The Shih Tzu Maltese is what the kids these days like to call a “designer dog.” A hybrid (obviously) of the Shih Tzu and the Maltese. but a dog that seems to be slowly gaining popularity the more people learn about them. You may think you know both breeds so you know the Shih Tzu Maltese, but there is more to this dog than meets the eye. Here are some basic health tips for the Shih Tzu Maltese.
They Get Separation Anxiety
I know this seems to be put on every list we do, but the fact is, not all dogs suffer from this. The Shih Tzu Maltese does, though. It is good to be aware of this going in. And yes, mental health still counts as health.
White Shaker Syndrome
A disease that affects both the Shih Tzu and the Maltese is one that can effect the Shih Tzu Maltese. Though it may not be very common, it is still something to research and be aware of when caring for this breed.
Daily Combings and Brushings
Again, this may seem obvious. But we have to assume there are two or three of you out there that may not know that this breed’s coat needs constant upkeep.
See, for every obvious one we definitely have one you don’t know. Patellar luxation is a condition that sometimes affects smaller dogs. This is when the knee cap slides out of place on dogs who have smaller legs and shorter bodies. It can cause them pain, but there are many cases of dogs living long lives with the condition.
There are Hypoallergenic Versions
I sort of hate saying this, as there is no such thing as an actual hypoallergenic dog. But, there are variations of the Shih Tzu Maltese breed that have coats that cause less allergic reactions than others. An adorable dog, the Shih Tzu Maltese can pull you in with its cute looks and great demeanor, but knowing these health tips can make a huge difference in the long term quality of their lives.
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