The Moodle is a cross of the Maltese and the Poodle and is slowly growing in popularity. This breed will share the traits of both parent lineages. The Maltese is a very loving dog who will shower you with affection and enjoys being pampered. Poodles are renowned for their intelligence.

The Moodle, therefore, may be considered an affectionate dog who requires regular training and a high degree of human companionship. Moodle’s can make good guard dogs as they may bark when visitors arrive. Many also choose the Moodle in the hope of getting a dog with a non-shedding coat or perhaps a dog that is advantageous for people with allergies.


Moodles are a small sized dog, generally weighing between 3kg to 8kg and standing 25cm to 30cm tall.


Moodles can live up to 16 years.


Affectionate and intelligent and will require a high degree of human companionship. They may be vocal and have a tendency to bark.




The Moodle may inherit elements of the Poodle-type coat which is a single coat that has the quality and appearance of lamb's wool. The Moodle coat is more likely to be wavy and while they will shed, the hair becomes tangled and trapped in the surrounding coat. This can give the appearance that they don’t shed or shed only minimally. In general, Moodles must be groomed regularly, or the coat becomes a knotted unsightly mess. They will require weekly brushing as well as a clip every 6 weeks. A Moodle may also display a longer, straighter coat if they take on more of the Maltese coat characteristics.

Their coat comes in a range of colours including apricot, white, cream and silver or the darker colours of black and brown. In addition, markings in these colours may or may not be present. Their eyes should be cleaned daily to remove tear staining and prevent accumulation of eye discharge.

Moodles are definitely house dogs, and although they will find a securely fenced garden a joy to play in, they prefer to be inside with their owners. They require a daily walk. A balanced diet, regular exercise and routine are needed. Every dog must be house-trained, obedient and easy to manage. Love is the most important requirement of all. In return, you will be rewarded with love and loyalty from your Moodle.


Anyone that is looking for a happy live-in companion will find this an excellent choice of dog.


If you have decided that the Moodle is the dog for you and you are able to provide a safe and secure back yard for it to explore, then contact one of the groups listed below:

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory:New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Territory :Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia :Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria:Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)