Some grooming styles for the shih tzu include the puppy cut and the teddy bear cut. The puppy cut, which is good for summer, is easy to maintain and is characterized by trimming the dog's hair to a length of 1 to 2 inches all over.
The teddy bear cut opts for more hair on the face, leading to a rounder, fuller look. The rest of the body can have a cut of a different style and length. Another grooming style is the top knot show cut. This more elaborate look is appropriate for show dogs due to its maintenance level and is typified by letting the shih tzu's hair grow as long as possible. The hair is then straightened and brushed regularly. This style does not account for temperature, so it is not recommended for warmer climates.