Best Shampoo for Maltipoos


This little pup is the adorable result of a cross between a Toy or Miniature Poodle and a Maltese. They are incredibly cuddly and perfect for allergy sufferers due to their low-shedding and low-dander coat. The coat of a Maltipoo is perfectly soft and very fluffy, adding to their teddy-bear like appearance.

The coat can be either wavy or curly, depending on the genes inherited by your particular Maltipoo. In order to maintain the coat's soft, wool-like appearance, it is important to pick the right shampoo for your Maltipoo. Here are our picks for the best shampoos for this delightful pup. 

10 Best Shampoos for Maltipoos

1. Honeydew Natural Oatmeal Dog Shampoo

For a Maltipoo with sensitive skin (which is most Maltipoos), this is a wonderful option. It effectively cleans your pup's coat and deodorizes it with a soft and gentle scene in place of the foul doggy odor. The oatmeal in the formula means this is very soothing for the Maltipoo's skin, working to relieve any itchiness or irritation. This shampoo is also hypoallergenic, which means it is suited for allergy-prone Maltipoos. The only issue with this shampoo is that you have to use quite a bit of it for it to effectively clean and deodorize. 

2. RX4 Dog Shampoo

While this option is a bit pricier than the others, especially considering the size of the bottle, it is without a doubt one of the most effective shampoos out there. This shampoo is vet-recommended and has been formulated to match the pH levels of your Maltipoo's skin. It works to help relieve any itchiness that you Maltipoo is suffering from, and it effectively deodorizes as well. This shampoo is guaranteed to leave your dog smelling great and as clean as ever. 

3. Healthy Breeds Herbal Avacado Shampoo

If your pup is suffering from a bad case of flaky, dry skin, this shampoo is a great option. It works effectively to clean the coat thoroughly while removing crusty skin. It is free of any harmful chemicals or harsh ingredients and is well-suited to pups with sensitive skin. The avocado in the formula works to moisturize the skin and hair while being very gentle. It is all-natural and a great option for your Maltipoo. The only downside of this shampoo is that it may not deal with redness as effectively as other shampoos. 

4. Honeydew Vanilla Oatmeal Dog Shampoo with Aloe Vera

This shampoo is a wonderful option for Maltipoos with sensitive skin, thanks to the colloidal properties of the oatmeal in the formula. It world to soothe the skin, while the aloe vera in the formula leaves the skin and hair shiny and moisturized. The shampoo also contains vanilla and lavender, which means your pup will smell wonderful after bath time, not to mention the calming properties of the lavender are great for your Malitpoo's health! While it is a great shampoo, there isn't a lot of it, so you may have to buy the shampoo more frequently than you'd like. 

5. Pets are Kids too Pet Oatmeal Anti-Itch Shampoo

Made with 100% natural ingredients that are perfect for a puppy's developing coat and sensitive skin, this shampoo is also great for older Maltipoos that require a gentle product while bathing. It is great for Maltipoos that are allergy-prone and have very sensitive skin. It contains oatmeal, which has fantastic colloidal properties, effectively soothing the skin and keeping itchiness at bay. It also leaves your pup smelling great, with a sweet oatmeal cookie scent. This shampoo is also tearless. The only issue is that you have to use quite a bit to get the desired results, which means you may run out of it faster than you would have initially anticipated. 

6. Earthbath Lightcolour Coat Brightening Shampoo

This formula is completely free of parabens and is 100% biodegradable, made up of all-natural ingredients. That means this is a great option for Maltipoos with sensitive skin due to the gentle nature of this shampoo. In particular, this is a great shampoo for Maltipoos with a lighter coat. It works to effectively brighten the coat, making your pup look as clean as ever. However, please note that this shampoo is for adult Maltipoos only and should not be used on a puppy younger than six weeks old. 

7. Veterinary Formula Solutions Snow White Whitening Dog Shampoo

This is another great option for Maltipoos that have a lighter coat. It works to brighten the fur, leaving it looking super clean and healthy. This is also a great option if you are using any flea or tick treatments since they will not be washed away by this formula. The only issue with this shampoo is that it is available only in a citrus fragrance, which may not sit well with people. 

8. Vetoquinol Vet Solutions Aloe and Oatmeal Dog Shampoo

This formula is soap and paraben-free and is perfect for pups with very sensitive skin. It has a lot of colloidal ingredients like oatmeal, which work to soothe the dog's skin. However, this formula is not suitable for puppies and should only be used for adult Maltipoos. 

9. Burt's Bees Care Plus+ Hydrating Coconut Oil Puppy Shampoo

If your Maltipoo's coat looks like it lacks shine and luster, and their skin seems to be dry and flaky, this shampoo is a great option for you. It contains moisturizing ingredients such as coconut oil to effectively moisturize your Maltipoo's skin and hair, leaving it looking soft, supple, and shiny!

10. Buddy Wash Relaxing Green Tea and Bergamot Dog Shampoo

A great option for soothing dry and irritated skin. The green tea and bergamot relieve itchiness and redness, leaving your pup feeling relaxed and clean after their bathing session. It is made up of natural ingredients and is a very gentle shampoo. 


Things to consider before choosing a shampoo for Maltipoos

Matching pH levels 

Compared to humans, Maltipoos (and every other dog) have different pH levels of the skin. Human skin is generally more acidic than a dog's, falling somewhere around 5 on the pH scale, whereas the dog's skin is slightly more alkaline, with a pH level of around 7. Never use human products on your dog since this may lead to irritated skin. Use a shampoo that has a balanced pH level, such that it matches the alkalinity of the pup's skin and has a neutralizing effect. Most cheap dog shampoos do not care about the pH levels, which ends up harming the dog's skin and coat. 


It is very important to identify possible triggers and treat allergies with the help of a veterinarian. However, a good route to take if your Maltipoo is allergic to particular ingredients (due mainly to the sensitive Poodle genes) is to use shampoos with largely hypoallergenic and soothing ingredients. If your pup has incredibly sensitive skin prone to extreme dryness, get shampoos with ingredients such as oatmeal. In general, steer clear of products with any harsh chemicals such as parabens.

All-natural ingredients

To ensure your pup's skin and coat will not react adversely to the shampoo you are using, it is best to go for a shampoo with natural ingredients. Since dogs generally interact with these ingredients in the wild, you can rest assured that shampoos with natural ingredients will not be toxic for your Maltipoo. Do not get shampoos that have added artificial fragrance or any dyes and colorings. Your dog's skin may not take kindly to these additions. 

Not too much Oil 

Sometimes, after you bathe your pup with low-quality shampoo, you may notice that it looks greasy and weighed down. This can usually be boiled down to the presence of too many oil-based ingredients in the shampoo you are using for your Maltipoo. These pups have a fluffy coat that is of the texture of wool and should not be covered in too much Oil. Most of the time, this Oil does not rinse out properly, leaving a thick coat of Oil on the dog's skin, making them smell bad even after bathing. 


How often should I bathe my Maltipoo?

Ideally, you should bathe your Maltipoo once a month. Their woolly coat needs to be kept clean and free of gunk so that it can maintain its fluffy nature. However, it is important not to overdo it when it comes to bathing. The frequent interaction with cleaning products and water may irritate your Maltipoo's skin. The skin might begin to flake off, leading your pup to scratch itself and eventually breaking open and exposing their skin to possible infections. 

Should I use conditioner after shampooing my Maltipoo?

Using a good-quality conditioner is incredibly beneficial for your Maltipoo coat. It can protect the pup's coat from contact friction and sun damage and is also a great way to avoid the formation of split ends. Conditioner can also help prevent issues like matted and tangled fur, which becomes increasingly common as the pup's coat becomes devoid of moisture. 

What food ensures a healthy coat?

When it comes to a healthy coat, there is no better way to go than to feed your dog food enriched with Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are found in abundance in fish and various kinds of animal fat and ensure that your pup's coat stays healthy and as glossy as ever. Do not give your dog any supplements or medication unless prescribed by your veterinarian. If your pup is getting a well-balanced diet, there will be no need for any additional nutritional supplements. 

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