Havapoo vs Maltipoo

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Written by Colby Maxwell

Updated: November 11, 2022

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In recent years, dog-breed hybrids have become incredibly popular! Combining the best traits of various dog breeds has created some of the cutest and most evenly tempered dogs ever. Among the more popular recent hybrids are the Havapoo and the Maltipoo mixes. These breeds are extremely popular, although they are often confused with one another. Today, we will compare the Havapoo vs. Maltipoo and see what makes them unique! Let’s get started.

Comparing a Havapoo and a Maltipoo

The Havapoo and Maltipoo differ in breed origin but are similar in other respects.
ParentsHavanese mixed with a mini or toy poodle.Maltese mixed with a mini or toy poodle.
AppearanceCome in black, white, brown, tan, grey, silver, and apricot. Dense and curly or long and silky, depending on the parents.Come in white, cream, peach, gold, brown, black, gray, or a mixture of any. Three coat types: straight and silky, thick and curly, and wavy and wiry.
SizeUsually crossed with a mini or toy poodle. 15 inches tall and weigh 7-30 lbs.Usually crossed with a mini or toy poodle. 4-14 inches at the shoulder and weigh 3-20 lbs.
TemperamentAffectionate, intelligent, gentle lapdogs.Affectionate, gentle, playful, intelligent.
Puppy price$1,800-$5,000 with registered breeders. $600-$900 without papers.$800-$1000, although it can be as much as $2,500.

The 5 main differences between a Havapoo and a Maltipoo

The main differences between a Havapoo and a Maltipoo are the breed’s parents, coat types, and price.

Havapoos and Maltipoos are two hybrid dog breeds created around the same time. During the 1980s, breeders around the world began breeding poodle mixes, hoping to get the wonderful temperament and unique coats of the breed mixed with others. The results are still around today, with many of the most popular dog breeds in the world being poodle mixes, including the Labradoodle, golden doodle, and of course, the Havapoo and Maltipoo.

Like most poodle mixes, there are three different options for the poodle side of things: standard, miniature, and toy. Standard poodles are the original breed and are the largest of them all. Since their inception, however, smaller variations of the poodle have been created and used to breed poodle traits into smaller dogs. The miniature poodle is the middle of the three, and the toy poodle is the smallest. Both the Havapoo and Maltipoo could be bred with any of the three poodles, but the vast majority are bred with either miniature or toy poodles.

Since the breeds share a parent, they have a lot in common. In fact, the breeds have more similarities than they do differences. Still, the differences are present, however slight. Let’s take a look at these breeds and see what makes them unique.

Havapoo vs Maltipoo: Parents

Havapoo vs Maltipoo

The Havapoo is a mixture of the Havanese and poodle breeds.

The Havapoo is a hybrid breed that is created by mixing the Havanese breed with either a miniature or toy poodle. The Havanese breed is an old breed that was first developed in Havana, Cuba, hence its name. The Havanese was originally bred to be the lapdog for Cuban royalty, and it has maintained that loving lapdog attitude ever since. The Havanese is considered part of the Bichon family, along with the Bichon Frise and the Maltese breeds.

The Maltipoo is a hybrid breed created by mixing a Maltese breed with either a miniature or toy poodle. The Maltese breed is incredibly old, with origins linking to Sicily, Egypt, and Europe. Most people believe the breed to have originated in Malta, hence its name. Belonging to the same group as the Havanese, both hybrids are extremely similar as they share genetic heritage on both sides of the family.

Havapoo vs Maltipoo: Appearance

Havapoo vs Maltipoo

Depending on genetics, both breeds can have a coat type closer to their breed origin or the poodle side.

The Havapoo is a small dog that can appear similar to either of its parents, depending on genetics. They usually have lighter coats, owing to the poodle side of the family. Their coat comes in black, white, brown, tan, grey, silver, and apricot shades. They generally have two coat types, dense and curly or long and silky. Havapoo breeds are usually considered to be hypoallergenic.

The Maltipoo is extremely similar in appearance to the Havapoo, almost to the point where it would take a trained eye to tell them apart. They come in white, cream, peach, gold, brown, black, gray, or a mixture of any of them. Maltipoos generally come in three coat types, straight and silky, thick and curly, and wavy and wiry.

Havapoo vs Maltipoo: Size

Havapoo vs Maltipoo

Both breeds are generally under 30 lbs, although the Maltipoo can be a bit smaller.

The Havapoo is between 5 and 15 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 7-30 lbs. If crossed with a mini poodle, they are on the larger side, and on the smaller side, if crossed with a toy poodle.

The Maltipoo is also between 5-15 inches tall at the shoulder. They weigh 3-20 lbs and, like the Havapoo, are a bit larger when crossed with a mini poodle and smaller when crossed with a toy poodle.

Havapoo vs Maltipoo: Temperament

Havapoo vs Maltipoo

The Havapoo and Maltipoo are gentle, affectionate, and make great family dogs.

Both the Havapoo and Maltipoo are extremely similar in temperament, to the point that differences would be environmental and not breed-specific. They are known to be loving, affectionate, intelligent, and sensitive dogs. Most aren’t yappy, but can be vocal if something spooks them. They are well-suited for life in apartments and laps.

Havapoo vs Maltipoo: Puppy price

Havapoo vs Maltipoo

The exact price will vary, but both dogs generally cost between $800 and $2,000, depending on the breeder.

Both breeds are similar in price, but popularity will often determine the average price. Additionally, registered breeders will charge more than a breeder without papers.

Registered Havipoos go for $1,800-$5,000, while unregistered ones go for $600-$900.

Registered Maltipoos can cost between $800-$1000, with registered breeders charging as much as $2,500.

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Colby is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering outdoors, unique animal stories, and science news. Colby has been writing about science news and animals for five years and holds a bachelor's degree from SEU. A resident of NYC, you can find him camping, exploring, and telling everyone about what birds he saw at his local birdfeeder.

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