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Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Malshi puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Malshi please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Malshi puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Malshi puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Malshi breed is also commonly known by the names Maltese x Shih Tzu, Malt-Tzu, maltzu, and Malti-zu.

Lifespan: 12 – 14 years

Pedigree Breed Status: Not Pedigree – Hybrid Dog Breed

Males 25 – 51 cm
Females 25 – 51 cm

Males 2.3 – 6.8 kg
Females 2.3 – 6.8 kg

Breed Characteristics


small (3/10)


medium (6/10)


very easy (8/10)


minimal (1/10)


low (4/10)


average (6/10)


below average (4/10)

Cost to Keep

low (3/10)

Being Alone

moderate periods (5/10)


average (6/10)


The Malshi is the result of crossing two pedigree dogs namely the Maltese and the Shih Tzu.  They were developed to be low-shedding which meant they would be suitable for people with pet-related allergies to share a home with although today, these charming dogs have become so popular, they have found their way into the hearts and homes of many people who have never suffered from any sort of allergy.  The reason being that Malshis are such a pleasure to have around because of their kind, affectionate and happy natures.


The Malshi first appeared on the scene back in the 1990’s when breeders wanted to create a small, low-shedding, companion dog for allergy sufferers.  From the outset, these little dogs proved to be extremely popular in Australia as well as North America.  They have also become a popular choice here in the UK with everyone.

To date, Malshis are not recognised as a breed by The Kennel Club (July 2016).  However, many local breed clubs have been founded.  For the moment, the majority of Malshis are first generation dogs although more second-generation litters are now becoming available.


Malshis are a very cute little dogs that have inherited many of their parent breed’s charming looks and traits.  Because most Malshis are first generation, puppies from the same litter can be very different both in looks and personality because it depends on whether they have taken after the Maltese or the Shih Tzu.  However, they don’t usually have the short nose or the protruding eyes that are so typical of the Shih Tzu.

They have nicely proportioned heads with charming dark, round eyes and short muzzles nicely finished off with dark noses and dark coloured, tight lips.  Their ears are set wide apart and quite high on a dog’s head, falling forwards when these little dogs are excited, but they hang down to the side when relaxed. 

They have nice broad chests for such small dogs and straight, short but strong front legs.   When it comes to their coat, the Malshi usually has a loose, wavy coat depending on which of the parent breeds they have thrown to.  The most commonly seen colours are as follows:

Cream with or without tan markings, White with or without tan markings, Black, Brown, Black and white, Brown and white, Black and brown


The Mal-Shi is a charming character and one that can inherit many of their parent breed’s personality traits.  This includes being active to the point of being a little boisterous when the mood takes them.  They have inherited their parent breed’s intelligence too and when they are tired after a good walk, they are happy to chill out and relax on the sofa with their owners.

They tend to form very strong bonds with their families which is very endearing.  The Malshi thrives on human company and is never happier when they are with the people they love.

It’s essential for Malshis to be well socialised from a young enough age so they grow up to be well-rounded mature dogs. 

They are the perfect choice for people who live in apartments and who lead quieter, more sedentary lives.  They are also a good choice for first time owners because they are so affectionate, loyal and eager to please which means they learn new things very quickly.  However, they need to be trained and handled like any other dog which means a Malshi should never be allowed to get away with too much or pampered because it could result in them becoming wilful and unruly.

Intelligence / Trainability

Malshis are so cute, it’s all too easy to pamper them a little too much.  They can even develop a condition known as “Small Dog Syndrome”.

Their training can start in earnest once they have been fully vaccinated and it’s always a good idea to enrol them into puppy classes which is not only a great way of socialising a dog, but it also means they can start their training in a safe and controlled environment surrounded by other dogs and people.

They are known to be good around other dogs, especially if a Malshi has been well socialised from a young enough age.  However, a Malshi might just chase any other cats that cross their paths.  It’s a good idea to keep an eye on dogs when they are around smaller animals just to be on the safe side.


The average life expectancy of a Malshi is between 12 and 14 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.

Caring for a Malshi

As with any other breed, Malshis need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. 


A Malshi typically has a long, silky and wavy coat that’s soft to the touch.  Their coats need to be brushed daily to prevent any knots or tangles from forming. 

It’s also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary.  If too much wax is allowed to build up in a dog’s ears.


The Malshi is a high energy little dog and one that is really smart.  As such they need to be given the right amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation for them to be truly happy and well-rounded.  They need from 20 to 30 minutes exercise a day with as much off the lead time as possible. 

These dogs also like to be able to roam around a back garden as often as possible so they can really let off steam.  However, the fencing has to be extremely secure to keep these energetic dogs in.

With this said, puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still growing.  This includes not letting a dog jump up and down from furniture or going up or down the stairs.  Too much pressure placed on their joints and spines at an early age could result in a dog developing serious problems later in their lives.


If you get a Malshi puppy from Little Rascals we will give you a feeding schedule and it’s important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets. 

It’s best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it’s good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements.  It’s also important that dogs be given the right amount of exercise so they burn off any excess calories or they might gain too much weight which can lead to all sorts of health issues. 

Average Cost to keep/care for a Malshi

If you are looking to buy a Malshi, you would need to pay anything from £300 to over £900 for a well-bred puppy.  The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Malshi in England would be £22.01 a month for basic cover or a lifetime policy, this would cost you £43.83 a month (quote as of July 2016).  When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK, a dog’s age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed among other things.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry making sure it suits the different stages of a dog’s life.  This will cost you between £30 – £40 a month.  On top of all of this, you need to factor in veterinary costs this includes their second vaccinations, their annual boosters, and their yearly health checks.

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Malshi would be between £50 to £80 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191


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