The Maltipoo is a relatively new breed among the many designer dog breeds that have appeared on the scene in recent years. Crossed between the diminutive Maltese and a toy or Miniature Poodle, the Maltipoo typically has a round head, floppy ears, and a small stature, resulting in a puppy-like appearance throughout its life which usually spans from 10 to 13 years.
What’s the Average Lifespan of a Maltipoo?
The Maltipoo has an average lifespan of 10 to 13 years. Smaller breed dogs typically live between 10 and 15 years of age. If you’re looking for a companion that will live for many years, a small breed like the Maltipoo is a good bet for many years of companionship.
Why Do Some Maltipoos Live Longer Than Others? The 8 Factors:
Several factors can contribute to longevity in a Maltipoo. Genetics often play a factor—i.e. if the parent breeds were both long-lived—your Maltipoo will likely live a similar number of years.
General overall health can also be determined by the parent breeds, so if they were healthy, the offspring likely will live as long. Here are some additional factors that can determine how long a Maltipoo can live:
Nutrition is a key factor in determining the lifespan of a Maltipoo. A good pet food includes the right amount of protein, fats, vitamins, carbohydrates, and minerals. Nutritionally balanced pet food will give your pet strong muscles and bones, healthy skin and fur, and energy to spare. Do not overfeed your Maltipoo as it can become obese, which can result in diabetes, arthritis, bone issues, and organ failure. Avoid overfeeding your pet so it can live a long life.
2. Environment and Conditions
Maltipoos that live in a well-maintained home environment will live longer than pets that are mistreated. Chronic stress can be caused by negative punishment training sessions, harsh living conditions, and unpredictable social surroundings, which can lead to behavioral issues, as well as issues with the endocrine, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular systems.
3. Enclosure Size/Living Quarters/Housing
Enclosures for Maltipoos should be size appropriate and be kept clean and well-maintained. Maltipoos should be kept indoors for sleeping, eating, and play sessions, but will enjoy outdoor walks or some time in the yard to run around. Due to their small stature, Maltipoos should be kept under supervision when they are outside to avoid any issues with larger animals, such as coyotes.
The small size of the Maltipoo means it will live an average of 10 to 13 years, maybe longer. Potential pet owners who are looking for a dog that will live for many years will find the perfect companion in the small Maltipoo.
Sex doesn’t seem to be much of a determining factor in how long a Maltipoo lives. A recent study showed that sex only makes a small difference in determining longevity. Neutering seems to make a bigger impact on longevity in dogs; there was a small longevity male advantage in intact dogs, but in neutered dogs, females survived longer.
Genes can help determine longevity if we look at the health of the breed’s parents. Some other health factors are determined by the genes of the parent breeds. Toy and Miniature Poodles may have orthopedic problems, such as luxating patellas and Legg-Calve-Perthes, that could appear in offspring. Malteses may also have luxating patellas, as well as heart or liver issues.
While there is the potential for these issues to be lurking in a Maltipoo’s genetic history, it’s likely the offspring would live a long life if the parents lived a long, healthy life.
7. Breeding History
For pet owners looking to bring home their own Maltipoo, choosing a reputable breeder can make a difference in determining how long your Maltipoo may live. Reputable breeders work to screen out any serious genetic anomalies, as well as any behavior or other health issues that can affect longevity.
If you’ve brought home a Maltipoo and are looking into breeding it, make sure to work with a reputable breeder to make sure your pet is properly taken care of during the breeding process. Females may run into a variety of issues during the breeding process, including womb infections or problems giving birth, which can shorten the lifespan of your Maltipoo. Consider neutering to prevent unwanted pregnancies to give your pet a long life.
Annual visits to a veterinarian will help keep your Maltipoo healthy. Make sure to bring any concerns you may have about your pet’s health to your vet’s attention. No issue is too small to address with your vet, as many times, more serious health issues can be headed off by addressing the issue early.
The 6 Life Stages of a Maltipoo
Maltipoos go through the following life stages as they age:
How to Tell Your Maltipoo’s Age
Determining your Maltipoo’s age can be difficult to determine if you didn’t get your dog as a puppy from a breeder.
Maltipoos are healthy, small breed dogs that can give pet owners years of love and companionship if they are properly cared for during their lives. Regular vet checkups, a healthy diet, plenty of exercise, and a clean and loving home environment are all important to ensuring the longevity of your Maltipoo. Show your pet love by taking proper care of it and you’ll have a companion for years to come.
Featured Image Credit: 12photography, Shutterstock