The Maltipom (sometimes called the Pomanees) is a hybrid breed that has been created by crossing two breeds: The Maltese and the Pomeranian. Such varieties are called “designer dogs”, and they are becoming increasingly popular as family companions. The Maltipom is not recognized by the AKC, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed (designer breed).
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 3-9 lbs. Lifespan: 12-15 years
The Maltipom is a very cute friendly and affectionate dog, with a proportional physique and lovely character. The Maltipom is generally great with young children. It is recommended that children be bigger before you bring it Maltipom at home because small children can be rude with this small dogs.
Affectionate, loyal and devoted, this breed has an energetic character. It gets along well with older children who know how to treat a dog. Also, the Maltipom coexists peacefully with other dog breeds and other pets who grew up with him in the same house. Maltipoms are very delicate little dogs, and if left alone for a long time, they tend to behave destructively and bark excessively. Suspicious of strangers, the Maltipom will immediately inform the family about unexpected visitors and unusual sounds.
Coat / Care:
Maltipoms can have both double and single coat. The coat is long and silky, or long, straight and very thick. The undercoat is very dense. In order to prevent tangling of the hair, Maltipoms require daily cleaning and thorough combing. Bathe your dog only if it’s really a necessity, using a mild shampoo. To prevent early teeth loss, it is very important to carefully maintain the dog’s oral hygiene.
The Maltipom is generally healthy hybrid breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to skin problems, tract, patellar luxation, eye diseases (such as glaucoma), heart diseases and respiratory problems including asthma. The Maltipom has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
Weight / Height
The male Maltipom dog breed’s height is around 8 – 12 inches and weighs around 3 and 9 pounds. Female Maltipom dogs can reach a size from 8 – 12 inches and weighs between 3 and 9 pounds.
It is recommended to go through early socialization and obedience training. Note that the Maltipom is not very obedient when it comes to cleanliness, so it is better to keep your pet in a special box at first. Do not use harsh or heavy-handed methods, in fact, education should be based on firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.
Maltipoms are well suited for keeping in a city apartment. Hence, these dogs need moderate activity. The Maltipom enjoys walking on a leash with the owner, he loves all kinds of family activities, as well as free games and walks in a well-fenced yard.
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