Are Maltipoos AKC Registered? What you Need to Know

Maltipoos are a very popular choice of dog among first-time owners, families, couples, and experienced dog owners alike. They are small, friendly, intelligent, and shed very little which all make great reasons to choose one.

You’ve got your Maltipoo home, so what’s the deal with registering your pooch, and can they be registered with AKC in their own right? If not, why not and what other options are there if you would like to register your Maltipoo?

Maltipoos cannot be registered on the AKC Dog Registry due to being a crossbreed. They can be registered on AKC’s Canine Partners Program. Other organizations such as the International Designer Canine Registry and American Canine Hybrid Club are open to Maltipoos.

At the time of writing (October 2020), AKC ranked Maltese dogs 37th out of 196 making them a fairly popular breed. They are classed as being in the Toy Group. Poodles are ranked 7th out of 196 making them one of the top ten. Poodles are in the non-sporting group on the AKC registry. So, where does that leave Maltipoos?

Fun Fact: They have a host of names and even different registry organizations call them by different names. Here are some of those names: Maltepoo, Maltapoo, Moodle, Malt-A-Poo, Multapoo, Multipoo, Malte-Poo, Maltapoo, Multapoo, Multi-Poo, Maltese-Poodle, Malt-oodles, MaltiPoodle, mPoo.

American Kennel Club – Who Can Be Registered?

Let’s first look at the history behind AKC, why was it launched and how has it evolved to include mixed breeds. American Kennel Club was formed in 1884 and is by far the largest registry for purebred dogs. Registering a dog recognizes that their parents were also registered through AKC. It doesn’t declare your dog is in full health or of show quality.

When registered through AKC you receive a certificate of registration, and your dog’s name is recorded in the AKC registry. You also get the chance to take part in many events held by AKC throughout the year.

The AKC is very clear in determining the terms of their registration process. Crossbreeds (sometimes called designer dogs) cannot be registered traditionally by AKC, only purebred dogs can be AKC registered. As Maltipoos are a cross between a Maltese and a Toy or Miniature Poodle only the purebred sire and dam can be AKC registered.

Whilst Maltipoos are not purebred they can still be registered through the AKC’s Canine Partners scheme which was launched in 2009. This scheme was launched so that mixed-breed dog owners could have the chance to compete in AKC agility, obedience, and rally events. Its launch was great news for dog owners of mixed breeds because they could now be included in a program. Dogs registered with Canine Partners must be spayed or neutered and the program is open to all dogs not eligible for AKC registration except for wolf hybrids.

Money raised through AKC is used to fund many campaigns for the good of dogs such as kennel inspections, AKC Canine Health Foundation, Canine Search and Rescue, Canine Good Citizen program, AKC Museum of the Dog, and many others.

Can Maltipoos Be Registered Anywhere Else?

There’s no need to feel despondent that you cannot register your Maltipoo on AKC’s dog registry as there are plenty of other organizations that you can use. Below are some of them:

  • International Designer Canine Registry
  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Dog Registry of America

It is important to point out that none of the organizations listed above will allow you to compete in any AKC shows. In this case, are there any advantages to registering your mixed breed anywhere?

It’s worth looking into the benefits each organization offers as each does differ. They also give mixed breeds the chance to be registered in their own right and have ownership and parentage recorded in history. Times have moved on over the years and having a crossbreed doesn’t necessarily limit your options if you do wish to register your Maltipoo.

Related Questions

Do Maltipoos Have Health Problems?

Like with all mixed breeds it’s important to look at parent history. We’ve rounded up some common Maltipoo health issues below:

  • White Shaker Syndrome –  This is a condition, which as the name indicates, affects white Maltipoos. This condition causes tremors across their entire bodies and can be caused by both environmental and genetic factors.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) – This is a condition that eventually leads to blindness, although it can be detected even before symptoms occur.
  • Allergies – Maltipoos are susceptible to suffering from allergies such as seasonal, skin reactions, and coat issues.
  • Dental Problems – Like with all dog’s dental problems can be a big issue, good dental care is a must.
  • Collapsed Trachea – Maltipoo necks are fragile and the cartilage rings can collapse if too much pressure is applied. It’s for this reason dog harnesses should be used for Maltipoos.
  • Luxating Patella – This is quite common with small breeds and is a condition where the dog’s kneecap slips out of place.