Shih Tzu Hairstyles — One of the good things about having a Shih Tzu is having the opportunity to decide what hairstyle they are going to wear. Unlike other dogs that mostly have short hair or fur, the hairstyle options for a Shih Tzu dog is endless.

Check our the above super cute pictures of shih tzu hairstyles!

If you are a person who likes to create things, grooming your own Shih Tzu can be very fulfilling. Before we discuss the different Shih Tzu hairstyles available, we want you to know that a hairstyle will not look the same for every Shih Tzu dog because of the difference in the coat and other body features. So have fun and play with different Shih Tzu cuts to find out what suits your favourite pooch the best!


Most Shih Tzu owners like to have their dog’s hair trimmed which means a trip to the groomers every 6-8 weeks. Otherwise, the dog will have a long and flowing hair which is perfect for those owners who loves to brush their dogs and groom them or those that are show dogs but for the family pet, the long flowing locks can be a bit of a handful.

If you want to keep your Shih Tzu’s hair long, just be warned that the effort needed to make your dog look good with the long flowing hair can be time consuming!

There are different options when it comes to deciding on your preferred Shih Tzu hairstyles. Think how you can shape each portion of your dog: that included his / her face, body, ears, head, and legs. In most of the Shih Tzu hairstyles, the tail is kept long to allow the flag style of the tail to keep its cute flourish.

Keeping A Full and Thick Face

The first thing you notice when you look at your Shih Tzu is the face. So when choosing Shih Tzu hairstyles, think about their beard, whiskers, and head first. Faces can be shaved completely and the beard can be left as is or be made short.

Some Shih Tzu owners wants to give their dog a rounded look by trimming the beard and whiskers shorter. On the other hand, a long beard and whiskers gives a Shih Tzu a long head shape.


A topknot can either be thick or long while being pulled up by an elastic band. This can also be done by shaving the hair on the head short. The hair can be left with the same length as the body.

Body Hair

Your Shih Tzus body can be shaved short, left at an inch long, or trimmed any other way. Hair lengths can be dependent on the season. Shih Tzus can make it through winter with trimmed looks as long as they wear a sweater or a coat. Many owners now have an entire wardrobe for their pets.

People think that their Shih Tzu dog needs to be trimmed during summer to keep them from feeling the heat. The truth is that a Shih Tzu’s coat is very good in insulating the dog which keeps them cool during summer and warm during winter.


The ears can be cut the same length as the whiskers and mustache which gives the Shih Tzu a round-headed look – sometimes referred to as a Teddy Bear cut.


The legs can be made the same length as the body, left as it is, straighten, made feathery, or clipped shorted at the top and long at the pages to give them the appearance of bell-bottoms, sometimes this is called “Skirts.”


Most people don’t touch their Shih Tzu’s tail. Most just trim the ends which create a plumage of thick hair. The tails have the tendency to get matted if not taken care properly so make it a point to always brush and comb your Shih Tzu tail using a steel comb.

Puppy Cut

Puppy cut, summer cut, and teddy bear clips refers to the same type of Shih Tzu haircut. This hairstyle is the most popular because it’s easily-maintained.

With this type of hairstyle, the groomer trims the dog’s hair to about 1-2 inches in the legs, body, and face. The ears can be trimmed the same length of the facial hair or even longer. When brushed out, the dog will looked like a stuffed animal. Super cute and with the added bonus of being really easy to maintain with some regular brushing or combing.


Most groomers have different types of combs and blades, but if you want to clip your own dog, there is no need to buy one for each type, a few blades will be able to do the job.

Clippers heat up pretty quickly and the last thing you’ll want to is to burn your dog’s hair. When your clipper overheats, buy a can of blade or keep an extra just in case. Blades also need some oil so it’s important to have a small container for the blade oil and then dispose of it safely.


Part of the required care for a Shih Tzu is their hair maintenance. You need to take care of it in order to give them a good appearance and to avoid knots and tangles forming. If you’re ready to style your Shih Tzu’s hair yourself, grab a clipper and have some fun, otherwise ask around for good groomer recommendations.