Maltese Shih Tzu’s are a cross between Maltese and the Shih Tzu. They are known for their energetic and playful attitude, but are also known to have a calm and gentle personality. They’re a favourite among families with children. Because they’re a small breed, they also don’t require a lot of exercise so they’re great for people with apartments or very little home space.
If you’re considering getting a Maltese Shih Tzu, here are some Malshi facts you might find interesting:
- Its parents have a long and noble history
The Maltese were first found in Europe and date as far back as 500 BCE. They were popular amongst European nobility and were even found in Royal courts. The Shih Tzu, on the other hand, originated from Tibet as far back as 1000 BCE and was popular amongst the Chinese elite.
- The Malshi is considered hypoallergenic
Although this breed does shed a little bit, it sheds considerably less than most dogs. Thus, it’s an excellent choice for people who suffer from allergies.
- It isn’t officially recognized as a breed
The Maltese Shih Tzu is one of the most popular breeds in Australia, but it actually isn’t recognised by any kennel clubs. This means that there is no standard Maltese Shih Tzu and its appearance can vary depending on its parents and how much it got from either side.
- They’re small but active and fast
While Malshi’s are laid-back and don’t require that much exercise, they are still surprisingly athletic. They can reach running speeds between 9 to 13kms/hr and are playful creatures. They would thoroughly enjoy spending time with you for 20 to 30-minute walks every day.
- They’re great for first time pet owners
Because of their sweet demeanour and easy trainability, they’re great for first time dog owners. They can, at times, be prone to bouts of aggression, but this can be remedied with patient and positive reinforcement.
- They have beautiful, unique coats
Because of the differences in their parents’ appearances, Malshi’s can have varied coats, ranging from silky smooth to curly. They can also come in a wide range of colours, from white, black, brown, gold, and also a combination of these. They may require regular grooming to get the knots out and to keep their fur manageable.
- They are known to be stubborn
Even though they are friendly and people pleasing, they have been known to be stubborn and hard to train. It will require patience and perseverance to properly train them, but there’s no shame in hiring professional trainers or putting them through obedience training.
- They can live exceptionally long lives
Malshi’s are generally healthy breeds that live long lives. Their life spans can reach up to 18 years, which is way beyond many other breeds, so they’re great for people who want a long companion.