You may see that a Maltipoo is a cute dog. Then, you may try to look for some information about this dog and you read that it is an F1 maltipoo. What does it mean? Here, we will give you some information about F1 Maltipoo and the other things related to Maltipoo.
What is F1 Maltipoo?
If you find about F1 when you read an article about dog breed, it is not about car racing. F1 Maltipoo means the first generation of hybrids which are bred from purebred Maltese and purebred Toy Poodles as parents. Now, how about the F1B hybrid? It is 75% Poodle where it is one purebred Toy Poodle and an F1 first generation Maltipoo as parents. How about F2/ F2B Maltipoo? F2 or F2B is the second generation Maltipoo which is produced by crossing the (F1 x F1 = F2 hybrid or a (F1B x F1 = F2B) hybrid.
Shedding of F1, F1B and F2/F2B Maltipoo
F1 Maltipoo generation has a high risk of shedding. However, most of them do not shed. Most of them shed very lightly. When they do shed, they do not have an undercoat and they shed very little hair which you may not notice.
F1B hybrids have coats which are beautiful, curly and plush. They have the maximum chance to be non shedding. There is a claim for some breeders that the F1 first generation in Maltipoo is healthier and hypoallergenic. While there is no issue with the F1 first generation, the F1b generation always has a bigger chance to wipe out bad genes which are responsible for a lot of health issues.
F2 and F2B generations have a success rate for non shedding. However, the F2 generation may be able to develop some health issues which arise from a weak bone structure. How about the health of F2B Maltipoo? They are healthier.
Temperament of Maltipoo
Maltipoo is usually smart, friendly, tolerant, and very loving. Even Maltipoo of all generations are able to be friendly to everyone including kids and strangers. So, they are a good option for a family pet. In addition, they are also gentle, trustworthy, cheerful, affectionate and highly trainable lapdogs. They have a high desire to please. They are able to be taught a lot of tricks.
The Size of Maltipoo
The height of a Maltipoo is about 10 to 12 inches and their weight is about 10 pounds. Why are they very small? It is because they are a tiny designer toy.
The Barkings and Bite of Maltipoo
Before you buy a Maltipoo, you may wonder whether they bark a lot or not. Well, same as all toy dogs, Maltipoos can bark a lot. However, if you are able to train them well, you are able to make them bark less. You are able to avoid the attention-seeking barking of your Maltipoo by setting a schedule for playing, walking and training. If your Maltipoo is used to schedule and knows that they will get attention soon, they will not bark a lot. If you have the older Maltipoo, it will be easy for you to train them because the older ones can learn fast. However, if your Maltipoo is a puppy, you have to be more patient because they can be hard to teach.
How about their bite? Do they bite? Maltipoos can be aggressive of fear. The size of Maltipoos are very small and they may be intimidated because of their small size or known as small dog syndrome. Naturally, puppy Maltipoo is playful. If they bite and nip, it is their way to let you know that they want to play. Besides, biting can also be a sign that they are too excited. During playtime, they may be too excited so that it will lead them to bite unintendedly.
Feeding of Maltipoos
Feeding is one of the important things that you should think about when you decide to have a dog. For a Maltipoo, it is recommended for you to give them a daily amount 5/8 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dog food which is divided into two meals.
However, it is important for you to know that the amount of your adult dog eats will depend on their size, build, age, metabolism and activity level. A dog which is highly active will need more food than a couch potato dog. If you are able to buy better food for your dog, it will nourish your dog well. So, if you are able to measure their food and feed them twice a day rather than leaving food out all the time, you can keep your Maltipoo in good shape. You may be afraid that they are overweight. Well, you are able to give them the eye test and the hands-on test to know whether they are overweight or not. To do that, firstly you have to look down at him. You should see a waist of them. After that, you have to put your hands on their back, thumbs along the spine, with the fingers spread downward. Make sure that you can feel but not see his ribs without pressing hard. If you can’t, it means that they may be overweight and you have to reduce the portion of their food and give them more exercise.
Grooming of Maltipoos
Maltipoos have a low shedding and low dander coat. They also have a soft, fluffy, wool-like texture. For grooming, they need daily brushing. It is done to keep their coat clean and free of mats. There are a lot of Maltipoos which are clipped to keep the coat tidy and cool. Usually, they only need clipping once or twice a year. However, their head may need a monthly trim.
You can bathe them at least once a month. You can trim the hair around their eyes to keep them looking neat. Also, make sure that their ears are clean. Brushing their teeth is also another thing that you can do. You can do that at least two or three times a week. Trim their nails once or twice a month.