I posted last month about wanting to get a maltese puppy. However, in my local newspaper I have been seeing ads for maltipoo puppies. Obviously, this is a mixed breed dog, but if I am looking for just a pet does it really matter if I go for the full breed or the mixed breed?
I am having some trouble finding info on the maltipoo such as size, temperment, health etc. Any advice would be great.
you are having trouble because ther eis no standard for this dog. since it is a mix of 2 breeds, it could have any amount of characteristics, temperment, looks form one breed, or both breeds. there are no guarantees. and if you want a pet, and you meet these dogs, and like them, then why not get it.
Here is a list of questions you should ask the breeder you plan on buying a puppy from 1. How long have you been in the breed? What others have you bred? You want a breeder who is experienced of their breed. A breeder producing litters of many different breeds of dog is not going to be your ideal choice and probably should be suspected as a puppy-mill or backyard breeder. 2. What kind of congenital defects are present in this breed? What steps are you taking to decrease these defects? Avoid anyone who says "none", or "not my dogs!". There are genetic problems that are present in almost every breed. Do some research and make sure you know what kind of answer you should be getting. Avoid anyone who is breeding dogs with genetic problems, or who is not testing their dogs and bitches. 3. Do you have the parents on site? Can I see them? You should be able to see the mother and any other dogs on site when you visit. If the breeder hesitates, you should wonder why. Maybe the dogs are not kept in clean, healthy conditions. Maybe they are too aggressive. 4. What are the good and bad points of the parents? What titles to they have? The dogs should have good temeperaments. Reputable breeders show their dogs. The dogs should be champions. This is important because the breeder should be trying to improve the breed, they will be comparing their dogs to other breeders and trying to breed dogs that match the standard. The only way to do that is to show their dogs. Many breeders compete in obedience as well, and will have Companion Dog (CD) or other obedience titles for the parents. Often, this is a good benchmark for temperament and behavior. 5. Can you explain the puppy's pedigree? A good breeder should be able to tell you something about dogs on your puppy's pedigree. Have them explain the often cryptic letters and titles awarded. They should be able to at least provide you with a 4 generation pedigree and be able to tell you about the dogs.
6. Where were the puppies raised? How have you socialized them? You want the breeder to have raised the puppies in the house, around the normal daily activities of a household so they are used to the noises and activity of humans. Socialization is so important to getting a well-adjusted, well-mannered dog. Puppies should have been exposed to people, other dogs, new situations, normal household sounds and activities in order to learn. A puppy raised without this important social interaction can be shy, fearful, aggressive, or have other problems as they get older. Dogs need to know how to play, how to handle new situations, how to relate to people. 7. How many litters do you have a year? Breeders producing more than 1 or 2 litters a year are probably not paying enough attention to the genetics and health of the puppies. If it is a small breeder, even two a year may be too much to be able to make sure that the breeding is going to be successful and produce healthy puppies. Definitely avoid anyone who always has puppies. Avoid a breeder who is breeding their bitch every year. If someone has unexpected puppies avoid them too. All puppies should be "expected" and well planned. 8. What guarantees do you have for this puppy? At the very least, the breeder should guarantee the puppy against any debilitating genetic problems, and insure that the puppy is in good health. A breeder should be prepared to take any dog back for any reason because this is part of being an ethical breeder. It is the breeders duty to make sure that the puppies have a good home and that it stays that way. 9. When can I take the puppy home? Puppies usually go home between 8 and 12 weeks. Avoid anyone sending very young puppies home. Puppies sent home too early don't have the chance to develop healthy interactions with other dogs, and can be sickly or have problems eating. 10. You should trust the breeder. If you feel uncomfortable with your breeder it may be best to continue your search.
I agree with Eskiegirl. If you want a pet, get whatever one you like best. If you get a Maltese, that is a breed and the breeder can tell you how big your puppy will get and what kind of temperment it will have. A Maltipoo is the mix of two breeds and can have varied looks, size and temperment. Most mixes are wonderful, loving pets. Be sure to check with your local dog shelter or humane society for a mix.Many end up there because the were accidents from careless people. Also remember to get your puppy spayed or neutered. Good luck and have fun.