Cavapoo vs Maltipoo – Which ‘Poo’ Does it for You?

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Maltipoo’s are a mix between a Maltese and a Poodle. Maltese dogs are friendly, cute little family dogs that are very popular as house hold pets.  

Cavapoo vs Maltipoo – which “Poo” does it for you?

Poodles are intelligent and easy to train, lively and very active.

Mixing these two breeds has created the Maltipoo known for it’s fun-loving and affectionate nature.

Toy Poodle
Toy Poodle
Maltipoo vs Cavapoo

Cavapoo vs Maltipoo Size

The Cavapoo can reach a height of 9-14 inches (23-35cm) depending on which poodle type was used and weight anything from 12 to 25 ibs (5-11kg).

Adult Maltipoos can range in size from a just 3 pounds (1.36 kg) to a solid 20+ pounds (9 kg) while there height can range from 6 to 14 inches (15.24 to 35.56 cm).

The majority of Maltipoos however, are between 7 and 13 pounds (3.1 and 5.8 kg).

At this weight range, the height (from floor to top of the shoulder blades) will typically range from 8 to 12 inches (20.32 to 30.48 cm).

Cavapoo vs Maltipoo Coat

The Maltipoo’s coat is medium to long in length, with a soft, fluffy texture and some degree of wave or curl, depending on what it inherits from it’s parents.

The Cavapoo coat is very similar.

Poodles are known to be low shedding so Cavapoo and Maltipoo puppies can also be low shedding if they inherit more of the poodle’s genes.

The Maltese is primarily a white dog so the Maltipoo gets most of it’s color from the Poodle.

Maltipoo colors can be a parti or solid color. Parti color is a combination of any two colors.

Apricot, Black, Brown, Blue, Cream, Silver, White, Gray or Silver Beige is the most common colors found in the Maltipoo.

Cavapoo colors can also be parti or a solid color.

Red, red and white, cream, black, apricot, tri-color (black, white and tan), sable, black and white are the most common Cavapoo colors.

Cavapoo vs Maltipoo Temperament

Cavapoos’ sweet disposition and friendliness make them superb companions.

They are extremely social and they love small children making them fabulous family pets. 

Cavapoos also get along well with other animals and are amazing therapy dogs.

Maltipoos are smaller and a bit more fragile then Cavapoos.

Families with very small children would not be suitable for this cross breed as the Maltipoo can easily break a bone if dropped.

Generally, Maltipoos are sweet, active and loving dogs that do require regular walks.

Cavapoo vs Maltipoo Health Issues

The Cavapoo is at risk of inheriting a disease from either the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or the Poodle.

From the Cavalier side, the main risk would be MVD (mitral heart valve disease). 

Make sure that you you use a reputable breeder who is actively doing there best to eradicate MVD from there breeding lines.

As long as you do this then your Cavapoo should be just fine.

Poodles are prone to Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Addison’s Disease and Thyroid Issues.

Since both the Cavapoo and Maltipoo have the poodle as one of there parents, both cross breeds can inherit these diseases.

The Maltipoo can suffer from a variety of diseases and ailments.

Some of them include Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation, White Shaker Syndrome and Legg Calve Perthes Disease.

Health issues are found in every breed but this does not mean that your puppy will inherit a disease.

It just makes it really important that the correct health checks are being done by the breeder.

Maltipoo adult
Adult Maltipoo
Cavapoo mom and puppy
Cavapoo Puppy and Mother

Cavapoo vs Maltipoo – which one to choose?

Both cross breeds are worthy of consideration.

Cavapoos are loyal, very affectionate, friendly, affectionate and loving. They thrive on human companionship.

Cavapoos’ that inherit a more poodle like coat are less likely to shed and are classified as low shedding. The life span of these dogs is around 13-15 years.

Maltipoos are also warm and affectionate with a sociable temperament.

They are not as friendly with younger children as a Cavapoo is and can nip if teased.

Maltipoos can be prone to barking a lot so if you stay in an apartment this might cause a problem. There lifespan is 10-15 years.

Both cross breeds are smart and trainable and require the same amount of exercise.

I highly recommend these toys, whether you decide to get a Cavapoo or a Maltipoo as they are suitable for both cross breeds.

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Irma Bense is an experienced dog owner with over 43 years of experience with dog showing, dog breeding, dog training and general dog ownership. Her love for spaniels also includes the Cavapoo, a wonderful mix breed between a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Presently she is the proud parent of two Cocker Spaniels, Charli and Bailey and one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Tucker.

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