The Shih Tzu has a long thick coat and requires a lot of care and time. If they are not groomed every day the coat will matt and knot very easily, and this will cause your dog skin pain, quite apart from looking messy and uncared for. The fur on their nose grows upwards and then hangs down when it is longer. The fur on their head should be either tied up or trimmed so that it doesn’t get in their eyes.Also, in hot weather clipping their tummy fur will help to keep them cool. Apart from keeping your Shih Tzu’s fur in tip top condition, the act of grooming will also alert you to any skin or health conditions in their early stages. Breeders recommend that you don’t groom your puppy Shih Tzu until it is around 9 months old, or until the full adult coat has appeared.