One of the great things about having a breed that is capable of growing a long coat is that the hair style options are only limited to your imagination. That said, there are several styles that are seen more than others.
While some owners find one look and essentially keep it forever, others like to experiment. And as long as your Shih Tzu's coat is healthy, it will grow back relatively quickly, allowing to you choose a new hair style quite often.
Here we go over some quick Q&A, have a look at many of the different hair styles for Shih Tzu dogs, and talk about a few things to consider before choosing a style, whether to try to achieve it on your own or have a groomer to do (and how to choose that groomer).
1. How long does it take for a short, clipped puppy cut to grow out long into a show coat?
If you have the coat clipped rather short into a puppy cut (also known as a summer cut or Teddy Bear style, more ahead) and if your Tzu is capable of growing his coat that long (also see ahead) it will take anywhere from 12 to 24 months for it to reach floor length again. So, do factor this into your decision before the clippers are taken out.
2. How long does it take for a Shih Tzu coat to grow one inch?
In regard to how fast the coat of a Shih Tzu grows, with the dog being in good health and the coat being taken care of (more ahead), expect the coat to grow 1/2 inch every 1 month.
3. Can all Shih Tzu dogs grow a long coat?
Most can. However, whether the coat will ever touch the floor, as is expected in the show ring, depends quite a bit on genetics and upkeep. For show, long coats are wrapped to protect the hair and near constant checking for small mats must be done.
4. What can I do to help the coat grow?
Keeping it tangle free, using high quality products including shampoo
, conditioner and a great leave-in spritz are key. If your Shih Tzu struggles to grow his hair or has hair loss,
there are some methods to help with this.