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Life span

14 Years


6.8 Kg


Hybrid Dogs

Malshi Overview

This dog breed is a cross between the Maltese and the Shih Tzu. Both breeds are relatively low shedding so this breed falls under the hypoallergenic dog breeds and thus an excellent choice for those that suffer with allergens. They're an affectionate dog breed, that remain very loyal to their family pack. They have a very happy, sweet nature and love the company of those that like a good snuggle. This dog breed is a fan of the outdoors and can walk very far. So, if you're an active family looking for an active dog that loves to chill. Then the Malshi is the perfect companion for you.

This dog breed comes in a variety of colours, everything from: White and tan, black, brown, black and white and brown and white. The measure in height 25 - 51 cm for Males and 35 - 51cm for Females. Weight ranges between 2.3 - 6.8 kg for Males and the same for Females.

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Malshi Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Malshi was first originated back in Australia in 1990 as breeders were looking to create a small, hypoallergenic dog and proved to become very popular in North America. 

Malshi Temperament

The Malshi is affectionate, alert and devoted to their loved ones. They are a wonderful addition to the family because of their unique characteristics. They're gentle, playful and fearless. 

Malshi Training

The Malshi is easy to train because they're very eager to please and willing to learn. Training should start as soon as possible when their in the puppy stage and should be consistent throughout their lives. Reward-based training works well for the Malshi as well as positive reinforcement training. 


The Malshi scores very high in the upkeep of grooming maintenance. They require daily brushing to prevent their coat from becoming tangled and matted. 

They're prone to developing tear stains around the eyes and this can be easily treated with regular cleaning and advice from your vets. 

As with all dog breeds, they require their teeth to be brushed daily as well as regular nail clipping and eye and ear cleaning. 


The Malshi is predisposed to certain health conditions from their parent breeds. These conditions include some common health conditions such as Patella Luxation and white shaker syndrome which can affect young to middle-aged dogs.

The Malshican also suffer from respiratory problems and therefore should be kept in an area that's well ventilated. 


Malshi Exercise Needs

The Malshi requires moderate levels of exercise and rest time. They love to be active with their owners and equally love to sit and chill. They should be taken for a minimum of 60 minutes walk every day. They also require plenty of mental stimulation to prevent them from becoming bored. Exercise and mental stimulation will help keep your Malshi happy, healthy and well-balanced. 

Children and other pets

The Malshi is great with children and other household pets. Early socialisation is important and long with the correct training will allow for your Malshi to be comfortable sharing their space with another pet. Playtime between children and dogs should always be supervised.