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Maltese X Shih Tzu Dog Information | Kellyville Pets

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Thinking of getting a Maltese X Shih Tzu? Get all the information you need in our dog breed guide to see if a Maltese X Shih Tzu is the right dog for you.

Fast Facts:

How long will my Maltese X Shih Tzu live? 12-16 years

What will my dogs energy levels be like? Moderate

How big will my Maltese X Shih Tzu grow? 4-9kg 

Will a Maltese X Shih Tzu be suitable for my family? Maltese X Shih Tzu's are suitable for most families

What size housing is recommended for my Maltese X Shih Tzu? Backyard not essential

Maltese X Shih Tzu Temperament

The Maltese X Shih Tzu is a loving, happy and playful breed. They generally do well in any type of home and are quite happy around children as well as other dogs and pets, given they have been properly socialised as a puppy.

They are an affectionate and clever breed, however training them requires patience and consistency on the owners behalf. The Maltese X Shih Tzu can be a fairly vocal breed so it is important to teach them from an early age that unprovoked barking is not okay. If it is an issue that develops it is essential that it is dealt with before it becomes a habit. It is also important to remember not to ‘baby’ small breeds like Maltese X Shih Tzu’s, as they can become bossy and demanding - believing they are the top of the hierarchy in your home.

Maltese X Shih Tzu Health Issues

Patella Luxation: An abnormally shallow groove in the knee, which causes the knee cap (patella) to slip out of position.

Eye Discharge: Due to a having shallow eye sockets, tears can spill out and stain lighter coloured fur. Although this is more a cosmetic issue, it is important to regularly clean the affected area.

Dental Problems: Dental diseases are a very common issue, and they generally start with a plaque and tartar build up, which can then cause a variety of problems for your dog. If it is not addressed it can lead to periodontal disease and in more serious cases, kidney and liver diseases.


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CARE GUIDE © Copyright 2016 Kellyville Pets - All information found in this care guide is based upon our own experience. The information provided is not the only information available. In any medical situations,  you should always consult your vet, including questions regarding your pet's diet.