The Maltese Shih Tzu, also known as the Mal-Shi, Malti zu, and the Malt-Tzu, is a dog breed hybrid. One of the few “designer dogs” not originating with a Poodle, and therefore not one of the ubiquitous “Poo” or “Doodle” hybrids, the adaptable Maltese Shih Tzu is an adorable, sweet little guy with a long name. Created with the same goal as the Doodles — to be a small companion who doesn’t shed much and is therefore more appropriate for people with allergies — the Maltese Shih Tzu is a classic cross, a sweet lapdog who likes to play with the kids. See below for complete list of Maltese Shih Tzu characteristics! Maltese Shih Tzu Dog Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts – DogtimeInitiate Gallery Additional articles you will be interested in: Adoption
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Watch and learn about Maltese Shih Tzu dog’s key characteristics:

Key Vitals of Maltese Shih Tzu Dog
Name Dog Breed Group Height Weight Life Span
Maltese Shih Tzu Dog Hybrid Dogs From 10 inches tall at the shoulder 6 to 12 pounds 12 to 14 Years

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability:

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 3 out of 5 in Adaptability. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Adaptability parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 5 out of 5 in Adaptibility in living in apartment. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Adaptibility in living in apartment parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 5 out of 5 in Good For Novice Owners. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Good For Novice Owners parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 3 out of 5 in Sensitivity Level.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Sensitivity Level. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 3 out of 5 in Tolerates Being Alone.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Being Alone. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 2 out of 5 in Tolerates Cold Weather.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored low and is not suitable in Tolerates Cold Weather. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 2 out of 5 in Tolerates Hot Weather.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored low and is not suitable in Tolerates Hot Weather. parameter.

All Around Friendliness:

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 3 out of 5 in All Around Friendliness.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in All Around Friendliness. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 4 out of 5 in Affectionate with Family.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Affectionate with Family. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 3 out of 5 in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 3 out of 5 in Friendly Dog.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Dog. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 3 out of 5 in Friendly Toward Strangers.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Toward Strangers. parameter.

Health Grooming:

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 2 out of 5 in Health Grooming.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored low and is not suitable in Health Grooming. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 1 out of 5 in Amount Of Shedding.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored low and is not suitable in Amount Of Shedding. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 1 out of 5 in Drooling Potential.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored low and is not suitable in Drooling Potential. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 2 out of 5 in Easy To Groom.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored low and is not suitable in Easy To Groom. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 2 out of 5 in General Health.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored low and is not suitable in General Health. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 3 out of 5 in Potential For Weight Gain.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Weight Gain. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 1 out of 5 in Size.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored low and is not suitable in Size. parameter.

Trainability:

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 4 out of 5 in Trainability.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Trainability. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 4 out of 5 in Easy To Train.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Train. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 3 out of 5 in Intelligence.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Intelligence. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 4 out of 5 in Potential For Mouthiness.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Mouthiness. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 5 out of 5 in Prey Drive.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Prey Drive. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 4 out of 5 in Tendency To Bark Or Howl.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Tendency To Bark Or Howl. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 1 out of 5 in Wanderlust Potential.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored low and is not suitable in Wanderlust Potential. parameter.

Exercise Needs:

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 3 out of 5 in Exercise Needs.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 3 out of 5 in Energy Level.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Energy Level. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 2 out of 5 in Intensity.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored low and is not suitable in Intensity. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 3 out of 5 in Exercise Needs.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs. parameter.

Maltese Shih Tzu is rated 3 out of 5 in Potential For Playfulness.. This means Maltese Shih Tzu has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Playfulness. parameter.

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Hybrid Dogs

Height

From 10 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight

6 to 12 pounds

Life Span

12 to 14 years

Highlights

The Maltese Shih Tzu is a ‘designer breed,’ a cross between a Maltese and Shih Tzu. Designer dogs aren’t true breeds — they’re crosses of two specific breeds. If you’re interested in a Maltese Shih Tzu puppy, understand that his looks, size, and temperament aren’t as predictable as those of purebreds, since you don’t know which characteristics from each breed will show up in any given dog.Maltese Shih Tzus are adaptable and will be active and outgoing in a busy home, or quiet and reserved in a calm home. They require daily exercise and do well with a good walk or romp in the yard.Maltese Shih Tzus can suffer from respiratory problems. Heat and humidity can aggravate these conditions, so a home with air-conditioning is best.Some bark, but they don’t seem to be as noisy as other small breeds, including the parent breeds. They will alert bark, however, so they can make good watchdogs.Maltese Shih Tzus are low shedders, but they require daily brushing to keep their coats free of mats. The coat can be clipped every six to eight weeks.Loving and gentle, Maltese Shih Tzus can make an excellent companions to both children and the elderly, and to first-time or timid owners.Maltese Shih Tzus generally do well with other dogs and pets.Maltese Shih Tzus are intelligent and train easily.Due to their size, Maltese Shih Tzus can make excellent apartment residents, but they’re happiest when they have a yard in which to enjoy the great outdoors.To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.