Maltese Shih Tzu VS Maltese-Havanese

The Maltese Shih Tzu (otherwise known as the Malshi) is a small, charming and affectionate designer dog breed that has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its combination of adorable looks and lovable personality.  The Maltese-Havanese (otherwise known as the Havamalt or Havanese-Maltese) is another small, loving designer dog breed that is somewhat less well-known than the Maltese Shih Tzu, but every bit as adorable, friendly, and affectionate.

So, how do these two designer breeds stack up?  Which breed is a better choice for the selective, educated buyer, and why?  In this article, we will compare these two Maltese designer dog breeds and explain why we feel the Havamalt is the best choice for the discerning buyer!  

BTW, we have absolutely adorable Maltese-Havanese puppies available on a regular basis, and you can view them on our Puppies For Sale page.  You can also sign up for our Waiting List if you would like to make sure you get one of our next Havanese-Maltese puppies!

Maltese Shih Tzu VS Maltese Havanese Chart



As you can see in the chart above, there are many similarities between the Maltese Shih Tzu and the Maltese-Havanese designer breeds. 

Both breeds are absolutely adorable in appearance, which is a big part of why they are so sought-after.  Because of their small stature, they are not only cute as puppies, but make super adorable adults as well.  Their cuteness factor is off the charts!

The temperament of both breeds is very similar as well, sporting fun, friendly, affectionate, and loyal personalities.  This is another big reason for their increasing popularity.

Hypoallergenic & Grooming Needs
Both Maltese Shih Tzu and Maltese-Havanese have beautiful hair and can have a whole variety of colors.  They are low-shedding, so both breeds have earned the label of hypoallergenic.  They do both have medium to high grooming requirements, as they need regular bathing, regular brushing, and grooming at least every 4-6 weeks.  But their beautiful hair and fun "hairstyles" is just another appealing characteristic of both breeds.

These designer breeds are both very highly intelligent, which makes them super popular with families.  But this is where we are going to begin to see the differences between the breeds.  Despite their high intelligence, their trainability is quite different.


In conclusion, the Maltese Shih Tzu and Maltese-Havanese are both popular designer breeds that are loved the world over for their absolutely adorable appearance and charming, fun-loving, friendly personalities.  In those areas as well as several other areas outlined above, the two breeds are very similar.

But there are some significant and serious differences between the two breeds that a discerning buyer will always consider.  In general, educated puppy buyers are the most concerned about superior health and behavior, because those two issues can make or break the experience of owning a dog.  Although the Maltese Shih Tzu is a wonderful breed, it does carry more risk as far as health and behavior than a Havanese-Maltese does.  

In our opinion, the Havanese-Maltese has all the wonderful traits and benefits of the Maltese Shih Tzu, with the added benefits of significantly superior health and a more cooperative personality.  The Havanese-Maltese is easier to train and therefore make wonderful pets for first-time owners.  Add to that the fact that the average cost of owning a Maltese-Havanese is significantly lower than a Maltese Shih Tzu, and it becomes more and more evident to the selective, discerning buyer that the Maltese-Havanese is the better choice!  

Be sure to visit our Puppies For Sale page to view our Maltese-Havanese puppies for sale and don't wait to sign up for our Waiting List to make sure you get one of the next puppies available!

More About Maltese Cross Breeds

There is a wide variety of Maltese cross breeds like the Maltese Shih Tzu.  For more information on Maltese cross breeds and why they are so healthy and strong, please visit  The Benefits of Maltese Cross Breeds: Understanding Why Hybrid Dogs are Stronger and Healthier .  Here is another interesting read on the topic:  Are Mixed Breeds Healthy?

Our Maltese Cross Breeds

At Seeking Shalom Acres, we currently offer two Maltese cross breeds: Maltese-Havanese and Maltipoos.

To inquire about our puppies for sale, please toss us a question here . We'll be sure fetch!

Maltese Cross Breeds: Other Pages

What's Included
Havamalt Pups For Sale
About Maltese Havanese
Puppy Waiting List
Maltipoo Pups For Sale
About Maltipoos
Maltese Cross Breeds
Rearing Methods