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The Malshipoo is a mixture of the three popular miniature or toy dog breeds, which are Maltese, Shih Tzu and Poodle. This breed has only been recently bred into the dog world and the American Kennel Club (AKC) still hasn’t recognized them yet.

If you are interested in learning more about Malshipoos, then this post is for you. We will cover the top things that you need to know about Malshipoos—including their coat, shedding level, grooming, drooling level, size, life expectancy, temperament, adaptability, trainability and food & diet. 


Top Things to Know About Malshipoo Dogs!


Malshipoos usually inherit their coat from their Poodle side, which is medium to long-length and curly hair. A Malshipoo’s coat can come in many different color variations depending on parental roots. The most common colors for Malshipoo fur coats are white, cream, black and gray and several more. They may also have black or white color markings or spots on their coat.

How Much Do Malshipoos Shed?

Malshipoo dogs do not shed much, owing to their parental roots. They are considered a little to non-shedding breed. This is why many folks like having Malshipoo dogs for companions- managing shedding is relatively easy. Thanks to the genetic roots of the Malshipoo, you don’t have to deal with hairs sticking all over the place—making cleaning up after your dog easy as possible.


Malshipoos should have the same grooming program as their Shih Tzu parents. They require only two to three puppy cuts per year- either get their coat trimmed or shaved long. In addition, their coat is prone to know needs regular brushing. Whether you’re growing a full coat or a show coat for your Malshipoo, regular brushing is a must. This will help remove loose or dead hairs and prevent tangles while keeping your Malshipoo looking their best.

With regards to bathing your Malshipoo, it is not needed too often, unless otherwise necessary due to a nasty rainy walk or after playing in the mud. But, ideally, once a week or every other week should be enough. Lastly, their nails should be trimmed as necessary since overly long nails will only cause your Malshipoo discomfort when walking or running. You might want to have a pro take care of nail clipping, all dogs can get uncomfortable during this process.

Drooling Level

As inherited again from their parental roots, Malshipoos most likely have a low drooling level. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to deal with doggy drool every day, then this breed is the perfect fit for you. You can expect that they won’t be dripping strings of slobber, let alone creating a disgusting, sticky puddle. To put it short, they’ll never become a problem in the drool department. However, if you observe that they tend to drool more than usual, then it could be the cause of a number of different stimuli—which may include eating food, drinking water, begging, excitement, stress, dental problems or even allergic reactions.

Size, Height, And Weight of The Malshipoo

Clearly, genetics largely dictate how large a dog can grow. As a mix of the Malteze, Shih Tzu, and Poodle, this is not a particularly large dog- although it is certainly beautiful.  The Malshipoo most definitely falls under the “toy dog” category when it comes to dog sizes. The estimated size of an adult Malshipoo is around 9 to 15 inches and their weight which can be about 7 to 16 pounds.

Malshipoo Life Expectancy

Generally, Malshipoo can live for 10 to 18 years. However, some can actually live longer than their average life expectancy, especially if they are luck to only encounter a few of the possible genetic health issues that can happen with Malshipoos.

The genetic or common health issue for this breed may include, but is not limited to:

  • White Shaker Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

Malshipoo Temperament

Malshipoos have many characteristic traits which they can inherit from their parental roots. But, in nature, Malshipoos are an affectionate, loyal and playful breed. They love cuddling with their owner and you can usually find them on your lap curling up or taking a nap. They make wonderful companions for their family and they can be friendly towards strangers and other dog breeds, however being aloof towards new faces they meet is still a good possibility. In addition, even though they’re alert and agile, they don’t make excellent guardians or watchdogs at home since they’re rather shy and fearful instead of being vocal to bark.  Nonetheless, Malshipoos are bred to perfection as they’re easygoing, happy-go-lucky and they can get along pretty well with prospective owners with no prior experience at petting a dog.


Malshipoos can adapt well to apartment living since they’re relatively small in size as inherited from their parental roots.  They can spend the entire day indoors without any problem, however outdoors would still be pleasant for a change of environment where they can leisurely walk, freely run or even play active games, like fetch or frisbee, all the while—meeting their physical and mental stimulation.

In case these requirements aren’t met, they tend to get bored and might develop destructive or undesirable behaviors. In any case, since they’re very affectionate and love cuddles, they usually get attached to their family. They don’t enjoy alone time and are very prone to separation anxiety if they’re left all on their own for long periods of time. So think twice about getting a Malshipoo if you need to spend your day at the office. Also, they don’t like warm climates as they thrive more in cooler climates.


Malshipoos only need a moderate level of exercise every day doing the activities that we’ve mentioned above. When it comes to their training, their high level of intelligence helps make training easier. Malshipoos are very eager to please and learn new things and they stand out among toy dog breeds during training sessions as quick learners.

You don’t have to invest a lot of patience in them since they won’t give you a hard time most of the time. However, in some cases, they can inherit the stubbornness of their Shih Tzu parent side. If their stubbornness prevails, respond only with positive reinforcements and they will definitely cooperate before long. Lastly, even though they can socialize well with other people and dog breeds, early socialization training is still recommended.

Food and Diet

Just like with any other small breeds, opt for a premium-quality kibble diet that’s solely intended for small-sized breeds. You should regulate their protein consumption to moderate amounts only. Chicken, lamb, beef and fish are excellent sources of protein which your Malshipoo will surely relish the taste in every chew. With their size in mind, do not overfeed them as they’re very prone to obesity which can lead to some serious health problems.

Some Closing Words About The Malshipoo

As we’ve learned, we can say that Malshipoos are definitely bred to near-perfection, with very few demands from their owner. They only require moderate exercise and they’re great learners in training sessions. They are a little to non-shedding breed that’s greatly inherited from their three parental roots, which results in very low maintenance, making them much more manageable indoors

Malshipoos can be recommended for new dog owners as they are patient, they train relatively easily, and they don’t really require constant attention. But, of course, we still suggest studying and research about Malshipoos to have some background or even expand your knowledge about them. Visit a breeder or shelter and check a pup out for yourself! You should also familiarize yourself with their everyday needs and their genetic/common health concerns, so that you can take good care of them even better. Malshipoo or not, good luck in your dog ownership! 

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Kevin F.

Hey guys! I'm Kevin and I'm the Founder of My Dog Reviews. I made this site to share my very own dog's reviews of food, treats, toys, and more. I also have become fascinated with dog breeds and I'm sharing my knowledge with the world. Have a breed, treat, or something you want me to write about? Just let me know!