Are you looking for Shih Tzu grooming advice with a difference?
The Shih Tzu coat is naturally thick and full. It takes a lot of care and can be uncomfortable in those hot summer months, so what can you do about it?
If you don’t want your Shih Tzu to be completely clipped off but find a full coat too much to deal with then you can craft a Shih Tzu style that is smart, simple to create and easy to manage.
There are no laws to state that your Shih Tzu should wear a typical drop coat, teddy bear like, hairstyle. Nor does anyone get to tell you that a long coat should be left alone but for a daily comb. You can choose how you style your Shih Tzu and doing so really is great fun.
Invest in Thinning Scissors
Styling with thinning scissors is a great idea for long thick coats because it takes away the bulk of the hair yet still allows for a long haired style if you want one. Thinning scissors gently remove a lot of the hair but in a blunt line as opposed to the sharpness of traditional grooming shears. You really can’t go wrong with this scissor type.
The idea is to decide on the general shape that you would like your dog’s coat to be and cut the lines with thinning scissors. This should include the shape of his face and ears along with the hair on his legs and tail.
When you have shaped your Shih Tzu coat simple take the scissors, systematically through the coat that is left behind, snipping only once or twice in every area of the dog’s coat because this will provide a nice natural finish to the coat.
The nicest thing about styling a Shih Tzu this way is that you can create a cut that is very similar to the coat of the Shih Tzu puppy before his full and thick adult coat took over. Take a look at the Shih Tzu in the picture for style ideas.
Where to Find Your Tools
Any dog grooming equipment store or even hairdresser wholesaler will be able to provide you with a pair of thinning scissors. Do not be tempted to go for a cheaper pair though as they will be difficult to use.
Try a few pairs in your hand before deciding on specific scissors. Professional groomers need really comfortable scissors and you can take full advantage of the vast range that they stock before handing over your money.
Scissors should feel comfortable, light and easy to use in your hand. The idea is that your thumb does all of the work and your finger (one of the two middle ones) simply holds the scissors in place. Practicing snipping and good hand dexterity when deciding on scissors, you might as well buy a comfortable pair.
With the right scissors and a careful eye you will be surprised how smart your home styled Shih Tzu can look.