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Mal-Shi Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Mal-Shi so you can get to know the breed more.

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Mal-Shi
OriginUnited States Canada
Other Names
What other names does the Mal-Shi have? The dog breed also known as...
Malshi, Malti Zu, Malt-Tzu
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Mal-Shi recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Mal-Shi recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Mal-Shi puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Mal-Shi price:
800-1000
If you choose to purchase the Mal-Shi, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Mal-Shi for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Mal-Shi gets to a happy place.

Mal-Shi General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Mal-Shi size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Mal-Shi weigh? Mal-Shi weight:
5-15 pounds (2.3-6.8 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Mal-Shi? Mal-Shi average weight:
10 pounds (2.3-6.8 kg)
Height
How tall is the Mal-Shi? Mal-Shi height:
10-20 inces (25-51 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Mal-Shi average height:
10-20 inces (38 cm)

Mal-Shi Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Mal-Shi have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
SoftSilkyWavyDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Mal-Shi's coat?
BlackGrayYellowBrownWhite
Grooming
How to groom the Mal-Shi and how often?
Average: The Mal-Shi requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Mal-Shi, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Mal-Shi dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Malshi? Mal-Shi shedding level:
Mal-Shis shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Mal-Shi dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Mal-Shi Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Mal-Shi have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateIndependentLovingPlayfulSocialAlertIntelligentGoingQuiet
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Mal-Shi? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Mal-Shi obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Mal-Shi dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Mal-Shis are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Mal-Shis, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Mal-Shi sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Mal-Shis don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Mal-Shis are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Malshi need? Mal-Shi social needs:
Mal-Shis are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Mal-Shi dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Malti Zu bark?
Average: The Mal-Shi barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Mal-Shi good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Mal-Shis are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Mal-Shi dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Mal-Shis strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Mal-Shi bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Malshi? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Mal-Shi? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Mal-Shi has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Mal-Shi do?
Mal-Shis have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Mal-Shis need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Mal-Shi to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Mal-Shi roam?
Mal-Shis tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Mal-Shi have high prey drive?
Mal-Shis have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Mal-Shi good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem a legjobb választás Mal-Shi, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Mal-Shi tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Mal-Shis adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Mal-Shis do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Mal-Shi dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Mal-Shi Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Mal-Shi temperament with other people:
Mal-Shis are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Mal-Shi dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Mal-Shi temperament with children:
Mal-Shis are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Mal-Shi dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Mal-Shis are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Mal-Shi good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Mal-Shi dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Mal-Shis are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Mal-Shi can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Mal-Shis good office dogs? Do Mal-Shis make good office friendly dogs? Can Mal-Shis be office dogs?
No
Mal-Shi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Mal-Shi dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Malshi temperament with senior people? Are Mal-Shi dogs good for elderly owners?
Mal-Shis are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Mal-Shi dogs get along with other pets? Are Mal-Shi dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Mal-Shis are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Mal-Shi breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Mal-Shis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Mal-Shi be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Mal-Shi is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Mal-Shi be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Mal-Shi be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Mal-Shi is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Mal-Shi be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Mal-Shi is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Mal-Shi be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Mal-Shi is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Mal-Shi be a boat dog?
Not really
Mal-Shi breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Mal-Shi be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Mal-Shi is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Mal-Shi Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Mal-Shi dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Mal-Shi is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Mal-Shi dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Mal-Shi be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Mal-Shi breed hypoallergenic?
No
Mal-Shis don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Mal-Shi have? What is the activity level of the Mal-Shi?
Mal-Shis have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Mal-Shi dogs require per day?
Mal-Shis have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Mal-Shis sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Mal-Shi need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Mal-Shi risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Mal-Shi's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Mal-Shi's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Mal-Shi has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Mal-Shi drool?
The Mal-Shi is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Mal-Shi could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Mal-Shi. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Mal-Shi Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Mal-Shi: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Mal-Shi have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Mal-Shi have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Mal-Shi Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Shedding Level: Mal-Shis shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Mal-Shi is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Mal-Shi has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Mal-Shis tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Child Friendly: Mal-Shis are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Mal-Shis are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Mal-Shis are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Mal-Shis don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Mal-Shis do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Mal-Shi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Mal-Shis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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