How Much Do Maltipoo Puppies Cost?
A Maltipoo is a hybrid of a Maltese and Poodle breed. This can be considered quite a combination since both breeds are toy and show dogs at the same time. While it isn’t necessarily a breed, the correct term is known as a Maltese/Poodle mix, but the Maltipoo name has quickly caught on.
How much is it?
- The cost will depend on the age, the parents, quality, colors, breeder and your geographical location. The average price for Maltipoo puppies can range anywhere from $400 to $1,000. Remember, this is considered a “mutt,” so it won’t command high AKC prices. If the dog costs more than $1,000, then it’s wise to either question the breeder or move onto another seller.
- A teacup Maltipoo, which is much smaller than a standard Maltipoo, can cost $600 to $1,000.
- Pawster.com says depending on the quality of the parent breeders, the price may be a little higher, but you should plan on spending more than $1,000 for a Maltipoo.
What is going to be included?
- A reputable breeder will include up-to-date vaccinations, a health certificate from a licensed veterinarian, health guarantee, which covers any vet bills for the next 30 to 90 days and a travel crate if it’s going to be shipped via an airline. Some shelters and breeders may also include simple starter packs that may include toys, food and supplements.
- Depending on the breeder, the dog may be crate and/or potty trained. Also, with the Maltipoo, many breeders have the dew claws removed.
- The coat will be curly, long, straight or slightly wavy. Common colors include gray, white, gold, cream, chocolate, black and a light apricot hue.
- The average height is 12 to 15 inches, and this breed can weigh five to 14 pounds. This can vary, however, since this is a mixed-breed and genectics will come from two different size ranges. The main factor will be the Poodle used during the crossbreeding since there are three common Poodle sizes.
What are the extra costs?
- Registering your dog, if necessary, can cost anywhere from $8 to $32. depending on your county or city ordinances.
- Recurring fees such as food, toys, accessories and routine or surprise vet visits. It’s best to budget at least $30 to $50 per month.
- If the dog has to be shipped via an airline, the costs can range from $150 to $350, depending on the airline and how far it has to travel. The same can be said for breeders who have to travel to a meeting spot that’s usually outside of 25 to 35 miles.
- The cost will require a daily brushing at least once per day, and if you don’t have the time to groom your dog’s coat, bi-weekly grooming sessions are highly recommended.
- Due to the dog’s stubbornness, it may need obedience classes to teach it the basic commands such as sit and lay down. The costs of classes will greatly depend on where you take your dog and can cost anywhere from as little as $50 for a group session to hundreds of dollars for a private session.
Tips to know:
- These dogs can live in any type of atmosphere. Whether it’s a countryside or it’s a smaller condo, these breeds can adapt rather well to its surroundings.
- The Maltipoo is known to be sporty, cheerful and very lively. They are known to be active, alert and agile. As for its temperament, it can be very loving, loyal, affectionate and will do best in homes with a calmer atmosphere. They are known to do well with older children who are more considerate.
- They do not make great watchdogs because of their loving personality. They tend to warm up to just about anyone pretty fast.
- If your Maltipoo has been known to bark when you’re ready to leave the home, it could be a sign of a separation anxiety, something this breed is well known for.
- Since this dog isn’t considered a true breed, some breeders may claim that a mixed breed is always healthier than a purebred; this isn’t true. When adopting any dog, always make sure you get a health certificate from a licensed vet before investing hundreds of dollars.
- The average life expectancy is 10 to 15 years, and with any dog, a higher quality dog food and routine vet visits can increase its lifespan.
- Are they hypoallergenic? They do shed very little and are a great alternative for those who suffer from allergies; however, there’s no such thing as a true hypoallergenic dog because all dogs will shed some sort of dander and saliva, which in turn, carry allergens. The best way to find out if you will be allergic to the breed is simply by spending a lot of time with the dog.
How can I save money?
- Consider a local rescue group that specializes with this breed. Older dogs, especially if they are trained, can be just as loving and will cost a lot less than a puppy. Plus, you’re giving a dog a home that really needs one. When adopting any dog, always consider a local shelter or rescue group before even considering a private breeder who breeds for money.
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