Moodles–Is that a Dog or a Teddy Bear?


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We would never dare suggest that there is a cutest dog breed. But if you were the kind of person–which we are not–that was inclined to do so, Moodles would have to be up there.

Now, before you email us, we know they’re not technically a breed. Rather they’re a cross: between a Maltese Terrier and a Poodle (a toy or miniature). And while we’re a fan of the name Moodles, they’re also often called Maltipoos. Whatever you wanna call them, they’re having a serious moment right now. It feels like you can’t walk down the street without spotting one, we’re not complaining, so why not get to know them a little better?

Weight: 3-8 kg, depending if the 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

What You’ll Love about Moodles

  • Allergy friendly: They don’t shed!
  • Aforementioned cuteness: They can look like a puppy their whole lives.
  • Big personalities: They’re smart and affectionate, a winning combo.
  • Good for apartments: They’re happy to spend most of their lives on your lap, but still need walks for stimulation.
  • Friendly: If you socialise them early, they’re good with other pets.

What You Might Find “Challenging”

  • Upkeep: They need to be groomed every 6 to 10 weeks.
  • Loud: They can be prone to barking.
  • Nervous: Often can experience separation anxiety or demand a lot of attention.
  • Not baby-proof: Like a lot of dogs, they’re best with older children.

Common Health Issues for Moodles

  • Skin allergies: Because they don’t shed, they need your help to keep their skin and coat healthy. Regular brushing and grooming is essential, otherwise they can run into problems.
  • Ear infections: Like many floppy ear breeds, their ears need frequent cleaning. Again, regular grooming can keep this in check.
  • Luxating patella: More commonly known as “trick knee” this refers to issues where the knee-cap is displaced–it’s common in many small dog breeds.

To get ahead of any issues, discuss potential problems with your breeder. In particular, ask about their breeding programs and the health history of your dog’s parents. If possible, reach out to other people who have adopted from them to see how their dog’s health is.

Crossbreeds are often marketed as healthier than pure breeds, as you can get the best of both parent breeds. But you can also end up with the worst, so make sure you do your research.

Instafamous Aussie Moodles

Warning: Make sure you’ve already decided this breed is right for you before you look at these feeds. It’s gonna be tough to say no after scrolling past these pups.

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Think a Moodle is the right pup for you? Find out if you’re ready to add a dog to your life.

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Article last updated on February 16, 2022

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.
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