Maltese Shih Tzu Mix: The Ultimate Malshi Guide (Personality, Exercise, Grooming And Cost)

Maltese Shih Tzu Mix

The Maltese Shih Tzu Mix, also known as the Malshi, is a cross between the Maltese and the Shih Tzu, two famous toy breeds. The Maltese is an elegant long-haired breed whose origins may be traced back thousands of years to the ancient world when the Greeks and Romans adored them. On the other side of the planet, the Shih Tzu, whose origins extend back thousands of years, was prized by the Chinese gentry. These two breeds complement one other nicely, resulting in a unique composite dog.

The breed was created in the 1990s. Breeders of Maltese Shih Tzu Mix intended for a tiny, low-shedding companion dog with a friendly, outgoing personality. While these pups are is hyped as non-shedding dog, this is not totally accurate. Although they don’t shed as much hair as many other breeds, they do shed some hair and require care.

Read on to learn more about this unique crossbreed and discover whether it’s the ideal dog for you.

Maltese Shih Tzu Mix: Appearance

Height: 6-10 inches

Weight: 6-12 pounds

The Maltese Shih Tzu has no official breed standard because it is not recognized by any of the major kennel associations throughout the world. As a result, each pup’s look might differ.

In general, the Maltese cross Shih Tzu will take on the Shih Tzu’s protruding eyes and stubby snout, as well as the Maltese’s long hair. Although some shedding may occur, these puppies do not have an undercoat and were bred intentionally to eliminate it.

Puppies of Maltese Shih Tzus are available in a range of colors and markings. They are usually white, black, or brown, but they can also be a combination of colors, giving you a very distinctive dog! The markings on the puppies differ as well, making it simpler to distinguish your Maltese Shih Tzu from others.


The Maltese Shih Tzu is an extremely affectionate dog. In fact, they yearn for affection and want to know how much you adore them just like the Morkie, another Maltese mix. They have a modest degree of energy and an outgoing demeanor. This laid-back dog has no trouble socializing because all they want to do is be a terrific companion for everyone they meet.

Because of the breed’s adaptability, these are the ideal tiny puppies for an active household with whom they may run and play. They have a wonderful disposition and are appropriate for both youngsters and the elderly. Malshies are lively enough to keep your youngsters occupied, but they can also be placid and cozy, making them excellent friends for the elderly.

However, they may have separation anxiety if left alone for lengthy periods of time since they love their family so much. If your family is frequently away from home, the Maltese Shih Tzu mix may not be the best dog for you.

Exercise Needs

One of the best things about Maltese Shih Tzu Mix dogs is that they will modify their habits to match yours. They’ll keep up with you if you’re active. They’ll also be pleased to hang out with you if you’re more laid-back. These dogs like to go with the flow and live their lives like their humans.

However, regardless of your lifestyle, your Malshi will require some exercise. You must allow them to run around for at least 15 minutes every day. Although these aren’t the most adventurous dogs, they will enjoy some time in the sun. A daily stroll or an exciting game of catch should also suffice.

Mentally stimulating games, such as dog puzzles, will also help keep them occupied. Because these dogs are so bright, they will enjoy exploring and learning new things.

Are Malshies Good Family Dogs?

The Malshi is a wonderful family dog. These dogs are highly flexible and perform well in both small city flats and huge country estates if given enough attention. They’ll do well in a couple’s home or with just one person, as long as they get enough care!

These puppies aren’t particularly energetic, so you won’t have to take them for extensive exercise sessions every day. They are incredibly loving and would happily curl up on the sofa with you for a cuddle! They may, however, be lively and like being around youngsters, so you have the best of both worlds with this pooch!

Maltese Shih Tzu Mix dogs are also easy to teach and social, and they get along with both humans and animals. They might be a little aggressive with strangers, but this can be improved with proper socialization beginning at a young age.


The Mal-Shi is a joyful and clever puppy who are fairly easy to train. They will learn basic obedience in no time, so you can sign up for advanced training when they’re ready to progress to something more difficult. This makes the Maltese Shih Tzu mix a wonderful choice for first-time dog owners too.

Your Malshi may be stubborn at times, but with positive reinforcement and regular training, this difficulty will be resolved. Housetraining can also be a problem, so start crate training as soon as possible. Your puppy will be an obedient and well-behaved companion in no time if you start early and use positive reinforcement.

Remember, you should treat your Malshi like a dog rather than a child. Otherwise, these can turn out to be spoilt little pups in no time. Like any other dog breed, Maltese Shih Tzu mix requires a strong and forceful pack leader. If your Malshi pup is going to behave, he or she needs clear and consistent teaching from a young age, as well as fair and consistent discipline. Make sure you treat them like genuine dogs by allowing them to walk rather than carrying them around all the time.

Shedding And Grooming

Malshies will demand some attention, much like their parent breeds. They will usually have long, silky, straight hair, but they may have somewhat wavy hair in rare circumstances. To avoid tangles and matting, they’ll need to be combed every day. Of course, some owners want their Mal-Shi to be clipped into shorter, easier-to-manage locks. They’ll need to be brushed every day, anyway. The Malshi is considered hypoallergenic, which means they won’t shed much.

Because Malshies are prone to tear stains, you will need to clean the region around their eyes daily. Every two to three weeks, make sure clip their nails; in fact, if you hear their  nails clicking on the tile floor, it’s time to trim them. Brush their teeth twice or three times a week to avoid tartar build-up and every day to avoid tooth decay.


The Maltese Shih Tzu mix is at risk of acquiring the most prevalent health problems from their parent breeds, such as hypothyroidism, glaucoma and other eye abnormalities, white shaker syndrome, and patellar luxation.

1. Patellar Luxation:

Patellar Luxation is a condition that affects a wide range of tiny breeds. The kneecap becomes displaced from the joint, causing discomfort and sometimes lameness. While many dogs can lead normal lives, some may require surgery to treat the issue.

2. White Shaker Syndrome:

This is an illness that affects Shih Tzus, Malteses, and their crossbreeds. Young or middle-aged dogs may experience periods in which they shake uncontrollably and are unable to move. Steroids are normally administered for a few months, while severe instances may require daily doses for the rest of one’s life.

3. Hypothyroidism:

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which a dog’s thyroid does not generate enough hormones. Your dog may gain weight, have dry skin, lose fur, or become sedentary. Medication is usually effective in treating it.

With proper care, your Maltese Shih Tzu may have a long and happy life with an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.

If you’re getting a Malshi puppy from a breeder, be sure they’re trustworthy and ready to offer health clearances from both parents. When the pups were bred, those health certificates verified that the parents had been examined for particular medical issues and had returned negative findings.

Maltese Shih Tzu Mix Cost:

While Malshi pups can be found for less than $400, you’ll most likely have to pay between $500 and $800.

Their price depends on the breeder’s location, the popularity of the kennel, the purebred parents’ lineage or pedigree, and the number of puppies available in a litter.


Maltese Shih Tzu Mixes are adoring, clever, and playful pups and are the ideal companion for any family or person, regardless of living conditions. Just remember to give your Maltese Shih Tzu plenty of love and attention, as well as plenty of time.

It is important to remember that not every breed of dog is suitable for every family and situation. This is why it’s important to research the breed you’re interested in before bringing one into your home.

To know more, check out other articles on the Maltese and the Shih Tzu.

If you have a Malshi or know of someone with this friendly and outgoing pup, please share your story in the comments below.

24 thoughts on “Maltese Shih Tzu Mix: The Ultimate Malshi Guide (Personality, Exercise, Grooming And Cost)

  1. I have a Maltese Shih Tzu mix, and I can confirm that they’re wonderful dogs. They do require regular grooming, though, since their long hair can get tangled and matted if not brushed frequently. But it’s worth it for how cute and cuddly they are!

      1. Well, in my experience with dogs that lack an undercoat, grooming tends to be a bit easier. Since there’s no thick undercoat to contend with, brushing and combing is generally quicker and easier. Plus, you don’t have to worry as much about heavy shedding since there’s no undercoat to shed. Of course, every dog is different, but overall I’d say that not having an undercoat can definitely make grooming a bit easier. Keep in mind though, the lack of an undercoat definitely makes grooming a little easier, but brushing their coat regularly is still an important part of their care routine.

    1. I too have a Maltese Shih Tzu mix, and I can attest to their wonderful temperament. My dog is so loving and friendly with everyone she meets, and she’s never been aggressive with strangers. She’s the sweetest little baby ever.

  2. The Maltese Shih Tzu Mix sounds like a perfect dog for me! I love cuddling on the sofa with my pets.

    1. As a current Malshi owner, I can confirm that they are incredibly affectionate dogs. My dog is always by my side, and loves to cuddle with me on the couch.

    1. Certainly! Small dogs like the Malshi can be more challenging to housetrain than larger breeds because of their smaller bladder size and higher metabolism. It’s important to establish a consistent routine for potty breaks and reward good behavior to encourage your Malshi to learn where they should go to the bathroom. Positive reinforcement, such as treats or praise, can also be helpful in the training process. With patience and persistence, housetraining your Malshi can be a successful endeavor.

  3. I love that these dogs are so good with both children and the elderly. They sound like they’d make great companions for anyone.

    1. Exactly! I’m sure these dogs make great therapy dogs, given their affectionate and outgoing nature.

  4. The Maltese and the Shih Tzu complement each other so well. It’s amazing how two breeds can combine to create such a unique dog.

  5. I’ve been looking for a small, low-shedding dog that’s good with kids, and the Maltese Shih Tzu mix seems like the perfect fit for my family. I’m glad to know they’re adaptable and don’t require too much exercise.

  6. I appreciate that this article acknowledges that Malshis do shed some hair, despite being marketed as non-shedding. It’s important for potential owners to be aware of the maintenance required to keep their fur looking healthy and tidy.

    1. I always thought that the Malshi was hypoallergenic. Honestly, I’m surprised to hear that these dogs shed some hair, but I’m sure it’s worth it for such a cute companion.

  7. I love that Maltese Shih Tzu mixes are good with both humans and animals. It’s important for my dog to get along with my other pets, and it sounds like the Malshi will fit right in.

  8. I have a Malshi named Bones, and I agree with what you have to say about their separation anxiety issues. Every time I approach the door to leave for work, he seems so anxious and so sad. It’s a good thing that my roommate has a night-shift work, so she can look after Bones during the time I’m gone. 

    1. Yup! It’s important to remember that all dogs have the potential for separation anxiety, and the Maltese Shih Tzu mix is no exception. As an owner, it’s our responsibility to make sure our furry friends get enough attention and care.

      1. You sad excuse of a human! What do you mean your American pit bull would tear apart a Malshi? Are you in your right mind? I sincerely hope that you made this comment as a joke and you’ve trained and socialized your pit bull properly. It’s because of people like you that pit bulls get the unjust treatment. Please consider various matters before making such a distasteful comment!

  9. It’s interesting that Malshi dogs have no official breed standard. I can see how that might be both a blessing and a curse – on one hand, it allows for more variation in appearance, but on the other hand, it can make it harder to know what to expect from a particular dog.

    1. Right! I’m curious about the different colors and markings that Malshi puppies can have. It would be so fun to have a dog with a unique coat pattern!

  10. As someone who lives in a small apartment, I’m relieved to hear that Malshi dogs can adapt to different living situations. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough space for a dog, but it sounds like as long as I give them enough attention and exercise, they’ll be happy.

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