The Mal-Shi, also known as the Malti zu, and the Malt-Tzu, is a hybrid or mixed dog breed - a cross between the Maltese and Shih Tzu breeds. Created with the same goal as Doodles - to be a small, allergy-friendly companion that doesn't shed much - this hybrid is a sweet lap dog that loves to play with the kids.


The Mal-Shi was developed in the 1990s in an effort to create a low-shedding companion dog. It is somewhat surprising that it has gained popularity with a name that simply combines the names of the two breeds used in the cross. Unlike many other designer dogs, the use of cute names has not been necessary to promote this hybrid.


The Mal-Shi is an intelligent dog with great adaptability. He is active and outgoing, if not downright rambunctious, but occasionally you will find the relaxed and calm personality.

For a Mal-Shi, family is the most important aspect of life: nothing else is as important as being with you. He can be curious, which can get him into trouble at times. Most of the time, however, he is happy and always up for a good play session.

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