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What should you consider before adopting Maltipoos?

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Maltipoos are friendly, outgoing dogs that maintain a puppy-like attitude throughout adulthood, even into their senior years; since they are a small breed (usually weighing between 5 and 15 pounds), it is relatively easy to satisfy their need for exercise without generous living quarters. Walking them twice daily provides an outlet for their natural energy. Since Maltipoos are crossbred dogs, their characteristics are more likely to vary than those of purebred animals.

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Many Maltipoos and other hybrids inherit the best personality traits of each parent, but some exhibit unpredictable traits. Maltipoos tend to be emotionally needy; they form close bonds with their human companions and may suffer from separation anxiety if kept from their masters for too long. Potential pet owners who must work long hours or travel a great deal may not find the breed to be suitable to their lifestyle.

Maltipoos typically inherit the poodle's low-shedding coat; however, since they are a mixed breed, this is not a guaranteed trait. Pet owners who suffer from allergies should consider adopting a known hypoallergenic purebred dog to avoid risks to their health. Brush your Maltipoo several times weekly to avoid tangles in its curly coat.

Like most small dogs, the Maltipoo has a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.

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