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Choosing a Dog Breed: More Small Dogs and Maltipoo Mix

I love old movies with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. In ‘Shall We Dance’, Fred and Ginger are sailing across the Atlantic on the Queen Anne. Ginger stops at the ship’s busy kennel and takes out her dog. While Fred, Ginger and her dog walk back and forth on the deck, the little dog steps on its sleeve and ruins its sweater. How adorable! Standing by the rail, Ginger holds her fluffy-faced dog while Fred sings “I’ve Got Beginner’s Luck.” Can you guess the breed of dog? My personal opinion is this cute dog is a Maltipoo rather than a Havanese or Bichon Frise. Agree? There are many wonderful small dog breeds. Some of the best small dogs are not purebreds, but Maltipoo Mix technically called crossbreeds. Before you buy or adopt a small dog, it is a good idea to research the different breeds so you will know which dog is right for you.

Mixed-breeds (Crossbreeds)

Maltipoo- The Malti-Poo is a crossbreed because it is a cross between 2 different purebred dog breeds: the Maltese and the Poodle. This adorable small dog often has a turned back, fluffy tail. The characteristics in mixed-breeds are less predictable than in purebreds. Make sure that you consult a reputable breeder or the shelter about the qualities you are looking for in your dog before you buy a mixed dog. The Maltipoo is an active and affectionate pet. They do well with other pets, but not with small children. They require regular grooming. Maltipoo’s are good apartment dogs as long as they get enough exercise.

Morkie- Also called the Yorktese, this dog is a cross between a Maltese and a Yorkshire Terrier. The Morkie is very small, loving and loyal. With training they can get along with other pets and older children. They need regular grooming. The Yorktese can be an apartment dog as long as it gets regular exercise. They make better watchdogs than Maltipoo’s.

Puggle- The Puggle is a little bit bigger than the Maltipoo and often possesses the wonderful characteristics of beagles and pugs. Puggle’s are good around children and other pets. They like human interaction and lots of exercise. These dogs require regular grooming and are alert watchdogs.

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