Interesting facts about Shih Tzu x Maltese
Shih Tzu literally means Lion Dog, designating the breed as one of the most esteemed animals in China because of its association with Buddism. Shih Tzu's have originated as early as 17th century in Tibet. Maltese is the most ancient of the European toy breeds, and among the oldest of all breeds.
Shih Tzu x Maltese Look
A Shih Tzu x Maltese has long, flowing hair that may be brown, black or tan with white. Some are pure white. As puppies they weigh between 1 and 2 kgs. They grow to weigh 4 to 8kgs. as adults. Even as young dogs they have the characteristic appearance: solid bodies with flat faces, wide eyes and floppy ears.
Shih Tzu x Maltese Personality
If you long for a favourite lapdog, the gentle Maltese and spunky and sweet Shih Tzu will fill in the role admirably, but on a wild side both love to run and play.
Health and lifespan
Cross bred dogs are generally hardier than purebreds but can still have a few health problems. Luxating patellas are occasionally seen in the Maltese X Shih Tzu and they can be prone to hydrocephalus and liver shunts. Pure bred Shih Tzu can have problems with their eyes, but there are less eye problems in the cross as they don't have the squashed-in face of the Shih Tzu.
An average lifespan for this breed is 11 -14 years.
Shih Tzu x Maltese Grooming
Shih Tzu Maltese puppies and adult dogs do not shed as much as their parents, and are ideal for people who have allergies. Their long, silky hair does require regular grooming, though, including bathing and brushing. This keeps their coats clean and tangle-free. Owners should start grooming their Shih Tzu Maltese early to get them used to the idea of being bathed and brushed. Teaching a puppy early leads to a lifetime of easier grooming. At PawsAbout Dog Grooming Salon we have a large database of clients who own a Shihtzu x Maltese cross breeds and we recommend a regular dog grooming schedule every 6-8 weeks.
Keen to buy a Shih Tzu x Maltese?
The Maltese x Shih Tzu is an perfect size for the apartment or house living. If you are after happy personality or a great companion Shih Tzu x Maltese would be ideal if you can provide daily exercise.