Height: 8-10 ins

Weight: 6-12 lbs

Color: Bi & Tri-color: White, black, brown, tan

Origin: Australia

Lifespan: 12-14 years

Temperament: Intelligent, cheerful, playful, social

Original Use: Companionship

The Malshi is a very popular designer crossbreed whose parents are the Maltese and the Shih Tzu. They also go by the names Malti-Tzu, Mal-Tzu, Shih-tese, and Shima. They’re hypoallergenic, which makes them great companions for allergy sufferers.

Malshis are bold and outgoing, and they love to make friends with everyone they come across. They make wonderful companions for singles and all kinds of families, and thanks to their gentle nature, they make good therapy dogs as well. However, they do become very attached to their owners and will need constant attention. If left alone for too long, they will develop separation anxiety.

Malshis are very intelligent and easy to train. They pick up on basic commands quickly and enjoy learning challenging tasks, making them great for first-time dog owners. Due to their small size, people tend to treat Malshis like babies which is a big no-no. Owners need to establish pack master status otherwise these adorable little pups will think they run the house!

These dogs require moderate amounts of exercise, but their energy levels will mimic that of their owners as well. If their owner is active they’ll follow suit. If they’re laid back, the Malshi will gladly curl up on their lap.

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