If you’re lucky enough to have a Shih Tzu dog or puppy, you know the breed is known for their playful and affectionate personality. You also know that their coat--which naturally hangs straight down like a big mop--can shed heavily, tangle easily, and be uncomfortable for your pet. It can even cause overheating in warmer temperatures, which is dangerous to your pet’s health. This is because Shih Tzus have a long, double coat that can trap heat and requires diligent grooming. The answer? These Shih Tzu haircuts.
Your Shih Tzu’s haircut can help reflect their unique personality. Their hair grows quickly, and should be trimmed every 4-6 weeks, so you (and maybe your groomer) can try out different looks and lengths for your pet. This article will help guide you towards the right trim for your dog’s personality and lifestyle.
The Puppy Cut
The puppy cut, which can also be called the summer cut since it helps keep your dog from overheating in warm temperatures, is one of the most popular and easy to maintain Shih Tzu cuts. With the puppy cut, your dog’s hair is trimmed to 1-2 inches all over. Although the puppy cut still requires regular brushing to avoid knots and tangles, it’s a more practical option than some other cuts. You can play with the length of ear and chest coat and feathering for different looks within the puppy cut.
A short-cropped puppy cut with short ears is one of the lowest maintenance cuts:
A variation on the above is a short-cropped puppy cut with longer ears:
Here is a longer puppy cut with a fuller chest and coat:
The Teddy Bear Cut
Named for the way it helps your dog resemble an adorable stuffed animal, the teddy bear cut refers to creating a fluffy, rounded face shape for your Shih Tzu. It refers only to the shape of the face hair, so it can be paired with any length of puppy cut.
The “Practical” Top Knot
The top knot is one of the most recognizable Shih Tzu haircuts. The top knot is formed by gathering some of your pet’s hair together at the ball or apex of the head and then gently securing it with a clip, ribbon, or tie. Some owners may even choose to creatively braid the hair back. The hair in the knot will cascade down from the clip, and the rest of their body hair can be kept trimmed neatly, at least one inch from the skin. It’s important to keep the hair clear of your dog’s eyes and mouth. In this instance, the body hair is kept on the long side:
The Top Knot Show Cut
This cut is similar to the practical top knot, except this is a very high maintenance cut usually reserved for show dogs. With this cut, all of the dog’s hair is left long and flowing. And to avoid tangles and keep the shine, the coat must be brushed several times a day. This is not a practical cut, and can leave your dog overheated in day to day activity.
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