ABOUT MY DOG HAROLD
- The Maltese Shih Tzu, also known as the Mal-Shi, Malti zu, and the Malt-Tzu, is a dog breedhybrid. One of the few “designer dogs”. 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.
- Originally bred to be completely nonshedding (which is a misnomer since that's not physically possible), the Maltese succeeds to some degree, since he's a low-shedding companion. However, the Maltese Shih Tzu is much more than that.
- The Maltese Shih Tzu was developed in the 1990s in an attempt to create a low-shedding companion dog. It's a bit surprising that he has gained popularity on a name that simply combines those of the two breeds used in the crossbreeding. Unlike many other designer dogs, the use of cute names has not been necessary to promote this hybrid.
- The Maltese Shih Tzu is currently one of the most popular hybrids in Australia, although his fame has also grown in North America and other countries.
- There are no breed clubs or breed standards for this dog and many of the litters produced are the result of first-generation breeding between Maltese and a Shih Tzu. There has been some second-generation breeding but so far, the Maltese Shih Tzu has not undergone breeding of third and subsequent generations.
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- There is no breed standard for the Maltese Shih Tzu - he's roughly 10 inches tall and weighs somewhere between 6 and 12 pounds.
- They are adaptable and will be active and outgoing in a busy home, or quiet and reserved in a calm home. They require daily exercise and do well with a good walk or romp in the yard.
- They can suffer from respiratory problems. Heat and humidity can aggravate these conditions, so a home with air-conditioning is best.
- Some bark, but they don't seem to be as noisy as other small breeds, including the parent breeds. They will alert bark, however, so they can make good watchdogs.
- A Maltese Shih Tzu is a low shedder, but they require daily brushing to keep their coats free of mats. The coat can be clipped every six to eight weeks.
- Loving and gentle, Maltese Shih Tzus can make an excellent companion to both children and the elderly, and to first-time or timid owners.
- They generally do well with other dogs and pets.
- They are intelligent and train easily.
- Due to their size, Maltese Shih Tzus can make excellent apartment residents, but they're happiest when they have a yard in which to enjoy the great outdoors.
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