There are so many ways you can customize your Shih-Poo‘s looks. You can tend to their hair type and have a groomer make them look adorable. The process isn’t that difficult either since all you have to do is find out what hairstyle they were meant to have. There are certain factors that can limit your choices, such as your Shih-Poo’s hair type and the climate in your region.
It’s important that you get familiar with how these factors impact your pet. You’re bound to think about them sooner or later, and planning ahead could save you money and valuable time.
Generally, Shih-Poos can genetically inherit the same type of coat their biological parents have. Interestingly enough, they can also develop a combination of both hair types. The coats they can develop range from anything in between curly (Poodle) and straight (Shih-Tzu). Tending to their hair can be quite a challenge and depends on the length of their hair. In many cases, your region’s climate can also impact the options you’re limited to. Cutting your dog’s hair short can help their skin breathe better under high temperatures. Similarly, long and unkempt hair can lead to debris or dirt getting clumped up with the knots in their hair, compromising the safety of your dog’s eyes.
There are tons of options available for your pet to without having to face any of the obstacles mentioned above. A professional groomer can give you a better idea about the best options for your Shih-Poo.
To ensure you get the best haircut for your dog, you should consider their tendency to shed, including how often and how much they shed. Luckily, Shih-Poo owners generally don’t have to tackle many of the problems associated with grooming and cleaning after designer pets. Their Shih-Tzu parents shed a little while Poodles shed little to no hair. As a result, Shih-Poos do shed, but it’s far more manageable than breeds like the Alaskan Malamute or Golden Retriever. Most haircuts can work out well for your Shih-Poo.
You can make your pet look young or intimidating simply based on the hairstyle you choose for them. You can select various hairstyles depending on your dog’s hair type, shedding intensity, and the temperature in your area.
The Puppy Cut
The puppy cut is a very low-maintenance haircut for your Shih-Poo. The dog’s coat is kept short (1-2″) for the entire body, head to toe. Variations of this haircut include letting some or most parts of the coat grow out to a moderate length with minor adjustments here and there. This is the simplest haircut you can opt for.
The Lion Cut
If you want your Shih-Poo to have a distinct look, you can opt for the lion cut. Most of the body’s hair is kept short, while the hair around the face is exaggerated to mimic a lion’s mane. This haircut looks stylish and is pretty easy to manage as well. However, you should pay close attention to the mane. Keep it clean and untangled to prevent your dog’s face from collecting dust or debris.
The Teddy Bear Cut
If you have an active Shih-Poo who loves playing in puddles, you can choose the teddy bear cut. All the hair on your dog’s body is cut quite short (1/2-1″), including the face. It gives your dog a soft, rounded appearance like a teddy bear. This haircut is easy to manage, and you can conveniently clean your dog’s coat after outdoor activities.
The Top Knot
For a top knot haircut, the hair on the top of the head is clipped up and kept away from your dog’s eyes (can be kept short too). Depending on your dog’s hair type, you can keep the ponytail long or short. This is a very practical haircut for active Shih-Poos. It helps them see better since they don’t have any strands of hair blocking their vision.
If your Shih-Poo’s coat grows long faster than you’re expecting it, then consider a haircut where you keep the body’s hair short. It makes it easier to manage their seasonal shedding habits.
The Short Cut
As the name implies, the short cut involves cutting down all of your pet’s body hair, leaving only the hair around the ears to grow longer. This can make shedding and cleaning easier to manage.
Shih-Poos cannot tolerate temperature extremes as well as other breeds. When deciding what haircut is best for your Shih-Poo, consider the climate in your region.
If you live in a tropical region, the temperature probably stays high throughout the summer. Clipping your Shih-Poo’s hair short is a better idea for the summer months.
If you live in a cold, mountainous region, winter probably lasts longer in your area. In this case, let your Shih-Poo’s hair grow long enough to keep him warm. You should still get a cut to prevent tangles, but avoid cutting it too short or your furbaby will have trouble regulating his temperature.
It is no surprise that some haircuts look better on some Shih-Poos than others. Your dog’s features play a large role in what haircut would look best on them. Whether it’s the eyes or nose, the haircut should enhance their best features. A professional groomer can give you a good idea about which haircut draws attention to your dog’s best features.
Another factor that requires attention is hygiene. The length of your dog’s coat also impacts the level of cleanliness. Urine, feces, and dirt can easily attach to your dog’s belly, hind legs, and genital areas. It is best to cut the hair in these areas short.
Your dog’s activity level is also an important factor to consider when choosing a haircut. Dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors will do better with a simple and practical haircut where the hair is kept short.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with haircuts till you find the best one for your Shih-Poo. As long as you ensure hygiene and optimal hair length, you can be as creative as you like.