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Maltipoo vs. Yorkie – How Do They Compare? (With Pictures)

Written by: Chelsie Fraser

Last Updated on April 5, 2024 by Dogster Team

Maltipoo vs. Yorkie – How Do They Compare? (With Pictures)

Both the Maltipoo and Yorkie are adorable small dogs with plenty of personality. These breeds have much in common: They are toy sized, sprightly, sociable, sweet, and loving. So, which one is best for you? Let’s take a closer look at these two breeds to see if either one stands out as better suited to your needs as an owner.

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Visual Differences

Maltipoo vs Yorkie Visual Differences
Image Credit: (L) Elena Bennett, Shutterstock | (R) Pexels, Pixabay

At a Glance

  • Average height (adult): 8–14 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 5–20 pounds
  • Lifespan: 10–13 years
  • Exercise: Low
  • Grooming needs: Moderate 
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Other pet-friendly: Yes
  • Trainability: Easy
  • Average height (adult): 7–8 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 7 pounds
  • Lifespan: 11–15 years
  • Exercise: Moderate
  • Grooming needs: High
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Other pet-friendly: No
  • Trainability: Moderate

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Maltipoo Overview

The Maltipoo is a crossbreed dog that is a mix of Maltese and Poodle. Maltese are toy dogs with long, silky coats and a cheerful and playful temperament. Poodles have curly coats and a cheerful nature and are spunky and loving companion dogs. The result of this cross is a mix in terms of physical and behavioral traits. Maltipoos tend to be more active and energetic than the Maltese but less active than the Poodle. They also tend to be larger and have a thicker coat than the Maltese. Maltipoos are a better choice for allergy sufferers than Maltese or Poodles because they produce less dander than either of their parent breeds.

maltipoo dog walking at the park
Image Credit: Irsan Ianushis, Shutterstock

Personality / Character

Maltipoos are playful and affectionate dogs that thrive around people. These little balls of energy get along well with other dogs and pets, as well as children — if they are socialized properly as puppies. Since they are small and easily stepped on, supervision is important. They are known for being protective of their family. Despite their tiny stature, they will bark, growl, and get aggressive with strangers or at unusual sounds.


If you’re looking for a dog that’s easy to train and housebreak, the Maltipoo is fairly easy and suitable for first-time owners. They are eager to please and attention seeking, so they are eager to follow your cues.

a pet groomer with a white Maltipoo dog on a table
Image Credit: Olena Yakobchuk, Shutterstock


Maltipoos have long, curly hair and require regular grooming. You can expect to brush them daily to avoid their coat getting matted, and they will require monthly trips to the groomer. However, they are slightly easier to maintain than Yorkies.

Suitable for:

This dog breed is suitable for first-time owners, seniors, singles, or families. They are not ideal for families with very young children, and older children should be supervised when interacting with the dog.

  • Playful and affectionate dogs that thrive when spending time with their family
  • Sociable with other dogs and pets
  • Fairly easy to train and housebreak
  • Good with older children
  • Can be aggressive toward strangers if not properly socialized when young
  • Vocal and bark frequently
  • Not a good choice for families with very young children
  • Require regular grooming

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Yorkie Overview

The Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkie, is a toy dog with a silky, long coat that can be almost any color. Since their coat is so long, these dogs need significant grooming to keep them in good condition. The Yorkie was originally bred to hunt rodents (especially rats) and other small animals. Today, they are primarily kept as companion dogs, but they retain a mischievous streak that can lead to them getting into trouble. Their small size makes them suitable for living in an apartment or condo, although they may be too reactive for a noisy environment.

yorkshire terrier dog standing on grass
Image Credit: Steve Bruckmann, Shutterstock

Personality / Character

Yorkies are loving and adore their families. They will follow their owners wherever they go and are usually up for any adventure. These little dogs are fairly energetic. While their small size means it doesn’t take much to tire them out, they can be mischievous when they don’t get enough exercise. Yorkie puppies in particular have a penchant for getting into trouble when not properly supervised.

Yorkies are affectionate toward people but can be aggressive toward other dogs. Despite their small stature, they don’t back down, so extra caution should be taken when interacting with other animals.


Yorkies can be tough dogs to train, particularly when it comes to housebreaking. They aren’t the best choice for a first-time dog owner, as they will require extreme patience.

yorkshire dog being groomed
Image Credit: karelnoppe, Shutterstock


Yorkies have long coats that require regular grooming. They are not hypoallergenic dogs and require daily maintenance to prevent their hair from becoming dirty and matted.

Suitable for:

Yorkies are best suited for homes where someone is home most of the time. They tend to get into things when left unsupervised and can take a long time to housebreak without vigilance. Their size makes them suitable for small living spaces or apartments; however, since Yorkies bark at noises and movement, they do best in homes that are quiet with low activity.

This breed does get along well with children. Young children should always be closely supervised, though, as the Yorkies’ tiny stature makes them vulnerable to rough play.

  • Affectionate and loving toward people
  • Eager to please
  • Energetic
  • Good with children
  • Can be aggressive toward other dogs
  • Bark at unusual sights and sounds
  • Vulnerable to rough play from young children
  • Long hair requires daily grooming


Key Differences Between Yorkies and Maltipoos

  • Personality: The Poodle in Maltipoos gives them a less energetic and mischievous personality than Yorkies. The Maltese parent in Maltipoos gives them a more affectionate, social nature.
  • Size: Yorkies are smaller than Maltipoos.
  • Coat: Maltipoos are likely to have a thicker coat than Yorkies. Yorkies have long coats that need plenty of grooming. Maltipoos have curly coats that are easier to maintain.
  • Activity Level: Yorkies are more active than Maltipoos. Maltipoos are better for allergy sufferers than Yorkies.
  • Housebreaking: Yorkies are a bit harder to housebreak than Maltipoos.
  • Suitability for Families: Maltipoos are better for families with children than Yorkies. Yorkies are more suitable for apartment living than Maltipoos.


Which Breed Is Right for You?

If you want a dog that’s easy to train and likes to play and be around people, either a Maltipoo or Yorkie will make a great companion. If you want a dog that’s gentle and loving, you are likely to get that with either breed. For ease of grooming, maintenance, and housebreaking, a Maltipoo is ideal. If you want a quiet dog, a Yorkie is probably a better choice, but not in loud living situations, as Yorkies can be reactive to noise.

Yorkies and Maltipoos are both affectionate, friendly dogs that are relatively easy to care for. Whichever one you choose, you’re sure to end up with a dog that is a loyal and faithful companion and adores their human family.

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