If you have a Shih Tzu, you already know about their affection and playful nature. You might also know that their hair grows into a downward mop.
And this beautifully fine hair knots easily if not taken care of. Matts can be very tricky to remove so avoiding matted hair, as best you can, is definitely advisable.
To keep your Shih Tzu healthy and looking his best, you do need to implement a regular grooming regime and give him a scheduled clip. Below are 4 popular Shih Tzu hairstyles to keep your furry friend comfortable and looking great.
4 Shih Tzu Haircuts
There are a number of different Shih Tzu hair cuts that you can consider. Each one looks adorable so sometimes it can be difficult to decide which you prefer.
Here, in this video, you can see the finished version of several of these styles so that you can more easily choose which of the many different haircuts you prefer for your Shih Tzu.
Here is a description of 4 of the popular styles you might like to try.
The Practical Top Knot
This is one of the Shih Tzu haircuts you have probably already heard of.
For this style, you gather some of your pet’s hair to form a knot on top of his head. The hair is then secured with a ribbon. Some dog owners may choose to form the knot at the back of the head.
The rest of the body hair can be trimmed to the length that you prefer, depending on the area you live in and whether it is subject to extreme temperatures.
Naturally, it is advisable that you keep hair from sticking into your pet’s eyes.
Shih Tzu Lion Cut
When it comes to Shih Tzu haircuts Lion Cut is one of the more popular styles. As the name suggests, the lion cut gives your pet the look of a little lion.
You will need to trim your dog’s hair all over the body but leave what looks like a mane around the head and neck.
You could also leave long strands on both sides of the mouth for effect. But make sure the whiskers are untouched.
Teddy Bear Cut
This Shih Tzu hairstyle involves leaving a fluffy appearance on your dog’s face, which gives it the adorable appearance of a bear. The hair is let to drop downwards and trimmed at the end of the neck. Hair around the mouth and sides is trimmed shorter than on the head and neck.
I must say I personally like the Teddy Bear look more than a Lion Cut Shih Tzu style.
How to Trim Around the Eyes of You Shih Tzu
For trimming around the eyes, you need to find a technique you are comfortable with. Plus you need to have the right equipment, no pointy tipped scissors here.
We are dealing with a very sensitive area when it comes to eyes and any unexpected jerking from your puppy can lead to injury. So, how you hold your Shih Tzu is just as important as having the right equipment. A harness can really help here along with the right grip under your Shih Tzu’s chin.
The following video demonstrates how one Shih Tzu owner goes about it. I think you will agree the result is pretty neat and the dog looks very calm and relaxed.
A DIY Shih Tzu Summer Cut Guide
This style is also referred to as the puppy cut. The entire body is trimmed 1-2 inches and always kept at that length. It is suitable for the summer so as to help pets cope with the heat. You will still need to carry out some combing to prevent tangles and knots.
Here is a video with a different take on clipping a Shih Tzu. It is ‘presented’ & described by a little Shih Tzu himself … very cute!
The tools used in the video above include:
- An Oster Powermax clipper
- A slicker brush for dogs
- Dog scissors
- Thinning shears for dogs
Tips for Shih Tzu Haircuts
- If your pet spends most his time in the field, you need a short hair style. It is easier to maintain and remove burrs and dirt.
- Do not shave the whiskers; they have sensory functions.
- The top knot will require a regular redo as it doesn’t last.
- Use a good pair of clippers
- Whatever the length of hair your Shih Tzu sports, you have to keep it combed to keep away tangles and locks that make him feel uncomfortable and give him an ugly appearance.
So which is your preferred cut for this breed? I love the adorable appearance of the Teddy Bear cut but when it comes to Shih Tzu Haircuts Lion Cut remains a very popular style among owners and groomers.
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