As a Maltese-Shih Tzu mixed breed, the Malshi's appearance may vary. Thus, it is unpredictable what a Malshi puppy will look like once fully grown. However, generally, this designer dog has a round head, short muzzle, and small ears pointing forward.
The Malshi’s nose is small and black. His eyes are brown and almond-shaped. Blue eyes are rare in the breed. Some Malshis may possess them if both parent breeds have this eye colour.
There’s also the possibility of a Malshi puppy inheriting the Maltese's nose. It can turn pink if he lacks exposure to sunlight or when in heat. The dog has short but straight legs. His tail is fluffy and curly.
How big do Malshis get?
A fully grown Malshi has an average height of 25–50 centimetres (10–20 inches) and weighs around 3–4 kilos (6–8 pounds). The male Malshi is commonly bigger than his female counterpart. However, the difference is so little that it is hardly noticeable.
At what age is a Malshi fully grown?
The Malshi is a toy designer breed. Thus, he matures quickly and reaches his full size faster than large dogs.
Expect a Maltese puppy to stop growing after he turns 2 months of age. This mixed breed is compact in size. He is a perfect companion for dog lovers living in spacious homes and small apartments.
Are Malshis hypoallergenic?
Same with the Maltese and the Shih Tzu, the Malshi is a hypoallergenic dog. He is a great family pet for people with allergies. Since he is also a low-shedding canine, his fur is less likely to stick in various areas and furniture around your home.
The Malshi has a long and silky coat. It is soft to the touch and a bit wavy. The most common coat colours are white or white, with tan markings found on the body and ears. Some Malshis may also sport other colours, including:
- Black and White
- Black and Brown
- Brown and White
The Malshi dog breed requires daily brushing to keep his coat free from matts and tangles. Clipping his hair every 6–9 weeks will make grooming easier.
A teddy-bear clip is an easy-to-maintain hairstyle that you might want to try. Bathing should be done occasionally to prevent diminishing the natural oils of the Malshi's coat.
Clean his ears once a week. Make sure to check for signs of infections too, including bad smell, inflammation, and unusual discharge. Consult the vet as soon as possible if your dog has these symptoms. Overgrown nails are uncomfortable and painful. Thus, trim his nails every week.
Brush the Malshi's teeth every day if possible to keep periodontal diseases away. This small designer dog often inherits the Maltese and Shih Tzu's tendency to have tear stains.
Examine his eye regularly and watch out for brown crusts. Get rid of these using a damp cotton ball and a dog-safe eye stain remover.
This Shih Tzu Maltese mix does not have an undercoat. It makes body temperature regulation difficult during extreme weather conditions.
Keep your Malshi warm and comfy during the winter season by providing him with a heated bed. Add several blankets to give him more warmth. Make him wear a doggy jacket and booties when you go out for walks.
The Malshi dog breed should be in an air-conditioned room during hot summer days. Limit your walks with your dog to the coolest parts of the day. Do not let fresh water run out from his bowl so that he is well-hydrated.