Shih Tzus should be clipped regularly to keep them cool and comfortable. The simplest cut is known as the "puppy cut" and can be done at home. If you start clipping your Shih Tzu as a puppy, it learns that grooming doesn't hurt.Continue Reading
Place your dog on a non-slip surface. Brush his coat thoroughly so as to remove all tangles and mats from his fur.
Chose a high-numbered clipper blade such as a number 10 or 15. Use this blade to clip around sensitive areas such as the face, ears, anus and genitals. Use round-tipped scissors to complete the clipping if the dog is sensitive to the clipper.
Use a number 2 blade to give the dog's coat a general trim. Clip in the direction in which the hair grows, leaving 1 to 2 inches of fur behind.
Shih Tzus may have underbites or teeth that are level. The Shih Tzu is a small dog with a pleasant temperament. Shih Tzu means "little lion."Full Answer >
Shih tzus are companion dogs, meaning that they make good pets because they crave human companionship. Because Shih tzus do not hunt or guard, they are typically friendly to most humans and dogs they encounter. Shih tzus love to play with kids, but the play should be monitored so the dog doesn't get hurt by an overanxious child.Full Answer >
A Shih Tzu needs a bath about every two weeks. Bathing them every two weeks or so keeps the oils in the skin from building up.Full Answer >
Each Shih Tzu dog will grow hair at different speeds; however, most dogs will regrow long hair within 6 to 8 weeks. For owners who prefer shorter hair and less maintenance, ongoing grooming appointments will need to be scheduled.Full Answer >