Maltipoos are a fairly newer breed, but they have become increasingly popular over the past 20 years. This breed is cute and cuddly, and is bound to melt your heart. They are quite easy to handle and learn to love their owners and family pretty fast. These dogs are very fluffy and make great cuddle buddies.
If you have a Maltipoo, then you undoubtedly can’t get enough of this cute dog. And lucky for you, they do live pretty long lives. Continue reading to know how long Maltipoos live, and how you can stretch its life a bit with the right care.
The lifespan of a Maltipoo
The thing that we like about Maltipoo is that they are blessed with a good lifespan. The reason behind their good lifespan can be their small toy size, as mini toy breeds tend to live longer compared to bigger dogs.
The average life span of a Maltipoo is around 12-13 years, but with careful maintenance of the dog’s health, you can expect your little buddy’s lifespan to stretch to 14-16 years. A female Maltipoo tends to live longer than the male Maltipoo on an average of 1-2 years more.
These dogs, however, can tend to be a bit delicate. So proper care is needed to ensure that they live up to their extended lifespan.
How can I make a Maltipoo live longer?
There are quite a lot of points that you can keep in mind to help your Maltipoo live healthier, and eventually extend its life.
Proper food and diet
Natural raw food is always best for dogs, and Maltipoo is no exception. Processed food may cause more harm to your Maltipoo as compared to natural. If, in any case, raw food is not available, then you can go for bagged foods.
Stick to foods packed with healthy meats and avoid those with additives and chemicals as those substances are known to cause cancer.
Generally, Maltipoo puppies need only ¼ to ½ cup of food per serving.
Adult Maltipoos do not need to eat as often as puppies. At around six months, you should reduce their meals from 3-4 times a day to only twice a day. Overfeeding your dog can cause obesity and result in a shorter life.
Give them proper training
These dogs are very active and energetic. They need daily of around 40 mins of exercise to stay healthy. A good walk or a game of fetch will do the trick.
Maltipoo puppies should be given decent training before exercising them. You should avoid making them do any jumping exercises, as they are small and can easily break their bones.
Training also involves instructing your family. Remind every family member to avoid exerting the dog, as Maltipoos are very small and can easily get injured.
Take your Maltipoo to the vet for regular check-ups
These dogs should be checked once a year by a vet. If you have an adult dog (around 7-8 years), then twice a year is a safer option.
Since these dogs are smaller and more delicate, it is essential that you visit the vet even if your dog shows minor discomfort.
Your company matters
Maltipoos love to live with their family and the owner. We suggest that you don’t leave your dog alone for over 5-6 hours at most, as they are companion dogs. They may suffer from separation anxiety if they are frequently left alone for longer periods.
The Maltipoo dog breed love to be around their owners and thrive when they get human attention. If you have a busy work schedule, and cannot be around the dog during the day, then this may not be the right breed for you.
To sum up
The Maltipoo is an adorable breed, known for its fun-loving and affectionate nature. The dogs’ intelligence, combined with its affection towards humans, makes it a perfect companion to have around the house.
Maltipoos live long lives and they make for loyal companions. However, since these dogs are small and delicate, they require proper care to live longer and healthier lives.