Mal Shih

This hybrid dog combines a Maltese with a Shih Tzu, and whilst most commonly referred to as a Malshi, this dog may also be called a Maltese Shih Tzu, Shih Tzu/Maltese or Mal-Tzu.

It has many wonderful traits but read on to make sure this is the right breed for you.

  • Height: approximately 10 inches fully grown
  • Weight: between 6 – 12 pounds
  • Lifespan: 12 – 14 years
  • Pedigree Breed: No, as this is a hybrid dog breed. Mal-Shi dogs are the result of purebred Maltese dogs breeding with purebred Shih Tzus.


Affectionate, alert, loving, and devoted to their owner, the Mal-Shi is an absolute joy to be around. Because this is a mixed breed, it inherits the personality characteristics of both the Maltese and the Shih Tzu. That means that you can expect you dog to be gentle and affectionate as well as playful and fearless.

Mal Shih