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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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Our Malshi puppies for sale are bundles of joy, playfulness, and cheer!  Experience a companion for your home that does well with children, loves people, and sheds less as a designer breed.  Browse our Malshi puppies for sale and bring one home – your family and home will never be the same.

Do you want a smaller dog that loves children, thrives on human interaction and companionship, and loves being the life of the party?

If that describes the ideal dog for your family, then take a look at our Malshi puppies for sale below!

As a designer crossbreed between the Shih Tzu and Maltese, the Malshi brings the best in both breeds.  Their love for human interaction, love for children, and playful attitude are sure to bring joy, laughter, and companionship to your family and home.

If you are ready to have a new best friend in your home, then bring home your Malshi puppy!

Good with Children:  Malshis do very well with children.  Their love of life and smaller size make them an excellent companion and pet for children.  However, because of their small size, you need to train children to be gentle in their interactions with a Malshi.

Devoted:  The Malshi breed is a breed dedicated to their owners and family.  Even though they enjoy human companionship in general, they quickly form a special bond with their owners and family that lasts a lifetime.

Playful:  This breed loves to play and have fun!  They don’t like being left out of the action, and their energy and playfulness bring laughter and joy into any home.

Loves Attention:  Malshi dogs thrive on being the center of attention, and they aren’t afraid to show off if they need to get the attention!  Combined with their playful energy, the Malshi is guaranteed to become your family’s new best friend!

Lapdog:  As a smaller dog who loves companionship, the Malshi makes an excellent lapdog that loves human touch and snuggles. 

The Malshi is a designer breed and a cross between the Maltese and Shih Tzu.  Because it is a crossbreed, it is not yet formally recognized by the American Kennel Club.

The Malshi was first bred in Australia in the 1990s.  The original purpose was to have the energy and companionship of the Shih Tzu without needing as much grooming or the high level of allergens.

The Malshi quickly gained popularity in Australia, and it was soon being bred in the United States and other countries.

The Malshi also has other names and is referred to as Malshi, Malt-tzu, Maltzu, Malti-zu, Malti Tzu, Mal-Tzu, Shih-tese, and Shima.  Yes, that’s a lot of names for one breed of dog!

The Malshi breed is a toy breed and small.  Their height as adults ranges from 8-10” tall, and they weigh between 6 and 12 pounds. 

Although they are still a new crossbreed, most Malshi dogs live an average lifespan of 12-14 years.

Many Malshi dogs have a two-toned colored coat.  The bulk of the coat is often white, although it can also be a gray or darker color.  Malshis with a white coat often have black, tan, or dark gray markings around the ears, eyes, and sometimes back.

The Malshi usually requires less work than a Shih Tzu, but you still want to pay careful attention to the coat and have your Malshi groomed regularly.

As a crossbreed, different Malshi have their coats grow and shed at different rates.  However, you should groom several times a week, or daily if you see loose hair and dirt in their coat.

Regular grooming should be done - the length can vary based on your personal preference.  

Malshi dogs don’t need regular baths either.  Most baths are necessary only when your dog is dirty or if recommended by a vet or groomer.

The Malshi is a generally healthy breed, but there are several things to watch for:

First, the longer and sometimes thicker coat can result in a Malshi become too warm when exposed to extensive heat.  Be careful in warm conditions and pay close attention to your Malshi to make sure it stays hydrated and cool.

Second, make sure their eyes stay clean of dirt, dust, and other pieces that can cause irritation or problems.  If you see the eyes getting red or swollen, you should take your Malshi to the vet.

Like all dog breeds, they are susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia, two of the most common health issues among dogs.

Hip and elbow dysplasia occurs when the leg or hip becomes weakened, and it can result in arthritis or potential lameness if not addressed.

One of the best ways to prevent this is by keeping your dog from too much running on hard surfaces, especially when they are puppies.

Allergens are caused by dander, which is dead skin cells.  These skin cells are shed by any animal, including humans.

Although the Malshi is supposed to have fewer allergen concerns than the Shih Tzu, the exact shedding tendencies of a Malshi is affected by their dominant breed.

To help keep allergen levels low, make sure you groom your Malshi regularly and remove loose hair and dirt from its coat.

If you have someone in your home with animal allergy concerns, it is good to consult your family physician.

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Read Reviews from owners who have bought Malshi puppies!


Lisa B – “I recommend Infinity Pups because they will bring your puppy to you and work with you with whatever problem or problems that may arise. We love our new addition to our family and don’t know how we got along without her before. Before Infinity Pups I didn’t even know what a Malshi (dog) was, now I tell everybody about them and how wonderful of a dog they are and people are always asking where I got my beautiful puppy “LUCY-LU” and without hesitation, I start telling them all about Infinity Pups. Thank you Infinity for my beautiful little girl! I can’t thank you enough.”


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).