The Maltipoo is a small dog, weighing 5 to 20 pounds and standing 20 to 35 centimetres at the withers depending on which parent breed it takes after. This dog is a hybrid dog inheriting the physical features of its parent breeds, the Maltese and the Miniature Poodle. However, Maltipoos have a body structure resembling that of the Maltese than the Poodle. The head should not look too small or large with the rest of the body. It has a short muzzle, with dark nose and dark-coloured, tight lips. Its eyes are dark and round, while its ears are set high and wide apart.
When it comes to the coat, its length and texture vary depending on its parent breeds. Maltipoos may sport a soft wavy coat with a nice curl or scruffy harsh coat in general. The coat may differ in colours that include cream, white, apricot, silver, brown, café au lait, black, silver beige, grey, red, blue and phantom. There is one thing to note about its coat, which is the reason why the breed was developed – it is low shedding. The coat of a Maltipoo is believed to be hypoallergenic, although many will argue that there is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog.
However, despite its low-shedding coat, the Maltipoo still requires a good deal of grooming. It will need daily brushing to remove matts and tangles. It will also require bathing once a month. Like all dogs, it has other basic grooming needs aside from keeping its coat in top shape. Brush its teeth regularly, clean its ears to prevent wax build-up and trim the nails to avoid overgrowth.