Grooming is a crucial part of looking after a dog, as excess hair can provide complications if their fur isn’t taken care of. Shih Tzus look like the kind of dog that would be difficult to groom, with a big fluffy coat. The truth is it’s not very time consuming if you know how to do it properly. So, here is a quick guide on how to groom your Shih Tzu, starting from a puppy all the way to an adult.
A well-groomed Shih Tzu will have a long, flowing coat with a top knot of clipped hair and optional long-haired top knot. It’s important to consider that both you and your dog will need time to become familiar with the process if you’re carrying out regular grooms.
Shih Tzus of all ages only require a bath once every three weeks, and you should remember that more baths don’t always lead to a better coat. A puppy will need to be brushed every third day. Adults will require a brush once per day to three days depending on their situation.
After your dog has passed the one year mark its fur will start to grow longer, and this is where the most important techniques come in.
Start at the dog’s legs and work your way to the paws, being gentle in the case of any matted fur. If you find any then be patient and work the fur out before it’s clipped. Covering your hands with condtioner is an effective way of working out a tangle.
Move up the body and make sure you brush to reach through the fur and down to the skin. Use a face comb and level 2 comb for the Shih Tzu’s face and ears. Apply the face comb along the ‘moustache’ and topknot hair.
- Don’t brush the coat when it’s dry as the fur could break.
- Never use cheap shampoos or conditioners as they will effect coat quality. A good place to find grooming items is at the Shih Tzu Speciality Shoppe.
- Brushing should be gentle and done in long, flat strokes.
- Never leave fur matted and always be thorough when brushing.
Please note that I’m not a professional groomer and this has been written as an opinion piece generated from information I’ve researched. For in depth grooming tips please see the following links: