With so many Shih Tzu brushes on the market today, how do you decide which ones work best, which ones to use and where, and how much you should spend on your grooming supplies. This is part two of a three part series on Shih Tzu Grooming Supplies. If you haven't read Part One, I suggest you start there.
You will find that you spend plenty of time on combing and brushing your ShihTzu, even if you keep the coat in a short puppy cut. It pays to have the best tools you can afford, but at the same time, if your Tzu is a pet and not a show dog, you don't need to shell out thousands of dollars for useless items.
So it pays to find tools that feel good in your hands, but also does a satisfactory job on your Shih Tzu's coat.
There are many different kinds of Shih Tzu brushes to choose from, but you will probably want to eventually have several to complete your Shih Tzu Grooming Supplies kit.
People are always asking me what to purchase and if I have any recommendations for specific grooming tools. I thought I'd take this opportunity to answer those questions.
Adult Shih Tzu dogs normally have a thick coat whether you trim it down to a puppy cut or keep it long. The right brushes and combs will keep the coat tangle free, soft and looking its best.
Puppies can use adult products or you can purchase a comb and brush specifically for the puppy coat. Once the puppy has reached maturity, their combs and brushes can still be used on the the mustache and beard.
I will list the supplies I use on puppies first, followed by the adult brushes and combs. You can either scroll down or jump directly to the adult brushes and combs
|Any of the Lil Pals products works well on puppies. In fact, I use them during their first grooming experiences here at Miracle Shih Tzu. The Li'l Pals Slicker Purple and Green Brush for Dogs, Extra Small is very gentle and puppies seem to love the feel of the brush.|
A natural or synthetic bristle brush works great on puppies who have short hair. They can be used on adults but they don’t go through the coat well and should just be used for smoothing out the top layer.
Our puppies are started on grooming soon after their eyes and ears are opened. I use a soft puppy brush to brush around the eyes, ears and mouth of young puppies. Soft brushes are soothing and they train the puppy to tolerate and hopefully love being groomed.
The Pin brush is the most versitle brush for this breed of dog. These small puppy pin brushes are soft and comfortable and get the puppy accustomed to being brushed. The puppy version of the pin brush will work until the adult coat grows in at about 10 months old. Once your Tzu has his adult double-coat, you will need a larger brush to get through the layers.
Puppies should get used to having their hair combed. Brush the hair first and then use the comb to remove any small tangles. Always try to detangle first with your fingers. If you get into the habit of yanking mats out with a comb, you are not going to have a happy puppy and grooming sessions get harder over time. Combs can be used to gently pull apart mats and then remove. Combs are also good for remove gunk around the eyes and whiskers.
The same type of brushes and combs are used on the adult coat except they are larger.
This is a must have in your Shih Tzu Grooming Supplies Toolbox. These Shih Tzu brushes have metal pins with slightly rounded ends to prevent them from being too sharp.
They are good for brushing out small tangles and can go through both the top and under coat. Some pin brushes come with a flip side bristle brush which is a plus if you like the feel of a bristle brush. This is a must have if you own a Shih Tzu. Don't try your own pin brush on your Tzu, though, because you will be disappointed. Human pin brushes have little tips at the ends that won't go through the Shih Tzu's double coat.
Oblong Pin Brush
If you need an everyday brush, that is a little less expensive, the Safari Wire Pin Brush - Small works really well especially with the Shih Tzu's double coat. The cost is reasonable and so far, they have proven to be durable. Check it out.
These Shih Tzu brushes have little metal bristles without the rounded ends making them perfect for brushing your Tzu’s undercoat.
Since these bristles are very sharp, you shouldn’t use them around the dog’s eyes. It’s better to use the metal or steel comb on the mustache and beard.
They come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
|I particularly like the Safari Self-Cleaning Large Small Slicker Brush for Dogs for the casual groomer because it is so easy to clean. Just push the button and the hair is lifted off the brush.|
The steel comb is used after you have thoroughly brushed out the coat. You can go over the entire body and face with comb to remove any last tangles or mats.
Any small mats that remain can be loosened with a steel comb or worked out with the end of the comb, making it one of the best de-tangling tools.
You can also use a comb on the face and to make a part down the back of the Tzu, although a comb with a rat tail works better for making a part down the center of the back.
Some people prefer to comb rather than brush the hair. Steel combs or greyhound combs as they are often called come in a variety of sizes from very fine toothed combs to wide toothed combs. Many combs will have a choice fine/coarse, medium/coarse and face/finishing styles.
For more information on brushing and combing, click here to read our pages on grooming and mat removal.
Extra fine combs (face/finishing combs) work well on the face, but another option is to use a flea comb. Flea Combs have very fine teeth and can be used to spot a flea or remove dried debris from the eyes.
Even if your Shih Tzu does not have fleas, I recommend getting a flea comb, just to use on the face to remove debris under the eyes, in the whiskers, and on the beard.
If your Tzu is like mine, they often enjoy "Wearing" their food, so you need something to get out all of those crumbs.
The rattail comb is used for parting the hair. If you keep your dog in a short puppy cut with no topknot, this comb won't be necessary. While you can use the side of a regular steel comb for parting, a rat tail comb works much better.
These combs are used to make a part down the back of a long haired Shih Tzu. They are also used to partition off the hair when making a topknot. This comb is recommended if you'd like to grow your Shih Tzu's hair out and pin up the top hairs into a ponytail or topknot.