The Maltepoo (or Maltipoo or Moodle), a cross between the Maltese and the Poodle, adorns the arm of more than a few celebrities. The Maltepoo may inherit the low-shedding, low-dander coat of the Poodle, making the cross attractive for people with allergies. The diminutive dog can be a successful therapy dog, especially with the elderly. Responsible breeders are alert to health issues such as endocrine disorders, skin diseases, and eye disorders.


Small; 7 to 14 inches, 5 to 17 pounds.


Varies; black, but light colors such as white and cream more common.


Affectionate, loving, loyal, and sweet. Some prone to barking and aggression. Alert, active, and trainable.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Attentive individual or family with considerate children.


Daily exercise (walk, play session), leash, early socialization and patient training, regular ear care, daily brushing and combing plus clipping.

Life expectancy:

10 to 15 years.