The Maltese is a small dog breed originally from the island of Malta. In the past, it was a very popular lapdog for European royalty. Today, it’s a popular show dog thanks to its intelligence and how easy it is to train the dog.
The Maltese Shih Tzu breed’s tiny body is usually wrapped in a majestic wavy or long and straight coat. Its fur comes in a variety of colors, including white, black, brown, and a combination of all three.
This is a high-maintenance dog that needs frequent brushing and bathing. As with other breeds, they also need their teeth brushed and their nails trimmed regularly.
Just like its parents, the Malti-Shu is intelligent, affectionate, gentle, friendly, and pleasant. They’re also highly adaptable to different situations and family structures.
The two most prominent conditions affecting this crossbreed are patellar luxation and white shaker syndrome. Both ailments can be really painful for your dog, as well as for you to watch.