How to Cut Shih Tzu Hair at Home
If you are the proud owner of a puppy or dog from this breed, then you have probably already been debating the advantages of various Shih Tzu haircuts. Should you go for the cute Teddy Bear look or opt for a Summer Cut Shih Tzu haircut for convenience?
I am sure you would have already had a few battles with the unique coat. As can be expected, this beautifully fine hair knots easily if not taken care of. Regular haircuts can certainly help in managing tangles and matts.
If a visit to the grooming salon is delayed for whatever reason, brushing the hair can become problematic. That is when 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. This means planning a scheduled clip. Below are some popular Shih Tzu hairstyles you could choose from.
4 Styles for the Shih Tzu Breed
Teddy Bear, Lion Cut, Top Knot and Summer Cut Shih Tzu Haircut
There are a number of different Shih Tzu hair cuts that you can consider. Each one looks adorable so deciding which can be tricky.
Here, in this video, you can see the finished version of several of these styles.
In the sections that follow you can see a description of a number 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. The preferred length would depend on whether or not you live in an area that is subject to extreme temperatures.
Naturally, it is advisable that you keep hair from poking 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. This can give him the adorable appearance of a bear. The hair is left 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.
A Summer Cut Shih Tzu Haircut
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 as it is a cooler style. You will still need to carry out some combing to prevent tangles and knots.
Grooming the Shih Tzu Face
How to Trim Around the Eyes of a 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. Any unexpected jerking from your puppy can lead to injury. So, holding your Shih Tzu correctly is just as important as having the right equipment. A harness (affiliate link) 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.
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!
Shih Tzu Haircut Tools
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
So which is your preferred cut for this breed? I love the adorable appearance of the Teddy Bear Cut. However, the Shih Tzu Lion Cut remains a very popular style among owners and groomers.
Shih Tzu Gifts
You can read about other popular dog breed hairstyles by following these links:
- How to Cut Maltese Hair with Clippers and Scissors
- Cockapoo Hairstyles
- Pomeranian Haircuts
- Poodle Haircuts
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