The MalShi is a cross between a Maltese and a Shih Tzu. Besides, this hybrid originated in the United States. It has different names such as Shih-tese, Shihtese and Malti Tzu. Let’s talk about the parents, the Maltese is a small, fearless and very playful dog with a long white silky coat that is hypoallergenic (very low shed cycle). On the other hand, Maltese do very well with other animals, but are often leery of strangers. The Shih Tzu is a medium sized and more sturdy breed with a double coat that is very people focused and literally thrives on attention and affection. For that reason, the combination of these two breeds produce a cute, sturdy, intelligent, family focused dog with a slow shed cycle. The MalShi will grow between 5-15 pounds and will reach a height of 8-14 inces.
The Malshi is an intelligent, loyal, playful breed that requires moderate exercise and mental stimulation. Though quite independent, they are very eager to please and easily trained. Moreover, Malshi puppies do well with older children, nearly all animals, and with those of whom they are accustomed. They are alert, agile and highly perceptive. But, Malshi dogs do not overly vocal and often fearful of strangers, making them a poor candidate for watchdog.
The Malshi typically requires three or more puppy cuts (trimmed short or shaved) per year. Plus, If supporting a full coat or ‘show coat’ daily brushing and the traditional center part and top knot, like the Shih Tzu, is the most common grooming regimen. Besides, Malshi need great physical activity even if they are domestic dogs, it is necessary to give them a good time to play and have fun.