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.