What happens when the dad is a Maltese dog and the mom is a Poodle or vice versa? You have got the Maltipoo as a result. What a Maltipoo ends up looking like will depend on whose coating that particular Maltipoo inherits more of. So, a Maltipoo will either have a thicker and curlier coating or a finer and more human-like coating.
Maltipoos range in their heights from eight to fourteen inches tall at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from five to twenty pounds. They can come in a variety of colors, but cream, white, and silver are the more common ones. For help with grooming a Maltipoo, continue to read on down below.
The Process For Grooming A Maltipoo
1. Brush Your Maltipoo’s Hair
Regardless of which one of the two coatings they lean into, Maltipoos are susceptible to rapid matting. So, you will need to brush your Maltipoo’s coating daily in order to keep up with the rate of matting as failing to do so can lead to skin pain for the dog.
Maltipoos generally only shed little, if any, of their hair. So, you don’t really need to worry about dead hair falling down on your floor or furniture. Your main focus here is to combat matting by brushing your Maltipoo’s coating daily.
But, first, you will want to make sure that you are equipped with a brush that is effective at getting rid of all that mats from your Maltipoo’s coating and one that can do so without scratching his/her skin in the process.
The Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush not only does that, but also, it comes equipped with a self-cleaning mechanism that will allow you to easily clean the brush with a button push so that you don’t need to waste your time trying to get rid of all that mats from the brush.
Oh and one more thing, if your Maltipoo sports more of a fine and human-like coating, you will want to dampen it first as brushing the coating when it is dry can break off the hair.
In order to do so, all you need to do is to fill a spray bottle with water and then spray water on your Maltipoo’s coating. When you are ready to brush your Maltipoo’s coating, I recommend that you break down the dog’s body parts and focus on brushing just one small section at a time.
Also, I would start brushing your Maltipoo’s coating at the feet first and then work your way upward and back.
2. Brush Your Maltipoo’s Teeth
Your Maltipoo, like all dogs, needs to have his/her teeth brushed regularly – ideally daily. That is to stop the buildup of tartar which can lead to tooth decay if it isn’t taken care of.
Veterinarians often recommend the Virbac toothpaste for brushing a dog’s teeth. So, you will want to go along with it as well. You can use a toothbrush to brush your Maltipoo’s teeth.
3. Bathe Your Maltipoo
Maltipoos generally should be bathed once per month. But, don’t bathe your Maltipoo any more often than that because doing so will strip away the natural oils that nourishes his/her skin and coat.
When it is your Maltipoo’s time to soak in the water, here is how you can go about bathing him/her. Take your Maltipoo to your bathtub and use a cup filled with warm water. Pour water onto your Maltipoo until he/she is all wet.
Now, apply the shampoo thoroughly onto your Maltipoo’s coating with a lather. Among the best shampoos available for use with your Maltipoo is Buddy Wash Dog Shampoo and Conditioner which comes in three different flavors: lavender and mint, green tea and bergamot, and rosemary and mint.
Be careful not to get any of the shampoo into your Maltipoo’s eyes as that can be irritating. With the shampoo already applied, rinse your Maltipoo’s coating until every trace of the shampoo is gone. When that is done, dry your Maltipoo’s coating with a bathing towel.
If your Maltipoo has more of a fine and human-like coating, you will want to keep that damp so that you can re-brush it without breaking off any hair. With your Maltipoo dry from the bath, re-brush his/her coating.
4. Trim Your Maltipoo’s Hair
If you would like your Maltipoo’s coating to be shorter, you can trim his/her coating. But, first, you will want a powerful clipper that can handle just about any coating that a dog may throw at it – even if the clipper comes at a steep price.
You also want the clipper to stay cool for a long period of time as you don’t want to be trimming your Maltipoo’s coating with a hot clipper. Another thing to have in a clipper is for it to stay quiet while it is being used as a noisy clipper may spook your dog.
The Andis UltraEdge Super Detachable Blade Clipper AGC2 fits the bill here and so I recommend that you get that clipper. Also, there are different levels of blades that you can use on your clipper depending on how short you would like your Maltipoo’s hair to be.
As a rule of thumb, the higher the blade number is, the shorter that your Maltipoo’s hair will be after the trimming. The clipper that I just mentioned, comes with blade number 10. So, if you would like to use a different blade for your clipper, you can head here to buy one.
If your Maltipoo has a thicker and curlier coating, you will want to trim against the direction that his/her hair grows. If, however, your Maltipoo’s coating is finer and more human-like, you will want to trim in the direction that the hair grows.
Also, as you are trimming your Maltipoo’s coating, watch out for the genitals as that is an extremely sensitive area for the dog. Trim the hair around the genitals slowly and gently.
5. Clean Your Maltipoo’s Ears
As is the case with all dogs, your Maltipoo needs to have his/her ears cleaned out. That is because your Maltipoo’s ears are breeding grounds for wax buildup which can result in ear infection if not cleaned out.
So, keep an eye on your Maltipoo’s ears. If they look dirty, that indicates that it is time for you to clean them out. The Virbac ear cleaner is what veterinarians often recommend for cleaning a dog’s ears.
So, you will want to get that for your dog’s ears. You can use cotton balls with the ear cleaner on them to clean your Maltipoo’s ears.
6. Clip Your Maltipoo’s Nails
Your Maltipoo also needs to have his/her nails clipped in order to keep them short. You don’t want your Maltipoo’s nails to get too long as that can cause pain for his/her paws.
So, if you start hearing the clicking sound when your Maltipoo is walking around, that indicates that it is time for you to clip his/her nails. You can use a nail clipper like Millers Forge Dog Nail Clip for your Maltipoo’s nails. Be careful not to cut the quick part of his/her nails as that will bleed easily.
There You Have It For Grooming A Maltipoo
So, if you need help with grooming a Maltipoo, just follow the process above. Also, if you are struggling to get your Maltipoo to cooperate during grooming, this post will help you with that.
What are your thoughts? Have you groomed a Maltipoo before? Feel free to leave a comment down below.