Last Updated on December 8, 2020
The concept of hybridity means to combine the best qualities of two breeds to create a new one. It’s a popular idea and even carries over into the world of objects like automobiles. But for the purpose of the flora and fauna world, a hybrid is a mix of the genetics of two parents. For dog lovers, this means getting the desired results for a mixed breed with the favorite traits of two breeds. These dogs will also be healthier in general. Here, we compare two favorite canine hybrids, the Cavapoo and the Maltipoo.
Cavapoo & Maltipoo Genetics
A Cavapoo (or Cavoodle) is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the popular poodle. The two breeds are generally mixed to produce a hypoallergenic pooch that doesn’t shed. The Maltipoo is a cross between the fun-loving Maltese and the intelligent Toy or Miniature Poodle. The goal is a small dog that is smart, playful, and affectionate.
As with humans, puppies will either exhibit traits from the genes of one parent over the other or a happy mix of both. When it comes to genetics, there is no way to determine which genes will be inherited from each parent. The way that human owners interact with their canine friends has a lot to do with traits and personality.
Whether you decide on a Cavapoo or a Maltipoo, it’s important to look for a trusted breeder familiar with genetics. An inexperienced or irresponsible one can result in a yappy tyrant that is hard to train and comes with a host of costly health problems. But with a little luck, you’ll get the intelligence of a poodle and the beauty and even temperament of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a Cavapoo. And with a Maltipoo, you should expect a smart, loyal fun-loving companion.
Cavapoo vs Maltipoo Size
Designer dog breeders in Australia began breeding the Cavapoo in the late 1990s to achieve a small dog that would be suitable for smaller dwellings. It’s a fairly new breed with few rules regarding size. But generally, as a mix between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle, the Cavapoo will be a small to medium pooch with the actual outcome depending on the size of the parent Poodle. Most will range between nine to 14 inches in height from the floor to the shoulder and weigh between nine and 25 pounds.
The Maltipoo was created by breeders to be a small, hypoallergenic dog for allergy sufferers. The size will depend on whether the Poodle parent was a Toy or Miniature Poodle. The average size of a Maltipoo is between eight to 14 inches and weighs between five and 20 pounds.
Generally, a Maltipoo will be slightly smaller than a Cavapoo but not enough to make a huge difference.
Cavapoo vs Maltipoo Coat
The Cavapoo’s coat is soft, short, and curly. Coat colors include fawn, cream, gold, chocolate, chestnut, or white. Since they were developed for allergy sufferers, they aren’t big shedders, but they do need a good weekly brushing to be well-groomed.
The Maltipoo’s coat is low-shedding and low dander making them also a good choice for allergy sufferers. Thanks to its long-haired Maltese parent, the Maltipoo coat is medium to long, a little longer than the Cavapoo coat. Colors vary, but most are white, cream, or silver. They need a bath once a month to stay clean and soft.
Their Different Temperaments
Cavapoos are affectionate and intelligent. At the same time, they enjoy a little independence. The Maltipoo is also affectionate and loyal to their owners. They’re a bit more sweet-natured than Cavapoos and are happiest by their owner’s side. Both are playful and fun-loving.
Maltipoos are more prone to separation anxiety than Cavapoos. The Maltipoo that is left alone for long periods of time may become destructive. The separation anxiety may manifest itself by resulting in barking, excess chewing, and marking their territory by urinating in inappropriate places.
The Cavapoo and Maltipoo are similar in many ways. Your schedule and setting are the main determiners for the choice between the two. If you have a fenced area outside for your dog, the common white color and longer hair of the Maltipoo may make grooming more time-consuming. But the Cavapoo is quite popular for their playful energy. If you must leave your dog alone during the day, remember that the Maltipoo is more prone to separation anxiety.
Designer dogs like these are harder to find in animal shelters. But if you give a shelter dog a chance, there’s nothing quite like the emotional satisfaction. And most shelters provide background information on the dogs. Try to adopt first.