Welcome to All About Mal-Shis.
This site is dedicated to the hybrid cross between a Maltese and Shih Tzu. Other references to this designer dog breed include:
As with any hybrid dog mix, the Mal-Shi takes on the personality traits of both the Maltese and Shih Tzu breeds.
The Maltese side of a Mal-Shi is very sweet-natured, highly intelligent with an energetic personality. The Shih Tzu side is very loyal, tranquil and relatively quiet. Both breeds are good with children, but there should be supervision, especially in the beginning, to be sure that the children are treating their new pet with respect.
Both breeds require a good deal of maintenance in terms of their coats to keep them looking their best. Whether their coats or long or short, it can get knotted very easily, so daily brushing is required.