The Shih Tzu is a gorgeous breed with a wonderful history and an irresistible look. But do not be deceived by what seems to be effortless cuteness. The Shih Tzu is a high maintenance breed when it comes to grooming. They need attention and time, though there are some corners you can cut.
So what does it need to groom a Shih Tzu?
All dogs require grooming. Even dogs with short hair, like the Shih Tzu, are supposed to be hypoallergenic. Nevertheless, Shih Tzu is one breed that requires a lot of grooming than most.
It is all in the coat. Shih Tzu has fast-growing hair that is susceptible to mats and tangles if it is not kept short or properly groomed.
In fact, Shih Tzu dogs have hair as compared to fur. And although many breeds of hair grow their hair in a single layer, the Shih Tzu actually has a double coat. This means that it has a longer layer of hair on the outside and a shorter layer of hair below it.
In addition, his long hair may be very prone to mattresses and tangles, and loose hair may be prone to get stuck in the undercoat, especially during the shedding season.
Still, many owners like the long-haired look, even if they’re not showing their Shih Tzu. However, grooming a long-haired Shih Tzu is going to be a daily occurrence and usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes on average for a full brush.
Of course, a full grooming session, such as nail clipping, bathing, brushing, shaving, trimming, etc., can take longer. For daily brushing, you will need to gently brush your entire Shih Tzu body, paying special attention to friction areas such as ears, belly, thighs, armpits, tail, and necklace, to make sure that mats do not build up.
If you don’t have time for daily cleaning sessions, but you’re still dying to call your own Shih Tzu, then your best option is to trim your Shih Tzu hair short.