Apricot Maltipoo: Facts, Origin & History (With Pictures)
By Misty Layne
If you’ve ever met a Maltipoo, you know how sweet and adorable these small pups are. Though the breed hasn’t been around as long as many others, the Maltipoo is a popular pet to have these days, and its personality is just one reason why. But there are plenty of others.
One of those other reasons is the wide variety of colors it comes in. Today, we’re looking at the Apricot Maltipoo—a beautiful coat color that actually comes in shades of light and dark in this breed. If you’re considering adopting a Maltipoo but have been waffling on what color to get, or you simply want to learn more about this breed, then you’ll want to keep reading because we’re going to discuss the history of these pups, coat colors, and more!
The Earliest Records of the Apricot Maltipoo in History
The Apricot Maltipoo (and Maltipoos in general) haven’t been around that long. Unlike some dog breeds that go all the way back to ancient Egypt, this breed has only been around since the 1990s. The Maltipoo is known as a designer dog and was a result of crossbreeding a Maltese and a Poodle (either miniature or toy). The Apricot Maltipoo is simply a color variation of the breed.
However, the dog breeds that the Maltipoo came from do go back much, much further. In fact, some believe that the Maltese are one of (if not the) oldest dog breeds in history, as they were first reported as being seen in 3500 B.C. in Malta. The Poodle isn’t quite as old as the Maltese, but it’s still far older than the Maltipoo, as the Poodle is said to date back to 15th century Germany.
How the Apricot Maltipoo Gained Popularity
The Maltipoo, including the Apricot Maltipoo, may have only been around for a handful of decades, but they’ve quickly become incredibly popular. Part of this is due to the breed’s personality, as these dogs are playful, loving, and incredibly friendly. The Maltipoo is also quite intelligent and extremely affectionate. Then, there’s the size of the dog, which makes them suitable as pets no matter the size of your home. All of this adds up to a pet that fits most families well.
The other reason the Maltipoo has grown in popularity over the last 30 years is that it is known as a hypoallergenic dog. While no dog breed is ever 100% hypoallergenic, those known as “hypoallergenic” are ones that shed much less than most, which typically equals fewer allergies for people.
Formal Recognition of the Apricot Maltipoo
Unfortunately, the Apricot Maltipoo isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as they tend to not acknowledge designer breeds. However, the AKC does recognize both the Maltese and the Poodle, so perhaps one day the Maltipoo will also be recognized by them.
In the meantime, there are several organizations that do currently recognize the Apricot Maltipoo. A few of these include:
Top 7 Unique Facts About the Apricot Maltipoo
Ready to learn even more about the Apricot Maltipoo? Check out these unique facts about the breed!
1. Maltipoos actually have several names
The Maltipoo has a variation of monikers it goes by (though “Maltipoo” is the most popular) that are created by crossing the words “Maltese” and “Poodle”. Some of these include Multapoo, Multipoo, Moodle, Malt-Oodle, and MaltiPoodle (you can see why “Maltipoo” won out!).
2. Apricot Maltipoos come in different shades
The apricot color in the Maltipoo comes from its Poodle parent, and this color can come in shades that range from light to dark.
3. The Apricot coat changes color
As an Apricot Maltipoo gets older, the color of its coat becomes lighter. So, by the time it’s reached its senior years, an Apricot Maltipoo may be closer to a cream color than apricot!
4. Maltipoos, including the Apricot, tend to bark a lot
Smaller dogs often have a reputation for being yappy, and the Apricot Maltipoo lives up to that. These pups are big on barking to let you know about every possible thing that happens. So, if you live in an area where people might complain about excessive barking, this breed may not be the most suitable.
5. Apricot Maltipoos are popular
Out of all the colors a Maltipoo can be, apricot is considered the favorite among pet owners.
6. There are different generations of Maltipoos
Maltipoos can come in two different generations—either an F1 (meaning they were the result of a Maltese and Poodle crossbreed) or an F2 (meaning they were the result of two Maltipoos breeding).
7. Maltipoos suffer from separation anxiety
Unfortunately, the Maltipoo isn’t built to spend much time on its own, as these dogs are prone to suffering separation anxiety. That means you could have issues if you spend hours outside the home each day and no one else is available to stay with your pup.
Does the Apricot Maltipoo Make a Good Pet?
The Apricot Maltipoo will make a wonderful pet for the majority of people. These little pups are a good fit with singles, seniors, and families with children, due to their affectionate and playful natures. (Although children should be taught how to properly play with and handle these dogs, as Maltipoos are small enough to be harmed by rough play!) And the Apricot Maltipoo will work as a pet whether you live in a small or large home.
However, due to their propensity towards separation anxiety, this dog won’t be the best fit for someone who is away from home more often than not. And because the Apricot Maltipoo is fond of barking up a storm, it might not be suitable for those living in close quarters with others.
The Apricot Maltipoo is a color variation of the Maltipoo, a designer dog breed created from the Maltese and the Poodle. Maltipoos aren’t a breed that’s very old, but they’ve become exceedingly popular due to their sweet, loving natures and the fact that they are considered hypoallergenic. The breed makes a great pet for most people but does have some issues in the form of separation anxiety and excessive barking. However, if you decide to adopt an Apricot Maltipoo, you’re in for a world of fun!
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