Cavapoo Vs Maltipoo – Which ‘Poo’ Does It For You?

Cavapoo Vs Maltipoo - Which 'Poo' Does It For You?
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    The Cavapoo and Maltipoo are two of the most popular mixed breeds you’ll come across due to their fun and sociable personalities which are wrapped up in affectionate and adorable tiny packages.

    Hybrid breeds of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Maltese, the Cavapoo and Maltipoo are both offspring of a Poodle parent, and as a result, share many of the same characteristics. 

    If you’re looking for a loyal, gentle and friendly family dog for your home, the Cavapoo and Maltipoo are both excellent choices. But, how do you pick between the two? 

    With this in mind, we’ve compiled an in-depth guide looking at some of the key similarities and differences between the two mixed breeds to help you find your perfect match.

    We’ve also answered some of the frequently asked questions to provide you with further important information to keep in mind. 

    Size And Appearance

    In terms of their size, both the Cavapoo and Maltipoo are on the small to medium side because of the small stature of their parent breeds. Both mixed breeds are typically either Toy or Mini size, with the average Maltipoo slightly larger than the average Cavapoo. 

    The difference between the two is barely negligible as Mini Maltipoos weigh between 15-25 pounds and Mini Cavapoos a little less at 13-20. Furthermore, Toy Maltipoos typically weigh anywhere between 5 to 15 pounds, while Toy Cavapoos are around 7-13. 

    Appearance-wise, Cavapoos and Maltipoos share many of the same characteristics so it’s hardly surprising that the two are easily confused. That being said, there are a few notable differences you can look out for to effectively distinguish between the two mixed breeds. 

    For example, you’ll typically find that Maltipoos have a longer snout, while Cavapoos exhibit a much shorter, rounder snout. Furthermore, Cavapoos often have longer ears than Maltipoos as a result of the beautiful ears they inherit from their parent, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 

    Another significant difference to look out for is the color of each breed’s fur. Both the Cavapoo and Maltipoo have the ability to be single-colored, bi-colored, or tri-colored.

    The most common color for Cavapoos is apricot or a similar shade of tan, whereas the most common Maltipoo color is a light cream. 

    Personality And Temperament 

    Both of these Doodle breeds are fantastic companion pets for single households and family homes. They’re outgoing, loyal, loving dogs, so their temperament is ideal for interacting with young children. 

    In terms of differences between the two breeds, Cavapoos are great for quickly adapting to change, making them ideal for families who tend to move homes frequently. We can vouch for this as we moved house whilst our Cavapoo Rosie was only 10 months old and she took to her new abode without a worry. She has also spent a summer in Spain and many a night in hotels or tents, without a whimper. As long as we are with her, she feels right at home.

    On the other hand, Maltipoos have a tendency to bark more than Cavapoos when excited, so if you share particularly thin walls with your neighbor, this could be something to take into consideration.

    If you’re looking for a pooch to be the guard dog of your home, neither the Cavapoo or Maltipoo are the best choice.

    This is because their small, fluffy frames aren’t the most intimidating, although the barking of the Maltipoo may do the trick. 

    Another important factor to take note of is the fact that both mixed breeds become incredibly attached to their owner or family very quickly. While this is a good thing in some ways, it does however, mean that they become heavily reliant on you and can often develop separation anxiety. 

    This anxiety can lead to destructive behaviors if they’re left alone for extended periods of time with little or no physical and mental stimulation. If you are worried about how your dog will cope, check out our blog on how to train your Cavapoo to be left alone.

    So, if your lifestyle means that you’re regularly out of the house for hours on end, it’s definitely worth giving this some thought. 

    Health And Life Expectancy 

    There’s very little that separates the two in terms of lifespan. The average Cavapoo lives to be between 12-15 years, while Maltipoos have a typical life expectancy of 13-15 years. Of course, each individual dog is different, so the difference here is pretty insignificant. 

    As is the case with the vast majority of hybrid breeds, the Cavapoo and Maltipoo have excellent genetic diversity, meaning they’re at a lower risk of picking up a number of health issues. 

    Nevertheless, there are still some health problems that could affect the two breeds. For example, Cavapoos are often susceptible to mitral valve disease, ear infections, and luxating patella. For more information on the types of diseases your Cavapoo could be susceptible to, check out our guide to what health problems do Cavapoos have?

    On the other hand, Maltipoos are similarly at risk to some health issues. Some of the most common include pancreatitis, hypoglycemia, and White Shaker Syndrome. 

    Coat Maintenance And Grooming 

    The Maltipoo and Cavapoo can often have very similar coats, as the curliness of their fur is determined on how much Poodle is in their DNA in comparison to Maltese or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 

    The grooming requirements for both breeds are pretty demanding, with frequent brushing essential to avoid any problematic matting. This should be done every other day, although a dog with a more wavy or straight coat may be able to go longer in between brushings. 

    In addition to regular brushing, both the Cavapoo and Maltipoo need to have their nails trimmed a couple of times a month. If their nails aren’t looked after properly and become overgrown, it can cause significant discomfort.  


    While both breeds are highly intelligent, they’re also incredibly eager to learn and respond well to orders, which makes training them relatively easy. It’s beneficial to train them as early as you can, or else they may develop problematic behavioral issues. 

    One thing to bear in mind is that Maltipoos can sometimes be rather sensitive, so if you raise your voice or try to use negative reinforcement, it won’t be the most beneficial approach with their personalities.

    As is the case with most dogs, training that uses plenty of positive reinforcement may be more helpful for them learning new commands. 

    For top tips on how to train a Cavapoo, check out our blogs below:

    Exercise Requirements 

    When it comes to activity level, there isn’t too much between Cavapoos and Maltipoos. In general, Cavapoos require a little more physical exercise, but a couple of 15-30 minutes walks per day for both breeds is more than enough.

    While their exercise requirements may not be the highest, both breeds are playful and inquisitive, so they appreciate having an outdoor area where they can roam and play during the day. Some dogs, like our Cavapoo Rosie, will even join us for a run.

    Frequently Asked Questions 

    Are Cavapoos And Maltipoos Suitable For Apartment Living? 

    So long as you give them enough daily exercise, Cavapoos and Maltipoos should be okay to live in an apartment.

    It’s definitely helpful to have a nearby park or an outdoor fenced area though, as this makes it easier to take them for plenty of nice strolls and give them the sense of freedom they crave. 

    How Much Do Maltipoos And Cavapoos Cost? 

    Both Maltipoos and Cavapoos are known as “designer dogs”, therefore they cost a pretty steep price. On average, Cavapoos cost somewhere between $1,500 and $2,500, whereas Maltipoo puppies are a little cheaper around the $1,000 – $1,500 mark. 

    Click to find out more on how and where to buy a Cavapoo puppy.

    Does A Cavapoo Or Maltipoo Shed Less? 

    More often than not, Maltipoos shed far less than Cavapoos due to the fact they’re bred from non-shedding Poodle and Maltese breeds.

    Cavapoos, on the other hand, are prone to some shedding since their parent, the Cavalier Prince Charles Spaniel, possesses a coat that sheds all year round, particularly during the spring and fall seasons.  

    Which Breed Is Best For Someone Who Suffers From Allergies?

    This is a pretty clear answer, as Maltipoos are completely hypoallergenic. So, if allergies and shedding are a concern for you and your family, the Maltipoo is one of the safest mixed breed dogs you’ll find. 

    In contrast, the Cavapoo has one hypoallergenic parent and one who isn’t, so it’s almost impossible to guarantee that the offspring definitely won’t shed.

    That being said, a Cavapoo sheds considerably less than a purebred Cavalier Prince Charles Spaniel, so if you only suffer from mild allergies, a Cavapoo may be manageable. 

    What’s The Availability Of The Cavapoo And Maltipoo Like? 

    While neither are quite as popular or in-demand as some other Doodle breeds like the Goldendoodle or Cockapoo, you’ll still find that breeders and rescuers are fairly common and easy to find. 

    There’s every possibility that you may need to travel a couple of hours to find a reputable breeder with available and suitable puppies, but in general, the difficulty of locating one is pretty straightforward for both breeds. Check out our reputable breeder guides at the bottom of this article.

    What Are Their Litter Sizes? 

    On average, Maltipoo litters are typically between 4 and 6 puppies, whereas the litters of a Cavapoo vary more widely, ranging anywhere from 2 up to 10. While Cavapoos litters produce a couple more puppies on average, they’re generally less consistent in size. 


    Although we are slightly bias (being Cavapoo owners ourselves), there is little to set these adorable dogs apart. Friendly, loving, loyal and full of personality, these cute little dogs make perfect canine companions.

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