The Maltipoo is considered the “forever puppy.” Its youthful, innocent eyes and puppy playfulness melt your heart. Who wouldn’t want to take this dog home? Maltipoos are a cross between the Poodle and Maltese. You can find these dogs in several coat patterns and colors, but the most common colors are white, apricot, and cream.
In this post, we’re sharing facts about the White Maltipoo’s origin and what you can expect if you adopt one.
The Earliest Records of the White Maltipoo in History
Maltipoos weren’t bred until the 1990s. However, the two dog breeds that make up the Maltipoo, the Maltese and Poodle, have been around much longer.
Since ancient times, the Maltese has been a luxury lap dog favored by the rich and powerful since 3500 B.C. The Maltese adopted its name from Malta, an island 60 miles south of Sicily where people traded luxurious goods like spices, silks, and precious stones.
The Maltese was part of this trade, earning the title, “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta.”
Poodles came about later in history. Even though they’re a big part of France’s culture, the breed originated in Germany about 400 years ago. Poodles served a more practical purpose as water retrievers because of their infamous thick, curly coat and high intelligence.
How the White Maltipoo Gained Popularity
Poodle hybrid breeds are new compared to other dog breeds. Only in the past 40 years have they become famous.
Since the dawn of the Doodle, Poodle hybrids have been popping up everywhere. You can find a Poodle mix of any breed. But people seem to love Maltipoos because of their permanent puppy look and sweet nature.
We can’t pinpoint when and where the White Maltipoo entered the Poodle hybrid race. Still, it’s safe to say that they were the first Maltipoos to exist since Malteses are already white.
Formal Recognition of the White Maltipoo
Unfortunately, the American Kennel Club (AKC) doesn’t recognize Maltipoos because they’re crossbreeds. However, you can register your Maltipoo on the AKC’s Canine Partners Program for mixed breeds.
The good news is that the International Designer Canine Registry and American Canine Hybrid Club accept Maltipoos.
Top 3 Unique Facts About the White Maltipoo
1. Maltipoos are considered “hypoallergenic”
Because Maltipoos are half Poodle, they’re technically considered hypoallergenic. These dogs hardly shed and require a bath only once per month. However, they still need to be brushed daily. Otherwise, the fur mats.
2. The Greeks created tombs for their Maltese companions
Matlipoos are heirs to the throne, in a sense. Their ancestor, the Maltese, was so loved by royalty, the ancient Greeks created tombs just for their beloved Maltese dogs.
3. Maltipoos are lap dogs
Maltipoos stay true to their Maltese heritage by living in the lap of their master. Their tiny bodies and gentle nature make them a welcomed guest in our laps, but they are also vulnerable to the outdoors, so watch out.
Does the White Maltipoo Make a Good Pet?
Maltipoos are timid creatures with big hearts. They love their owners and crave affection every chance they get.
A Maltipoo needs an owner who is home often and enjoys having a dog in his or her lap. If they’re left alone too long and too often, Maltipoos will suffer separation anxiety. As long as they can get scheduled cuddle time, Maltipoos are relatively easy dogs.
Ideally, an apartment or inner-city life is best for a Maltipoo. These dogs don’t require much play and exercise. Walks, ball time, and perhaps a trip to the park are more than enough as long as they can spend time with their owners.
But be careful: their small stature and mellow manners make Maltipoos susceptible to outdoor danger. Thankfully, Maltipoos get along well with other dogs, kids, and strangers as long as they’re exposed in a healthy way.
Brush their coats daily and offer a bath monthly, and your Maltipoo will have a beautiful coat that you’ll enjoy snuggling.
The Maltipoo hasn’t been around for very long, so we don’t have much information on the mixed breed yet. But here’s what we know: Maltipoos are cute (an understatement), and they love everyone. For the right person, a Maltipoo could be a match made in heaven.
If you end up adopting a Maltipoo, ensure you check your local rescues first. Sadly, many designer dogs end up in shelters as much as other mixes. Move on to a reputable breeder if you can’t find one in your local shelter.
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