Differences and Similarities between the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo.

Toy Poodle versus Maltipoo

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Toy Poodle Versus Maltipoo: Introduction

Are you thinking of getting a new pet dog, and you have narrowed down your choices to the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo? Well, you have come to the right place. Because in this article, we will provide you with a detailed comparison of these two dog breeds to help you decide which of the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo better suits you.

We will provide you a detailed discussion and comparison of dog attributes such as intelligence, price, general health, friendliness, etc, for both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo.

Furthermore, we will let you know which one of the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo is better suited for new dog owners, for owners with kids, for owners that live in apartments, for owners with dog allergies, etc.

Importantly, we did some analysis and calculation and we obtained a number that we call the Better-Pet Score™ for both the Toy Poodle and for the Maltipoo. The dog breed with the higher Better-Pet score is the `better` pet. We hope that these Better-Pet Scores will provide you with more insight into deciding which pet to get between the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo.

Our only goal here is to help you make a well-thought-out decision on your next long-term companion, be it the Toy Poodle or the Maltipoo.

Note that there are 3 types of Poodles:

  • The Standard Poodle
  • The Miniature Poodle
  • The Toy Poodle
  • However, these 3 poodle `types` are basically the same. The only difference between them is size. Standard Poodles are big, toy poodles are small, and miniature poodles are medium-sized.

    Read more about the subtle differences between the standard poodle vs. miniature poodle here and the toy poodle versus miniature poodle here.

    In addition, we have articles on the detailed comparisons of the poodle to every other dog breed. Check out our articles on poodle versus other dog breeds here.

    Toy Poodle versus Maltipoo: Overview

    Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo are similar in size. The Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo are both small-sized dogs.

    Furthermore, the Toy Poodle belongs to the Companion Dogs group. Companion Dogs were bred to be companions for humans. Their main goal in life is to be with people, and they will be very sad if left to themselves for long hours day after day.

    On the other hand, the Maltipoo belongs to the Hybrid Dogs group. Hybrid Dogs are the offspring of 2 or more known, but different, dog breeds.

    Toy Poodle versus Maltipoo: Comparison Table

    The table below compares the Toy Poodle to the Maltipoo based on different important factors such as Price, Health, Kid-friendliness, etc.

    When a dog breed scores higher for a factor than the other dog breed, the box of the breed that scores higher is shaded green and the box of the breed that scores lower is shaded red. When there is no difference between the breeds for a particular factor then the box is shaded gray for both pets. Also, when the factor is not important in picking a pet, or when the factor cannot be compared between two pets, the box for the factor is shaded gray for both pets

    Most of the factors in the table for each dog breed are ranked on a scale of 1 to 5. “1” means “worst”, and “5” means “best”.

    However, some factors such as “Price”, “Average Lifespan”, etc. cannot be on a scale of 1 to 5, so they are not on a scale of 1 to 5 in the comparison table.

    Later in this article, we will further explain each factor as it applies to the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo

    Factor Toy Poodle Maltipoo
    Tolerates Being Alone 1/5 1/5
    Does NOT Shed 5/5 5/5
    Does NOT Drool 5/5 5/5
    Easy To Groom 1/5 3/5
    Life Span 12 to 15 years 10 to 13 years
    General Health 2/5 2/5
    Low Prey Drive 4/5 4/5
    Does NOT Bark or Howl 4/5 1/5
    Tolerates Cold Weather 3/5 2/5
    Tendency NOT to Wander 3/5 2/5
    Calmness/ Low Vigor 3/5 3/5
    Easygoing 2/5 1/5
    Tolerates Hot Weather 4/5 3/5
    Dog Friendly 4/5 4/5
    Friendly Toward Strangers 4/5 4/5
    Potential NOT to Gain Weight 2/5 4/5
    Does NOT chew on things 2/5 3/5
    NOT Rambunctious 2/5 3/5
    Minimal Exercise Needs 2/5 4/5
    Adapts Well To Apartment Living 5/5 5/5
    Good For Novice Owners 5/5 5/5
    Affectionate With Family 5/5 5/5
    Kid-Friendly 5/5 4/5
    Easy To Train 5/5 5/5
    Intelligence 5/5 4/5
    Potential For Playfulness 5/5 4/5
    Weight 6 to 10 pounds 5 to 20 pounds
    Height From 6 to over 10 inches tall at the shoulder 8 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder
    Average Lifespan 13.5 years 11.5 years
    Average Price $2840 $2020
    Price Range $1900 – $3500 $1500 – $2500
    Common Health Problems and Recommended Health Tests No Data No Data

    Next, we added the scores of the factors that can be added together for the Toy Poodle in the table (that is, `Ease of Grooming` score + `General Health` score + `Calmness` score + …etc) and we compared it to the corresponding total score for the Maltipoo. We call these total scores the Better-Pet Scores, as we mentioned earlier. We called this score the Better-Pet score because the better dog breed will have a higher score. This is because the pet will the higher score will have minimal needs and be easier to have as a pet.

    The Better-Pet score for the Toy Poodle is 88 out of 125 while the Better-Pet score for the Maltipoo is 86 out of 125.

    Based on their Better-Pet scores, the Toy Poodle is a better pet than the Maltipoo. So, you should get a Toy Poodle!

    The Most Remarkable Differences Between the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo

    Below is a list of where the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo are most different:

  • Toy Poodles are not very vocal. They have very low tendency to bark and howl. However, Maltipoos are highly vocal. They have the tendency to bark and howl.
  • The Similarities Between the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo

    The Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo are very similar in certain aspects. Below is the list of where the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo are most similar:

  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo do not like to be left alone.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo do not shed a lot. They are good for people with dog allergies.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo do not have the tendency to drool.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo have the tendency to develop certain health problems.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo have a very low prey drive. This means they get along well with other pets.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo are easily disturbed by noise in their environments. They are sensitive to human tone. They will understand the tone of your voice when you try to correct their behaviors with a firm tone.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo can tolerate hot weather.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo get along well with other dogs.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo are very friendly towards strangers.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo are prone to nip and chew at things.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo have very high energy levels. They need a lot of exercise time to release their high energy.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo adapt well to apartment living.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo are good for new dog owners.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo are very easy to train.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo are highly intelligent.
  • Both the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo are very playful.
  • Size (Weight and Height) of Toy Poodle versus Maltipoo

    Now, let us discuss the difference in size between the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo.

    Poodles come in three main size categories. These three size categories are referred to as the three varieties of the poodle. Poodles of different varieties are basically the same except for their size differences. The poodle varieties based on size categorization are:

  • Standard Poodles: Standard Poodles are the biggest of the poodle varieties. Adult Standard Poodles are 24 inches to 27 inches tall and weigh between 38 pounds and 70 pounds. To learn more about Standard Poodle Growth, Weight, and Height, check out our article on Standard Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • Miniature Poodles: Miniature Poodles are mid-sized poodles. An adult miniature poodle grows to weigh between 10 and 20 pounds (4.5 kg to 9 kg) and stands between 10 to 15 inches tall (25.4 cm to 38.1 cm). To learn more about Miniature Poodle Growth, Weight and Height, check out our article on Miniature Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • Toy Poodles: The Toy Poodle is the smallest official member of the poodle club. Although there is a smaller poodle variety that is smaller than the toy poodle. This tiny poodle variety is called the micro/teacup poodle. However, this micro/teacup poodle size category is not recognized by the official poodle association, The Poodle Club of America. Adult toy poodles are no more than ten inches tall withers. In weight, a toy poodle will grow to be about 4.8 to 11.6 pounds in weight. To learn more about Toy Poodle Growth, Weight and Height, check out our article on Toy Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • There is another variety of poodle that is not recognized in the USA but is recognized in Europe. This poodle size variety is called the Moyen Poodle. In size, the Moyen Poodle is smaller than the Standard poodle but bigger than the miniature poodle.

    See below the figure that compares the different poodle sizes:

    Poodle Sizes

    On the other hand, Maltipoos weigh 5 to 20 pounds when fully grown. Maltipoos are 8 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder when fully grown.

    Price of Toy Poodle versus Price of Maltipoo

    The average price of the Toy Poodle puppy is $2840. The price of the Toy Poodle typically ranges from $1900 – $3500. However, the price of a Toy Poodle can be as low as $450 and as high as $40000. We obtained this price information by reviewing the prices of 874 Toy Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.

    To know about standard poodle prices and standard poodle buying advice, check out our article on standard poodle cost.

    To know about miniature poodle prices, check out this article on miniature poodle price.

    To learn more about toy poodle price and for toy poodle buying advice, check out this article on toy poodle price.

    The average price of the Maltipoo puppy is $2020. The price of the Maltipoo typically ranges from $1500 – $2500. However, the price of a Maltipoo can be as low as $200 and as high as $7850. We obtained this price information by collecting and reviewing the prices of 845 Maltipoo puppies listed for sale from various sources.

    The Toy Poodle is more expensive than the Maltipoo.

    Toy Poodle Maltipoo
    Average Price $2300 $2020
    Price Range $1500 to $2800 $1500 to $2500

    The charts below show the price distribution for the Toy Poodle and Maltipoo. For different price points, the charts show how many Toy Poodle puppies or how many Maltipoo puppies are listed for sale at those price points.

    A breakdown of the prices of Toy Poodles. The typical price range is shaded Green.

    A breakdown of the prices of Toy Poodles. The typical price range is shaded Green.

    A breakdown of the prices of Maltipoos

    A breakdown of the prices of Maltipoos

    Note that a lot of factors determine how much you can expect to pay for the Toy Poodle puppy or the Maltipoo puppy. This includes if health screening tests have been performed on the puppy, if the puppy is from a famous pedigree, the US State where the puppy is bred, etc.

    Nevertheless, when looking from a puppy, look at buying a puppy only from well-established breeders that breed puppies primarily for the love of dogs, and secondarily for profit. Do not buy a puppy from one of those puppy mills that mass-produce puppies in bad living conditions for maximum profit.

    You may also consider adopting a dog instead of buying a dog.

    Tolerates Being Alone: Toy Poodle versus Maltipoo

    Toy Poodles do not like to be left alone.

    Poodles, by nature, are companion dogs. They like and thrive on human companionship more than most dog breeds. Poodles do not like to be left alone. Leaving a poodle alone for more than 4 hours day after day will cause separation anxiety and isolation distress in a poodle. If you plan to get a poodle, make sure you can be around your poodle most of the time, or arrange for a dog walker.

    See our article on how long you can leave a poodle alone.

    Maltipoos do not like to be left alone.

    Do Toy Poodles shed more than Maltipoos?

    Toy Poodles do not shed a lot. They are good for people with dog allergies.

    Although all dogs shed, and poodles are no different in this regard. But poodles shed less than many other breeds of dogs. However, if you own a poodle, you will not have the problem of having balls of dog hair on your couch and over your house. This is because the curly coat of the poodle traps the hair and other things that the poodle sheds. Therefore, people that are allergic to dogs tend to tolerate poodles better.

    Check out our articles to learn more on why poodles do not shed, and on standard poodle shedding, and on shedding in toy poodles

    Maltipoos do not shed a lot. They are good for people with dog allergies.

    Which is Easier to Groom, the Toy Poodle or the Maltipoo?

    Toy Poodles require a lot of grooming and they are not very easy to groom.

    To learn more about how to properly groom a poodle, check out our article on how to groom a poodle.

    Learn more on how to take care of a poodle here.

    Maltipoos are moderately easy to groom.

    Which Dog Breed is more Dog-Friendly, the Toy Poodle or the Maltipoo?

    Toy Poodles get along very well with other dogs.

    Poodles get along very well with other dogs. Poodles are very friendly. However, it is up to the other dog to reciprocate the friendliness. Some dog breeds are just unfriendly and aggressive.

    Read this article to learn about the dog breeds that get along well with poodle and the dog breeds that do not along with poodles.

    Maltipoos get along very well with other dogs.

    Are Toy Poodles good family dogs? What about Maltipoos?

    Toy Poodles are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.

    Poodles make a good addition to a family. They love kids and kids love them.

    Learn about standard poodles as family dogs here, and about how family-friendly are toy poodles here..

    Maltipoos are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.

    Is the Toy Poodle Easier to Train than the Maltipoo?

    Toy Poodles are very easy to train.

    Poodles are easy to train because they are intelligent and eager to please their owners. However, it is important that you begin training a poodle to make the most out of their natural intelligence. Moreover, training your Poodle should be based on positive reinforcement and repetition. Be sure to give your Poodle praise when he obeys a command and ignores your poodle`s bad behavior.

    To learn more, check out our article on how to train a poodle.

    Maltipoos are very easy to train.

    Which one drools more, the Toy Poodle or the Maltipoo

    Toy Poodles do have a very low tendency to drool.

    Maltipoos do have a very low tendency to drool.

    How Kid-friendly are Toy Poodles and Maltipoos?

    Toy Poodles get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.

    Maltipoos get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.

    Does the Toy Poodle Have a Higher Prey Drive than the Maltipoo?

    Toy Poodles have a very low prey drive. This means they get won`t chase after smaller pets. They tend to get along well with other pets.

    Maltipoos have a very low prey drive. This means they get won`t chase after smaller pets. They tend to get along well with other pets.

    Do Toy Poodles Bark and Howl? What about Maltipoos?

    Toy Poodles are not very vocal. They do not tend to bark and howl.

    Maltipoos are highly vocal. They have the tendency to bark and howl.

    Can Toy Poodles Tolerate Cold Weather? And can Maltipoos Tolerate Cold Weather?

    Toy Poodles can moderately tolerate cold weather.

    Maltipoos cannot tolerate cold weather. They are vulnerable to the cold.

    Wanderlust Potential: Toy Poodle vs. Maltipoo

    Toy Poodles have a moderate tendency to wander. This means that they sometimes get distracted by other animals or objects.

    Maltipoos have a high tendency to wander. They are easily distracted by other animals or objects.

    Can Toy Poodles Tolerate Hot Weather? Can Maltipoos Tolerate Hot Weather?

    Toy Poodles can tolerate hot weather.

    Maltipoos can tolerate hot weather as long as the weather is not too hot.

    Is the Toy Poodle Better for Apartment Owners than the Maltipoo?

    Toy Poodles adapt very well to apartment living.

    Maltipoos adapt very well to apartment living.

    Which is Better for New Dog Owners, the Toy Poodle or the Maltipoo?

    Toy Poodles are very good for new dog owners.

    Maltipoos are very good for new dog owners.

    Poodle Versus Other Dog Breeds

    You may also be interested in how the poodle compares to other breeds aside from the Maltipoo. So, see below the links to the comparison of the poodle to other breeds:

    poodle versus Swedish Vallhund     poodle versus Yorkshire Terrier     poodle versus Collie     poodle versus Dandie Dinmont Terrier     poodle versus King Shepherd     poodle versus Cavalier King Charles Spaniel     poodle versus Black Mouth Cur     poodle versus Chorkie     poodle versus Belgian Tervuren     poodle versus Bulldog     

    Conclusion: Toy Poodle versus Maltipoo. Which One is a Better Pet?

    In summary, there is nothing like a better dog breed or a worse dog breed. The important question to ask is which dog breed better matches your interests and lifestyle. We hope our discussion above will help you in deciding which dog breed between the Toy Poodle and the Maltipoo better suits you and your family.

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