Maltipom (Maltese & Pomeranian Mix)

Height: 8-13 inches
Weight: 4-10 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: White, tan, black, grey, black and tan, black and white, tricolored
Suitable for: Quiet homes, dog owners looking for low-shed dogs, families with older children
Temperament: Active, Affectionate, Needy, Loyal, Playful

Crossed between a Maltese and a Pomeranian, Maltipoms have quickly reached the top of the designer dog breed list and are here to stay. Often comparable in size and demeanor to the Maltipoo (Maltese x Poodle), these fluffy companions are full of personality and charm. They’re the perfect mix for dog owners that are looking for a low-shedding dog that can adapt to most households, as well as families with older children looking for a small dog. Let’s take a closer look at the Maltipom and if this hybrid is the right choice for you:

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Maltipom Puppies – Before You Buy…

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Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

What’s the Price of Maltipom Puppies?

Purebred Pomeranian puppies have a wide range in price, fetching anywhere between $600 to over $3500. Purebred Maltese dogs are even more expensive, usually around $1100-4500. They’re both popular breeds that are constantly in demand, so even dogs mixed with either can be expensive.

Knowing these prices and the fact that they’re advertised as “specialty hybrids” and “designer dogs”, you should prepare to pay between $600-1500 for one Maltipom puppy. Genetics, lineage, and physical characteristics are all variables in how to price a puppy individually.

Alternatively, you can look at rescues and shelters for Maltipoms in need of new homes, which can lower the price a little. Usually, rescue fees are around $150-400 and most of the money is for vet bills and other shelter costs.

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3 Little-Known Facts About Maltipom

1. Most Maltipoms are First-Generation Hybrids

Some designer dog breeds have established generations like the Labradoodle, but Maltipoms are typically the result of crossing a purebred Maltese and a purebred Pomeranian. This makes their appearances vary more than second-generation puppies, even within the same litter.

2. They Usually have Pom Ears

A lot of Maltipoms have the upright, teddy bear ears of the Pomeranian instead of the floppy ears of the Maltese. There is a chance your Maltipom won’t inherit the Pom ears, however, and it shouldn’t be expected.

3. Maltipoms are Vocal Dogs

While their size is great for city life and Maltipoms can adapt to most environments, these little dogs love to bark. This is more likely from the Pomeranian side since they’re quite vocal, so this mix may not do well in an apartment.

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The parents of the Maltipom. Left: Maltese (Source: PickPik), Right: Pomeranian

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Maltipom

Maltipoms are not purebred dogs, so it can be difficult to know what kind of temperament your puppy will have. By looking at the parents and their breed qualities, you can get a rough idea as to what you’ll be dealing with when you get your Maltipom puppy.

Pomeranians are alert, active dogs that love to be center stage, so they’ll enjoy spending time being social. They’re sturdy enough to play with children but may get nippy with kids that are too rough. These small dogs are smart and can learn a multitude of tricks, but their stubborn streaks may make it difficult at first. Pomeranians are naturally excessive barkers, so expect a lot of barking if someone is on their property.

Maltese dogs are known for their gentle but playful nature, which helps balance out the stubbornness that Pomeranians tend to have. These dogs love to spend all day with their owners and do not do well left alone, so your Maltipom may follow you around the house. They are also vocal like the Pomeranian but to a slightly lesser degree.

These bright and cheerful lapdog hybrids have great temperaments and love to be social, without the less stellar traits that purebred Poms and Maltese dogs have. Both Pomeranians and Maltese dogs are highly intelligent and can excel at obedience, so it’s safe to say your Maltipom will do well in these areas as well.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Yes- to an extent. Maltipoms are best for families with older, calmer children due to their small and somewhat fragile size. If you have kids that tend to play rough, a bigger dog may be a better option. Otherwise, Maltipoms have enough energy and playfulness to be excellent family dogs that will enjoy family gatherings and outings.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Generally, Maltipoms do well with other pets with easy socialization with other dogs and animals. They can live amongst other animals peacefully, but it’s easier if they’ve all been raised together. The only issue may come with jealousy and possessive attitude towards their favorite person, but that can be corrected if it’s caught in time. If your house already has established pets, make sure to safely introduce them to prevent potential fighting or aggression.

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Things to Know When Owning a Maltipom:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Both Maltese dogs and Pomeranians are prone to dental issues, so a high-quality crunchy kibble is the best way to maintain good oral hygiene. Wet food can be given in addition to kibble, but it’s crucial not to overfeed to prevent obesity. Regardless, we recommend asking your veterinarian what’s best to feed your Maltipom puppy.

Exercise 🐕

Though they may be small, Maltipoms will need daily physical and mental exercise to prevent issues like obesity and destructive behavior from boredom. A few brisk walks a day should be enough, though some may want longer walks. These dogs do best with a fenced-in yard since they love to run around as they play. While they may not be up for a five-mile hike, they tend to enjoy spending time outdoors.

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Training 🎾

Small dogs have a bad reputation for being difficult to train, but that’s because early and consistent training is crucial for a well-behaved, happy dog. Maltipoms are no exception and tend to be sensitive to harsh correction, so positive reinforcement training with food-based treats is the best route to go. Yelling or leash-pulling will only create a resentful, stubborn Maltipom, so it’s important to be patient and calm while training.

Since Maltipoms come from two smart dog breeds, mental stimulation is important for their mental wellbeing. Teaching your Maltipom fun new games and tricks will not only provide exercise, but it will build a strong, affectionate bond with your new puppy. Another great option is group obedience classes, which can also help socialize your new Maltipom pup.

Grooming ✂️

Although variation between litters and puppies can happen, most Maltipoms inherit the soft, silky texture of the Maltese and the thick, fluffy double coat of the Pomeranian. Your Maltipom will need daily brushing to prevent matting and to help remove loose fur. A nice bath will help keep dirt and debris from sticking to the coat but be careful not to over bathe and cause dry skin. Coat clipping and trimming should only be done by a professional groomer if the coat gets too long, especially if your Maltipom has a double-layer coat.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Maltipoms haven’t been around for nearly as long as other designer dog breeds, which can make it difficult to tell what kind of health issues your new puppy may develop. Even with “established” designer dog breeds like Labradoodles, it’s almost impossible to know what can happen. However, going over the common health problems of both Pomeranians and Maltese dogs can give us a more limited scope on what to expect in terms of health for your Maltipom:

Common Health Problems of Pomeranians
  • Luxating Patella
  • Dental Issues (tooth loss, bleeding gums, etc.)
  • Collapsed trachea
  • Alopecia X (coat loss)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Seizures
  • Hip Dysplasia
Common Health Problems of Maltese
  • Dry or Sensitive Skin
  • Luxating Patella
  • Dental Issues (tooth loss, gum issues, etc.)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Ear and Eye Conditions

Most of these health issues are treatable and usually don’t end in death, which is why both Pomeranians and Maltese dogs have long lifespans. Both purebreds suffer from similar conditions, so you may be facing issues like Luxating Patella and some dental issues. More serious conditions like Hip Dysplasia may also occur, depending on the health history of your Maltipom’s parents.

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Male vs Female

Some small dog owners will swear that male dogs are harder to train, but others will say the exact opposite. Male dogs like to mark their territories, which can be difficult to handle if not taken care of right away. However, not all male dogs have this trait and shouldn’t be the main deciding factor. Unless you have other pets that may get aggressive with other same-sex dogs, the option is strictly a choice.

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Final Thoughts

Maltipoms are fun, loving lapdogs that are relatively easy to train and have long lifespans. They’re great hybrids for people looking for a unique lapdog with lots of personalities, especially for families looking for a smaller dog. These little dogs love being social and will do well in most situations, so they’re perfect for dog owners that love taking their dogs everywhere. With patience and proper attention, your new Maltipom puppy will quickly become your best friend.


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