A Maltese Shih Tzu Mix is what you get when you crossbreed a Shih Tzu and a Maltese. These are designer dogs which are also commonly named as Malte Tzu, Shihtese, or Malshi.
These little guys are certainly gorgeous dogs that are feisty and forever loyal companions. However, if you want to have a purebred Maltese Shih Tzu, it would be great if you check on who their parents are before getting one as not all breeders are pure bred. Keep in mind that when a pure bred Maltese dog is mated with a purebred Shih Tzu, then there’s a huge chance of having a healthy and energetic Maltese Shih Tzu.
The following are fascinating facts you may not know about these dogs:
A Maltese Shih Tzu mix was developed in the 1990s. They are one of the most popular dog breeds in Australia. Recently, it has gained popular attention in North America and other countries.
You can register a Maltese Shih Tzu Mix to American Canine Hybrid Club but not to American Kennel Club.
Maltese Shih Tzu Mix breeds are non-shedding dogs making them the best choice for those who have allergies.
They need regular grooming and brushing to avoid tangling.
They are energetic, affectionate and loyal to their owners. These are personality characteristics that they inherited from their parents. A Maltese is known to be loyal, gentle and a great guard dog as they can signal their owners when they are suspicious of their environment.
They are charming and best suited for a variety of lifestyles. They are intelligent dogs making them so easy to train.
They are friendly and outgoing. They can make friends with anyone, be it humans or with their fellow dogs.
They are also wonderful therapy dogs, thanks to their loving and social characteristics.
A Maltese Shih Tzu Mix has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.