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Cockapoo vs Maltipoo: How Are They Different?

Rachael Gerkensmeyer

By Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Cockapoo vs Maltipoo

Cockapoos and Maltipoos are both Poodle mixes, but they are different dogs due to the other breeds that they are mixed with. Cockapoos are the offspring of Poodles and Cocker Spaniels, and Maltipoos are the result of breeding Poodles and Maltese dogs. These two mixed breeds have a few things in common, but they are quite different dogs in many ways. Let’s break down the differences between Cockapoos and Maltipoos right here!

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Visual Differences

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At a Glance

  • Average height (adult): 13–15 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 12–24 pounds
  • Lifespan: 13–15 years
  • Exercise: 1+ hours a day
  • Grooming needs: Moderate
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Other pet-friendly: Often
  • Trainability: Easy
  • Average height (adult): 8–14 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 5–20 pounds
  • Lifespan: 10–15 years
  • Exercise: 40+ minutes a day
  • Grooming needs: Moderate
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Other pet-friendly: Often
  • Trainability: Easy

Cockapoo Overview

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Cockapoos are thought to be one of the oldest designer breed dogs in existence, and they continue to be as popular as they always have been. These little dogs have mighty personalities and usually display the temperament of both their Poodle and Cocker Spaniel parents. These are people-oriented dogs that can give their owners a run for their money when it comes to adventure!

Personality / Character

Cockapoos are fun-loving dogs that love spending time around their household companions. They are easy-going in social situations, playful when hanging out with kids, and inquisitive when visiting new places. These dogs are sweet and loving in their household environments, making them enjoyable to hang out with when watching a movie or recovering from a cold. They can sometimes be goofy and enthusiastic, and they have a sense of independence that can occasionally get them in trouble.

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Cockapoos are generally active dogs and require upward of an hour of exercise each day during their prime to stay happy and healthy. However, the amount of exercise that any Cockapoo needs depends on their age and health. Younger dogs might need more exercise, while older dogs likely need less. Daily walks are ideal for these dogs. Other activities to consider are agility practice, tug-of-war, fetch, and dog park visits.

Health & Care

Cockapoos are susceptible to the development of various health conditions, like many dog breeds are. They could also develop conditions that are attributable to the lineages of Poodles and Cocker Spaniels. These include:

  • Ear infections
  • Allergies
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Metabolic disorders

Scheduling regular veterinarian visits and keeping an eye out for signs of health problems is the best way to protect a Cockapoo from the development of serious problems that could be life-threatening.

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Suitable for:

Cockapoos are suitable for house and apartment living, though they must go outside for exercise every day. These dogs love spending time with kids, but younger children should be supervised until they learn how to control their rowdy behavior, to ensure that no one gets hurt.

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Maltipoo Overview

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While the Maltipoo naturally takes on a few Maltese traits, they do have many of the same characteristics as Cockapoos due to their shared Poodle lineage. They aren’t as old of a designer breed as the Cockapoo, but they are just as popular.

Personality / Character

Maltipoos are upbeat, lively, and sometimes clownish. They always want to be a part of the action, and although they are independent, they don’t like spending all day at home alone if it can be helped. They love to get outside for adventures, yet they enjoy snuggling up whenever the opportunity arises at home. These are sensitive dogs that do not respond well to negative reinforcement, so patience and understanding are crucial when it comes to being a good Maltipoo owner.

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The Maltipoo likes exercise almost as much as the Cockapoo. They should get at least 40 minutes of exercise a day while in their prime instead of the hour that most Cockapoos require. They love the outdoors, so walks around the neighborhood and playtime in the park are perfect exercise options for them.

Health & Care

Like the Cockapoo, the Maltipoo is prone to certain health conditions based on their heritage. Some are the same, while others are unique to their Maltese lineage. Just because a dog is prone to health problems, that does not mean they will develop them, though you should be aware of them. Here are a few common Maltipoo health conditions that you should know about:

  • Shaker syndrome
  • Portosystemic shunts
  • Luxating patella
  • Addison’s disease
  • Bloat

Learning about the diseases on this list will help owners identify when a problem is brewing, so professional help can be summoned before things become too serious.

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Suitable for:

The Maltipoo is a fun dog for all ages, and they can get along well in households that include kids, single adults, and senior citizens. They don’t mind living in apartments, but a little balcony or porch to sunbathe on is ideal. These dogs can get along well with other dogs and cats living in the household, and they can make good watchdogs!

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Which Breed Is Right for You?

Both the Cockapoo and Maltipoo make awesome pets. Therefore, choosing which one to make a part of your family comes down to personal preference. If possible, spend time with each designer breed to help figure out which would be the best fit for your environment and circumstances.

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