The Right Shih Tzu Haircut?

Shih Tzus are known for their cute faces, expressive eyes and distinct hair. The hair of this breed is possibly the first thing you would notice. Their hair is long, beautiful, and grows very fast. That also poses a huge challenge for those who have a Shih Tzu at home. One has to invest time and money on grooming the a Shih Tzu's hair. And that kind of grooming can be quite demanding. On a positive note, most people who have a Shih Tzu actually love to experiment with the canine’s hair and that makes for a fascinating experience.

You may be a bit confused when you have to pick a haircut for your Shih Tzu. Hence, here are some different Shih Tzu haircuts that you can consider.

You can opt for the puppy cut. Also known as the summer cut, the puppy cut is cute and relatively simple. It is also more affordable and very easy to manage. Most people don’t like this cut because it seems to be a waste of all of that hair and isn't as versatile as some of the longer cuts. But one also has to look at practicality. Not everyone can spend a lot of time on managing a Shih Tzu’s hair. The puppy cut prevents overheating and can protect the dog from heat exhaustion. That is why it is called the summer cut. The puppy cut usually involves trimming the hair until it is two inches or shorter, and it is a uniform length all over. While this hairstyle is easier to maintain, you would still have to get rid of tangles and knots from time to time. Regular brushing and hair grooming will still be necessary.

  • There are a few variants of the puppy cut. There is a short cropped summer cut and a longer puppy cut that involves a fuller coat, especially at the chest.
  • Another popular choice is the teddy bear cut. This cut makes the pup or dog look more like a stuffed animal and it is super cute. However, this cut will not look great on a Shih Tzu that has a more elongated face or a very slim body.
  • The top knot cut is one of the more popular choices. It can be a ‘practical’ knot or a ‘show’ knot. This hairstyle is expensive and very hard to maintain. But your Shih Tzu will look like a showstopper.

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