A Malshi is a mixture between the gentle and intelligent Maltese and the feisty Shih Tzu. These pups are small and affectionate and are the perfect lap dog to cuddle with at the end of the day. Whether you are planning to add one as an addition to your family or just looking to learn more, keep reading.


The Maltese breed originates primarily around Italy while the Shih Tzu has origins linking back to China. The Malshi is said to have been bred, first, in the United States but can also be traced back to Australia. The reason for the creation of the Malshi was allegedly to create a low shedding dog that is hypoallergenic.

Physical Traits

The Malshi is referred to as being a designer toy dog because it is considered a small breed. They can weigh up to 12 pounds, making them suitable travel companions or a companion for apartment living. Its coat is soft and silky and can vary in colour from white, brown, black, tan, and can have markings as well.

Physical Traits - Malshi


Because the Malshi is a mixed breed and not purebred, you can get a random assortment of personality traits from the Maltese and the Shih Tzu. Typically, these loyal friends grow close bonds with their owners and are very playful creatures. You can train them, too, as they are very quick learners. They are good around kids and love to be around their family and receive affection. They can be taken out for walks in both cold and warm weather. If you trim their fur, it is wise to layer them with extra protection in cold temperatures.  They do get separation anxiety so they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.

From Puppy to Fully Grown

Malshi puppies are not that far off from fully grown Malshies in terms of personality. They are very social, even as small pups, and always love a good cuddle. If you train them young, they will grow to be obedient and it will make it easier for you in the future.

Potential Health Issues

Malshis can be healthy but with any animal, there is always a risk of health issues. Some of the health issues the Malshi can inherit from its parents are elbow and hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and atopic dermatitis. With regular vet visits and proper research, the Malshi can thrive despite these health issues.

Potential Health Issues - Malshi

Caring for a Malshi

Malshis have fur that can easily tangle, especially if you let it grow out. They should be brushed daily to prevent matting and trimmed every 2 months.

In regards to exercise, one outing a day in the yard for an hour should suffice and let out their energy. Some Shih Tzus have a narrow airway, thus the Malshi can inherit that. In the case this happens, they should be watched carefully to ensure they don’t overheat.

Malshies are Great Friends

These creatures are wonderful companions and are a joy to have around.


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