Mal-shialso 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. Mal-Shi's  are known to be the most popular designer dog. They are best for families with children, a couple, or even seniors.
My family includes a very energetic Jack Russell called Harvey. I may not own these beautiful breeds but a common game for us is guessing the breed when we meet fellow doggy families on our walkies. Whether you buy a puppy, or save a dog from the rescue centers there are a few general things to consider.
The Shih Tzu is a sturdy little dog with a short muzzle and large dark eyes. They have a soft and long double coat. Although sometimes long, a Shih Tzu will not always have extremely lengthy hair like the pekingese but with short legs.
The Maltese Shih Tzu which is often misspelt as Maltese Shitzu is a crossbreed or hybrid breed of domesticated dog. They are a toy dog breed, very small sized but stable dogs, equipped with a short muzzle, small round head and a soft medium-length but thick coat. Popular companion animals, the breed is among the most popular cross breed types in Australia. Maltese cross Shih Tzu breeders hoped that the product would be a small low-shedding companion dog with a good-natured and outgoing temperament.
Contrary to popular belief, small size doesn't necessarily an apartment dog make — plenty of small dogs are too high-energy and yappy for life in a high-rise. Being quiet, low energy, fairly calm indoors, and polite with the other residents, are all good qualities in an apartment dog. Some dogs are simply easier than others: they take to training better and are fairly easygoing.
This dog belongs to the so-called designer dogs which have been created in order to have a specific look and to rule out any possible genetic diseases that can be found in the original pure breeds. However, this hybrid dog has not been accepted by any official kennel club and it seems there is little interest in developing it into a real breed. The Mal-Shi is still a very cute and friendly dog that deserves to be talked about.
This designer dog was developed in to create a low-shedding canine companion with an outgoing temperament and kindly nature. Although the Maltese Shih Tzu does not shed excessively, some shedding does occur, and regular grooming is still required. The breed is small in stature and classified as a toy dog breed.
A Shih Tzu Puppy Weight Chart can often be helpful if you want to estimate just how big your puppy will get. It is generally accurate for other small breed dogs but not medium, large or giant breeds. Wonder how big your Shih Tzu will get?