Maltese / Shih Tzu Mix

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Is the Maltese / Shih Tzu Mix right for you?

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Other name(s): Mal-Shi, Malt-Tzu

The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The first generation Mal-Shi is a cross between a pure Maltese and a pure Shih Tzu, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. Although the ultimate result of a mixed breed is never guaranteed, this cross is created with the hope of producing a relatively low-shedding family pet for apartment dwellers.

Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs are individuals, but be aware that the Shih Tzu DNA means this cutie is unlikely to do well in hot weather. This is a pet for those with air-conditioned homes.

Behavior / temperament:
It's easy to spoil this cutie, but to avoid creating a tiny terror, you need to know how to properly socialize your dog with love and kindness.


wonderful personality, Lovable dogs, dogs indoors, beautiful temperament, BEST family dog


puppy farm dog, small dog syndrome, new people, matting, professional grooming services

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