The Malshi is an adorable little dog breed that inherited the charming looks and personality of its parent breeds, the Maltese and the Shi Tzu. Because Malshis are crossbreeds, puppies from the same litter may show different traits, even looks. Most Malshis, however, resemble more of its Maltese parentage since they lack the short snout and protruding eyes common to a Shi Tzu.
Malshis have well-proportioned heads, dark round eyes, dark noses, and short muzzles. Set wide apart, their ears go up and fall slightly forward when they are excited. For a small dog, the Malshi has a nice wide chest, short, strong legs, level backs and well-rounded loins. Malshis are well-muscled all over, boasting of an athletic appearance.
The Malshi wears a long and silky coat with a soft texture. When it comes to coat colours, the Malshi sports different colours of its Shi Tzu parent such as white, black, brown or any combination of these three colours. Daily brushing is required to keep its coat matt-free and always clean. Although its coat is non-shedding (even hypoallergenic), clipping is recommended to maintain its adorable coat appearance.
One problem of a Malshi is having tearstains underneath their eyes, which must be treated with a commercial tearstain remover to keep it clean. Other basic care is required such as regular brushing of teeth, nail trimming and cleaning of ears. Doing overall physical check-ups during grooming will help you determine any health conditions such as gum disease, ear infection or painful nail overgrowth.