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Grooming supplies for your Shih Tzu

Here is a handy Shih Tzu Grooming Supplies wish list for all of you potential "Do-it-Yourself" Dog Grooming Enthusiasts.

So you just brought your new Shih Tzu Puppy Home and don’t know where to begin with grooming.  Relax. 

Part of owning a Shih Tzu dog is grooming that wonderfully soft luxurious coat.

Fortunately, at first all you will need is a good shampoo, a good pin brush, comb and nail clipper.  As you go along, you will want to pick up some more supplies to keep your Shih Tzu looking great.  Here is a list of basic Shih Tzu grooming supplies for the pet Tzu to get you started.

Basic Shih Tzu Grooming Supplies

You will want to keep your Shih Tzu grooming supplies handy for when you have a moment or two to brush or comb that lovely coat. 

At first, your supplies will be limited, but as you get more experienced, you may want to purchase additional materials. 

A tote bag or make-up box works well at first or you may want to empty out a drawer to use exclusively for your Tzu's beauty supplies. 

I use a cabinet in my kitchen but also have a portable box upstairs and in my office.  You just never know when the opportunity to groom might strike, so I always adhere to the Boy Scout Motto:  Be Prepared!!

Wahl Professional Animal Paw Print Travel Tote Bag

mDesign Dog Grooming Storage Tote for Shampoo, Scissors, Pet Supplies - Large, Clear

A portable system works best if you plan to travel with your pet, but if all of your grooming tasks will be done at home, something more permanent might be your best answer.

Once you have your storage needs met, its time to fill them up with your own personal Shih Tzu Grooming Supplies. But, before you do, let's get something especially for you!

You don't have to be a professional groom to appreciate a plastic smock for keeping water and dog hair and (whatever) off of you and your clothes.

My Personal Shih Tzu Grooming Supplies Recommendations

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. 

Brushes and Combs

You can spend a lot of money on brushes and combs that do not last and need to be replaced frequently.  In some cases, it is just better to purchase high quality items that will last.  I have provided some suggestions for products I love.

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Supplies for Bath Time

Even if you get your Shih Tzu professionally groomed every couple of months, you will still need to give him a bath now and again.  I will walk you through the steps of giving a bath and provide some suggestions on supplies you will need.

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Pedicure Supplies

In most cases a complete pedicure includes clipping and/or grinding down the dog's nails.  That is, of course, if you're don't want to get fancy with nail polish.  Before you attempt to clip nails, be sure to have the right supplies available.

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Ears Cleaning

If you have a Shih Tzu, you know they come with ears that need cleaning.  Hair grows continually, especially in some Shih Tzu dogs and ear wax builds up.  Keeping ears clean will prevent ear infections and costly trips to the vet.

Shih Tzu Ears

Read more about caring for your Tzu's ears.


Clippers, blades, combs, Blade cleaner: These will be necessary if you decide to do your own grooming.

Clippers can be used to remove hair around the dog’s rear end or all over if you prefer to keep your Tzu in a shorter cut.

Professional grade clippers can be costly, so look around. You will also need a couple of extra blades.

The higher the number on the blade, the shorter the cut will be. For example, a number 10 or 15 will shave your Tzu down to the skin. A number 3 through 7 is best if you have no tangles and you want some hair left on your Tzu.   If you decide to clip your Shih Tzu at home, I would recommend the following size blades:

#10 Sanitary Clips.  You can also use the #10 on the face to remove stray hairs around the eyes. 

#3-7 for body clips:  (the lower the number, the longer the hair that will remain)  You can also achieve the same look by purchasing a #30 or a #40 and a set of clip on combs.  This option gives you a great deal more flexibility.  It also allows you to have the option of keeping a longer coat on your Tzu.

#15 or higher for removing the hair around and between the paw pads.  (I prefer to use a #30 for this task.)

You will also want to purchase clipper spray and oil and cleaner

Andis 12750 Cool Care Plus, 15.5 oz

Andis Clipper Oil, 4 Ounce

Andis Blade Care Plus Clipper Blade Cleaner

Hair Fashions

Bows, Barrettes, rubber bands: Here’s where the fun comes in and some owners just go nuts purchasing and making bows. A few simple everyday bows work well to keep your Tzu’s hair out of her eyes.  There are so many on the market so I have just added a sample of each.  Click on the image to browse Amazon's large collection of hair fashions for dogs.


For the true at home groomer, you will want to purchase a set of scissors or shears.  There is quite a range in prices, though, so before you go out and invest thousands for top quality shears, I would recommend some less expensive alternatives to get you started.  To be fully stocked and ready to take on any Shih Tzu grooming task, you will need to have the following:

  • Pair of Straight Shears
  • Pair of Curved Shears
  • Pair of Thinning or Blending scissors
  • A small pair of blunt tipped scissors for faces

Curved, Straight and Thinning Shears for Hair Cuts if you decide to do all the grooming yourself. Eventually you will also need thinning shears.  Straight shears work well when trimming legs and to even out tails and ears.  Curved scissors work on the head if you are not planning a top knot.  They can create that special Shih Tzu rounded head look.  Thinning scissors are used where you want to blend scissored and clippered areas so it all looks smooth and neat. 

Blunt tip scissors: A good pair of grooming scissors with rounded or blunt ends can be used to trim around the Tzu’s face if you are keeping her in a puppy clip or around her rear end to prevent any messes getting onto her hair. It’s also a good tool to clip around the bottom of her paw pads. If you can’t get a knot out with either pin or slicker brushes, you may be able to work it out with a pair of grooming scissors.

Scissors can become the most expensive tool in your box, but these listed below are reasonably priced and will work fine.  If you decide to become a professional groomer, you will need to invest in a higher end product.

You can purchase each pair of scissors separately or as a set.  Most sets seem more economical that their individual counterparts. 

TIP:  Always purchase scissors in the pet section of a store or on line.  They will always be less costly than if you purchase from a (human) beauty supply store.

Scissor Sets

Ball Tipped Scissors for Clipping around the Face

More Shih Tzu Grooming Supplies

There is really no end to the number of products you can purchase to groom your dog.  Here are a few more things that are helpful for completing many of the grooming tasks presented on this site.  Read over them and decide what's most important to you.

Cotton Balls

These come in handy for many small jobs such as cleaning around the eyes and ears and for stuffing in the ears when you bathe your dog.

Cotton Tipped Applicators

Cotton Tipped Applicators or Q-tips for carefully cleaning ears.

Wash Cloths, Wipes, Towels, Tissue

Wash cloths or wipes for washing the face, cleaning foot pads and removing debris from around the eyes.

Grooming Table and Arm

Grooming Table:  Not essential but it makes it much easier.  Purchase a grooming table with an arm and leash to secure your dog.  Grooming is much easier with the table accessories.

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