The Shih Tzu Maltese mix is more commonly known among breeders as the Mal-Shi, Shihtese or Malti Tzu. Although the Shih Tzu Maltese mix is known to be a ‘designer’ dog, it is not officially recognized by any kennel club or organization. This small toy dog is a hairy one with a round face and small floppy ears. The hair all over their bodies is of even length and sometimes the facial hair is too long for its face, obscuring its view. This dog comes in a variety of colors including plain white, tan, and black or with markings. This is a great dog to keep in the house and is perfect for first time dog owners.
Shih Tzu Maltese mix temperament:
The Shihtese is a highly intelligent dog, fiercely loyal and fun-loving. Usually these dogs are independent but they are still eager to please and for this reason they can be trained easily. They can get on with all kinds of people and even small animals due to their gentle temperament. Unlike other small dogs they are not very noisy and can even be quite timid and often fearful of strangers therefore they do not make good guard dogs as they are more likely to hide than bark when a foreign face approaches.
Shihtese health problems:
These dogs are prone to a few medical conditions with regards to their teeth, which they inherit from the Shih Tzu side, which is why owners need to occasionally brush them and have the vet check their teeth and gums.
This dog does not need much space and it is perfectly acceptable to keep them in an apartment as long as they get daily exercise. They do crave human attention so potential buyers do need to make sure they will be able to give them the love and attention they need.
The Shihtese dog does not require too much exercise and 20 minutes per day would suffice. Exercise can also be done at home in the form of playing.
Shih Tzu Maltese mix grooming:
Because of their long hair, they do need regular brushing with a metal pin brush 2-3 times a week. It is recommended to wash them once a month as these mischievous dogs like to get themselves dirty. The hair does need to be blow dried after washing to prevent it from tangling, but make sure to have the blow dryer on cold air. Because of the Shihtese’s potential dental problems, their teeth need to be brushed 3-4 times a month and also have regular checkups with the vet.
This dog is perfect if you are a first time dog owner as it does not need much exercise or maintenance. Because of its friendly nature this is an ideal family dog