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  • Breed: Mal-shi
  • Group: hybrid
  • Height: 10"
  • Weight: 6-12 lbs
  • HypoAllergenic: Yes
  • Coat: soft, silky, wavy, long
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The Mal-shi is known for being both sociable and intelligent.  They are a great addition to a family!  They are easily trained and respond best to early training.  They love being with their family and if separated for long periods of time can have separation anxiety.  Because of their small size there is a tendency to baby them and carry them around…these energetic pooches will respond best to being allowed to walk just like the bigger dogs.

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Interesting Facts About the Mal-shi

The Mal-Shi was developed in Australia around 1990. They are designed to be a low-shedding, hypoallergenic companion dog. This cute fluffy hybrid breed of the Maltese and the Shih-tzu have been gaining popularity in North America in the resent years.

This breed has also been referred to as: Malshi, Malt-tzu, Maltzu, Malti-zu, Malti Tzu, Mal-Tzu, Shih-tese and Shima.

The Mal-Shi is currently not recognized by the American Kennel Club. This breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR).