Malti-Tzus have a beautiful mantel of long, silky, hair. They may sometimes have a hint
of lemon or tan on their ears. They are short, petite sized dogs and have short triangular
drop ears. They are a sturdy, lively, toy dog with a long flowing double coat. The topknot
on the head can be held up with a bow, and they have dark round eyes with a pleasing
Malti-Tzus are agile, entertaining and happy dogs. They are generally good with older
children, and are fairly adaptable. They are comforters, fastidious and loyal. They may
display an arrogant personality, but are actually playful and gentle. They are quite
friendly, more so than their cousins, the Lhasa Apso. They are not as wary of strangers,
and get along well with everyone.
The Maltese is featured in many famous paintings. Artists who depicted this little dog
are, notably, Francisco de Goya, Rubens, and Sir Edwin Landseer. They were first
shown in a dog show in England in 1864, and then shown in the United States in 1877
under the name of "Maltese Lion Dog". Shih-Tzus were first imported to England in the
1930s. Then after World War II they made their way to the United States via military
officers traveling home. The breed entered North America in the 1960s, and it wasn't
until 1969 that the AKC recognized the breed.
Long, silky, straight with soft undercoat
Maltese: Italy, Shih-Tzu: Tibet
White, all colors
Spirited, lively, proud and loyal
A Malti-Tzu is a cross-breed of a Maltese and a
Shih-Tzu and may demonstrate any combination
of traits from those two breeds.