How long does the hair on a Shih Tzu grow?

I am getting a Shih Tzu puppy next week and I have seen pictures of older ones with very long hair. Do all Shih Tzu's hair grow that long? Obviously you can have them groomed to whatever length, but I wondered what is typical. Thanks.

Like the other people who have answered before me, Shih Tzu's hair can grow very long. The thing is, is how long do you want it to be? Either way this is the type of dog that needs regular grooming. If you want to keep your dogs hair long, then you need to brush it often. And when you brush it, make sure you get every where (many people forget to get the legs and behind the ears and such). You have to make sure your not just "surface" brushing where your not getting all the way down into the hair because many times that results in underlying matts, which would most likely cause your groomer to have to shave the dog. If you leave the dogs hair long or short, i suggest you buy a slicker brush to brush your dog with between grooming. If you want more info, im sure the groomer you choose to take your dog to will be willing to help you out. Good luck with the new pup!

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  • Leanne

    yes shih tzu hair can grow till a very long hair and grooming their hair is typical
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  • grae

    the hair on a shih tzu is like our hair…it will keep growing forever if you don't cut it
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  • Me-ow

    longer than their feet but you have to maintain it so it doesnt get matted.
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  • pdbdogs

    Like the other people who have answered before me, Shih Tzu's hair can grow very long. The thing is, is how long do you want it to be? Either way this is the type of dog that needs regular grooming. If you want to keep your dogs hair long, then you need to brush it often. And when you brush it, make sure you get every where (many people forget to get the legs and behind the ears and such). You have to make sure your not just "surface" brushing where your not getting all the way down into the hair because many times that results in underlying matts, which would most likely cause your groomer to have to shave the dog. If you leave the dogs hair long or short, i suggest you buy a slicker brush to brush your dog with between grooming. If you want more info, im sure the groomer you choose to take your dog to will be willing to help you out. Good luck with the new pup!
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  • Deb

    As the others have said, the hair doesn't stop growing. But, it's best to keep it groomed to a manageable length so you don't end up with a badly matted dog (very painful for the dog). They require frequent (daily) brushing & will shed some. Find a good groomer to keep the coat healthy. And, they do tend to get skin problems due to allergies so be sure to keep an eye on that. They are sweet dogs as long as they are socialized well.
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How long does the hair on a Shih Tzu grow?

I am getting a Shih Tzu puppy next week and I have seen pictures of older ones with very long hair. Do all Shih Tzu's hair grow that long? Obviously you can have them groomed to whatever length, but I wondered what is typical. Thanks.

Like the other people who have answered before me, Shih Tzu's hair can grow very long. The thing is, is how long do you want it to be? Either way this is the type of dog that needs regular grooming. If you want to keep your dogs hair long, then you need to brush it often. And when you brush it, make sure you get every where (many people forget to get the legs and behind the ears and such). You have to make sure your not just "surface" brushing where your not getting all the way down into the hair because many times that results in underlying matts, which would most likely cause your groomer to have to shave the dog. If you leave the dogs hair long or short, i suggest you buy a slicker brush to brush your dog with between grooming. If you want more info, im sure the groomer you choose to take your dog to will be willing to help you out. Good luck with the new pup!

  • Leanne

    yes shih tzu hair can grow till a very long hair and grooming their hair is typical
    References :

  • grae

    the hair on a shih tzu is like our hair…it will keep growing forever if you don't cut it
    References :

  • Me-ow

    longer than their feet but you have to maintain it so it doesnt get matted.
    References :

  • pdbdogs

    Like the other people who have answered before me, Shih Tzu's hair can grow very long. The thing is, is how long do you want it to be? Either way this is the type of dog that needs regular grooming. If you want to keep your dogs hair long, then you need to brush it often. And when you brush it, make sure you get every where (many people forget to get the legs and behind the ears and such). You have to make sure your not just "surface" brushing where your not getting all the way down into the hair because many times that results in underlying matts, which would most likely cause your groomer to have to shave the dog. If you leave the dogs hair long or short, i suggest you buy a slicker brush to brush your dog with between grooming. If you want more info, im sure the groomer you choose to take your dog to will be willing to help you out. Good luck with the new pup!
    References :

  • Deb

    As the others have said, the hair doesn't stop growing. But, it's best to keep it groomed to a manageable length so you don't end up with a badly matted dog (very painful for the dog). They require frequent (daily) brushing & will shed some. Find a good groomer to keep the coat healthy. And, they do tend to get skin problems due to allergies so be sure to keep an eye on that. They are sweet dogs as long as they are socialized well.
    References :

The Shih Tzu Manual