Difference between Maltese and Shih Tzu

Dog lovers who have small space in their home always look for buying Maltese and Shih Tzu which are two common breeds of dogs. These small toy-like dogs are quite famous all over the world because of their small spatial requirements. Both of these breeds are adorable as they are very friendly for all family members especially for children. First time buyers get confused by considering Maltese and Shih Tzu as the same breed. Though Maltese and Shih Tzu have many similarities like behaviour and nature but these dogs are also different from each other in many aspects.

Both breeds belong to different geographical areas as Maltese has its origin in the Central Mediterranean region while Shih Tzu has been originated in China. Usually the colour of Maltese is completely white or with a touch of ivory tinge. On the contrary, Shih Tzu comes in different colours which make it more attractive for dog lovers.


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    Another important difference between these two dogs is that the Shih Tzu’s hairs are slightly longer as compared to hairs on Maltese’s body. Maltese coat has a single layer while Shih Tzu has a double-layered coat. The eyes of Maltese are considerably large as compared to the eyes of Shih Tzu. Maltese has less weight unlike Shih Tzu that is a little heavier that makes it stronger.

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    Maltese is a breed of dogs which is also known as toy breed because this small dog looks like a toy. It has its origin in the Central Mediterranean countries and is very famous all over the world as a pet dog. Maltese has a small and compact body and has a weight between 2.5 to 5.5 kilograms. Maltese has a small nose and long ears which are covered with hair. The average age of Maltese is between 12 to 14 years. The colour of Maltese is usually white that gives it an adorable look.

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    Shih Tzu:

    Originated in China Shih Tzu is a toy breed of dogs that has an adorable look. It has long and silky hair and also possesses a small muzzle. Shih Tzu has double-layered coat and drooping ears that are completely covered with their long and silky hairs. The average weight of Shih Tzu is between 4.5 to 7.5 kilograms and its average age is between 10 to 13 years. Shih Tzu’s head is quite apparent as it seems large according to its body. Shih Tzu requires extra care because it is more prone to respiratory diseases.

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