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An adult Mal-shi
Other names
  • Malt-tzu
  • maltzu
  • malti-zu
  • Shihtese
  • Malshi[1]
Foundation stock Maltese, Shih-Tzu
Variety status Not 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.


Because they do not shed, mal-shis need to be groomed often. 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.[2][3] Mal-shis have a life expectancy of around 12 - 14 years.[3]


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

Most Mal-shis 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]

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  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. ^ "Dog Diseases in the Shih Tzu". Miracle Shih Tzu. Retrieved 2015-12-09. 
  3. ^ a b