Black Teacup Maltipoo Puppies Breed
The Maltipoo is a winning combination of a Maltese and poodle. Gentle, playful, and highly intelligent, this hybrid inherits every positive quality from each parent breed, making them a smart, active and affectionate crossbreed.
Maltipoos are patient, kind companions for everyone young and old. They'll fit right into almost any home, whether it's a busy family circus or a table for one. A Maltipoo won't get bigger than 20 pounds. It's because of this adorable disposition and a nearly "hypoallergenic" coat that Maltipoos are growing in popularity. Easy to train and easy to love, Maltipoos are a great choice for a first-time dog owner or animal lover.
Appearance Maltipoos won't grow to be more than 14 inches tall, putting them in the small dog category. They can range anywhere from 5–20 pounds. The soft coat is typically a medium-to-long length that's wavy or curly. Thanks to their diverse parent breeds, a Maltipoo can be just about any color, but they're most commonly white and cream. As a designer breed, it can be tough to predict their appearance for certain. They can be bicolor or tricolor, or even have a marbled coat.
Portrait of blonde maltipoo puppy Dark colored maltipoo puppy stands on grass wearing purple dog tags Left: Maltipoos shed very little, don't drool, and are so itty bitty that they're a good choice for people with allergies. | CREDIT: MANUELA NEULIST / GETTYRight: Because of their diverse parent breeds, Maltipoos can have wavy or curly coats that come in all kinds of
colors. | CREDIT: CEREAL WITH DOGS / GETTY There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog, as all produce allergy-inducing dander and saliva. However, because Maltipoos shed very little, don't drool much and are so small, this hybrid breed can be less likely to trigger allergies in some people.
Some potential owners seek an even smaller version of the Maltipoo, known as the "teacup Maltipoo," but buyers should beware—the breeding process for these miniscule pups can be unethical. It's important to note that the AKC doesn't recognize teacup breeds, as there are many health concerns that befall the tiny pups. Maltipoos are already tiny as is, so check with a veterinarian before seeking out a "teacup Maltipoo."
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Adam Christman, DVM, is a veterinarian in Brick, N.J., with a special interest in small animal medicine. He says when dogs are bred to be "teacup"-sized, breeders are only focusing on appearance and not on what is being done to the dog physiologically.
"The pocket dogs that you put in your purse, they're adorable, but they can have some problems," Christman says. "They can have terrible dental disease, they can have luxating patellas and they can have some heart disease issues. And when they're little, they're more susceptible, especially the little babies, to pneumonia and upper respiratory [problems]. I always like to educate and set expectations so that way pet parents know what they might be getting themselves into."
Here are some warning signs that can help you tell if a puppy breeder might be operating unethically: