One of the most popular hybrid breeds, the Moodle is a cross between a Poodle and a Maltese.
These are affectionate dogs who get on well with strangers and are good around children. Moodles and Moodle puppies also interact well with other animals or dogs, and have a high level of intelligence.
In the quest to produce a dog that was an affectionate companion, they bred the Moodle in the United States, by crossing a Miniature or Toy Poodle with a Maltese. Breeders wanted it to fit well into the lifestyle of any family and be a true companion. The Moodle is also known as the ‘Maltipoo’.
The two donor breeds have an extensive history. The Maltese was first recorded as far back as 500 BC, and this dog features in Roman literature. It was known as the ancient dog of Malta, and it’s thought they bred it for its diminutive size.
Meanwhile, the Poodle is a mixture of Standard, Miniature and Toy variants. It’s thought they originated in either Germany or France, as a water dog. They can trace the Poodle back to the 15th century throughout France.
Key Characteristics Of Moodles
|Are Moodles family friendly?||They create a close bond with their owners. Very affectionate with members of the family.|
|Daily exercise needed?||Love a short walk in the morning and a second in the evening, although can also get their exercise through active playtime at home.|
|Common health issues & considerations||May develop several conditions typical in Poodles or Maltese breeds.
– Degenerative eye disease known as progressive retinal atrophy.
– Potential musculoskeletal disorder that reduces blood flow to the head of the femur.
– May suffer from a liver disease causing loss of appetite, stunted growth or poor balance.
– Recurring injuries can lead to arthritis.
|Lifespan||10 to 15 years expected.|
|Nature / Temperament||Friendly, outgoing affectionate and quick to make friends. Intelligent, clownish, playful and a great choice for inexperienced owners. They love the indoors and lots of cuddles.|
|Size||Weight: Females and Males: 2.5 kg – 7 kg
Height: Females and Males: 35 cms
|Suitable environment||City or countryside, they do not need a lot of room to get ample daily exercise. Ok in apartments. Gets on well with people and other dogs.|
|Grooming||They require trimming to stop hair growing over the eyes, or causing issues between the toes.|
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- Make a good watchdog as they can bark at strangers, even though they are not aggressive.
- May come in multiple colours and the coat may be curly, wavy or straight.
- Mainly non shedding/hypoallergenic or does not shed a lot. Could be a great dog for someone who suffers from allergies.
- Happy to cuddle next to you on the couch one moment and play games with the kids the next.
- One of the original “designer dogs.”
How can I take good care of my Moodle or Moodle Puppy?
The Moodle loves the company of people. They form a close bond with the owner. It’s important to give them plenty of attention and to let them exercise, to get rid of their natural energy.
Moodles have a quick metabolism and can actually eat much more than some larger breeds. Be careful to feed him or her nutritious food and not overdo treats, as this can lead to obesity. Focus on lean proteins, with a small amount of fat and limited carbohydrates.
Requires attention as the coat can get tangled and matted. Best if you keep a Moodle’s hair short, so it doesn’t interfere with their eyes or cause foot issues.
- Check and clip toenails twice per month.
- Check / clean ears each week.
- Check and brush teeth weekly, if possible.
Due to their diminutive size, they don’t need an extensive walking regimen. You should take them out twice per day for a brisk walk and let them run around at home to wear themselves out.
The Moodle will respond well to training. As they are intelligent, you need to keep them focused. Don’t go overboard and keep each session short and remember to exercise positive reinforcement. Provide them with plenty of toys, so they don’t chew furniture.