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Teacup Maltipoo: Your Complete Guide - PawSafe

Teacup Maltipoo: Your Complete Guide

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Written by Tamsin De La Harpe

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Teacup Maltipoos are a popular breed of dog known for their small size and heart-melting appearance. These dogs are a cross between a Maltese and a Toy Poodle, resulting in a dog that is both intelligent and affectionate. 

One notable feature of Teacup Maltipoos is their mere 8 inches tall size. Despite their small stature, they’re known for their energetic and playful personalities. Their size also calls for measures like swapping collars for comfier dog harnesses and being careful not to injure them. You can also invest a spritz of doggy perfume to keep them smelling as sweet as they look.

Teacup Maltipoos are also recognized for their hypoallergenic coats, making them an excellent choice for people with allergies. Let’s get into all about this miniature delight, with Maltipoo books as a guide for this ultimate Teacup Maltipoo manual. 

Teacup Maltipoos are also called micro mini Malitpoos, or just micros or minis. Some people may call them Toy Maltipoos, however, technically a Maltese and Toy Poodle are both Toy breeds. Therefore, a normal, standard Maltipoo that come from a toy Poodle is automatically a toy Maltipoo. 

However, if a Maltipoo is bred even smaller than their already tiny size, breeders may sell them as teacups, pockets, micro or micro minis. There are two primary ways of getting a teacup or micro mini MaltiPoo. One is to breed a teacup Maltese with a Teacup Poodle. Alternatively, you can keep breeding the tiniest (often runts) of Maltipoos together to create the tiniest balls of fluff possible.

In many cases, normal-sized Maltipoo puppies are sold as teacups or micro minis just because breeders can  ask a higher price. Since the Maltipoo is already a toy breed, many owners may never know their dog is not really a teacup.

Warning: Veterinarians warn against breeding dogs for teacup sizes shows that they often suffer from genetic health problems that can dramatically shorten their lifespan. So always be extra careful before your search for “teacup Maltipoo” puppies for sale. If you have your heart set on one, we will discuss rescue options below.

Teacup dogs have become very popular among dog lovers. Breeders have attempted to miniaturize canine sweetheart breeds like Huskies, Frenchies, Goldens, and even Great Danes! The result is getting all the larger dog’s famous qualities in an adorable, tiny package.

Teacup Maltipoos are also known for their friendly and affectionate nature. They love to be around people and make great companions for families with children or seniors. However, due to their small size, they may not be suitable for households with young children or larger pets.

This unbelievably cute Teacup Maltipoo is actually smaller than typical puppies

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Maltipoo Breed Origins & History 

Maltese are among the Bichon-type dogs that have existed in the Mediterranean region for thousands of years. Their exact place of origin is still a mystery between Sicily, Egypt, and southern Europe, but most historians pinpoint Malta for the development of the breed. They have been cherished as companions since then and still are now. 

Poodles came from Germany in the 15th century. Here, they were bred as retrieving dogs to bring back ducks and other birds to hunters. They eventually also became circus dogs due to their acute intelligence and ability to learn skills. Today, they’re valued as highly intelligent pets.

Teacup Maltipoos are a relatively new breed of dog created by crossing a Maltese with a Toy or Miniature Poodle. The breed was initially from the United States in the 1990s and quickly became popular due to its small size and cute appearance.

Teacup Maltipoo Ethics Question

Designer dogs have become increasingly popular over the past few decades but are also somewhat controversial. Some people argue that designer dogs are nothing more than expensive mutts, while others believe that they are healthier than purebred dogs due to their genetic diversity. Now add the Teacup ethicality debate to the designer controversy. 

The controversy around teacup dogs is that they are often bred to be smaller than is healthy, which can lead to various health problems. Some breeders also charge exorbitant prices for teacup dogs, which has led to criticism that they are exploiting the breed for profit.

However, Teacup Maltipoos are more ethical than other Teacups because they combine two already extremely tiny breeds. How breeders develop purebred Teacup varieties like Teacup Havanese and Bichon Frises is still a bit murky, with breeding runts and dwarfs always being a possibility. 

What Does a Teacup Maltipoo Look Like?

Teacup Maltipoos are small and delicate in build, with a dainty appearance, and size is their defining feature. Their fluffy coats give Teacup Maltipoos a very teddy-bear-like appearance. Their large, expressive eyes that seem to occupy half of their minute faces only add to their toy bear charm. 

They have a rounded face and a small button-like muzzle. Despite being remarkably small, these dogs are still well-proportioned, without any exaggerated features. Their ears are large and droopy, nicely framing their faces. 

How Big Does a Teacup Maltipoo Get?

As the name suggests, teacup Maltipoos are tiny dogs, and they usually weigh between 3 to 5 pounds (1.4 to 2.3 kg) and stand at 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) at the shoulder. They are the smallest version of the Maltipoo breed. 


Teacup Maltipoos have a soft, fluffy, and curly or wavy, hypoallergenic coat, making them an excellent choice for people with allergies. Teacup Maltipoos can inherit the Maltese’s long hair. However, though possible, it’s unlikely that their hair will be floor-length like the Maltese since it has some texture. 


Teacup Maltipoos come in a variety of colors, most in white and cream with a hint of lemon markings like the Maltese, however, they can also come in:

  • Apricot;
  • Red;
  • Blue;
  • Silver;
  • Black;
  • Brown; and
  • Chocolate.

Some Maltipoos have a solid coat, while others have a mix of two or more colors. It is not uncommon for a teacup Maltipoo to change color as they grow older. For example, a black Maltipoo puppy may turn silver or gray as they mature. Very rarely, you may find one with a merle Pattern if they were bred to a Poodle with merle colorings.

Personality and Temperament of Teacup Maltipoos

Teacup Maltipoos are known for their friendly and affectionate nature. They are highly social and love to be around their owners. They are also great with children and other pets, making them an ideal family pet.

Due to their small size, Teacup Maltipoos are well-suited for apartment living. They are not very active and prefer to spend most of their time indoors. However, they do require regular exercise to stay healthy and happy.

Teacup Maltipoos are intelligent and easy to train. They are eager to please their owners and respond well to positive reinforcement. They are also known for their playful nature and love to play with toys.

Teacup Maltipoos are generally calm and relaxed. They are not prone to excessive barking or aggression. However, they can become anxious if left alone for long periods, so providing them with plenty of attention and stimulation is important.

It is extremely easy for Teacup Maltese to get lost or even stepped on. You must be very careful when owning any Teacup dog because their small sizes skyrocket their susceptibility to injuries and accidents. Always know where your Teacup Maltipoo is and puppy proof your home

Suitability With Kids & Other Animals

When it comes to living with children and other animals, Teacup Maltipoos can be a good fit. They are affectionate and playful but can also be sensitive to rough handling. Never leave your Teacup Maltipoo with any child because they could accidentally but fatally injure them.

Teacup Maltipoos can also get along well with other animals, but early socialization is key. However, other dogs can also injure these dogs during rough play. It’s best to have a single-pet household with these dogs. 

Health and Lifespan

Common Health Issues

Teacup Maltipoos are prone to a variety of health issues, some of which are common in teacup dogs and some of which are common in Maltipoos. Here are some of the most common health issues to watch out for:

  • Heart issues: Teacup Maltipoos are at risk of developing heart problems, such as mitral valve disease, which can lead to heart failure.
  • Hypoglycemia: Teacup Maltipoos have small stomachs and may need to eat more frequently to avoid low blood sugar, which can cause seizures and other health problems.
  • Shaker syndrome: This is a neurological disorder that primarily affects small, white dog breeds, including Maltipoos. It leads to shaking or tremors in the entire body.
  • Collapsing tracheas: The trachea, or windpipe, can collapse in teacup dogs, making it difficult for them to breathe.
  • Luxating patellas: This is a condition in which the kneecap slips out of place, causing pain and difficulty walking.
  • Eye problems: Teacup Maltipoos may be prone to eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy.
  • Dental issues: Small dogs are more likely to develop dental problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Diabetes: Teacup Maltipoos may be at risk of developing diabetes, especially if they are overweight.
  • Hypothyroidism: This is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones, leading to weight gain, lethargy, and other symptoms.
  • Obesity: Teacup Maltipoos are at risk of becoming overweight, which can lead to a variety of health problems.
  • Skin and ear infections: Teacup dogs are prone to skin and ear infections from allergies, parasites, or other factors.

How long does a teacup Maltipoo live?

Teacup Maltipoos have a lifespan of around 12 to 15 years, similar to other small dog breeds. However, their lifespan can be affected by various factors, including genetics, diet, exercise, and overall health. 

Care and Maintenance


Teacup Maltipoos require a well-balanced diet of protein(25%), vitamins, minerals, carbs, and fats to maintain their health. As small dogs, you must give these dogs food 3 to 4 times every day to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). You can even give them treats in between to stabilize their blood sugar even more. 

However, micro Maltipoos may have a variety of metabolic problems such as diabetes, heart disease, or liver shunts that can severely affect their dietary needs. Make sure to take your pup for regular check-ups in case they need a special diet for an underlying problem. For example, dogs with liver or kidney problems may not be able to deal with too much protein in their diet, while dogs with mitral valve disease may need more nutrients to support the heart.


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Regular exercise is essential for Teacup Maltipoos to maintain their physical and mental health for about 15 minutes each session. They. However, owners should avoid overexerting them as they are small and delicate.


They are suitable for apartment living but enjoy spending time outdoors. A fenced yard is ideal for them to play and run around in.


Teacup Maltipoos have a long, curly coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling. 

  • Owners should brush their coats daily or every second day as their coat mats quickly.
  • It is also important to clean their ears every two weeks with proper canine wipes.
  • Brush their teeth at least twice a week and use dental mouthwash on some remaining days.
  • Additionally, owners should trim their nails regularly with clippers to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort.
  • Clean their under-eyes with eye wipes to prevent tear stains, especially the light-coated ones.
  • You may need to take your Teacup Maltipoo to a professional groomer since their Maltese genes cause fast hair growth. 

Training a Teacup Maltipoo

Training a Teacup Maltipoo can be a fulfilling experience for both the dog and the owner. These intelligent and affectionate dogs are eager to please, making them highly trainable. However, like all dogs, they require patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement to learn new behaviors.

One of the first things to teach a Teacup Maltipoo is basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, come, and heel. Socialization and crate training are essential for a well-adjusted pup. Owners must never neglect training because these dogs are tiny.

Are Teacup Maltipoos Hard to Potty Train?

Teacup Maltipoos, due to their small size, are challenging to potty train. Their tiny bladders may require more frequent bathroom breaks, and accidents are more likely if their needs aren’t met promptly. 

Finding a Teacup Maltipoo Breeder

It can be tricky to find an ethical teacup Maltipoo breeds and one must proceed with extreme caution. The boom in both teacup breeds and doodle (poodle mix) breeds has also led to massive uptick in puppy mills and backyard breeds. Mini Maltipoos may be gorgeous balls of fluff, but it’s vital to never support an unethical breeder. 

Also note: The term “Teacup” is sadly a magnet for unreliable breeders and puppy scams. These breeders lie that their dogs are Teacups, only for them to attain full standard size. Visiting the breeding facility and seeing the parents’ sizes and the conditions they live in will reduce your chances of being deceived. 

Remember, even registered purebred dogs can come from terrible situations, as in this New York Times article. So bad breeders aren’t purely a problem in  mixed or designer breeds, but also in AKC-registered dogs. Likewise, The RSPCA the term “USDA-licensed breeder” does not mean the breeder isn’t also a puppy mill. 

So, now that we’ve touched on some of the dangers of buying a micro Maltipoo from a breeder, let’s discuss what to do if you still have your heart set on buying a puppy (we will list some rescue options below too).  

How to Find an Ethical Maltipoo Breeder

Initial Research

  1. Ask for Recommendations: Speak to veterinarians, trainers, and Maltipoo owners to get suggestions for reputable breeders.
  2. Search Reputable Databases: Use websites that list certified or pre-screened breeders. Look for any relevant breeding associations that might endorse responsible Maltipoo breeders.
  3. Online Reviews: Check websites, forums, and social media for reviews of the breeder.

First Contact

  1. Initial Communication: Reach out to the breeder through email or phone. An ethical breeder will ask you questions to ensure you’re a suitable owner as much as you are vetting them. If the breeder does not seem to care if you will be a good owner or not and seems more intent on selling you a puppy then checking your credentials, walk away. This is a big red flag!
  2. Transparency: The breeder should be open about the puppy’s parents, medical history, and living conditions.

Visit the Breeder

  1. Scheduled Visits: Arrange a visit to the breeding facility. This is crucial for verifying the information provided and assessing the living conditions of the puppies and their parents.
  2. Health Certifications: Ask to see health clearances and any genetic testing that has been done on the puppy’s parents.

Ethical Indicators

  1. Parent Interaction: Ethical breeders will allow, and even encourage, interaction with the puppy’s parents.
  2. Puppy’s Living Conditions: Look for clean, spacious, and safe conditions.
  3. Age of Puppy: Ethical breeders won’t separate a puppy from its mother until it is at least 8 weeks old.
  4. Knowledgeable: The breeder should be knowledgeable about the Maltipoo breed and able to answer questions about their care, temperaments, and potential health issues.
  5. Contract & Guarantees: Expect to sign a contract that may include spay/neuter requirements, and return policy in case you can’t keep the puppy. Some ethical breeders also offer health guarantees.

Final Checks

  1. Follow Your Instincts: If something feels off, even if you can’t pinpoint what, it’s best to walk away.
  2. Multiple Visits: Consider multiple visits at different times to assess consistency in care and conditions.
  3. References: Ask for and contact other people who have purchased puppies from this breeder.

Make Your Decision

  1. Reflect: Take some time to think about the breeder and your visits. Ethical breeders will give you this time and won’t rush or pressure you into making a decision.

By following these steps, someone can increase their chances of finding a Maltipoo puppy from an ethical breeder, ensuring a healthier, happier life for their new pet.

Adoption Vs. Buying

When getting a teacup Maltipoo, there are two options: adoption or buying. Both options have their benefits and drawbacks. Regarding possibly unhealthy breeds like Teacup Maltipoos, we always recommend adopting one to reduce their breeding. 

However, we acknowledge that it’s nearly impossible to find a Teacup Maltipoo, or any Teacup at that, at a shelter. Because of this, you may have to buy a Teacup Maltipoo from a reputable breeder.

For those who are interested in adopting a teacup or micro mini Maltipoo, adoption can be a wonderful way to give a home to a dog in need. While these specific types might not be readily available for adoption as they are niche and highly sought after, you may find Maltipoos or similar mixed breeds in need of a home. Here are some organizations where you might start your search:

Organizations for Maltipoo and Doodle Adoption

  1. Michigan Doodle Rescue Connect
  2. Poodle and Pooch Rescue
    • A rescue organization that often features Poodles and Poodle mixes, which may include Maltipoos.
    • Website: Poodle and Pooch Rescue
  3. Doodle Dandy Rescue
    • Specializes in rescuing Doodle breeds and aims to place them in loving homes.
    • Website: Doodle Dandy Rescue
  4. Charity Paws (List of Doodle Rescues in Colorado)
  5. Doodle Rock Rescue
    • Focuses on rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming Doodles in Texas but they also adopt out-of-state.
    • Website: Doodle Rock Rescue 

Teacup and Small Dog Specialized Rescues

  1. Tiny Paws Rescue
  2. Tobie’s Small Dog Rescue
  3. AZ Small Dog Rescue
  4. Rocket Dog Rescue (Teacup Listings)

Remember that adoption availability can vary, so it’s a good idea to keep checking these sites or even set up alerts if possible. Adoption is a wonderful option for finding a new furry family member!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much is a Teacup Maltipoo puppy?

Teacup Maltipoos for sale are quite expensive, costing about $3000 to $6000. Their price varies based on location, breeder, and breed line.

Where can I find reputable teacup Maltipoo breeders?

Finding a reputable breeder is crucial when looking for a teacup Maltipoo. One can start by finding owners and asking for referrals. You can also visit normal-sized Maltipoo breeders and ask them for the  Teacup.

It is also recommended to visit the breeder’s facility in person and ask to see the puppies’ parents. Reputable breeders will provide health guarantees and ensure their puppies are well-socialized before entering their new homes.

How long do teacup Maltipoos typically live?

Teacup Maltipoos have a lifespan of 12-15 years, which is similar to other small dog breeds. However, their lifespan can be affected by various factors such as genetics, diet, and exercise. 

What colors are teacup Maltipoos typically available in?

Teacup Maltipoos can come in various colors, including white, cream, apricot, red, and black. Some may also have markings such as spots or patches. It is important to note that the color of a teacup Maltipoo can change as they age, and some colors may be more desirable than others.

Are teacup Maltipoos hypoallergenic?

Teacup Maltipoos are considered hypoallergenic. This means they shed less and produce less dander. However, it is important to note that no dog breed is completely hypoallergenic, and some people with severe allergies may still react to a teacup Maltipoo.

What is the average size of a teacup Maltipoo?

Teacup Maltipoos are a small breed, with an average height of 8-10 inches and a weight of 4-6 pounds. However, their size can vary depending on their parents’ size and the breeder’s breeding practices. 

Final Thoughts

Teacup Maltipoos are a popular breed of dog known for their small size and adorable appearance. They are a cross between a Maltese and a Toy Poodle, and they come in various colors and coat types. While they are a relatively new breed, they have quickly become one of the most sought-after dogs in the world.

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Tamsin De La Harpe


Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.

Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.