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Malshi Breed Summary

Intelligent, Devoted, Loving, Happy and Friendly

Malshi's are a hybrid cross between the Maltese and the Shih Tzu. It's thought that they were originally developed in the states over the last twenty years, most probably in response to a need for a small, non-shedding dog, suitable for 'hoomans' with allergies.

They are now a very popular and charming dog and have found their way into many peoples heart and homes! Their adaptability, hypoallergenic coats and lovely personalities are what make them so suitable for so many types of families and lifestyles.

Fun Fact: They are one of the most popular hybrid dogs in the world!

Lifespan 12 - 14 Years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females 25cm - 51cm
Weight Males and Females 2.5kg - 7kg
Coat Coats are Usually Loose and Wavy depending on which of the Parents Physical Characteristics they Get.
Colour Cream with or without tan markings, White with or without tan markings, Black, Brown, Black and white, Brown and white, Black and brown
Eye colour Dark
Common health issues Chiari malformation syringomyelia, Acquired tremour syndrome, Necrotising meningoencephalitis, Myxomatous degeneration of the mitral valve, Patent ductus arteriosus, Pyloric stenosis, Portosystemic shunt, Cataracts, Entropion (Eyelids Folding Inwards), Hydrocephalus, Patellar luxation, Hereditary deafness, Hip Dysplasia, Breathing issues, Hernias, Dental problems, Bladder stones, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Renal dysplasia, Allergies, Autoimmune diseases, Diabetes, Inflammatory bowel disease, Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, Immune mediated thrombocytopaenia, Hyperthyroidism, Eye injuries
Other Names Maltese x Shih Tzu, malt-tzu, maltzu, and malti-zu

It's important to remember with any designer cross-breed, that temperaments and personality will vary from puppy to puppy, due to a number of factors, environment and parents temperaments. However, these cute dogs are generally known for their charming, little personalities. They absolutely love 'hoomans' and form very strong bonds with their families. If they are left alone for too long, they can develop separation anxiety, which may result in them developing some destructive behaviours. For this reason, they need someone to be around with them for most of the day. However, they are a very intelligent breed which means they are easy to train and don't need lots and lots of exercise, making them a good breed for first-time owners. Overall, they make lovely family pets and have the potential to provide you with years of happiness and joy.

A relatively new 'designer' crossbreed, the Malshi is thought to have been developed over the last ten or twenty years. They were created as a response to 'hoomans' wanting a dog that was more unique than other breeds, possessing distinctive physical characteristics. The Malshi is a cross between a Maltese and a Shih Tzu and it's also claimed, although not proved, that crossbreeds are hypo-allergenic and prone to fewer health issues. However, as a new breed, pups will vary from litter to litter with very different physical and mental traits. For example, some may look more Maltese like in physical appearance, whereas others may be more out-going, in likeness to their parent, the Shih Tzu.