Brushing the Shih Tzu Coat isn’t hard as long as it’s done, so mats can’t set in. The adult Shih Tzu is a double-coated breed, meaning that it has a thick outer or guard coat and a softer inner coat.
Puppies are born with a single outer coat and do not develop their inner coat till they are 8 or 9 months old, although some puppies get their second coat much earlier. Brushing a puppy is fairly easy, as their hair does not mat nearly as much as a full-grown Shih Tzu dog. Since puppies can be squirmy, it is best to teach a puppy how to enjoy a brush while they’re still young and have only one coat of hair.
Most Shih Tzu dogs learn to love being groomed, but it takes time for the puppies to get to that point.
Ideally, brushing the Shih Tzu coat should be done on a daily basis, but once every other day is fine, too. If you only have time to brush on a weekly basis, it is important to keep the coat short and spend extra time ensuring that the coat is completely de-matted.
Brushing should continue all over the dog’s body, legs, tail, and head. Brushing should go on all over the dog’s body, legs, tail, and head. The time it takes depends on the amount of the dog’s coat. The grooming process is considerably less, so if you keep your Shih Tzu in a short puppy or chenil cut.
Some areas tend to be mat worse than the others, especially under the arms of the soft, sensitive chest area and the neck behind and under the dog’s ear.