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The Mal-Shi is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Maltese and the Shih Tzu. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

Recognized Names:
American Canine Hybrid Club = Mal-Shi
Designer Dogs Kennel Club = Malti Tzu
International Designer Canine Registry® = Mal Shi
Designer Breed Registry = Mal Shi

Niko, the Mal-Shi at about 8 months old

Niko the Mal-Shi at about 8 months old


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ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club
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DBR = Designer Breed Registry

Braeden the Mal-Shi puppy at 6 months old.

"We found Braeden in an online ad; he was needing a home ASAP. It's his THIRD home. The previous owner had him for a month. He was 16 weeks old and he had no name, no collar, low contact with other dogs or people. He had Giardia, ear infections, underweight, and fleas...he was perfect!

"He looked drunk and I took one look at him and said "you look like a Braeden." It's taken a long time for Braeden to attach and trust. He's still learning how to play with other puppies. Now at 7 months he's more willing to sit on my lap for a few more minutes. Loves to play fetch and loves a good stick, meeting new people and new dogs.

"At eight months, Braeden weighs 10.4 lbs., is 17" long and 10" tall at the shoulder. Braeden has characteristics of a Shih Tzu: tri-olor hair, tipped ears, longer body and that cute hair above his nose that points up. From the Maltese, Braeden got straighter thin hair, a longer nose and no under-bite common to many Shih Tzus. His nose seems larger than a Maltese. He can be very fluffy and gets compliments on his hair almost every day. However, owning a Mal-Shi without the "puppy cut" is a commitment to grooming. Braeden is brushed in the morning and before bedtime. Sometimes an extra session is needed to gently work on knots that easily occur on his underside. When brushed every day, he's never gotten matted. You just have to keep up with it. He gets a daily dose of Angels Eyes to keep tear stains, which are very common to both the Shih Tzu and the Maltese.

"His temperament is more like the Shih Tzu. He's a hearty player with other dogs. He loves to run and wrestle energetically with other Shi Tzus. He's not a lap dog. He loves meeting new dogs and especially loves to meet new people. Like most breeds, it's very important that he gets exercise, both physical and mental. He was easy to potty train using potty pads. But he quickly transitioned to going outside. If he has an accident it's between 7-9pm where I haven't watched how much water he drank at dinner and in the evening. He's been quick to learn to sit, stay, lie down, shake, fetch, leave it and drop it."

Braeden the Mal-Shi puppy at 10 weeks old.

Braeden the Mal-Shi puppy at 10 weeks old


Chewy, the Mal-Shi at 5 months old, Maltese / Shih-Tzu Hybrid

"This is Chewy, our Mal-Shi at 5 months old. Chewy is very sweet and playful. His hair grows fast and he is somewhat difficult to potty train, but he is such a sweetie. A little timid, but loves to have his belly rubbed!"


Oreo, the Mal-Shi puppy at 12 weeks old, weighing 3 pounds

Oreo the Mal-Shi puppy at 12 weeks old, weighing 3 pounds

Oreo, the Mal-Shi puppy at 19 months old, weighing 7 pounds

Oreo the Mal-Shi puppy at 19 months old, weighing 7 pounds


Malshi puppies - Rocky weighing 2 pounds (seven weeks) and Muffy weighing four pounds (four months)

Malshi puppies (Maltese x Shih-Tzu mix)—Rocky weighing 2 pounds (seven weeks) and Muffy weighing four pounds (four months).


Jaxon, the Malshi Puppy at 4½ Months Old

"Jaxon is a Maltese / Shih Tzu hybrid dog. He is age 4½ months in this photo. He loves attention and people, chewing on carpets, kissing his favorite cat (Bella), short walks and treats. He is very outgoing and friendly to everyone and his mommy says he has more of a Shih Tzu temperament than a Maltese."


Jimmy, the Mal-Shih puppy (Maltese/Shih-Tzu) at 15 weeks old

Jimmy the Mal-Shih puppy (Maltese / Shih Tzu) at 15 weeks old—"The newest member of our family who is so cuddly and loving."


Bruno, Maltese / Shih-Tzu Cross (Mal-Shi)

Bruno, Maltese / Shih Tzu cross (Mal-Shi)


Chuchi, the Mal-Shi (Maltese / Shih Tzu mix) at 2 months old and 4 pounds—Chuchi's owner says she gained 4 more pounds over the next 7 months (for a total of 8 pounds).


Bella, a Mal-Shi (Maltese / Shih-Tzu mix) at 13 weeks weighing 3 ½ pounds

Bella, a Mal-Shi (Maltese / Shih Tzu mix) at 13 weeks, weighing 3 ½ pounds

Bella, a Mal-Shi (Maltese / Shih-Tzu mix) at 13 weeks weighing 3 ½ pounds

Bella, a Mal-Shi (Maltese / Shih Tzu mix) at 13 weeks, weighing 3 ½ pounds


6 week old Mal-Shi (Maltese / Shih-Tzu mix) puppies

6 week old Mal-Shi (Maltese / Shih-Tzu mix) puppies

6-week-old Mal-Shi (Maltese / Shih Tzu mix) puppies, photo courtesy of Tender Loving Puppies


Mal-Shi (Maltese / Shih-Tzu mix) puppy

Mal-Shi (Maltese / Shih Tzu mix) puppy, photo courtesy of Pricelesspups


Maggie, the 13-year-old Mal-Shi (Maltese / Shih Tzu mix)


"Sofie is a Mal-Shi (Maltese / Shi Tzu mix). She is approximately 10 months and 8 lbs. in this picture."


"Sofie is a Mal-Shi (Maltese /Shi Tzu mix). She is 8 months old and approximately 6 lbs. in this picture."





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