Trying to decide between the Maltipoo and the Shih Tzu? Both of these dogs can be similar in some ways but are quite different in many others. Read on and find out which of these popular breeds is the perfect pup for your lifestyle!
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While Maltipoo is a member of the Hybrid Group, Shih Tzu belongs to the group of Companion Dogs.
Despite these breeds aren't members of the same breed groups, they have some similarities and not only differences so keep reading to learn more.
Maltipoo vs Shih Tzu Size Comparison
Maltipoos are larger, with a typical height of 8 to 14 inches and weight of 5 to 20 pounds, while the typical height of Shih Tzu is 9 to 10 inches and they usually weigh 9 to 16 pounds.
We know that these numbers might be too abstract, so we made a tool to help you visualize these numbers.
The following chart compares the average breeds height with the average height of an American man and woman.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, the average height of a man is 69 inches, and the height of a woman is 63.5 inches.
Dog size comparison to a human. From left, average heights of Maltipoo, Shih Tzu, American female, and American male.
Maltipoo vs Shih Tzu lifespan
No doubt, the quality of care provided to the dog is one of the main factors when it comes to canines life longevity, however, there are also other factors, especially the dog's breed.
With a life expectancy of 10 to 16 years, Shih Tzus usually live longer than Maltipoos.
Maltipoos' lifespan is 10 to 13 years.
Read on to the following sections to better understand in detail how Maltipoo and Shih Tzu compare and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one is better for you.
When we say "dog adaptability", most people think about apartment living adaptability, so let's start with that.
All dogs are great — but not all dogs are great for or geared toward apartment living. A dog may be considered the worst dog breed for apartments for a few reasons including size, energy level, noise, smell, shedding...
Luckily, Maltipoos and Shih Tzus are considered to be good apartment living dogs.
While most dogs can be left home alone for 6 to 8 hours, some will do better. Check the table below to see how Maltipoos and Shih Tzus tolerate being left alone.
Depending on where you live, you should choose a dog that tolerates hot or cold weather well.
Maltipoo tolerates hot weather better than Shih Tzu.
During warm weather, be sure to provide shade and water and head out in the morning or late evening when it's cooler. Also, avoid pavements - if the ground is too hot to touch for your hand for a few seconds, it's too hot for paws.
Cold temperatures are not a problem for most dogs until they fall below 45° F, at which point some cold-averse dogs might begin to feel uncomfortable. When temperatures fall below 32° F, owners of small breed dogs, dogs with thin coats, and/or very young, old, or sick dogs should pay close attention to their pet’s well-being.
Once temperatures drop under 20° F, all owners need to be aware that their dogs could potentially develop cold-associated health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.
Shih Tzu tolerates cold weather better than Maltipoo.
Maltipoos' fur is simply not designed for low temperatures, so you might consider getting them some kind of dog wear coat.
The best way to monitor dogs when it’s cold is to keep a close eye on their behavior. If you notice your dog shivering, acting anxious, whining, slowing down, searching out warm locations, or holding up one or more paws, it’s time to head inside.
It's always hard to make a general statement about the whole breed's temperament. Each dog has a different temperament, and there are a lot of factors that affect its behavior.
Looking for a perfect family dog?
If you're looking for a companion dog, you won't go wrong with Maltipoo and Shih Tzu. Their outgoing and friendly personality makes them a great choice for families. Both are highly affectionate with family, they will immediately become a family member.
When it comes to behavior around children, there's no much difference between these breeds.
Both Maltipoo and Shih Tzu love children - they are usually gentle and patient with kids, but as we mentioned, temperaments can vary based on the individual dog.
Dog guarding behavior is welcome for some owners, while others prefer a dog that's friendly towards strangers.
Maltipoos and Shih Tzus are super friendly toward strangers, so don't expect them to be too protective unless they are properly trained.
Affectionate With Family
Friendly Toward Strangers
Health And Grooming Needs
The best way to optimize your pup’s health is to research reputable breeders, and then when you meet them ask to see the parents and their health certificates as described above and to see the conditions in which all the dogs are living.
Check the table below to see the general health rating for these two canines, and read full breed profile articles to read in-depth information on their health.
Also, some breeds are prone to obesity, which could cause other health conditions. Be sure to check that information as well, if the breed is prone to obesity, keep a close eye on labels and feed your dog according to the food labels.
For example, hip dysplasia is hereditary and is especially common in larger dogs. Factors such as excessive growth rate, types of exercise, and improper weight and nutrition can magnify this genetic predisposition.
What about shedding?
One of the bad parts of having a dog is definitely shedding. So be sure to take this into your consideration when choosing the right breed for you. Click here to learn how to minimize the shedding.
Shih Tzu shed less than Maltipoo do, but don't forget - preventing shedding is impossible, but regular brushing is necessary.
Well, we have good news. These breeds have low drooling potential.
Health And Grooming Needs
Amount Of Shedding
Easy To Groom
Potential For Weight Gain
Maltipoo vs Shih Tzu trainability
Each dog needs some kind of obedience training, but some of them are easier to train, while others are more stubborn.
Maltipoos are usually easier to train than Shih Tzus.
If you choose one of these dogs, remember three pillars of dog training - Patience, persistence, and consistency play a huge role in successfully training your dog.
Finally, if you think you aren't capable of training your dog on your own, you might also consider getting professional help.
Easy To Train
Potential For Mouthiness
Tendency To Bark Or Howl
Do Maltipoo and Shih Tzu need a lot of physical activity?
To keep your dog healthy, calm, and happy, you have to provide it with enough physical activities. Not only your dog will be healthier and happier when it's active, but you'll also reduce or completely eliminate destructive behavior.
Some people don't think about this when selecting a breed, so we have dedicated a whole chapter to physical needs.
Both Maltipoo and Shih Tzu have a low exercise needs. It means they will probably require only light to moderate excercises to keep these breeds healthy and prevent them from becoming overweight and bored.
Keep in mind that most breeds will benefit from aerobic exercises - think of aerobic exercise as anything that makes your dog pant.
Potential For Playfulness
Maltipoo or Shih Tzu: The bottom line
In this article, we tried to give you an idea of what you can expect from Maltipoos and Shih Tzus.
To further explore their personality, overall health, temperament, and much more, read their full breed profile.
Or, use the tool below to read the next comparison.
Note: Barking Royalty isn’t a veterinary provider. Always relay any questions you have regarding your pet’s medical condition to your veterinarian, local animal hospital or other qualified veterinary provider.