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    Maltese or MaltiPoo

    Was wondering if there's anyone out there that can tell me if these are good with kids and if they are hard to house train? I have read that maltese are really stubborn about the housetraining issue. Interested in these because of the low shedding and smaller size.

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    Re: Maltese or MaltiPoo

    I have a maltese bichon cross and I can tell you that they are smart yet stubborn at times. My pup was not particularly hard to housebreak. I did crate training though and I feel that this helped develop his bladder control.

    My dog is also awesome with kids. We took him to a friend's house who had a toddler and an infant and he was sooo gentle with the toodler! While he would've normally run rabid at a new house, he walked up to him and gently licked his hand. The whole afternoon he sat with the llittle boy and quietly played with a ball on the floor next to him. When the baby started crying, it didn't seem to faze him at all either.

    I've heard good things about maltipoos. Poodles are highly intellegent dogs and maltese are known to be gentle around children so I would definitely say go for it! Although I would be leery if I had small kids because they tend to be small and could get hurt rather easily.
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    Maltipoo is not a breed, in the sense that there is not a consistent look/personality that is being developed.

    With that said, I own a maltese/poodle cross. He is 11 months old. He is still only 99% housebroken. He's incredibly intelligent, easy to teach tricks, eager to please. I wouldn't even say he's stubborn. Of course, my other dog is a Boston Terrier, so it's pretty tough to call any breed stubborn after dealing with her :P

    The housebreaking issue has been frustrating, to say the least. It's not a matter of him being stubborn. It's not a matter of him not understanding where to go. It's not a matter of him being asked to hold it too long. It's not even consistent enough for me to pinpoint the problem. He'll have no problem for two weeks and then one day, despite the schedule not having changed, he'll have an accident just inside the door.

    Odo is a little on the yappy side and likes to warn me of any and all danger, especially youtube videos, which he finds particularly threatening for some reason. He's an extraordinarily affectionate and friendly dog. He loves to cuddle and be held.

    Notice that I'm just saying how my dog behaves, and not generalizing to all maltese/poodle crosses because, as I said above, they don't breed true. You could get one that is a poodle personality in a maltese body, a maltese personality in a poodle body, or some combination. You don't just get the best of both breeds when you mix them up.

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    Just remember a Maltipoo is a Mutt. It is a Mixed breed dog crossed with a Maltese and a Poodle and no responsible breeder would be breeding a mixed dog like that. As with most mutts, it's going to be a toss up on what you get. You may get a dog more like a Poodle's temperament or one like a Maltese. It's a complete dice game. They also could have the same medical issues as both the parents.

    A Maltese you can understand more about because they are already a set breed. You can know somewhat what to expect, how big they will get, hair, shedding and such.

    So much be careful what you do and think about it honestly.

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    Re: Maltese or MaltiPoo

    Thanks for the input! I never really thought about the ifs of mixing the breeds and the combinations that could come out as far as the temperments go. Are there any suggestions as to what would be best? I'm trying to be smart and get the right one to begin with, it will be family. I do know I want as low shedding as possible, and good with kids.

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    with a toy dog it really comes down to how are YOUR kids with small dogs that will determine how well the dog will be with your kids. Also lots of training and not giving the dog privilages that he hasn't earned. The dog should never feel like he/she is more important than your children.
    Most small dogs learn to fear children from bad experiances, being picked up rougly, being droped, hair pulled, ect.
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