The happy and intelligent Maltese Shih Tzu is a joy to train.

Vital Stats

Height: about 10 inches at shoulder
Weight: 6 to 12 pounds
Coat: long and silky
Life span: 12 to 14 years

Summary
The Maltese Shih Tzu, also known as the Mal-Shi, Malti zu, and the Malt-Tzu, is a hybrid. One of the few “designer dogs” not originating with a Poodle, and therefore not one of the ubiquitous “Poo” or “Doodle” hybrids, the adaptable Maltese Shih Tzu is an adorable, sweet little guy with a long name.

Created with the same goal as the Doodles–to be a small companion who doesn’t shed much and is therefore more appropriate for people with allergies–the Maltese Shih Tzu is a classic cross, a sweet lapdog who likes to play with the kids. Full Maltese Shih Tzu profile on DogTime.com

Amount of shedding:
5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Good for new owners:
5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Friendly toward strangers:
4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Compatible with kids:
4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Dog friendly:
4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Playfulness:
4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Potential for weight gain:
3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)
Sensitivity:
3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)
Tendency to bark or howl:
2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)
Easy to groom :
2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)
Mouthiness:
2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)
Need for exercise:
2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)
Drooling potential:
1 out of 5 stars (1 / 5)
Predatory tendencies:
1 out of 5 stars (1 / 5)
Average:
3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)