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Do Maltipoos Bark a Lot? How Much & How to Stop It

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on July 16, 2024 by Dogster Team


Do Maltipoos Bark a Lot? How Much & How to Stop It

Maltipoos are an increasingly popular designer breed known for their adorable teddy bear-like appearance and friendly personalities. They’ve become a firm favorite among many dog lovers. Many factors are driving their popularity; they’re especially suited to living in urban areas because they’re small, non-shedding, sweet-natured, and easy to care for.

Apartment dwellers or anyone with neighbors nearby will be concerned about the likelihood of their dog barking. If you’re worried about their propensity to vocalize, you’ve come to the right place, and we have great news!

Although all dogs vocalize, Maltipoos are not likely to be loud or persistent barkers. If your Malitpoo is the exception to the rule, don’t worry. We have you covered.


Maltipoo Genetics

Maltipoos are an adorable, cuddly hybrid breed, and they’re a mix of two breeds: the Poodle and the Maltese. Regarding vocalization, both the Poodle and Maltese are on the quieter end of the scale for dogs. Poodles, valued for their intelligence and trainability, are typically well-behaved and not usually given to excessive barking. Although they bark to alert their owners to strangers or danger, they are generally quiet dogs.

Maltese, on the other hand, are known for being energetic and playful, which can sometimes lead to more barking. However, they, too, are not known to be excessive barkers. In terms of the Maltipoo hybrid, as with all hybrid dogs, it can be difficult to predict how much they will bark. It can vary depending on which parent they take after more. However, it’s safe to say that Maltipoos, on average, do not bark excessively.

Learned Behaviors & Environment

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First off, we must emphasize that all dogs bark. Barking is a natural form of communication for canines and serves various purposes, such as alerting their owners to strangers or potential danger, expressing excitement or boredom, or seeking attention. Maltipoos may not have the same deep, intimidating bark as a larger dog, but they can certainly make their presence known.

Some are more vocal than others, regardless of how they’re trained or raised. Much of whether or not a Maltipoo barks depends on their owner’s training methods and their environment.

Feeling Bored

One of the Maltipoo’s parent, the Poodle, is known for their high intelligence. They need regular mental stimulation to keep them entertained. Boredom is one of the main reasons why a Maltipoo may bark a lot. As a result of their Poodle roots, your Maltipoo may also require a great deal of mental stimulation.

If a Maltipoo is cooped up inside for prolonged periods with few toys and no one to engage with, they will eventually become frustrated. Bored Maltipoos can bark excessively. Getting attention and expressing frustration is a priority, especially if they have been lonely all day and missing their best friends.

Fear of People & Other Dogs

Malitipoos will do their best to seem scary and threatening when they feel in danger or scared. One of the most common reasons Maltipoos bark is fear of people or other dogs. If your pet is particularly timid around new people or animals, they may be more prone to barking out of fear.

They may also become territorial if they sense strangers approaching their home. Even the bravest of dogs can have moments of anxiety, and from such a low and non-threatening vantage point, the world must sometimes be a scary place for Maltipoos. Barking is a natural response for dogs.

That’s why it’s vital to address the underlying fear or anxiety to reduce excessive barking.

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Separation Anxiety

Potential owners should know these intelligent, loving little dogs can suffer from separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is the excessive worry or distress caused by the absence of an owner or companion. The signs can include destruction of furniture, pacing or circling doors before being left alone, defecation in inappropriate places due to stress, barking, and howling.

If it’s not treated, separation anxiety can become quite intense; it is, therefore, important for Maltipoo owners to research preventative measures beforehand if they plan on leaving their pets for extended periods throughout the day. You don’t want to inadvertently break your lil’ Maltipoo’s heart whenever you walk out the door.


How to Put a Stop to It

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In order to reduce unwanted vocalization in Maltipoos, or any canine for that matter for that matter, the key is to address the underlying causes of excessive barking.

Exercise & Mental Stimulation Are Essential

Owners need to ensure that their Maltipoos get enough exercise because it helps keep them from becoming bored and resorting to excessive barking. Exercise can reduce stress levels. Taking your Maltipoo for regular walks or playing games outdoors is an ideal way to provide them with the physical activity they need so they can bark less and remain healthy and active throughout their lives.

In addition, providing mental stimulation activities, such as interactive puzzles, can prevent boredom-related behaviors.

Address Separation Anxiety Head-On

While it may seem like a nuisance, there are ways to address this behavior and help your pup become more comfortable with being apart from you. The first step is to provide your Maltipoo with a crate or designated space where they can relax while you’re away.

A small, separate area designed for them will make them feel like they have their own special place to call home, which can help ease their distress when left alone. You may also want to gradually increase the amount of time you spend away from your Maltipoo so their tolerance for being alone can also gradually increase at the same pace.

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In conclusion, Maltipoos are relatively quiet dogs compared to other breeds, but that does not mean they are silent. Some Maltipoos bark more than others, so it is important to recognize the signs of excessive barking and act accordingly. Providing your Maltipoo with plenty of exercise, engaging them in mental stimulation activities, and dealing with their separation anxiety can reduce their barking tendencies. Remember to consult your veterinarian about finding a trainer if your home-based solutions don’t effectively address your pet’s excessive barking.

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