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    Shih Tzu Does your pet have short hair or long?

    I recently acquired an 8 yr old Shih Tzu. He had previously been shaved, and I am letting him grow. But I wonder, how many pets really have the beautiful long coat, or does everybody shave them off? Max's coat has grown out about three inches now and he looks like a barrel of fluff! (When he was shaved he shivered all the time, just in the air conditioning.)

    I usually comb him as he sits on my lap in the evening and so far we have had no problems with matts. I just really don't know what to expect as his coat gets longer.

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    I would say the majority of pets like your Shih Tzu have their coats shaved short for ease of care. Most owners simply don't have the time to devote to the daily grooming required to keep a pet in full coat. You also either have to learn how to properly wash and dry that long coat at home, or take your pet to the groomer regularly. Of course, you can always keep your pet in a "teddy bear" type trim instead where the coat is shaved, but not extremelly short. Pets with these clips should still receive some at-home care between grooming appointments, but aren't nearly as demanding as a full coat.

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    Most pets are kept very short, just to simplify things for the owners as the prev. post says. Those long, beuatiful coats you see in pictures or on TV are very time consuming to care for. That requires much more than a brushing each day. The owners who keep their dogs in those coat lengths are usually show-homes. They are constantly vigilant about the coat: they tie it up or wrap it to prevent damage, soiling, etc.
    It is much more practical for the pet owner to find a shorter (not necessarily shaved ) style.
    Experiment with your dog at different lengths and see what both of you are most comfortable with. There are many cute, practical styles to choose from.

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    Thanks--the one magazine I bought to look at different cuts, either had all show dogs, or puppies--they really didn't show other cuts for adult dogs. Whatever length it grows to, I would never give up our nightly grooming sessions, it is one of the most relaxing things I do, and Max has come to love it as well, he even slept throught working the legs and feet and when I first got him, he would always try and get away as soon as I moved toward the feet.

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    We kept Nikki (my Mom's shih tzu) shaved because of how active she was. Considering I was a groomer, up keep wasn't the issue, but her wanting to run around outdoors all the time was. She did agility, rolled in mud, ect ect so we just found it easier to keep the hair on the short side. A lot of owners of long haired breeds tend to keep them short for ease of grooming, b/c they either don't know or don't want to spend the time brushing.

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    If you keep up with the grooming (may mean daily combing/brushing) then you could let it get long. But IMO if he's not a show dog, I'd keep it shorter. Its much easier to maintain a short or semi-long coat.

    Then again, that's why I like the shorthair dogs to begin with - you don't need to worry about a lot of grooming. Same goes for my cats - give me shorthairs over the longhairs any day

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    One for long hair.

    Gizmo has long hair. It's not completely down to the floor like the show dogs, however it's as long as it could grow in his 10mths of life (it must take a long time to get to the floor). He does get groomed regularly (they give us a great discount since they like him so much). Around the face and paws is what we get trimmed, and the rest so far we're growing out. (I just can't imagine putting any type of cutting tool near his face).

    He does still love to race around here and there. I really think he could be an agility dog, which I thought of as very unusual for a Shih Tzu, till I saw the gopher's post. (I would love to know more about agility)

    Gizmo really seems to enjoy having long hair. I know that sounds funny, it's just the way he prances around, he's so proud after he's been groomed.

    Who knows how long he'll have long hair. If it becomes a problem it would get trimmed shorter. However, I think we'd at least like to see him all decked out in his long hair, take some pictures and then keep it mid length maybe.

    Wow I can't believe I found a place I can ramble on that much about my dogs hair!!
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    What is the texture of Gizmo's coat? Max's is all cotton like, with very little silky outer coat, but we really don't have problems with mats or knots. Koko's however, has the silkier outer coat and very little finer undercoat, but what she does have get's knots. She has been to the groomer regularly for about 9 months before I got her, and is a jewel to groom.

    Max looks like a tub but is all hair, I am letting it grow for now, but I know that when it gets hot it will have to be cut.

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    Trying to grow long

    I have a shih tzu. Her name is Mea and she is 9 months old. I plan on letting her hair grow long. I had to clip her pretty short just to get the stringy hair off.

    When I got her (at 4months old) The vet said she was extremely malnurished and I think that affected her hair.

    Anyway what is growing out now is so soft and pretty. I am going to let it get pretty long. Maybe not quite as long as the show coat but I just love brushing her and her hair has black light brown red and so many different shades its to pretty to keep short

    I have a Malti-Poo a boy and I will keep him in the puppy cut.

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    I know what you mean about brushing. It is the most relaxing thing I do. Virginia

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    I had a Shih Tzu that I would get him shaved or cut short depending on the time of year. He hated being brushed and if his hair got too long in the winter he'd go outside to do his thing and by the time he came back in, he'd have snowballs attached to his coat.
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    Each one of my shih tzu's has a different coat which is odd, lol. The oldest one, Maggie has a wavy sort of hair..which as a puppy into "young adulthood" got sort of wiry almost! It was really strange..I even questioned the breeder about if she was SURE there wasn't a poodle in this line, lol. She swears not..turns out, the ear infections Maggie was prone to back then, were food related which also had a major impact on her coat! Once we changed her diet( after putting her in the puppy cut) her hair started to become really soft and silky! But by then, it was so hard to grow it out..she always looked so depressed when I was letting it grow, almost like she felt neglected by not being "properly" groomed. She's now 8 yrs old, btw., and silver and white.

    Our next Shih Tzu, George, was the most beautiful little black and white puppy I ever saw....lol(aren't they all?) He looked like a little stuffed animal. As his coat grew, it was truly gorgeous....soft and silky...super shiny..straight..perfect, so I decided to let it keep growing, having learned how hard it was to turn back, from Maggie. Sooooooo..we got thru the first year...with that lovely silky "puppy" hair, haha....and things began to turn! Suddenly that undercoat was coming in, and the hair on top was still as pretty as ever..but the daily brushing, to make sure there were no mats was getting kind of old. It took a long time! So, I decided to go for a modified cut, lol...which I immediately regretted! ugh! I had him ruined. The groomer I used assured me that this cut I got him was a great "compromise" between the full coat and puppy cut. What it was, was silly. He looked like he had a skirt on with pigtails! So, I ended up going with the puppy cut. I have since tried to grow his coat back out...but like it was said above, now it gets so thick and bushy...takes alot of conditioner to get it flat..if he's in the rain...poof!, lol....I spend more time doing his hair then my own...thats silly!

    So, then we get Harry, who is now 6 mos old and gold and white....well, when I thought the other 2 were perfect..lol, I hadn't met Harry yet!! He seriously does look like a toy..lol, and has this curious little look on his face all the time..and he talks. haha..for real....this time around, I already know I'm just going to let his coat grow for the first year or so, then cut it back. It seems to be more comfortable for the dogs and easier for me. I do keep the hair on their heads, so I can put pigtails or ponytails in, lol. Let the coats get to the Teddybear stage in the fall/winter and shorter in the summer.

    I do bathe them all in between having them professionally groomed every 5 weeks. Do their ears/eyes..and brush each of em every other day or so . Well Harry everyday now, so he learns to love it. I do most of the grooming on my lap, including the blow-drying. I just put the blow dryer on the table, the dog on my lap and brush him or her...dryer on low heat.. we face the dryer as I towel and brush them dry. It works for us.

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    my lhasa was shaved right down when i got him i took him off with a 10 in most places he looked dredfull more thing his coat has now grown loads and i cant wait till it gets all the way.

    my lhasa is a boy so he dose pee on him self loads but with baths and some lovely grooming spray its not to bad, i do keep his belly shaved off and i thin around his bumhole so he dosnt get any clingons and the only bit i trim regulay is his feet at he sratches the floor when he pees so they get caked in mud this time of the year.

    i would love to see some pics of all ur dogs in full coat as not very many ppl round here can be bothered with the grooming loads are shavd of with a clipper which is shame because they do look so sweet when they are long

    this is teddy my lhasa http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g4...y/100_1341.jpg
    this the best shot of him standing this was taken 2 weeks ago he was a bit longer but had a reaction to food and started pulling his coat out

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    Teddy has such a beautful shiny coat is it naturally shiny or do you use something special ?

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    thank u
    he has very good diet of natural raw food and home cooked stuff now and i do give him oil but that is mainly as he get a bit constipated on the bones , but his coat was dull and lifeless when he was on bakers complete and he pulled all the hair out overhis tail and down his saides, but its growing back really nicely, i also use an everning primrose shampoo which is really nice grate for show dogs as well

    but i recomend raw to any one now its helpe my little boy so much

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    Could you please tell me what you feed him. Raw food?? If I am able to do that for my 2 I might just start. If you dont mind telling me what and how many times a day you feed him I'd appreciate it

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    Merrow such a pretty coat. Yesterday for first time, Max's coat actually laid down a bit after we got done brushing. It is about 3 inches long but very soft, not silky like Koko's. She has a long of growing out to do. Her previous owner shaved her muzzle and her backside, (kept her in diapers) and wanted to keep her mouth clean I guess. Virginia

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    well he is a very small sized lhasa and he has 2 chciken wings in the morning or any other bones like that. they have the bones in the morning as they give them the energy for the day ahead.

    and at night he has minced meat or chunks he is ment to have a small amount of veggie mush but she dosnt eat it lol. i give teddy 2 capsuals of oil usally everning primrose oil and when i rember and can smuggle it in a kelp tablet as they are filled with amino acid.

    the boens have helped so much for his teeth they look like hes a puppy he only really like bird bones but sometimes he will eat lamb and beef as well some ppl also feed keeble along side the meal at night.

    this is what he is ment to eat but some day he will just eat 2 chciken wings or 3 and wont eat his supper u can also bye pre made raw diets from petshops like pets at home which are about 60p each but i used to feed burns which was £6 2.5kg but a box of 12chicken wings from tescos is like£1.30 so it dose work out cheaper and i got a farm sop here that gives me free pork ribs and knuckle bones all raw has to be frozzen 24hours to kill and bacteria

    xxx hope that helps

    i bet ur little boy look a bit odd when u first got him. bet he will look so smart when he is done growing

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    Well thank you for posting that. I always thought chicken bones could get logged in their throats. I might try I bit of what you give yours.

    Thanks again

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    i love brushing my shih-tzu! when he gets his hair cut thats one thing he and i both miss.

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