Breed Group: Not Akc Recognized
Weight: 6-15 lbs
Height: 8-14 inches
Color(s): Wide variety of colors; may be solid or patterned.
The Mal-shi, also called the MalteTzu, is created by the crossing of two breeds: Maltese and Shih Tzu. They are commonly referred to as "designer dogs" and have become popular companions.
Sturdy, well-built, and compact, the Mal-shi is agile and lively. They exhibit a keen expression and hardy appearance.
The ideal Mal-shi is affectionate, loving, and devoted. They should be playful, spunky, and clever. They do best in a home with older, considerate children. They generally do well with dogs and non-canine pets. Mal-shi's are wary and suspicious of strangers and are quick to alert their family to visitors and out of the ordinary sounds.
The Mal-shi requires daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling. Bathing should be done when necessary using a mild shampoo. The ears should be cleaned regularly to prevent infection. Dental hygiene is important to prevent early tooth loss. They may be prone to such health issues as slipped stifle, skin problems, eye and respiratory problems, and spinal disc disease.
The coat of the Mal-shi is typically long, straight, and dense. They may or may not have a double coat.
Early socialization and obedience are recommended. Based on our own expereicnes, only 20% ofhe Mal-shis may be difficult to housebreak. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.
The Mal-shi is well suited for apartment living provided they are sufficiently exercised and mentally stimulated. They are able to meet the majority of their exercise needs indoors but enjoy securely leashed walks, family play sessions, and off-lead play time in a securely fenced yard.