How often should you take your Shih Tzu to get groomed?

??: How often to you take your Shih Tzu to get groomed?
My shih just got groom about two or three weeks ago, he have fur covering his face again? Does this type of dog require high maintenance?

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Answer by ice queen

it depends i have 4 and i clip them my self once a month i have there coats very short and the clipping is high maintenance it takes two hours a month per dog,if you can learn to clip yourself then do it its cheaper and you actually get your dogs clipped when you want them

Answer by joanie m

They don't HAVE to be. Ask your groomer for a shorter puppy clip. Ask for the fur on the bridge of the nose to be clipped away and ask what it would cost for a "Mini Trim" in between grooms. A mini trim is a bath, nail trim, sanitary clip, clip in front of the eyes and trim feet. If you do a mini once every 4 weeks and a full groom every other time, he should be OK.

OR ask the groomer what the cost would be for just the nose bridge to be clipped every 2 or 3 weeks. Most groomers will offer small parts of grooms for very little money (5 to 10 $ ) because they can be done in minutes.

Answer by katslookup<Dodgin

This breed is DEFINITELY high maintenance. This is something that your breeder should have warned you about.

I usually have two of mine trimmed every 4-6 weeks. I have the hair around the eyes trimmed very short since it grows so fast. I also have two others that I am growing out, and I never have their hair around the face trimmed. I usually pull it back in a topknot.

Answer by DeAnna ♫

That's very common. I have to do the same for my Shih Tzu .. Except, for the face grooming part I just do it myself. Give her a good trim so she can see! :) But for the summer time or hot days, I go to take her to get shaved .. I don't like it, but I can't stand the fact that she's miserable under all of that hair!

So, yes .. Shih Tzu grooming is a lot of maintenaince .. especially around the eyes/ears where areas can easily become infected.

Answer by Playerette

i groom my GERMAN SHEPHERD (i know u sed shih tzu but ….u know :D) everyday, i brush him and check his teeth (then give him denta stix ) clean his eyes and everything else. i dont take him to professional groomer just yet because they said his too young.
if you dogs fur seems to grow very quickly maybe you should take him about 2-3 weeks after the last

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  1. schnauzer mom says

    i don't know about shihtzus, but i know that i take my mini schnauzer in about every 4-6 weeks. they are high maintainance dogs that do require grooming every few weeks. but like one of the answers said, you could learn to do it yourself. i am thinking about learning, but haven't jumped in yet.

  2. meloni o says

    I had a Lhasa Apso when I was growing up, and we took her once a month to be groomed! In the summer we would get her trimmed pretty short, because she would get so hot, and would easily matt!!
    If you brush him daily, once a month should be fine for you too!!!!

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