Maltese Shih Tzu mixes are high maintenance dogs that are not easily groomed at home unless you are a very experienced owner or a groomer! Both parent breeds are known for having naturally long and luxurious coats so you can expect your Malti Tzu to as well. Additionally, both parents are said to be hypoallergenic; this doesn't mean they won't trigger allergies in everyone but they do produce less allergy-causing dander than most breeds.
The coat of this breed is highly prone to mats and most owners give up on grooming their own Malti Tzu after realizing they are full of tangles 5 minutes after being brushed. Many opt to keep their pet's coat short or take her to be professionally groomed. Keep in mind there will be daily maintenance involved on your part even if you do employ the help of a groomer. Daily brushing, weekly teeth and ear cleaning, as well as nail trimming as needed are all things that you can do at home. The following information details the basic needs of your Maltese Shih Tzu.