The Moodle is usually a crossing of two breeds: Maltese and Poodle. However, in Australia, purebred Maltese are becoming rarer and unfortunately are starting to become inbred due to the low availability of suitable breeding dogs. In order to not only maintain but to increase the genetic diversity and genetic robustness of Moodles in Australia, breeders will often breed Maltese that have another breed in their background. Usually, these dogs will have a ShihTzu back in their ancestry. This has been very successful in keeping Moodles a healthy and robust designer breed, while keeping the characteristics of the Moodle that are so well loved. Moodles have become popular companions and therapy dogs. They are well-proportioned, sporty, and displays a cheerful and lively expression. They are active, agile, and alert.
The Moodle is affectionate, loyal, and loving. They do best in homes with older, considerate children. They generally do well with dogs, cats, and other household pets.
Moodles can be found in a variety of colours, though light colours are more common. Their coat is soft and fluffy, with a slight wave to curl.
The Moodle may have a tendency to be stubborn. However, they are intelligent and eager to please their master. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with reward, firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.