Malshis, as hybrid dogs, will inherit characteristics from both parents but not always equally. We recommend prospective owners read up on the traits of both the Maltese and Shih Tzu before adopting one of these mixes. The following information for this breed can be supplemented by visiting our parent breed pages.
Members of this breed are somewhat smart but sometimes their curiosity or stubbornness outshines their intelligence. They are trainable with patience, consistency and a firm attitude. If you treat a Malshi like a baby, it will act like a spoiled one so make sure this little dog understands his place. They are, however, naturally communicative with people and you will know if they lost a toy or if their bowl is empty.
One great aspect of the Malshi is her adaptability. She is outgoing and energetic yet can be a calm cuddle buddy. This allows her to fit into many different types of households. She will be fine with other pets, strangers, kids and any other situation that might cause a bump in the road with other dogs. The only thing she isn't fine with? Being left alone for long periods of time.
Ideally, your Maltese Shih Tzu mix will be able to play in a nice fenced yard. If not, make sure to take them out for at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. They won't be able to keep up with your runs, bikes or hikes but do enjoy long walks, trips to the dog park and plenty of toys!