Breed of the week: Moodles

moodles dog breed

Moodles are the first cross between a Maltese Terrier and a Poodle(usually a toy or miniature)- so not technically a breed by themselves. They are also known as Maltipoos. The “oodle” crosses are probably the most popular group of dogs in Australia at the moment. So, let’s find out more about them.

Weight: 3-8 kg mostly dependent on if Poodle parent was a toy or miniature

Colour: Large range, but as Maltese are always white, many are influenced by that.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Positive points about Moodles

  • hair does not shed so allergy friendly
  • can look like a puppy their whole lives!
  • Intelligent, affectionate, and big personalities
  • Good apartment & lap dogs – but still need walks for stimulation
  • good with other pets if socialised early

Drawbacks of Moodles

  • need to get grooming every approx 6-10 weeks
  • can be prone to barking
  • can experience separation anxiety and can demand a lot of attention
  • best with older children

Common health issues for Moodles

  • skin allergies
  • ear infections
  • luxating patella

Make sure you discuss these with potential problems with breeders, find out how they manage their breeding programs with this in mind. It is also a good idea to reach out to other pet parents that have Moodles from the breeder you are looking at to see how their pups health is.

Crossbreeds are marketed as better than pure breeds as you can get the best of both parent breeds. But you can also get the worst from both, so make sure you do your research.

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Make sure you have already decided that this breed is right for you before you look at the feeds of these popular Aussie pooches or you will totally want one!

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Written by Doug Spiegelhauer
Doug never had a dog growing up but as soon as he stopped moving around knew he needed a dog in his life. Enter Snoop the Beagle. Doug worked for 7 years designing and making dog treats and food for some of Australia's best brands. Now a Co-Founder of Scratch Pet Food.