Dr. Penny Pincher has a Ph.D. in engineering and loves animals. He has raised peacocks, chickens, sheep, dogs, cats, rabbits, and pigs.
What Do You Get When You Cross a Maltese With a Shih Tzu?
A Malshi dog is a cross of Maltese and Shih Tzu dog breeds. Both of these are small dog breeds, with Maltese adults typically weighing 2 to 8 pounds and Shih Tzu adults typically weighing 8 to 15 pounds.
How Big Do Maltese Shih Tzu (Malshi) Dogs Get?
When we got our Malshi puppy, I was very curious to see how big she would get. I read a lot of articles about Maltese and Shih Tzu dogs, but in the end, I could only guess how big a Malshi would get. I once got a Golden Retriever puppy that grew to be enormous, and I suspected that a Malshi might end up being sized more like a Shih Tzu.
Our Malshi puppy is a year old now—fully grown. She turned out to be exactly the right size; not too big and not too small. She weighs 10 pounds and measures 20 inches long from nose to tail, and 10 inches high. She is big enough to play with our kids and other pets, and small enough to carry easily and sit on your lap.
This size puts a Malshi at the upper size range for a Maltese and at the lower end of the size range for a Shih Tzu.
Do Malshi Dogs Look More Like Maltese or Shih Tzu?
When I look at pictures of purebred Maltese dogs, I think they look a lot like my Malshi. The same thing happens when I look at pictures of purebred Shih Tzu dogs- they also resemble my Malshi. Overall, I think my Malshi probably looks more like a Maltese, but she definitely has strong features from both parent breeds.
From the Maltese, I think the Malshi cross gets their black eyes, black nose, and white fur. Malshis get some of their brown and white fur coloring, fur length, and the shape of their eyes and face from the Shih Tzu.
The Malshi Personality
After having nearly a year of experience with my Malshi, I can attempt to describe the personality quirks of this unique type of dog.
Malshis Are Like Toddlers
In many ways, our Malsi is like a human toddler. She likes routines. She likes to go to bed at the same time every night and has a particular place she likes to sleep- on the bed, of course. She sometimes very much wants to be held, and sometimes very much wants to be down running around. She thinks she is big enough to handle anything but actually needs help quite often.
Our Malshi has some interesting sorting behaviors and interactions with her toys. She sometimes sorts her dry dog food into small piles. We have found her sorting plastic clothes hangers into piles. Sometimes she feels the need to completely empty her box of dog toys.
Toys and Possessions
Our dog cannot stand to lose a toy. If a toy goes under the bed or under a couch out of reach, no one gets any peace until the toy is rescued. If you look under the dark couch and don't see any dog toys, you need to get a flashlight. Our Malshi has never been wrong about the location of a lost toy. If she says there is a toy trapped under the bed, then there really is a toy trapped under the bed.
Communication With Humans and Pets
Malshis are very good at communicating. When the water bowl is empty, our Malshi will dig loudly at the metal bowl and stand in it until someone notices, which does not take long. She has the cat-like ability to get comfortable in your lap in a way that makes you avoid getting up so you do not disturb her. If a cat is in her spot, she growls quietly. If one of our other dogs is in the wrong spot, she barks at it until it moves.
But She's Not Annoying...
These behaviors may sound kind of annoying, but they are really not. Some things have to be experienced to be understood. Her barks and growling are quiet and pleasant, not piercing and harsh. It is usually enjoyable to help her get her toys out from under furniture or help her arrange the other pets properly. The best part is coming home and having her burst through the door with her tail vibrating in excitement, blinking her eyes and sticking her tongue out panting and trying to lick you when you pick her up.
Can You Walk a Malshi?
Yes, Malshis love walks! We went on some short walks at first, but I quickly realized that she can walk amazingly far and amazingly fast considering her tiny size and short legs. One evening, we were coming back from a walk of about a mile and she wanted to go fast. I even jogged with her leading me for a while—then I got tired.
Another surprising thing about a dog this small- they don't mind cold weather and like snow. Our Malshi enjoys running around and playing in the snow. Even when a shoveled sidewalk is available, she often chooses to walk in the snow instead. Our Malshi got groomed recently and has short hair, so we put a dog coat on her when she is going to be outside very long.
So That's What You Get When You Cross a Maltese and a Shih Tzu...
I think combining Maltese and Shih Tzu to make a Malshi is like combining chocolate and peanut butter to make a Peanut Butter Cup. Chocolate and peanut butter are both great, but you get something really special when you combine two great things in the right way.
Questions & Answers
Question: I'm looking to get a Malshi. Can you tell me where you got your Malshi?
Answer: I got my Malshi at a pet store, but next time I would find a breeder and buy directly from them. Pet stores sometimes get their puppies from "puppy mills" where conditions are poor. My advice is to find a Malshi breeder with a good reputation. You can pick up a puppy at the breeder, or they can bring your puppy to you.
Question: I mistakenly got my 8 months old Malshi shaved and now I’m worried his old hair will not grow back. Any insights?
Answer: Not to worry, shaving a Malshi doesn't cause any problems. Your Malshi's fur will grow back in a few months. I sometimes need to get my Malshi shaved when her fur gets tangled and matted. I try to wait until warm weather to shave her down.
Question: I get the impression that Malshi are not yippy, is that right?
Answer: I would say that Malshis are not yippy, but they are not exactly quiet. My Malshi sometimes barks at other dogs, and can whine or whimper when she wants something. But she doesn't yip for no reason.
Question: I have a one year old Malshi. She likes to nap a lot. Is this normal?
Answer: Short answer: yes.
Malshi's enjoy relaxing and napping, and spend quite a bit of time chilling. Then they can have a burst of energy for a short time.
© 2013 Dr Penny Pincher
Gavan O'Connor on August 26, 2020:
We have had two Australian silky terriers and two red stumpy tail Australian cattle dogs over the past years, all lived for up to 14 years except our last silky who died at 8 years of age. All were faithful smart and loving in different ways, all had slightly similar and different characteristics. We replaced the silky who passed away with a 3 year old pure white male Malshi from a lovely lady who couldnt care for him any more and am amazed at how much he is like your Malshi. Lance is a lovely happy smart loving little fellow and loves cuddles, adores children, loves hide and seek games, walks, visitors and others who come to our home. Recently a lady friend visited who has a serious disability and has much difficulty walking and after struggling past Lance and got to a divan to sit down with obvious pain he eyed her off for quite some time at a distance then picked up every one of his neat pile of toys nearby one by one and placed them in a pile at her feet over a dozen at least them nudged her to get her attention. Have never seen him do that, could he was attempting to cheer her up?
Andreea. on July 31, 2020:
I have a shitzu and recently small traces of blood in poop he’s 7 years old any comments he’s very active and seems to be of good health
Merly Haydock on July 29, 2020:
After reading your article i think my dog is Mal-shi. I do get confuse if Maltese and Pekinese looks the same. But one thing for sure my dog has a mix of maltese or pekinese. My dog hardly bark. Is that normal?
Christy on July 20, 2020:
I have a 15 year old Maltese. He has been in my life since he was 6 weeks old. I love my Tyler. He is still very playful, territorial, and wants all my attention. He stays hone well while im at work but when im home i have to be careful. He is always under my feet. If i move he moves. He will watch contently as i move around. We take road trips together. He is starting to age though. I can see his features changing..
Jessica on July 13, 2020:
I too have a one year old Mal-shi. I recieved him from a friend of mine who breeds these "designer/hybrid" dogs. Almost all of what you said describing your dog's traits are the same with mine. The only difference is that my "Jack" does sometimes bark with an ear-piercing tone. He does this when he wants me to pick him up, leave a place we are visiting, or when he thinks I'm leaving to go somewhere and leave him behind. He is such a loyal dog and it really can be hard on me when I do have to leave him! Just a couple other things I want to add...my male is just under 10lbs but what i have noticed from my friend's litters, the females have all weighed a bit more than the males. Also, this breed is hypoallergenic and they do not shed fur! One last thing, my friend sold her pups for $600 each.
Linda19541 on July 10, 2020:
I have a 2 and a half malshi his name is loki the best dog i have ever had love him so much realky well behaved .is coat is thick and curly he is all black with just a little white on his next.any one intrested in mateing with him let me know thanks.
Doreen Daniel on June 27, 2020:
I am. Looking for a small dog for company and the malshi seems the one for me do you know where I can get one
Lisa V on June 20, 2020:
If anyone wants to have no more staining around their maltishi's eyes give them distilled water. You will see in no time the difference. No orange stain. All gone.
Thomas J DeMartino on May 29, 2020:
We bought our Malshi dog "Pepsi" over a year ago and considering all the information we had researched it was spot on. Loving, devoted, great with kids, easy to train and loyal. Yes they will choose their favorite and will sleep on your lap. They love toys and exercise and walks. Usually have "Zoomies" occasionally where they will run through the rooms at light speed and will be hard to catch. If there is anything that is a bit bothersome its the barking. They hear everything and are alarmists. Easy to train...and will train you too.
Daisychandra on May 22, 2020:
My malshi is 6 months old n we still trying to train her for toileting with toilet pads n taking her out but She still pee and poo where no one is around in my lounge. Any help plz
Mayra on May 13, 2020:
Hi I have a Malshi and anytime we put our guard down she ends up biting our 2yr. Old daughter. It happens when our daughter is reaching to get one of her own toys.
chris on January 08, 2020:
I have a 2 year old Malshi that is 15 pounds as well (even hit 16 at one point)....she is like a bowling ball when she gets running. Either she is not actually a Malshi....or the average size needs to be bumped up !
CorrieS on January 04, 2020:
So, I'm desperate for a new companion dog after a hard loss of my 17 y.o. service dog, Luna- who was a gift, and am really ready now. Finances are an issue and am surprise at the prices. All my dogs were awesome, all mutts, and I paid $25 or $0. Boy are those days gone! I'm hoping to borrow $600 for a Malshi pup who the owner says is being box trained (I assume for night time or emergencies). Is this real?? It would be a plus, but sounds crazy. Thanks!
Bella on December 27, 2019:
If my 11 year old multeze shitzu male, breeds with a 3 year old multeze shitzu is this okay ?
Chris on November 17, 2019:
I read Malshi’s should not weigh more than 10 lbs mine is 10 months old n weighs 15 lbs! Should I be concerned she is not a true Malshi mix?
Zingerboo92 on November 13, 2019:
Our Malshi, Juno, just turned 8 and I cannot imagine our life without her.
I’m no expert but Naz- it sounds like your new baby girl is scared and probably needs to be “spoiled” or loved and comforted a ton right now so that she knows she is safe and can trust you.
She probably misses her previous routine, food, toys, smells, treats, blankets and family I’m sure that with time, lots of love and treats, your new Malshi’s fear will begin to fade and be replaced with love.
Gbailey on November 04, 2019:
My Mal-shih's name is Poszka and she will be a year old on Dec. 6th. This baby has made me laugh so hard I had tears rolling down my face. She is a treat!!!! I have her with me a the time. She stays in bed for a little while, then goes to her own bed and has a carseat to ride in. She knows when I pick up my purse, it's time to go, and waits for the leash. I got her when she was 1 month old, pad-trained.... I love my baby girl, and would encourage anyone looking for a pet....MAL-SHIH IS THE WAY TO GO!
Naz on October 20, 2019:
HELP! I just got a malshi two months ago. She was rehomed to my boyfriend and i. She was super spoiled from her previous owner, that were trying not to spoil her too much so she’s not so needy. She whines constantly and is always barking at our friends who come over and just doesn’t stop barking at them until we put her on time out. Then she gets friendly. I guess it’s because her old owner never exposed her to people coming over the house as much. But the out of control barking drives us insane!! please tell me it’s not just us that has this problem
firstname.lastname@example.org on September 29, 2019:
Mine is 13 yrs old best dog I have ever have had
Pat Burgess on July 31, 2019:
My Malshi is 4 months old and a bundle of energy! My previous dog was a purebred Shih Tzu who was 13 when he passed, so I have not had a puppy in a long time. My question is how do I get Pippin (that is his name it means faithful friend) to stop nipping my hands when I pet or hold him? Also, when he meets another dog he jumps and nips at the dog's face. Needless to say other dogs stay away from him or growl except a Siberian Samoyan who was his best friend and mentor while he vactioned in the neighborhood. Sorry he had to go home, I think Pippin was being trained by him. Any advice?
Zoeybaby on April 01, 2019:
I got my Malshi Ella 8 months ago. Your article is the perfect description of my fur baby. I have three other dogs and she is definitely alpha, but very sweet. Her intelligence astounds me! I can be training one of my cockers and Ella catches right on too. She is loving, playful, energetic and mischeivous. Best dog ever! My daughter has two Malshis. I definitely recommend this breed!
Theresa Martin on March 25, 2019:
Hi. We are going to look at 2 malshis today. Both are being rehomed because of a new job schedules (dog on her own all day now) and a move to another part of the country. The female is 2 1/2 and the male is just over a year. Are there tips for helping a dog successfully transition to a new home? We are first time dog owners so a young dog who is trained, already fixed, shots up to date, cuddly and friendly are important to us if the situation feels right. Thanks,
Rachael on March 14, 2019:
Is it possible to get a Malshi weighing 5 lbs when fully grown?
Brenda on March 11, 2019:
My little girl Sula just passed away at almost 19!years of age. Everything you described is very accurate. Sula was a diamond.
She was healthy throughout her Life and lived it to the fullest.
She was a great companion to Mysore I am needs children. She always watched over them. Matshi’s would be a great companion for any person with disabilities.
Sula was not A fan of sleeping on the bed. She liked to sleep at the start of the hall where she could guard the bedrooms. She was never underfoot like many dogs are, she did not jump on Laos. She definitely told me exactly what she wanted; whether it was good, water, or toys. She was very independent and yes, schedule was her thing. She woke up at 7am and went to bed at 7 pm. Everyday. Even in her old age.
Miss my little fur. She was amazing.
Previously I had Maltese dogs. They too are great but require more attention.
Jennifer on March 03, 2019:
My Malachi she’s different she wonts all the attention and very hipper loves to play with her toys but don’t like other people to come around she will bark like crazy hide but barks
Zingerboo92 on January 08, 2019:
The best dog ever! We’ve had our Malshi, Juno, for over 6 years now. She’s the light of our lives! Very lovable. She gets along great with our cat and also our senior male Schnauzer until he passed about a year ago. She loves to run after her small chuck-it balls outside once or twice a day. She took a little longer to potty train than previous pups but she’s great at communicating her needs now. I leave a puppy-pad out at night just in case, and she’ll use it occasionally. She’s a great watch dog! Barks at most every odd noise. She’s not fond of strangers. I’m looking for another Malshi because Juno is a little bored now that our Schnauzer is gone.
angela on November 26, 2018:
have a Malshi, and he is adorable. he is very possessive of me, he cannot stand for anyone to speak to me it sets him off. I plan for him to get a girl friend before he gets clipped. loves to play with his toys
Connie on September 15, 2018:
Ihave a Malshi..Charlie has got to be the most loving, charming..quick to share dog I have EVER owned...very personable. We had a Maltese previously he was a loved pet, but very high strung & unpredictable...we still loved him.
Denise on September 06, 2018:
Hi, im looking into buying a puppy. Does anyone know if a maltishi would train to be around a less than abled person. Ive only use of one arm and hand, a bad neck after spinal surgery 3 years ago, so im looking for a companion who maybe can help me?
Sandra Bernstein on August 29, 2018:
I have a maltese shitzu who is now 7 years old. He has long legs and weighs 18lbs. He is the most adorable pup in the world. Love him so much. His name is Sammie Davis Bernstein
Betty on August 10, 2018:
I have a malshi and you have described her to a T. The only difference is she is very protective of me.
Barbara on June 14, 2018:
We have a 7 year old Malshi rescue male. We have had many dogs over the years. Big and small..we have had our boy about 5.5 years. He is the sweetest. smartest and most cuddly dog ever! And these dogs don't shed either. Perfect to play or be quiet. Looking for another Malshi!
Emma Grayce on April 29, 2018:
My Malshi's groomer gave me some great advice for tear stains. Give her only distilled water to drink. I no longer buy tear stain remover or chews to combat stains. She went from dark red/brown stains to barely pink! We did not change anything else about her diet. Our groomer said minerals in tap water can cause stains.
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Jessica on April 23, 2018:
I have a shih tzu Maltese mix he is 2 year old and has been noodered. He is very hyper.I thought by getting him noodered he would calm down. But he is still hyper.
Dr Penny Pincher (author) from Iowa, USA on February 08, 2018:
I found an article that talks about steps to take for behavioral changes due to separation anxiety and the arrival of a new baby:
Hope this helps get your Malshi back to normal!
Jennifer Marte on February 08, 2018:
So I have a Malshih male that is just over 3 years old, we got him when he was 7 weeks old, and he was doing good with potty training and we just moved to a much bigger house and he had zero accidents. He then had one potty accident when my mom came with her new puppy which I disregarded and shampooed and steam cleaned out of the rug. Then I, his mommy was gone for about 1 month due to health issues and then since I came home, with a new baby, he has been peeing in the house. He is crate trained and he loves to go there to sleep or rest, and he also has dog beds all over the house. He even goes out before we go to sleep which is usually around 10 or 11 pm. He pees and usually poops once or twice at this time. My husband wakes up around 4-6 am for work and our dog usually comes to my husbands side of the bed ecstatically to go outside as we routinely do, and he goes outside. He has no accidents during the day time and then we take him out at night as we normally do before we go to bed but I wake up to feed to newborn around 2 or 3am and find myself stepping in a large puddle of dog pee. We have a premature baby and cannot have our dog soiling our carpets that our baby will soon be crawling on, as well as our grown children who enjoy sitting on the carpet. How do I fix this? Also, he barks at anyone who comes over and jumps all over them. This needs to stop. He also barks at door bells and knocking at the door, how do we eliminate this? He is very protective of myself and ANY child but he is aggressive towards any male humans till he is around them for a while. He will either nip at their ankles or hands. How do we get rid of all these bad habits that have recently become present???? Please help!!!!! Thank you!!!!
Tammy on February 07, 2018:
I have a Maltese/ Shih-Tzu aka as Malt-Tzu. I had her Dna Teated and this is what they are really called, Call yours whatever you like but? These are what's called Hybrid or Designer dogs, Very special Breed Indeed. My Malt-Tzu is 4 months old and has the weight of 7.4 pounds.. I can't imagine what she will weigh when I have her Spayed in April. Wouldn't trade My Kloe' for any other.
Robin on January 25, 2018:
I have a malshi. She is the best dog I have ever owned. Quick learner in every way. Loves people ,kids and other dogs. She is 10 lbs too , never has an accident never bites. She is a love.
Darlene on January 18, 2018:
Dr. Pincher, thank you for you write up. Just today I went puppy shopping and could not make up my mind. Now I know I will get the Maltshih... I cannot wait to bring the little guy home. Thank you
Amy on December 22, 2017:
We just got a Malshi puppy today! Your description sounds amazing and we can not wait to watch her grow.
Theresa on October 20, 2017:
You have described my Malshi Layla perfectly!
I love coming home in the evenings and she is the first to greet me at the door. I can sit down fast enough so she can jump in my lap and lick my face.
She does have a certain time she likes to go to bed. If I have company over and we are up late, she looks at me like "Hey, when are these people going home so I can go to bed?"
She loves when company comes and she shows it by peeing! That's why we let her greet everyone on the porch. Hopefully she will grow out of that. She will be 2 in November. And she weighs just about 10 pounds.
I highly recommend this breed.
Foxy Moron on September 27, 2017:
Absolutely the best dog ever! I had no idea what I was in for when I adopted Cosette. She is the sweetest dog I have ever met.
I didn't know that the sorting behavior was a malshi trait. Cosette picks shoes up (some she has to drag) from around the house and places them all in a pile.
My husband taught her "sit" and "lie down" before meals, and now when she wants us to fill or change her water, or when it's meal time, she stares at us while sitting then lies down (which is more like a quick drop).
@Kelly Collins - if you use give your malshi bottled water from a glass bowl, it can reduce tear stains. Cosette has some areas of her fur where the color dramatically changes colors from an apricot color to white (on the same hairs) from when we stopped giving her tap water.
Thanks for sharing Dr. Penny Pincher. Excellent testimonial!
Kelly Collins on August 15, 2017:
Just bought my first girl Malshe. I feel like I got the best of both worlds
Dr Penny Pincher (author) from Iowa, USA on June 15, 2017:
I think tear stains are a common problem for Malshis since they have protruding eyes. Check the pet store or ask your vet about treatment options.
Neely on June 14, 2017:
I have a Malshi named Murphy and he has red stains under his eyes and I don't know what it is.
Dr Penny Pincher (author) from Iowa, USA on February 21, 2017:
I hope my Malshi lives to be 18- or more! Best of luck with your new pup!
Buni on February 20, 2017:
We have had 2 Malti-Tzus and they are just the best. Our last one (Skoshi) lived to be almost 18 years old so we knew we had to get another like her. Dory is now 3 mos old and adorable, sweet and so smart. At 8 weeks she knew "No-No" in a quiet voice and "Wait" (for food or treat) and "Sit" and knows "Hey" if she bites down when playing with fingers... She is just precious and the love of our life. Of course we all know small breed dogs live longer and a mixed breed (if parents are healthy) normally are healthier and live even longer we have learned in small breed dogs, with proper care and nutrition.
Of course, there are acceptions and many full-blooded dogs are very healthy too. Just my humble opinion. Enjoy your sweet
Jennifer on January 30, 2017:
The description matches my malshi PERFECTLY! She just turned 3 and she is sooo spoiled. smh XD
Juciej on January 19, 2017:
My malshi pup is sort of fat he never barks love this dog
Dr Penny Pincher (author) from Iowa, USA on September 07, 2016:
Ja, my Malshi's tummy sticks out a bit, but she is not fat. I think their short body can result in a bulging tummy. Maybe have your Malshi checked by a vet to make sure nothing is wrong...
ja on September 06, 2016:
My malshi has a little bloated belly and does Not eat alot. Only a half a cup of crunchy blue with a smigen of chicken breast. Once a day. Why is his belly bloated? We walk alot and he's so playful. I'm worried.
Dr Penny Pincher (author) from Iowa, USA on September 02, 2016:
Michael, my Malshi isn't quite as sweet as yours, she can actually catch birds! I am not sure how she does it, maybe birds aren't afraid of her because she is so small and cute. Maybe I got the hunting dog variety of Malshi...
Michael Clarkson on September 01, 2016:
As a proud Malshi owner, I concur. They are the best dogs. Mine is the sweetest animal I've ever owned. He'd never hurt another living thing. He hunts the rabbits in our backyard not to hurt them, but to cuddle them. He also makes this grown, well educated, large man use words like "goodest" as in, "Who's my goodest boy?" Yeah. I love my little buddy.
Dr Penny Pincher (author) from Iowa, USA on August 13, 2016:
Deanna, you should get some really cute puppies- take lots of pics and video!
Deanna Rostock on August 12, 2016:
I have an auburn and black Shih Tzu named Lola. I have a pure white male maltese named Django. Lola is about 7 lbs and Django is about 6. We have just mated them. Lola is 2 and he is 3. I am so excited to see the combo that we get. Lola is about 3 weeks into the pregnancy and is doing well. I love these little ones. I think the toy behaviors come from the Maltese. Django is a toy nut!!! I have been a little afraid about the puppies, however all of your comments have made me feel a lot better. Thanks for this great Blog about Malshies!!!
Dr Penny Pincher (author) from Iowa, USA on July 26, 2016:
Janet, all of this reminds me of my Malshi... happy to hear she has brought such happiness!
Janet on July 23, 2016:
About 6weeks ago I bought a Malshi, I live in Victoria Australia .She has bought great joy to my life .So full of energy and just so cuddly ,she is just about toilet trained now so she is doing well .She sleeps in my bed of a night ,and put her tiny head on my shoulder when she goes to sleep .When she needs to go out side in the morning she lets me know by licking my face .She has bought such joy to my life ,and she is such a cuddly little thing .Her name is Princess ,she has really changed my life ,they are such great little dogs ,which I had got one sooner .
Maulik on June 22, 2016:
Can someone please suggest any good Malshi breeders? I live in Virginia and have been researching a lot to find a breeder but I only find Malshi breeders in PA (Amish Village area). The overall reviews are not encouraging for me to buy one from there
drpennypincher on June 20, 2016:
Zach, Malshi's are a non-shedding breed! One of the many good things about this cross...
Zach on June 20, 2016:
Do these dogs shed?
Medina on April 07, 2016:
So awesome to read these comments. My Mia a malshi has been a joy to have around these last 3 years. I got her at 11 weeks w/no regrets. Everything peeps are saying is Mia. Only thing is she's a picky eater & I fall for it everyone w/her soulful dark eyes.
Dr Penny Pincher (author) from Iowa, USA on January 31, 2016:
Lee, our Malshi is like having another child in the house. She is still fun and full of energy at 3 years old. I don't think I could handle more than one, though. She demands- and gets- a lot of attention.
lee davidson on January 29, 2016:
I just got a 3 month old Mal-Shi, and we named him "Yoda" (from StarWars). whenever im at the office, I couldn't stop thinking about him, my wife and 4 yr old son loves him so much. He relieves me stress from work and traffic. im still trying to potty train him (which is quite challenging), but just within 1 week, he is now learning to "dump" on the potty mat. I so love my Mal-shi... im thinking of getting another one though... he is like a little boy which demands so much attention and loves you unconditionally..
Dr Penny Pincher (author) from Iowa, USA on November 02, 2014:
Lucy, I think Baby is an appropriate name for a Malshi. They seem to want A LOT of attention and are able to communicate what they want from their parents- I mean owners...
Lucy on November 02, 2014:
I have a malshi named baby. She's a lot like yours actually! She's so loving and playful and if we don't play with her she just barks. If we don't give her food, she'll kick her bowl and make all the water fall out and make a mess... believe it or not, she loves baths! A lot of times she crawls into the shower and just lays down in there, even if it's not on! When we leave, she starts whining but when we get home she starts jumping up and down. When she was very little, she would pee of happiness.... I LOVE MY MALSHI!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Dr Penny Pincher (author) from Iowa, USA on October 09, 2014:
Marie, some of the behavior you describe definitely sounds familiar. My Malshi always brings me a toy when I come home. She is VERY persistent when she wants something. Like your Malshi, she has a high energy mode and then transitions quickly to a "power off" mode. Interesting that Malshis seem to have so much in common.
Marie Gray on October 08, 2014:
My 8 month old little Malshi is a delight. Very loving, happy, friendly and cuddly. And as soon as I put my watch on, she knows we're going out! When she wants me to play with her, she will place her toy on my foot and if I ignore her, then another toy gets put on my foot, then another - until of course I give in........how cute is that! She loves her walks .... no, I mean runs and has so much energy. And when we get back home, it's snooze time. Oh, I adore her!
Bret on August 14, 2014:
I have 5 other dogs. Retired and I love them. I got the chance to adopt a mal-shi puppy a week ago. I have never had a puppy like this. He is so loving. Loves to be held and loved on. Spends lots of time in my lap. When I get up he wines and wants me to come back. Loves to sleep with us at night. He gets along very well with our other dogs and has quickly become a part of my family. WHAT a dog. Don't tell him I called him a dog. He does not know that.
Dr Penny Pincher (author) from Iowa, USA on June 30, 2014:
Suehouse, our Malshi is very social with other dogs and people. She is definitely intelligent and lots of fun! I wouldn't necessarily say training and obedience are her strong points- but we like her personality and how she can get us to do what she wants. Thanks for visiting.
Suehouse on June 30, 2014:
Have had a male malshi now since February,2014. What a joy. Very outgoing, loves to be around people and other dogs., no matter what size.
Training was very easy and he is smart. We take him as much as we can or he goes to day camp and plays with his doggie buddies. Best money ever spent for so much enjoyment.
Dr Penny Pincher (author) from Iowa, USA on December 23, 2013:
lynne1, it is interesting to hear how other Malshis behave. Keeping track of toys is one of my Malshi's top jobs. I like how your Malshi can figure out if she is going with your or not based on your clothing- very smart!
lynne1 on December 22, 2013:
My one year old Malshi is such a loving little girl always looking to be picked up and cuddled. She does have her resistent moments but those are mostly when she's pre-occupid with her toys, or chews. Quite the quizzy, always the first into shopping bags but the best is the way she can pick out which of my clothes mean that she's coming with me or which mean that she's to stay home. So very clever, intelligent and a never ending source of amazement of how she memorises the name of her toys and where to find them virtually from the very moment that they're given to her. Love her to absolute bits and wouldn't want any other companion.
Dr Penny Pincher (author) from Iowa, USA on November 27, 2013:
Thanks, Kidscrafts! Yes, she is quite a dog. She has a lot of personality in a very small size and has really become part of the family. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!
kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on November 27, 2013:
Great hub about the Malshi! It sounds like a lovely dog! I love your analogy with combining chocolate and peanut butter to make a Peanut Butter Cup :-) Nothing like food and especially chocolate to understand that concept :-)
Your dog looks just adorable!
Definitely useful and interesting!
Have a nice Thanksgiving!
Dr Penny Pincher (author) from Iowa, USA on November 27, 2013:
Thanks, Tillsontitan! Small dogs can be great fun. In some ways, small dogs behave a lot differently from the big dogs that I am more familiar with.
Mary Craig from New York on November 27, 2013:
This sounds like a great dog! I have a MinPin who shares some of the Malshi traits. Unfortunately my MinPin is on the large side weighing in at 15 pounds. (He's always on a diet because he loves to eat.)
Everyone cracks up when they see him digging in his food or water dish when he wants them filled.
Voted up, useful, and interesting.