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Q&A – Malti-Shi

September 12, 2018


The Malti-Shi (Shi-Malt, Mal-shi) is an adorable little designer dog that is the result of crossing the pure Maltese and Shih Tzu breeds. The Malti-Shi hybrid was developed in hopes of bringing together the best traits from its parents while toning down the existing flaws. As a result, most Shi-Malts are playful, affectionate and loyal; they are great companions that also do well as therapy dogs.

How big do Malshis get?

An adult Malti-Shi will grow to stand at about 10-12 inches and weigh between 6-14 pounds.

Are Malshi hypoallergenic?

The Malti-Shi is considered hypoallergenic as it takes the low-shedding characteristic of its Maltese parent.

Do Malshi shed?

Although Shi-Malts are hypoallergenic, prospective owners with allergies need to understand that some hair will be shed by the breed. Additionally, the coat requires quite a bit of attention as it tangles easily and may require daily brushing and regular visits to the grooming parlor.

How long do Maltese Shih Tzus live for?

Shi-Malts are generally healthy dogs, enjoying life spans of 13-15 years. Hybrid dogs, particularly first-generation crosses, tend to be susceptible to the same health problems as its parent breeds, so it’s advisable to always have a look at the health certificates of both parents before taking a pup home.


Do Maltese Shih Tzu dogs bark?

Shi-Malts bark, but not as much as other small breeds, including their parents.  They are not likely to bark without provocation. However, like its Shi Tzu parent, the Malti-Shi is alert by nature, making it a great watchdog.

Are Malshi dogs healthy?

Most Malti-Shi are very healthy, but prospective owners must never assume that hybrids are always healthier than their pedigree parents. Some pups may have the misfortune to inherit one or more health problems that were present in their parents. Possible health issues include:

  • White Shaker Syndrome
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Respiratory problems
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease

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