Smooth-haired - dense, short and smooth. Long-haired - soft and straight, and only
slightly wavy. Wire-haired - short, straight and harsh with a long undercoat. The actual
Japanese standard for the Shih-Tzu states that this breed should have, "lion head, bear
torso, camel hoof, feather-duster tail, palm-leaf ear, rice teeth, pearly petal tongue, and
a movement like a goldfish."
Dach-Tzus are lively, intelligent, courageous and bold. They are fun-loving, but can be a
challenge to train. Theys are affectionate, friendly and outgoing. They are wary of
strangers, and will alert their owners of unusual behavior. They are very people
oriented, vivacious and athletic. The Dach-Tzu makes a very pleasing companion and
will be obedient if trained.
Queen Victoria in 1839 was the first to own a Dachshund in England. Soon after her
marriage to the German Prince Albert, her new husband brought more Dachshunds to
the British, and the breed gained popularity. In 1866 the breed was on exhibition in
Britain, and later given a breed standard in 1873. Thought to have been around since
possibly the 7th century, the Shih-Tzu was probably descends from a Lhasa type dog
that came from Tibet, which then mixed with the Pekignese or Tibetan Mountain Dog.
Short or long with undercoat
Dachshund: Germany, Shih-Tzu: Tibet
Gentle, bold and playful
A Dach-Tzu is a cross-breed of a Miniature
Dachshund and a Shih-Tzu and may demonstrate
any combination of traits from those two breeds.