Malshi: Cross of Maltese and Shih-Tzu Dog Breeds
Malshi: A New Breed of Dog
In the old days, dogs were bred to serve practical purposes such as hunting or protecting property. A new crossbreed of dog, the Malshi, seems to be about as practical as a living teddy bear. The Malshi is a cross of Maltese and Shih-Tzu breeds and reaches an adult size of about 10 inches tall and weight of 10 pounds. It’s hard to imagine how small this dog is until you pick it up. It looks and acts like a full-sized dog that has been shrunk down to a ridiculously small size.
Key Attributes of Malshi Breed Dogs
Malshi are an amazingly small breed! A Malshi is like a dog that has been shrunk to the size of a small teddy bear, with an adult weight is about 10 pounds. The small size makes it very easy to take a Malshi with you in the car. A Malshi would easily fit in a small pet carrier to carry on an airplane.
A Malshi's long coat will require brushing on a regular basis. Good news: Malshi dogs are so small that brushing doesn't take long.
Our Malshi doesn't mind cold weather—she has gone out in blizzard conditions during housebreaking. She loves to play in the snow. I suspect the cold hardiness comes mainly from the Chinese Shih-Tzu breed.
Mashi Temperament and Personality
Our Malshi shows no fear of other animals, even much larger dogs. Our Malshi will "play" with cats with claws that are more than twice her weight. Unlike our other pets, she has no fear of the vacuum cleaner. However, she is scared of a couple things in our house: ceiling fans and cameras.
Gets along with other pets?
Yes, but she is somewhat annoying to other animals. She has a lot of energy and jumps up and tries to play with any animal that is nearby. No serious fighting, though.
Our Malshi likes to be around people and demands nearly constant attention while she is awake. It's easy to scoop her up and set her on the couch next to you which she likes, but if you walk away she can't get down on her own and will start yapping to get you to help her down.
Is a Malshi Right for You?
Does this describe your preferences for a dog?
- Really, really small
- High energy, active and alert
- Playful and entertaining
- Wants a lot of attention from you
- Acts like a full-sized dog in an extra small body
If so, a Malshi may be the right breed for you.
Update: Read about my first year owning a Malshi. This article describes the personality quirks of Malshi dogs.
Questions & Answers
How do you know if a Malshi has worms?
If your Malshi is underweight (for example, you can see it's ribs easily), it might have worms. You can take your dog and a stool sample to the vet to find out for sure. The vet can give a wormer that will get rid of worms.
© 2013 Dr Penny Pincher