Maltese are known as “The Diminutive Aristocrat”
from author and A.K.C. judge Vicki Abbott. They love to run and play and are
very good at agility competitions. Maltese think they are big dogs when
they are out in the yard. They can be very vocal or just lay in your lap and
sleep. They are a small dog ranging from the standard of 4 to 7 pounds.
They are not large boned but are not fragile like some other toy breeds.
They do like to be spoiled and think they are entitled, bringing into focus the
aristocratic nature of this breed. Maltese though hardy and playful are
gentle in nature. They are always white and have hair not fur making them more
desirable for being a non-shedding dog. Some books say the average life span is
15 years, but most people that have experience with the Maltese will say it is
better put at 17+ years. I personally know that The Countess Maki’s last
Maltese known as Dolly lived to be 21 years old. I had the privilege of
placing one of our puppies with her this last year. Maltese are very loving and
loyal and are a breed that do well with children, as well as with other dogs.
They do require faithful grooming. They love the attention so bathing and
grooming are generally enjoyed by the Maltese. These are just some notes to
inform you why they are one of the most popular dog breeds of today. TIP:
I use PROCLAIM Spray on Glosser after bathing our Maltese to help detangle
and also lightly mist them before any brushing. It has a very pleasant
scent and can be purchase at any beauty supply company like Sally’s Beauty
Malti Poo Info
MaltiPoos or Malti Poos are a cross of a Maltese and a Toy Poodle. They come in all colors, but usually are white, cream, black, black and white or gold and white.
Any color can be diluted with a dominate white gene, which the Maltese are only white. Poodles come in every color whether solid or parti ( that is spots or breaks of color with white separating the color.) Maltese have hair and so do Poodles. So the MaltiPoo is non-shedding with hair as opposed to fur which sheds. The coat texture can be more curly like the Poodle, straighter like the Maltese or somewhere in between with a beautiful wave to the coat. This breed does need grooming because their hair will continue to grow as long as you let it grow. The hair needs to be combed daily to avoid tangles.
Grooming should be about every 4-6 weeks.
The MaltiPoo averages in weight from 4-8 pounds. The Maltese is a toy breed, so a Toy Poodle, (not a miniature Poodle which is larger) should be bred with the Maltese.
The MaltiPoo has a sweet temperament, loves attention and is small enough to travel with you.
The average life span is 17 years offering the MaltiPoo years of love and enjoyment to share with their human companions.
Malti Tzu Info
Malti Tzu are a cross of the Maltese and Shih Tzu and are my personal favorite cross-breed. The temperament can be summed up in my terms as “ Happy with Life”, making the Malti Tzu a delightful companion dog. Who could use an attitude like that around? The Malti Tzu have a straight coat as opposed to the curl or wave in the Malti Poo. Maltese are only white, but the Shih Tzu, like the Poodle come in every color- solid or parti. Parti is any color separated with enough distinctive white between the colors. You can see the Malti Tzu in any color combination. Both the Maltese and Shih Tzu are toy breeds, but the Shih Tzu has a thicker and denser bone structure and the shorter nose. With the cross you can have a little thicker bone structure but not as stout as the Shih Tzu. Malti Tzu puppies have a round, doll baby look that stays with this breed into adulthood. You get rounder eyes, head and nose. The nose is not as short as the pure bred Shih Tzu. Average life span is 15-17 years.
The average weight varies from 8 to 10 pounds average. You can have some that are 6 pounds and some that pick up more of the Shih Tzu size and bone density and can be up to 12 pounds average. Just like in a human family, you can have size variations even in siblings or litter mates.
Grooming is required to maintain the non-shedding coat. The straight hair will grow to the ground if you let it. Combing should be done 2-3 times a week minimum to every day if needed. Grooming should be done monthly. The Malti Tzu are great with children and other animals. They are lighthearted and fun to play with, easy to travel with and still a lap baby if needed. Yet, they are not so co-dependent that they have to be held all the time.
The Malti Tzu is a dog that is secure in their fur ( actually hair ) and a pleasure to be with.
MALTIPOOS are a cross of a Maltese and a Toy Poodle.
MaltiPoos are one of the eight most popular cross breeds or designer dogs.
He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer;
he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world…
When all other friends desert, he remains. -George G. Vest
For a breed standard and more information on the Shih Tzu click Shih Tzu Info
We love our Shih Tzu. They are our favorite dog breed. I can not imagine life without a Shih Tzu. Once you have a Shih Tzu you will always want one to fill your life with the joy they bring. I think it is a perfect breed. For more information on the Shih Tzu as a breed go to the link below:
Does your Shih Tzu have snorting fits?
It is actually called a reverse sneeze. Click here for more information from The American Shih Tzu Club
There is a saying about Shih Tzu and it is oh so true; they are like potato chips, you can’t have just one. Shih Tzu are quiet. They don’t bark very often. They are full of personality. They love new people and to be the center of attention. If they want something, they have a way of being so cute and persistent that you give in to them. They can have a stubborn streak that is necessary to work on correcting. Shih Tzu are very happy dogs for the most part. Robin Martin sums the Shih Tzu up very well in her article written for CONTINENTAL KENNEL CLUB MAGAZINE in the Winter 2006 issue by saying this; “From the beginning of the breed until now, the Shih Tzu is known for being a complete companion dog. They’d rather follow you around than chase a ball. They’d rather sit on your lap than sit on the floor. They’d rather you carry them in your arms than take them out on the leash. Owning a Shih Tzu can be a pleasurable experience, but keep in mind, these cute little balls of fur need constant care and attention in order to be a happy and healthy part of your family.