Grooming your shih tzu includes doing the daily maintenance topknot.  This is one way of preventing the hair of your shih tzu from breaking.  It will be better if you start training your puppy early.  If you don’t know how to make a maintenance topknot, this article will teach you how to do it for your shih tzu puppy.  This topknot is usually done on puppies age two to six months (depending on the length of the puppy’s hair).

But before you proceed, make sure you have all the things needed in grooming your shih tzu. You will need brush, steel comb, pin tail comb, japanese rice paper, cornstarch and latex bands.

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13 Responses so far.

  1. MERIAH says:


  2. Emman says:

    as a first time shih tzu owner, all information here are very helpful…

  3. Superness says:

    it is ok to do it twice a day. just make sure that the grooming time will be a happy moment for your pup.

  4. Superness says:

    you can use petroleum jelly to make the hair stay down while trying to grow it and getting used to the partition in the center of the nose

  5. Superness says:

    Do not worry about it as it will grow back as long as you’re grooming it properly.

  6. Mac says:


    I like the instructions. My problem now is that when I got my puppy from the store, I think they’ve trimmed it already. Not sure if it’ll grow just fine and how long would it take to grow back.


  7. Shawn says:

    So cute, just a question, how do you keep the hair from the nose bridge tamed if it was cut, im trying to grow it kase

  8. Shawn says:

    Plus he always scracth his head so i can only do one part,I always do it twice a day is that ok?

  9. Shawn says:

    Im having a hard time with my 6 month old puppy coz I am growing his nose bridge hair, any tips?

  10. Ivy says:

    Hi! Your articles have been of great help to us first time shih tzu owners. I would like to ask you about the eye cleaners that you use on your babies. Could I use the regular visine daily use? He’s got a lot of tear stains and I’ve been trying hard to remove them. Does this eye cleaner also helps in eliminating the stains? Hope you could help me out. Also, I’m using a powder mix of cornstarch, baking powder and little saly as his dry shampoo. Is this mixture ok with the dog? My baby is now 5 months old. Hope you could help me out. Thanks a lot!

  11. Jorey says:

    Where can I buy pet grooming equipment like pet grooming table/arm, stand blower, etc?thanks so much..your reply will be much appreciated =)

  12. She Cabral says:

    You made it seem so easy. Thanks!

  13. Lisa says:

    Great instructions and very clear close-ups. By the way, the dog is absolutely GORGEOUS!

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