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    maltese cross shihtzu is to get the non shedding characteristic off the shihtzu but with a maltese face
    With a cross - you can't pick and choose the characteristics you get. You get a random selection of good and bad from both breeds. And if there is bad in both breeds - you probably get that eg Hip Displasia on both sides or eye problems - you double your chance of getting that in the puppy. But if one side sheds and the other doesn't - you may as well toss a coin.

    It is wrong for cross breeders to make promises about getting the best of both breeds like you can dial up what you want. You can't. Not yet anyway. DNA tech is not there. If somebody made these kinds of promises about their puppies I would look elsewhere to buy.

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    Some characteristics are dominant, others aren't. As Hyacinth has said though, you can't pick and choose. With a cross bred dog, you may get one coat or you may get the other or you may even get a mix of both!
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    which is exactly why i said get one or the other if u read it properly, i didnt say to get a cross breed

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    I was just letting you know that the new craze as you call it, will not guarantee the characteristics you attribute to the cross breed. Ie in answer to your question "is it true" the answer is "No". And I do appreciate you suggest the one or the other would be a better choice.

    We do have a lot of lurkers here, so answering the bigger question can help them.

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    alright sorry. yeh i suggest one or the other, i was just asking if thats what they BELIEVE is going to happen if they cross those breeds. (ie is that why they incorporate the shihtzu because its low shedding), anyways both are great breeds.

    Maltese can get a bit snappy in their old age though i must say. ( with children and other dogs)

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    Lhasa Apsos are lovely but known to be strong willed and independent types, along with Shih Tzus. Not usually suited to younger children, older kids can be ok.

    I know fluffy is cute, but so many fluffy pups turn into grooming nightmares. Tear stained eyes, food mats around mouths, poo mats around bums, seed abcesses in between toes - all this and more are extremely common.

    Grooming can be a serious battle of wills, with owners caving in to snapping dogs that don't like pulling. And the resultantant increase in mats etc. Bad grooming behaviour is a top behavioural issue in many small dogs. Small poodly-cross dogs can have the most demanding coats of all. And not necessarily non-shedding at all.

    With any poodle or poodle cross, full grooming ( including clipping and trimming) should be done every six weeks minimum. This can cost. Not doing in can cost more in the long run.

    Have you considered short coated?

    I really think a Whippet could suit you down to the ground. Gentle, easy to live with, naturally clean and quiet in the house, easy going with kids. In your lap sometimes, tearing around chasing balls other times.

    If not, and you still like some coat, you can't go past a Papillion, surely?? They are gorgeous!!! A little smaller and therefore slightly less robust than a Whippet, but one to consider.

    Along with Tibetan Spaniel.

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