How often should I bathe my Shih Tzu Puppy?

He’s six months old and frequently getting dirty. I have a special shampoo, made to keep mats and tangles at bay, but that’s not the problem. The problem is that he’s constantly getting himself filthy. I swear if we were in the middle of a drought, he would find a puddle of mud and bathe in it. But I read an article that said I should bathe a shih-tzu every other week. I didn’t that that could possibly be accurate, because wouldn’t it dry out their skin?

A dog shouldn’t be bathed often at all. They have natural protective oils that protect their skin and coat. Every time you wash them, you remove that protection and you open them up to dry skin problems, and immune problems.. That oil protects them from weather, but it also protects them from germs and bacteria in the environment.

  • PawPrintz

    A dog shouldn’t be bathed often at all. They have natural protective oils that protect their skin and coat. Every time you wash them, you remove that protection and you open them up to dry skin problems, and immune problems.. That oil protects them from weather, but it also protects them from germs and bacteria in the environment.
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  • Jen J

    How often a dog needs a bath depends entirely on the individual dog's needs. Some dogs need it daily! The key here is to make sure you're using a shampoo that is 100% natural and does not contain SLS which is a detergent that dries out the skin. Most commercial dog shampoos have SLS. This is where the misconception of "don't bathe your dog often" comes into play. Detergent dries out the skin. Natural shampoos do not. The 2 natural brands that I use are made by either Pure Pet or Happy Tails. You can't go wrong with either one.

    Good luck!
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  • Meaghan

    You can bathe an indoor dog upwards of once a week. Some dogs are more prone to dry skin than others. . if your dog gets dry skin you can pick a shampoo made specifically for that problem. Indoor dogs do not need the oils in their coat, they do not need protection from the weather. And skin oils do nothing for an immune system.

    If your dog is getting dirty this often, you can also try a rinseless shampoo. You spray it on, rub it in and then towel dry. The only downside is that some of them leave a greasy residue behind. . which can be fixed at the next bath!

    Both my indoor dogs are bathed weekly and I use the rinseless shampoo in between baths. Their skin is healthy, not dry, and their coats are in excellent condition.
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  • Alisha S

    I have a shih tzu, and he also gets very dirty and smelly. I bathe him as needed, from a couple times a week, to every other week. Usually all of my dogs get a bath once a week. I use an oatmeal based shampoo, it is a little pricey, but it works. Also, as someone else said, try to avoid SLS. It is the product who's only purpose is to make the soap "foamy" It is difficult to find, as almost all commercial shampoos contain it. I order my shampoo off of KVVet.com. I use the Buddy Shampoo.

    Dry skin is more often contributed to poor diet than to being bathed too often.

    If he is dirty, bathe him. A clean dog is much funner to cuddle with!
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    Owner and trainer of many pedigree dogs:
    Cocker Spaniel
    Labrador Retriever
    Siberian Husky
    Miniature Schnauzer (2)
    Shih Tzu
    Australian Shepherd

  • Rosalie

    Well, he’s a puppy – and that’s why the groomer’s call it a Puppy Cut.
    Have a groomer trim him so he has a short cut all around – it’ll grow later on, but for now, it’ll be easier to keep clean.

    Then, put up a puppy pen in an area that isn’t so dirty, and walk him on a leash. Hopefully, he won’t need a bath quite so often. When he does need one, ask the groomer for a very mild puppy shampoo that won’t rob his skin of all the natural oils.
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  • cistesmom

    when you bathe your puppy be sure to use a shampoo designed for puppies, it should be gentler than those for adult dogs. you might want to try shampoos designed for show dogs as they are bathed frequently. you can google Plush Puppy, Mister Groom and Pure Paws (which is what i use), to find out how to order some of these products. also you might want to join one of the Yahoo groups for Shih Tsu owners and breeders. they have a wealth of information for new owners.
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    i breed and show yorkies

  • Bullmastiffs and Boston terriers

    Only when necessary.(rolled in something, fell in a mud puddle etc. etc. etc.)
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  • Selina D

    I haven’t had any problems with my shih tzu.
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The Shih Tzu Manual