dogs is usually quite good, and treatment is available.
- Patellar Luxation
Patellar luxation occurs when the bones of the patella are not aligned properly and as a result slip in and out of place, causing pain and an abnormal gait. Mild cases generally do not require treatment and do not impact too much on the dog’s life, but severe cases may require surgery.
- Portosystemic Shunt of the Liver (PSS)
Shunt of the liver is when an abnormal connection forms in between the portal vein or one of its offshoots and another vein, causing blood to bypass or ‘shunt’ the liver. It’s usually caused by a birth defect and symptoms include poor muscle development or stunted growth. Disorientation is another sign of portosystemic shunt of the liver. Surgery is often required if your dog develops PSS.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Progressive retinal atrophy refers to a family of eye conditions which lead to the gradual deterioration of the retina, causing first night blindness, then full blindness. There is no cure, but many dogs adapt easily to the loss of sight and can lead relatively normal lives, as long as their environment does not change too drastically.
INTERESTING MOODLE FACTS
Moodle’s develop a stronger relationship with teenagers and adults who know how to handle their delicate nature rather than small children.
The Moodle is considered a designer dog.
The Moodle is often called ‘the cutest dog ever’ because of their size and overall cuteness.
Moodle Pet Insurance Quote
Getting pet insurance for your Moodle will help ensure you can always afford the best vet care for them. Bow Wow Meow offers a range of flexible pet insurance options including cover for accidental injury, illness and routine care.
Wondering how much it would cost to insure your Moodle if you got one? It’s quick and easy to get a quote.
(Note: dogs must be over 8 weeks old to take out insurance, so please enter a birth date to reflect this when getting an indicative quote.)