The Maltese Shih Tzu, also known as the Mal-Shi, Malti zu, and the Malt-Tzu, is a dog breed hybrid. One of the few “designer dogs” not originating with a Poodle, and therefore not one of the ubiquitous “Poo” or “Doodle” hybrids, the adaptable Maltese Shih Tzu is an adorable, sweet little guy with a long name. Created with the same goal as the Doodles — to be a small companion who doesn’t shed much and is therefore more appropriate for people with allergies — the Maltese Shih Tzu is a classic cross, a sweet lapdog who likes to play with the kids.

The Maltese Shih Tzu is intelligent and happy, making them a breeze — and a pleasure — to train. They do well as a therapy dog, and their wonderfully social nature makes them a great family pet. They're good with children of all ages and with other dogs and pets.

They may look like one either of the parent breeds, but they usually don't have the Shih Tzu's short nose and bulging eyes. A Maltese is prone to tearstaining, but the stains — while still there — can't be seen as easily in this crossbreed, probably because the dogs aren't pure white.

The Maltese Shih Tzu is an affectionate companion who loves being with their family. They're not recommended for homes where he'd be left alone for long periods at a time, since they can suffer from separation anxiety, like most companion breeds. The Maltese Shih Tzu can be active, but they can also adapt to quieter living. They require some exercise each day through either a walk or a good play session in the yard. They love being outside and although they make an acceptable apartment resident, they do much better with a small yard to romp in.

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