Are Maltipoo Hypoallergenic?

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By helloBARK! staff
Updated on July 21, 2020
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Maltipoo are a relatively new cross breed that are part of the Doodle family.

The Maltipoo is a cross between a Maltese and a Poodle to create a companion-size pet.

Just like any mixed breed, Maltipoo can inherit physical traits or temperamental traits from either of their purebred parents.

While they’re usually called Maltipoos, this particular cross can also be referred to as a Malti-Poodle, Malte-Poo, Maltepoo, Maltesepoo, Maltese-Poodle, Maltesedoodle, Moodle.

One of the most appealing aspects of Doodles such as Maltipoos are their hypoallergenic qualities.

Maltipoo are often dubbed a hypoallergenic cross breed because they’ll usually have low-shedding coats.

Editor's note: The content on this website is meant to be informative in nature, but it should not be taken as veterinary, medical or professional advice. There's no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog in spite of claims that breeders might make. It’s always best to speak with your vet or your doctor before deciding to get a dog if you suspect you may have allergies to pets.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at why Maltipoo are considered more hypoallergenic than other types of dogs, just how much they shed as well as their grooming requirements.

What does hypoallergenic mean?

The word hypoallergenic was a term first coined by the cosmetic industry in the 1950s, although you’ll often see it alongside a dog breed in the 21st century.

The cosmetic industry used the word hypoallergenic to denote a cosmetic product that was less likely to trigger an allergic reaction than another cosmetic product.

By it’s very definition, hypoallergenic doesn’t mean something won’t cause an allergic reaction, it’s just less likely to cause an allergy flare up. This is important to note.

Let’s take a look at how WebMD define the world hypoallergenic.

If you see “hypoallergenic” on makeup or a skin care label, it means that that maker claims its product causes fewer allergic reactions than other ones. That doesn’t necessarily mean it is allergy-proof or gentler for your skin. The U.S. government doesn’t have standards that products must meet in order to put “hypoallergenic” on the label.

What are hypoallergenic dogs?

Now that we know the definition of the word hypoallergenic, we can take a look at why it’s sometimes used to alongside different breeds of dogs.

Some dogs are considered hypoallergenic because they’re less likely to trigger an allergic reaction in someone who has allergies around our beloved four-legged friends.

Although some breeders will make grand claims that their dogs are 100% hypoallergenic, there’s no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog breed. The American Kennel Club state this point very clearly on their website.

While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, there are a variety of breeds that do well with allergy sufferers. These dogs have a predictable, non-shedding coat which produces less dander.

So it’s important that you don’t fall for the lofty claims of some breeders. While there’s a good chance a Doodle, for example, could be hypoallergenic, there’s no way to predict until the puppy is born and their coat develops.

What causes an allergy to dogs?

It’s little surprise that hypoallergenic dogs have proven so popular over the past few decades given the popularity of canines in the USA and around the world.

Recent figures suggest that as many as 10% of Americans are allergic to dogs.

With over 80 million dog owners in the USA and a population of 320 million, you’d have to think that there are some dog owners sharing their lives with canine companions despite their allergies.

There are a number of potential reasons why a dog may trigger someone allergies. If you want to learn more, you should speak to your local doctor to learn why you may be intolerant to dogs.

Of course, one of the most common factors is dog hair. It’s why some many dog lovers looks for furry pooches who don’t shed (as well as the fact that they won’t love balls of fur around your home and a evidence all over your clothes).

While dog hair is a contributing factor, it’s actually dander that’s the biggest culprit where dog allergies are concerned. The American Lung Association have a useful definition of dander on their website.

Pet dander is composed of tiny, even microscopic, flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers. These bits of skin can cause reactions in people who are specifically allergic to these triggers.

Different dog breeds can produce varying levels of dander. Some types of canines can have coats that are better at catching the dander to ensure it’s less likely to end up in contact with their pet parents. If that’s the case, the dander will be washed out when your dog has a bath.

What are the symptoms?

If you have any concerns about the symptoms of potential dog allergies, we do recommend speaking to your local doctor and perhaps even a vet to get a great understanding of the problem.

Mayo Clinic write on their website that most pet allergies are triggered by exposure to dander or pet hair. If this happens and someone is allergic to canines or felines, Mayo Clinic suggest on their website that you may spot the following symptoms.

• Sneezing
• Runny nose
• Itchy, red or watery eyes
• Nasal congestion
• Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
• Postnasal drip
• Cough
• Facial pressure and pain
• Frequent awakening
• Swollen, blue-colored skin under your eyes
• In a child, frequent upward rubbing of the nose

This article doesn’t constitute medical advice so we recommend speaking to your local doctor about any potential concerns you may have surrounding dog allergies.

Are Maltipoo hypoallergenic?

Locke the Maltipoo (Photo: @littlelocke /Instagram)

Locke the Maltipoo (Photo: @littlelocke /Instagram)

Maltipoo are considered a hypoallergenic cross breed thanks to the influence of the Poodle genes. Poodles are perhaps the most famous of all hypoallergenic purebred dogs. They’ve got tight curls and don’t produce a lot of dander. In this case, the Maltipoo is almost certainly going to by hypoallergenic given the Maltese are also listed by the AKC as a hypoallergenic breed.

Daisy the Maltipoo (@maltipoo_daisy) doesn’t shed at all but her coat can become tangled.

Daisy is hypoallergenic. I have to brush Daisy at least every other day or else she gets tangles in the hair.

Do Maltipoo shed a lot?

Daisy the Maltipoo (Photo: @maltipoo_daisy / Instagram)

Daisy the Maltipoo (Photo: @maltipoo_daisy / Instagram)

Given that the Maltipoo has two hypoallergenic parents in the shape of the Maltese an the Poodle, this particular cross breed are likely to be low shedding or non shedding.

Maltipoo care and grooming

Willow the Maltipoo (Photo: @willow.the.maltipoo / Instagram)

Willow the Maltipoo (Photo: @willow.the.maltipoo / Instagram)

Although Maltipoo don’t shed, you’ll still have to groom your little companion. In fact, Maltipoo, and other Doodles, require a rigorous grooming schedule to prevent their coats from becoming matted or tangled. By brushing your Maltipoo regularly, you can remove any dirt or debris trapped in their hair and prevent potential infection.

Little Locke (@littlelocke), for example, visits a professional groomer every six to eight weeks.

Maltipoos have hair so they need to visit the groomer every 6-8 weeks to keep their fur free from mats. Also, don’t forget to brush your Maltipoo as the Poodle hair is curly.

Willow (@willow.the.maltipoo) has her coat trimmed every two months during the warmer months.

Maltipoos are hypoallergenic and do not shed. They have a fairly long coat to be trimmed every 2 months or more in the summer.

If you decide to take a Malitpoo to a professional groomer, it can be quite expensive. So you’ll need to budget for this service when you also think about things like dog food, pet insurance and vet bills.

Hypoallergenic dog breeds

The American Kennel Club and the Kennel Club both offer suggestions for dog lovers looking to find hypoallergenic breeds.

The AKC suggest the following 19 breeds:

• Affenpinchser
• Afghan Hound
• American Hairless Terrier
• Barbet
• Bedlington Terrier
• Bichon Frise
• Bolognese
• Chinese Crested
• Coton de Tulear
• Giant Schnauzer
• Irish Water Spaniel
• Kerry Blue Terrier
• Lagotto Romagnolo
• Maltese
• Peruvian Inca Orchid
• Poodle
• Portuguese Water Dog
• Russkaya Tsvetnaya Bolonka
• Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
• Schnauzer
• Xoloitzcuintli

The Kennel Club offer a more exhaustive list of 31 types of dogs:

• Lagotto Romagnolo
• Irish Water Spaniel
• Spanish Water Dog
• Bouvier des Flandres
• Giant Schnauzer
• Portuguese Water Dog
• Russian Black Terrier
• Hungarian Puli
• Komondor
• Bichon Frise
• Bolognese
• Chinese Crested
• Coton de Tulear
• Havanese
• Maltese
• Yorkshire Terrier
• Lhasa Apso
• Intermediate Mexican Hairless
• Miniature Mexican Hairless
• Standard Mexican Hairless
• Miniature Schnauzer
• Standard Poodle
• Toy Poodle
• Miniature Poodle
• Shih Tzu
• Tibetan Terrier
• Bedlington Terrier
• Dandie Dinmont Terrier
• Glen of Imaal Terrier
• Sealyham Terrier
• Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Anything else to consider?

If you want to find out more about the Maltipoo cross breed – or any dog for that matter, you can also contact owners on social media.

In our experience, pet parents are more than forthcoming with information about their canine companions.

You may also find dedicated Facebook groups to particular types of dogs.

Remember, if you’ve got concerns about a potential allergy to dogs, go talk to your doctor to learn more.

In conclusion

Willow the Maltipoo (Photo: @willow.the.maltipoo / Instagram)

Willow the Maltipoo (Photo: @willow.the.maltipoo / Instagram)

We’ve reached the end of our feature on Maltipoos and whether they’re hypoallergenic.

As you’ll now know, both their parents – the Poodle and the Maltese – are considered hypoallergenic breeds.

So it’s highly likely that a Maltipoo won’t shed at all.

However, these charming dogs will need regular grooming to maintain the appearance and health of their coats.