How to Take Care of a Maltese Poodle

by Carolyn Barton, Demand Media

    The Maltese poodle is known commonly as a Maltipoo. It is a "designer" mixed breed created by breeding a Maltese and a Poodle. Both breeds are well known as companion dogs, showing a lot of loyalty and affection to their people. As non-shedding breeds, they are better suited for people with allergies.

    Items you will need

    • Dog food
    • Soft bristle brush
    • Shampoo
    • Guillotine nail clippers

    Step 1

    Feed twice a day with a high quality dog food, either dry, wet or a mixture of both. A cup and a half of food split between two feedings is sufficient for most Maltese Poodles. Keep fresh water available at all times.

    Step 2

    Schedule yearly appointments for vaccinations, such as rabies and distemper, as well as for check ups to catch any potential health problems before they worsen. Some Maltipoo's are prone to illnesses, such as white shaker syndrome and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), which are easier to treat if caught early.

    Step 3

    Brush her coat daily to remove loose hair and dirt. Use a soft bristle brush, and remember to brush her belly and legs as well as the top part of her body. Bathing is needed only once or twice a month unless she gets dirty. Use warm water and a mild dog shampoo. Nail clipping also is needed once or twice monthly, depending on the rate the nails grow. Clip small sections of the nail using guillotine clippers, being very careful not to cut the quick of the nail.

    Step 4

    Provide daily exercise to keep her in good health. Dogs who are not exercised sufficiently often develop behavior problems due to excess energy. A 30-minute walk, or games of tug of war and fetch will burn off energy and keep her in shape.

    Tip

    • A Maltipoo is a social companion animal. Avoid keeping them in yards or kennels where they receive little socialization. Keeping them indoors with the rest of the family is ideal.

    About the Author

    Carolyn Barton has an associate degree in business management from Seminole Community College and has been writing professionally since 2007. Her articles have appeared on websites such as Firehouse.com. She specializes in website content and ghostwrites for several private clients. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in journalism.