95+ Adorable Shih Tzu Haircuts That You Will Love

Pets are adored by their owners, they are seen as family members and that’s why owners don’t mind spending small fortunes on clothing, toys, accessories and even grooming for their pets. We see puppy’s sporting better clothing than we do sometimes and we love it!

Shih Tzus are a pretty popular breed and certainly one where people take a lot of care in hairstyles. You might not think that dogs have hairstyles but they do and there’s a lot that can be done to a dog’s hair. It doesn’t matter if you have a dog that has long hair or short hair, there will be a haircut that will fit your dog just nicely.

A lot of people recognize Shih Tzu’s by their long flowing fur coats which are done properly usually takes a lot of time and effort to maintain. All that hair is a lot to take care of so owners typically look for a haircut that will be easier to maintain. They also take into consideration what would make their dog more comfortable. Sometimes all that hair can get in their faces and be hot during the summer.

The good news is that there are a few great choices to choose from when it comes to haircuts for you Shih Tzu. What you choose will depend on the lifestyle that you lead as well as personal preference.

We have some great choices to take a look at so that you can find something for your family member. Check out these adorable haircuts for your dog.

The Many Different Shi Tzu Haircuts:

All haircuts and styles will take some amount of time to maintain it. So you should decide on a style that you are willing to put the effort into.

There are 8 Main Styles That You Can Get For Your Shih Tzu

Lion Cut

Practical Top Knot

The Puppy Cut

Moderate Puppy Cut

Puppy Cut With A Longer Cut on Tail and Ears

Practical Top Knot

Teddy Bear Cut

Top Knot Show Cut

These are all very cute styles but be realistic about your time. If you are not the type of person to spends hours brushing or grooming your dog, then it’s best to go with a shorter haircut like the lion cut or the puppy cut.

If you are looking for a show quality style for your dog, then the best one is the top knot show cut.

The Puppy Cut

This is a style that is also known as the Summer Cut because it’s perfect for dogs on a hot day. It’s easy to cut and easy to take care of. The fur is trimmed all over the body about to 1-2 inches with the facial hair just a bit longer than the rest. If you aren’t someone that wants to put in a lot of effort on your dog’s hair, then this is a great style for you.
It’s a popular style because of the fact that its low maintenance. You will still need to do the occasional trim and to regularly brush out the fur. If you don’t mind the brushing, you can let it grow an additional 2 inches.


The Practical Top Knot

If you’re a woman, you know what it means when you just need to get your hair out of your eyes. That’s why we have ponytails and buns. Dogs are no different when they have long hair. The Top Knot is a great way to do that for your Shih Tzu. You don’t need a professional one like the top knot show cut, and that is where the practical top knot comes in. it’s the casual version that your dog can wear on a day to day basis. The style alone is longer all the way around and even longer on top. This will of course give you enough hair to put it in a top knot.

The fun part is finding some cute clips or pretty ribbons that you can use to hold the hair up. You can work with your dog’s personality and find some cute accessories and mix them up from time to time. You can use these to get the top knot that you are looking for. Aside from the top knot, the rest of the hair can be cut short but don’t go shorter than 1 inch. You always want to make sure that hair is never in their eyes and nose because that just makes them uncomfortable.

Teddy Bear Cut

It’s pretty obvious why this is called the teddy bear cut and can we say just how super cute it is! The style is focused around the face of the dog making it look fluffy and round. The end result of this cute style is that your dog ends up looking like a teddy bear. You can then determine how short you want the rest of the hairstyle to be.

Puppy Cut With A Longer Cut on Tail and Ears

This style is the puppy cut look except they allow for the ears and tail of the dog to stay long.

Top Knot Show Cut

If you are planning on putting you Shih Tzu into a professional show or maybe you just want her to look fancy, then this is the style for her.

What Do You Do If Your Dog Doesn’t Like To Be Brushed?

Not all dogs enjoy being brushed and it can make styling your dog’s hair difficult if they don’t. It’s not just about them looking goof wither, you want to make sure that their fur isn’t being tangled as well. If you are lucky enough to have a Shih Tzu that does like to be brushed then you are off to a good start. Some dogs get suspicious just seeing a brush comes near them so you have to make non-threatening movements when trying to brush your dog.

We have some tips to get your dog to accept being brushed and maybe even enjoy it.

You want your dog to enjoy being brushed so the last thing you want to do is force it into anything. You need to allow it to make friends with the brush before you start using the tool. A great start is to help the dog to associate the brush with good things. Put some treats on the brush and around the brush and allow your dog to take a look at the brush while it’s enjoying the treats.

Dogs can find you coming towards them with a brush to be scary even if you mean them no harm. You can start by slowly touching your dog’s body with the bristles to see how that works. Every time you reach out with the brush towards your dog, also give him one of your favorite treats. When you do start brushing the dog’s hair just be extra gentle especially around the legs, genitals, and ears.

Once you get your dog comfortable with that step, you can move on to step 2. You just start brushing the rest of the fur and again you want to start lightly. For every other stroke, you can give another treat. Once your dog is comfortable with that you can start to brush your dog more firmly or do a few strokes in a row. Working with your dog slowly will work out for you in the long run, just be patient.

It may sound like it would be slow-moving but it’s the best way to get your dog to trust you and even to start enjoy being brushed. If you move too fast and scare your dog then you will end up with a dog who never wants to be brushed.

You might think that you want to groom your dog yourself but that can be an undertaking especially if you haven’t done it before. We always recommend taking your dog to a professional groomer. That way you know your dog is being taken care of

How Often Does My Dog Need A Haircut?

That really depends on the kind of style that you chose to begin with. But if we are talking on average for a Shih Tzu’s coat then we would say to get a trim every 4-6 weeks.

The silky coat of a Shih Tzu grows really quickly and you have to always be regularly brushing your dog. Keeping it trimmed regularly helps to keep the hair from becoming tangled. Matted fur looks terrible and it can actually cause your dog some pain.

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We hope that you enjoyed the article and learned what you need to do to help make your dog more comfortable with being brushed regularly. Always keep in mind that you are building trust with your dog and you need to be respectful of them needing space to get comfortable with the brush.

There are a few cute styles that you can use on your dog especially if there is some length involved. Make sure you take advantage of doing some shopping for accessories to get a few cute items for your dog.