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Maltipoo Grooming Guide: Tips & Techniques

Want to learn some hands on Maltipoo grooming techniques to grow a closer bond with your furbaby? Grooming a Maltipoo, a delightful mix between a Maltese and a Poodle, requires attention to their unique coat and general care needs.

Their coat can range from curly to wavy and tends to be soft, which means it can easily mat if not properly maintained. Here’s a step-by-step guide to Maltipoo Grooming at home, along with tips for selecting a professional groomer if needed.

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Grooming Your Maltipoo at Home

Grooming Supplies – What You Will Need For At-Home Maltipoo Grooming

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– Slicker brush
– Comb with both wide and fine teeth
– Detangling spray or conditioner
– Professional-grade pet clippers
– Clipper oil and coolant spray
– A variety of clipper blades or guard combs
– Scissors (rounded tip for safety)
– Thinning shears (for blending and thinning)
– Nail clippers or grinder
– Styptic powder (to stop nail bleeding if necessary)
– Ear cleaning solution and cotton balls or pads
– Dog-safe shampoo and conditioner
– Towels
– Hair dryer with cool setting
– Grooming table or non-slip surface
– Restraint such as a grooming noose (for safety on the table)
– Dog toothbrush and toothpaste
– Eye wipes or tear stain remover
– Canine cologne or deodorizing spray (optional)
– Grooming wipes (for quick clean-ups)
– Rubber grooming mitt or glove (for massage and removing loose fur)
– Flea comb (if necessary for flea removal)

1. Brushing

  • Frequency: Daily
  • Tools: A slicker brush and a metal comb
  • Method: Gently brush through the coat to remove tangles and mats, starting from the head and working your way down. Use the comb for tighter knots and sensitive areas like the face and paws.

2. Bathing Your Maltipoo

  • Frequency: Every 4-6 weeks
  • Supplies: Dog-specific shampoo and conditioner
  • Method: Wet their coat thoroughly with lukewarm water, apply and lather the shampoo gently, then rinse completely. Apply conditioner, wait for a few minutes, and then rinse. Ensure no soap residue remains as it can cause skin irritation.

3. Hair Trimming

  • Frequency: Every 4-8 weeks
  • Tools: Scissors and clippers
  • Method: Trim the hair around the eyes, ears, and paws for visibility and cleanliness. You can give them a full haircut, but if you’re not experienced, it’s safer to have this done professionally.

4. MALTIPOO Ear Care

  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Method: Check their ears for dirt, wax, or signs of infection. Gently wipe the outer ear with a cotton ball dampened with an ear cleaner recommended by your vet.

5. Nail Trimming

  • Frequency: Every 3-4 weeks
  • Tools: Dog nail clippers or a grinder
  • Method: Trim the tips of their nails, being careful not to cut the quick, which can cause bleeding. If unsure, this is best left to a professional.

6. Dental Care

  • Frequency: Daily
  • Tools: Dog toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Method: Brush their teeth gently but thoroughly to prevent tartar build-up and gum disease.

Professional grooming of maltipooChoosing a Professional Dog Groomer for Your Maltipoo

If you’re not confident in performing Maltipoo grooming at home, or if you prefer a professional touch, here’s how to choose a suitable groomer:

  1. Research: Look for groomers with good reviews and recommendations, especially from Maltipoo owners.
  2. Experience with the Breed: Ensure they have experience with Maltipoos or similar small breeds, understanding their specific coat and grooming needs.
  3. Facility Inspection: If possible, visit the grooming facility to check its cleanliness and the staff’s interaction with the dogs.
  4. Ask Questions: Inquire about their grooming process, products used, and how they handle pets with anxiety or specific needs.
  5. Certification: While not always necessary, a certified groomer may offer peace of mind regarding their knowledge and commitment to safe grooming practices.

Regular grooming not only keeps your Maltipoo looking their best but also ensures their health and wellbeing. Whether you decide to groom your pet at home or opt for a professional groomer, the key is consistency and care.


Deborah Moore is a writer, website designer and pet information expert, focused on dog adoption and rehoming for the past 10 years.

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