(Maltese X Poodle)
Maltipoo, Maltapoo, Malti-poo, Maltepoo, Maltese-Poodle
Introducing the Moodle:
The Moodle is a hybrid breed that is developed by crossing a Toy Poodle with a Maltese. Moodles are becoming one of Australia’s most popular small designer breed due to their, outgoing temperaments and small size. Moodles have become popular companions and therapy dogs. Moodles are well-proportioned, sporty, and display a cheerful and lively expression. This adorable little breed is suitable for all ages and most lifestyles.
Description of the Moodle:
As with many designer breeds, Moodle puppies are likely to create any combination of the Maltese and Poodle traits, however there are some characteristics of its appearance that are very common. Moodles are a small active and alert breed, with a coat that varies from thick and wavy to very fine and soft but can also be frizzy. This adorable breed can vary in colour from black, white, apricot, buff with patches of white on a darker colour being common. This colour variation depends on the colours of the purebred Poodle parent.
Temperament of the Moodle:
The Moodle is affectionate, loyal, and loving. They do best in homes with older, considerate children. Moodles generally do well with dogs, cats, and other household pets, but should be socialised with other pets from a young age. Since one of its parents is a Poodle, it may have a tendency to want a significant amount of attention and special treatment.
Moodle Activity level:
The Moodle adores human companionship and their small size makes them suitable for small homes with little or no yard. Moodles don’t need long periods of strenuous exercise but daily walks are recommended for all dogs to keep them mentally and physically healthy, especially Moodles living in apartments. Moodles are just as comfortable whether living with an active family or spending time on the couch with the family watching TV. Moodle puppies can become barkers if encouraged to bark when barking is not necessary. Even though Moodles are small you still need to make sure you are the leader and are consistent with discipline procedures.
This adorable breed can vary in colour from black, white, apricot, buff with patches of white on a darker colour being common. This colour variation depends on the colours of the purebred Poodle parent.
Grooming your Moodle:
The Moodle puppies should have a regular grooming schedule. It is recommended that they be brushed daily in order to prevent their coat from becoming matted. However, these dogs do not shed a lot and tend to be dander free. Moodles, like all breeds with floppy ears, need to have their ears properly dried after their bath to avoid infections.
Training your Moodle:
Both Poodles and Maltese which make up the Moodle are highly intelligent breeds and the Moodle is a very quick learner. The Moodle may have a tendency to be stubborn. However, they are intelligent and eager to please their master. Moodles do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with reward, firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency. Early socialization and obedience are recommended for all Moodles. Some Moodle puppy owners report that it can sometimes be difficult to keep their puppy’s attention for long periods of time so try to make training times short and fun.
Toy Moodles will grow to between 25cm to 30cm at the shoulder as adults, but some individuals can reach 35cm.
Mini Moodles grow to between 28cm to 35cm at the shoulder as adults, but rarely, some individuals can reach 40cm
Moodle Life Span:
12 – 15 years
Finding Moodle puppies for sale from Moodle breeders
Moodles can still be classed as being fairly rare at this stage and locating a Moodle breeder can be a little difficult but one of the best ways is to go through a breeders agent. They will have contact with many different breeders and will usually be informed first of when litters are planned or available. A reputable breeders agent will also be able to provide you with further information on the care of your Moodle puppy as well as ensuring that the puppy has had the appropriate vaccinations, worming etc and is the right age to go to their new home. We have found Chevromist Kennels to be exemplary in their level of knowledge and service both before and after adopting a puppy and have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone wishing to adopt a Designer breed puppy. You can visit their website with photos of their beautiful puppies at www.chevromist.com