What is a MALSHI???
See pictures below of past puppies. Click to bring up pictures.
The Malshi is a 'Designer' Breed, which means that Malshi puppies have ancestry in two different purebred dog breeds. In the case of Malshi puppies, they are a cross between a Maltese and a Shih-Tzu, hence the name, Malshi. Both Maltese and Shih-Tzus are members of the toy breed group, so you can expect your Malshi to be a small dog, usually in the range of 6 to 10 pounds when fully grown.
Malshi puppies generally take characteristics from both of their ancestral breeds, but usually have an appearance closer to one of its ancestral breeds more than the other. However, within a single litter of puppies, there may be some puppies that look more like a Maltese, while other puppies will look more like a Shih Tzu. With Malshi puppies, the puppies will generally have coloring similar to a purebred Shih Tzu, similar to the Malshi puppy shown in the pictures below, but will generally be some smaller than a purebred Shih Tzu due to Maltese genes present in the puppy.
The term Malshi can technically be used to define any dog that has ancestry in only the Maltese or Shih-Tzu breeds, although some breeders will have dogs listed as Malshi puppies for sale that do not meet this criteria. Even dogs that do meet this criteria can vary widely in appearance. In genetics, a hybrid that is the result from two distinctly different parent breeds is called a first filial generation hybrid, or an F1 hybrid. In terms of a Malshi, an F1 hybrid is a Malshi whose parents are a purebred Maltese and a purebred Shih-Tzu dog.
I ONLY breed and offer for adoption F1 hybrid Malshi puppies, meaning that my Malshi puppies are bred using purebred Maltese and purebred Shih-Tzu dogs. To breed my Malshis, American Kennel Club (AKC) registered purebred Maltese and Shih-Tzu are used to ensure the desired characteristics, traits and appearances of the Malshi puppies. The purpose of breeding a hybrid puppy like a Malshi is to have the positive characteristics of both the Maltese and Shih-Tzu present in a single dog, such as having the coloring of a Shih-Tzu, but the smaller size similar to a Maltese. Malshis are also non-shedding and hypoallergenic, taking on the characteristics of both the Shih-Tzu and the Maltese.
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BELOW are some of my past Malshi Puppies at ages from newborn to 12 weeks old. :) Click on picture to enlarge then keep clicking picture to see all. :)