(Maltese X ShihTzu)
Maltese Shihtzu, Shihtzu Maltese, Maltshi, Malshi, Mal-Shi, Maltzu
Introducing the Maltese ShihTzu:
The Maltese x Shihtzu is created by the crossing of two breeds: Maltese and Shih Tzu. They are commonly referred to now as “designer dogs” and have become popular companions. The Maltese Shihtzu was one of the first of the designer breeds and has been around for so long that many people do not know that they are a designer breed at all. The Maltese Shihtzu is a sturdy, well-built, and lively companion that exhibits a keen expression and friendly appearance. They are one of Australia’s most common dogs that are recognisable by most people.
Description of the Maltese Shihtzu:
The Maltese Shihtzu is a sturdy, well-built, and lively companion that exhibits a keen expression and friendly appearance. Maltese Shihtzus are one of Australia’s most common dogs that are recognisable by most people. The Maltese x Shih Tzu is a small dog with a long thick coat. Maltese X Shihtzus usually does not have the short muzzle and ultra short face of its Shih Tzu heritage. Maltese Shihtzu is less prone to tear staining than the pure white Maltese.
Temperament of the Maltese Shihtzu:
The ideal Maltese x Shihtzu is affectionate, loving, and devoted. They should be playful, spritely, and clever. Maltese X Shihtzus do best in a home with older, considerate children and generally do well with dogs and non-canine pets. Maltese X Shihtzus are wary and suspicious of strangers and are quick to alert their family to visitors and out of the ordinary sounds.
Maltese X ShihTzu Activity level:
The Maltese x Shihtzu is well suited for apartment living provided they are sufficiently exercised and mentally stimulated. Maltese x Shihtzus are able to meet the majority of their exercise needs indoors but enjoy securely leashed walks, family play sessions, and off-lead play time in a securely fenced yard. They are just as comfortable whether living with an active family or spending time on the couch with the family watching TV.
Maltese X ShihTzu Colours:
The Maltese x Shihtzu is usually multi coloured, often with the majority of the coat being white with coloured patches. Most often the coloured patches are a dark sable colour, but they can come in any colour that Shihtzus can be found in.
Grooming your Maltese X Shihtzu:
The amount of grooming required for a Maltese x Shihtzu will depend on the length of its coat. All coat lengths will require some grooming with the unclipped Maltese x Shihtzus needing almost daily grooming while tightly clipped Maltese x Shihtzus requiring far less. For this reason, most owners of Maltese x Shihtzus have their dogs clipped.
Training your Maltese X Shihtzu:
Maltese x Shihtzus are a highly intelligent breed and quick learner. Early socialization and obedience are recommended for all Maltese x Shihtzus. House training can take some time with this breed and the crate training method works best to house train Maltese x Shihtzus. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods and training must be done with patience, and consistency. Always keep your Maltese x Shihtzus training times short and fun.
Maltese X ShihTzu size:
Maltese x Shihtzus will grow to between 25cm – 30cm at the shoulder as adults.
Maltese X ShihTzu Life Span:
12 – 15 years
Finding MalteseXShihTzu puppies for sale from MalteseXShihTzu breeders
One of the best ways is to go through a breeders agent. They will have contact with many different breeders and will usually be informed first of when litters are planned or available. A reputable breeders agent will also be able to provide you with further information on the care of your Maltese X Shih Tzu puppy as well as ensuring that the puppy has had the appropriate vaccinations, worming etc and is the right age to go to their new home. We have found Chevromist Kennels to be exemplary in their level of knowledge and service both before and after adopting a puppy and have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone wishing to adopt a Designer breed puppy. You can visit their website with photos of their beautiful puppies at www.chevromist.com