Mal-shi

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Mal-shi
Bodhi.the.malshi.2016.jpg
A Mal-shi puppy
Other names
  • Malt-tzu
  • maltzu
  • malti-zu
  • Shihtese
  • Malshi[1]
Foundation stockMaltese, Shih-Tzu
Variety statusNot recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

Mal-shi, also known as Malshi, Malt-tzu, Maltzu, and Malti-zu, are a type of designer dog resulting from a cross between a purebred Maltese and a purebred Shih Tzu.[1] Most Mal-shis are F1 crosses, as there has been little interest in developing the dog as a breed.[1] They are not recognized by any major kennel club.

Mal-Shi's[2] are known to be the most popular designer dog. They are best for families with children, a couple, or even seniors. They can live in any type of home, whether an apartment or a house with or without a yard.They are known to be a very loving, affectionate, and joy to be around type of dog. Because of their mixed breed, they get the personality from the Maltese and Shih Tzu. They are quite fast learners too, which makes it easier to teach them many tricks.

Health[edit]

Because they do not shed, mal-shis need to be groomed often(trze). Sometimes this breed can also have some health problems because of their size, flat face, and small wind pipe. Some mal-shis suffer from White Shaker Syndrome, malformed knee joints, known as patellar luxation, which causes internal friction and can eventually cause arthritis.[3][4] Mal-shis have a life expectancy of around 12 - 14 years.[4]

Mal-Shi's[5] exercise will vary depending who their owner is. If their owner is active, they will be active with them. If someone is more relaxed and laid-back, they will be with them as well. Daily exercise like walking is always an option for the Mal-Shi. About 10 to 15 minutes of play time a day will keep them healthy.

Mal-Shi's[6] usually get an average amount of food each meal. Around a quarter to half a cup of food a day, divided into two meals.

Appearance[edit]

Mal-shi puppy
Mal-Shi dog at 2 years old

Most Mal-Shi's weigh between 5 and 15 pounds (2.3 and 6.8 kg) and are between 10 and 20 inches (25 and 51 cm) tall at the shoulder. They come in all the colors of the Shih Tzu, namely white, black, brown, and any combination of these three colors. They have silky coats and curled tails.[1]

Mal-Shi's[7] are around 10 inches tall and not that big of a dog.They are low-shedders, making it easier to be around them and Their coats are long and soft with a little wave to it. Since they have a long coat, they will need to be brushed daily to avoid them having tangles and mats. Another option is to keep their coat short so it is easier to take care of.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Woolf, Norma Bennett; Catherine Etteridge (2006). Hot Dogs!. Barron's. pp. 92–97. ISBN 978-0-7641-3512-5.
  2. ^ "Mal-Shi Dog Breed Health, Training, Feeding, Temperament and Puppies - PetGuide". PetGuide. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  3. ^ "Dog Diseases in the Shih Tzu". Miracle Shih Tzu. Retrieved 2015-12-09.
  4. ^ a b http://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/mal-shi/
  5. ^ "Mal-Shi Dog Breed Health, Training, Feeding, Temperament and Puppies - PetGuide". PetGuide. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  6. ^ "Mal-Shi Dog Breed Health, Training, Feeding, Temperament and Puppies - PetGuide". PetGuide. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  7. ^ "Mal-Shi Dog Breed Health, Training, Feeding, Temperament and Puppies - PetGuide". PetGuide. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2018-11-15.