Information about the Mal-shi

Mal-shi is a hybrid mix between purebred Maltese and Shih Tzu. They are known as designer dogs, not recognized by the American Kennel Club. They grow up to 7 lbs. As with any hybrid dog mix, the Mal-Shi takes on the personality traits of both the Maltese and Shih Tzu breeds.

The Maltese side of a Mal-Shi is very sweet-natured, highly intelligent with an energetic personality. The Shih Tzu side is very loyal, tranquil and relatively quiet. Both breeds are good with children, but there should be supervision, especially in the beginning, to be sure that the children are treating their new pet with respect.

Both breeds require a good deal of maintenance in terms of their coats to keep them looking their best. Whether their coats or long or short, it can get knotted very easily, so daily brushing is required.