Shih Tzu Grooming
Shih Tzu Haircuts -
Puppy Cut, Teddy Bear Cut, Show Cut

There are many different Shih Tzu grooming styles and haircuts, including the Shih Tzu puppy cut, teddy bear cut and the show cut.

If you're a new Shih Tzu owner, the topic of grooming may be a scary thought.


"Wow, what do I do with all this hair?!!"

is a common question that we hear over and over again.


So what we're going to do is briefly discuss the most popular Shih Tzu haircuts.  And then we'll hand over to you...

Please share and discuss your Shih Tzu grooming tips and secrets with other owners seeking advice. This is a great chance to help or be helped.

If you want more detailed advice, we suggest you visit our How To Groom A Shih Tzu Video page.  This is where you can watch some informative videos on shih tzu grooming.... and learn more about aspects like bathing, brushing, cutting and clipping.



Please keep in mind that our descriptions of grooming cuts below are in general terms. There is no set "standard", except for possibly the show cut and even that can be debated. Every groomer has different opinions and terminology based on their individual cutting styles and experience. If you do take your Shih Tzu to a professional groomer for services, please take the time beforehand to discuss with them exactly what it is that you are looking for.

Shih Tzu Grooming: Puppy Cut

The Shih Tzu puppy cut is probably the most popular Shih Tzu haircut. Also known as the "summer cut", this grooming style is for owners that don't have the time or patience to keep up with longer hair.

This method generally involves cutting or clipping the Shih Tzus hair down to a length of 1 - 2 inches all over. If you are going to perform a Shih Tzu puppy cut yourself, do not clip all the way down to the skin as this can cause significant irritation to your dog.

A Shih Tzu summer cut doesn't mean that you will be totally maintenance free.  However it will significantly reduce your Shih Tzus grooming.

Looking for pictures of shih tzu haircuts? 

This blog post by a dog groomer has some great photos of Shih Tzu grooming styles.

Also, don't forget all the images submitted by EntirelyShihTzu visitors. 

Maybe you'll see a grooming style you really like.

As with all haircuts for Shih Tzu, daily brushing is highly recommended to reduce tangling and matting.  Of course, with a short puppy cut, tangles and mats won't be much of a problem until the hair starts to grow out a little more.

Another benefit of the Shih Tzu summer cut is that it will save you money if you normally visit a professional groomer. A traditional or "show cut" hairstyle might require a trip to the groomers every few weeks, but a puppy cut might only be required every few months. By the way, top knots are definitely out of the question on this Shih Tzu grooming style.

Are there any negatives to a Shih Tzu puppy cut?

Basically, this is all in the eye of the beholder. Shih Tzu traditionalists whom adhere strictly to the longer show cut will say that this particular grooming style is ugly. But this is a minority opinion, with the Shih Tzu summer cut getting the thumbs up from thousands of Shih Tzu owners worldwide.

What do you think? Tell us below and share your thoughts with everyone.

Shih Tzu Teddy Bear Cut

Another of the more popular haircuts for Shih Tzu is the teddy bear cut. This type of grooming style can be utilized on most hair lengths. It is very commonly used in conjunction with the summer cut or puppy cut.

The Shih Tzu teddy bear cut involves trimming the hair on the head and face to a normal or longer length while the body is generally cut shorter. This particular Shih Tzu grooming style provides a cute, fluffy and rounded appearance thus giving the Shih Tzu a teddy bear/stuffed animal resemblance.

If you are into top knots, the length of hair from a Shih Tzu teddy bear cut will be plenty long enough to tie a top knot.

Shih Tzu Show Cut

The "show cut" or the traditional/classic cut is the last of the major Shih Tzu haircuts that we will discuss.

This grooming style features a long flowing, luxurious coat that is finished off by the signature top knot or braid which is tied at the top of the head. The Shih Tzu show cut is very high maintenance. Extensive daily brushing and detangling are a must if this style is desired and to be maintained properly.

If you don't have the time and/or patience for this type of commitment, please consider an alternative Shih Tzu style such as the puppy cut or the teddy bear cut.

Now, it's your turn to be heard. Which of the Shih Tzu haircuts or Shih Tzu grooming styles do you prefer? Submit your opinions below.

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I Prefer the teddy bear as its longer,look's so nice but for summer my Rosie gets too hot so I give her the puppy cut 😊

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