Aside from the size of this breed, the long, flowing double coat of Shih Tzus is its most distinctive characteristic. Shih Tzu means “lion,” and even though this dog is sweet and playful. He’s not scared to stand up to himself!
As the sole purpose of the Shih Tzu is to be a companion and house pet, he should be lively, alert, friendly, and trusting towards all. He needs minimal exercise, but his long, luxurious coat needs to be brushed and maintained every day.
The Shih Tzu is a dog that needs regular grooming and bathing. This content, affectionate toy breed has a rich coat that needs to be bathed as often as every week, not more than every 3 weeks.
The kind and frequency of the grooming that you do will have a major effect on both how your Shih Tzu looks, and the health of coat, nose, paws, skin, and other body parts.
Regular baths and grooming promote the health and growth of its coat. A dirty coat is going to mat and tangle much easier than a clean coat. When the coat is dirty and breaks, the hair shaft becomes rough and eventually breaks down, causing further damage. Therefore, it is important to keep the coat clean and healthy to maintain a luxurious double coat.
The trick is to understand exactly what to do, and the reason why it should be done, the timing and frequency of each task, and the best tools and products to use. You’ll see that once you develop a grooming rhythm, your Shih Tzu pet will be smelling fantastic, healthier than ever, and looking like a royalty that he or she is.