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Maltipoo Chihuahua Mixed Dog Breed: Pictures, Info, Care Guide, & More

Written by: Ed Malaker

Last Updated on May 24, 2024 by Dogster Team

Maltipoo Chihuahua Mixed Dog Breed: Pictures, Info, Care Guide, & More

The Maltipoo Chihuahua is a new breed with a difficult-to-trace origin. Many people also call this mix a Malchipoo. Keep reading as we discuss the Maltipoo’s dietary needs, exercise requirements, and health conditions so you can see if the dog is right for you.

Breed Overview


8–14 inches


6–12 pounds


12–15 years


Gray, silver, tan, red, black, brown

Suitable for:

Small homes, active families


Gentle, intelligent, loving, mild-mannered

They can have long or short hair and are available in many colors. They don’t drop much hair, so they won’t make a mess out of your furniture, and they’re small enough to keep in an apartment.

High-energy dogs will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, while low-energy dogs require minimal physical activity. It’s important when choosing a dog to make sure their energy levels match your lifestyle or vice versa.
Easy-to-train dogs are more skilled at learning prompts and actions quickly with minimal training. Dogs that are harder to train will require a bit more patience and practice.
Some breeds, due to their size or their breeds potential genetic health issues, have shorter lifespans than others. Proper exercise, nutrition, and hygiene also play an important role in the lifespan of your pet.
Some dog breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every dog will have these issues, but they have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Some dog breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other dogs. More social dogs have a tendency to run up to strangers for pets and scratches, while less social dogs shy away and are more cautious, even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed, it’s important to socialize your dog and expose them to lots of different situations.

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Maltipoo Chihuahua Puppies

Maltipoo Chihuahua puppies have a mild-mannered temperament. Do not fool yourself for their small size, energy runs through their veins making them love outdoor activities.

Households with an active lifestyle, children, or other pets are an ideal place for these puppies. From cuddles on the couch to running in the park, this enchanting breed will be a perfect companion to any energetic home.

Image By: Left – 350543, Pixabay | Right – Herbert, Pixabay

divider-dogTemperament & Intelligence of the Maltipoo Chihuahua

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

Yes. The Maltipoo Chihuahua is a good pet for families because they like attention, which is easier to deliver if you have help. Children are especially good because they often like to play with the dog, which will help keep everyone busy while you do chores. The only time that you might want to avoid one of these dogs is if you have toddlers in the house, as they can sometimes get rough with the dog, and since the Maltipoo Chihuahua is so small, they can get hurt easily and may even become defensive.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

The Maltipoo Chihuahua is friendly and gets along well with most other pets if they interact with other animals as a puppy. However, other, much larger dogs can frighten them, especially if they are aggressive, and they can become territorial and aggressive toward other animals if they are an only pet and don’t get out much. We recommend taking the dog out as frequently as possible during the first several months so they can socialize and make friends with as many other animals as possible.

divider-pawThings to Know When Owning a Maltipoo Chihuahua

Food & Diet Requirements

Your Maltipoo Chihuahua requires high-quality food with real meat, like chicken, turkey, beef, or lamb, listed as the first ingredient. It should also contain real fruits and vegetables like corn, beets, pumpkin, and flaxseed. Look for a brand that also provides omega fats without chemical preservatives or artificial colors.


Your Maltipoo Chihuahua will get much of the exercise that they require while running around the house chasing after you each day. However, it’s still a good idea to set aside about 20 minutes per day to play and go for a walk. It will help your pet burn off excess energy and provide bonding time.


The Maltipoo Chihuahua is an intelligent breed that likes to learn new things. They also like to please you and enjoy the attention, so they aren’t difficult to train. Set aside 5 to 10 minutes each day to use as a training session. We recommend training right after playtime, so the dog is more likely to sit still, and make sure there aren’t many distractions around, so you can keep your dog’s attention throughout the training exercise. Start when your dog is still a puppy so they will get used to the training routine.

Grooming ✂️

The Maltipoo Chihuahua, like both their parents, is a low-maintenance dog. However, frequent combing or brushing can help prevent tangles and remove loose or dead hair that might end up on your furniture, especially if the dog has long hair. You may also need to trim the long hair coat occasionally if it starts to drag on the floor and get dirty.

Health & Conditions

Minor Conditions
  • Obesity
  • Dental disease

Serious Conditions
  • Luxating patella
  • Idiopathic epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus

Minor Conditions:

  • Obesity: Obesity is a serious but preventable disease that affects as many as 40% to 45% of dogs aged 5–11, and it’s a common problem in smaller breeds like the Maltipoo Chihuahua. Obesity can lead to several health issues, including many types of cancer, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and urinary bladder stones. You can help your pet maintain the proper weight by ensuring that they get plenty of exercise daily. Always read the food instructions to see how much to give your pet, and resist the urge to give more. Also, limit the number of treats that you provide, especially if your pet is already getting some during your training sessions.
  • Dental disease: Another common problem that affects many dogs is dental disease, with some reports suggesting that over 80% of dogs over 3 years old have active dental disease. It can lead to tooth decay, making it difficult for dogs to acquire the nutrition that they need, and may lead to pain and discomfort. Regular cleanings and checkups are the best way to prevent the progression of dental disease.

Serious Conditions:

  • Luxating patella: A luxating patella is a condition that affects many toy breeds, including the Chihuahua parent breed of your Maltipoo Chihuahua mix, due to a genetic predisposition. Dogs with this condition have a kneecap that slides out of place, becoming more difficult to keep in position as the disease progresses. Most dogs can tolerate the disease for many years, but as they get older and arthritis sets in, it can be difficult for them to get around, and they will often experience joint pain.
  • Idiopathic epilepsy: Idiopathic epilepsy is a neurological disorder that can cause your pet to have seizures. Symptoms include barking or grinding the teeth uncontrollably, excessive salivation, and defecating without control. Your veterinarian may prescribe medication or even surgery to control the disease.
  •  Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is a condition that causes an abnormal expansion and accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid. The build-up creates pressure on the brain, causing damage that can result in behavioral and neurological issues. Symptoms include head pressing, abnormal behavior, gait abnormalities, and brain dysfunction. The vet will often use steroids and medication to help treat the disease.

Male vs. Female

The male and female Maltipoo Chihuahuas are extremely similar, with no notable differences. The parent that each puppy takes after will have a larger effect on the dog’s size, color, and behavior.

divider-paw3 Little-Known Facts About the Maltipoo Chihuahua

1. Low Shedding

If you are tired of cleaning pet hair off your furniture, you will be happy to know that the Maltipoo Chihuahua is a low-shedding dog that won’t leave fur all over your furniture and clothing. Their coat is easy to maintain, and you won’t need to spend much time on upkeep or grooming.

2. Unique Appearance

The Maltipoo Chihuahua mix has a unique appearance that many people enjoy. They are available in many colors and can have either long or short hair. They’re usually brown or tan, but you can find them in black, white, red, blue, silver, and grey too.

3. Easy to Train

Many owners of the Maltipoo Chihuahua mix comment that their dog is extremely intelligent and easy to train. They enjoy pleasing their owner and will go to great lengths to learn a new trick. They also like the attention that they get while training and will eagerly await the next session.



The Maltipoo Chihuahua is a great breed for small homes with active families. They like attention, so having several people around to play with can be helpful. They’re low maintenance and don’t require much grooming, nor will they leave much fur on the furniture. They get along well with other pets if you socialize them with other animals when they are young, and they can get most of their exercise running around the house after you.

Featured Image Credit: Left – dezy, Shutterstock | Right – Rafael Guajardo, Pexels

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