The Mal-shi is a breed of cute fluffy dogs that have been crossed between the purebred Maltese and the purebred Shi Tzu dogs. These dogs have rounded, black eyes, hanging ears, a dark, triangular nose. They are small dogs that were bred for developing a low-shedding pet breed, and now have become popular as a wonderful designer dog with a docile, calm disposition. A dense layer of silky coat covers their whole body that ends up in a curled tail. Because of their size and good nature, they make wonderful companion and family dogs, and can adapt themselves well in small places like apartments.
Mal-shi Dog Pictures
|Also known as||Malti Tzu, Malt-Tzu, Malshi, Shih-tese, Shihtese, Shima, Maltese Shih Tzu Mix|
|Coat||Dense, Fine, Long, Silky, Soft, Thick, Wavy|
|Colors||Yellow, brown, black, gray, white, solid, multi-colored|
|Type||Companion dog, Designer dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan/Expectancy||12 to 14 years|
|Weight||6-15 lbs (when full grown)|
|Height (size)||Small; 8-14 inches (both male and female)|
|Personality Traits||Independent, alert, social, affectionate, intelligent, playful|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||USA, Canada, Australia|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DRA, DDKC, DBR, IDCR|
Video: Cute Mal-shi Puppy playing
The Mal-shi was developed for the first time in the 1990s, and proved to be one of the most popular crossbreeds in Australia. However, because there has been little interest in developing the malshi as an independent breed, most of these dogs till date are crosses from the two independent parent breeds, rather than being developed from other Mal-shi parents. However, with the passage of time, this little dog is gaining much fame and has got recognition from quite a few dog registries except AKC.
Temperament and Behavior
The Mal-shis are usually loving, gentle, and loyal. They make one playful, courageous breed is fond of merriment and having fun. They are clever, and they do love children, and with those with whom they are accustomed. Although they are more comfortable being and playing with older children, or even its master or the older members of its household.
These dogs, especially the first generation ones, typically, are highly intelligent and focused in all that they do. They are generally good with other with non-canine pets and dogs. However, they are not always happy seeing strangers around them. In fact, they are suspicious and wary of them, and wouldn’t take long to alert the family once they come across any visitor or anything suspicious, or fishy, or out of the ordinary.
Although, at times, they would display independent behavior, they are otherwise very eager to please their loved ones, and are intelligent enough to pick up training quite effortlessly. Though they are quite alert, perceptive and agile, they are not much vocal and since they are practically fearful of strangers, they don’t make a very good watchdog.
They are small dogs and play all day indoors, and hence, vigorous exercise schedules are not recommended. But they love, and need, outdoor walks as well at least to stay mentally stimulated. Take them out for a short walk or a jog session every day. Secured leashed walks to dog parks also sounds good though, but if you would allow your malshi to play without a leash in your yard, make sure your yard is properly fenced. A daily family play session with your dog is also a good idea.
The Mal-shi is a long-haired dog and requires considerable attention. Brush your dog at least 3 to 4 times a week so that you can prevent its coat clean, and free from tangling and matting. You would bathe your dog, use a mild shampoo to clean it. Also, you should remember that they are floppy-eared dogs. Remember cleaning the ears regularly to prevent infection. A sound dental hygiene is also recommended for preventing early tooth loss.
Generally a sturdy, healthy breed, some malshis may be vulnerable to health issues like eye and respiratory problems, slipped stifle, skin problems, and spinal disc disease. Also, keep a good knowledge of its parents’ health history from your breeder. Do not skip taking your dog to the vet for checkups annually.
In comparison to training a Shih Tzu, it is much easier to train the intelligent malshi. In fact, this dog makes a star pupil. Considering their virtues of being earnest, perceptive and eagerness to learn, these dogs make a wonderful choice for first-time dog owners, or those who are somewhat impatient in giving them formal housetraining.
Your dog might prove to be a bit stubborn at times, however, positive and consistent training is recommended to help them correct this problem. Never be rude or lose your patience, but rather show them when you are impressed with their success. Let them know that it’s you who is the leader of its pack.
It is important to begin training from the time when you adopt your puppies, and bring home from the breeders or rescues. Early socializing is important. Train them to mingle with your pets and children, your relatives and friends, and how to behave well with them. Other training like housebreaking, crate and obedience training are also important right from their puppyhood. However, at times, housetraining can be an issue with some malshis, and if so, it is advisable to introduce crate training first.
Serve your malshi good quality food that is actually enriched with all the nutrients needed by dpgs of its size and energy. Though, quantity depends on the brand, but as an average amount, 1/4 to 1/2 cup of kibble daily is good for your pet. But you should divide this measurement into two equal meals.