Do Shih Tzu Shed Hair: Puppy and Adult Shedding

There’s a lot of info on the internet saying that Shih Tzu is a breed that doesn’t shed at all because they have hair instead of fur. That’s a popular misconception. Think about it – you have hair as well, does it mean that you never lose them? Of course not. The thing is, there are only two differences between hair and fur:

  • Length;
  • Texture.

The hair can grow long, while the fur rarely grows over 2 inches and it’s slightly thinner than the fur. And that’s all. So, of course, the hair will break and be shed, just the way it’s displayed is a bit different.

Adult Shih Tzu Shedding

For the dog breeds with a fur coat, the shedding is obvious – you just find a lot of short hair everywhere, or they stay in your hand after petting the animal. The Shih Tzu hair is very long and thin, so the rare hair that can be found on the floor or furniture are hardly noticeable or sometimes are mistaken for human hair. But most of the shed hair actually gets entangled in the coat that’s why you do not notice is falling out.

If you don’t take care of your dog’s coat you soon will notice multiple knots and entangled hair on its coat, especially around the legs and the belly. This will cause discomfort to a dog and spoil its looks. The best way to avoid this problem is to comb and brush your Shih Tzu regularly. For proper grooming you’ll need:

  • Bristle brush;
  • Comb;
  • Misting Conditioner (optional).
Important! Use for grooming only the products approved for animals and never the human ones!

The first time you brush the hair of a Shih Tzu be careful, you need to reach through the coat to get to all the possible shed hair in it, but not to make your dog uncomfortable. After a couple of times, you’ll find the right pressure. It’s recommended to use the antistatic conditioner before brushing or combing. Be gentle and go over the whole body, not ignoring the tender parts, such as the belly. If all is done properly, you will see the pulled out shed hair on your brush.

Use the comb after the brush, to make sure is passes smoothly through all the coat, then you can use a light leave-in conditioner to keep the moisture in the coat, to prevent dryness of the skin.

Usually, the adult dogs shed during couple of weeks during the spring time and then again in fall, as a preparation for the colder weather. The Shih Tzu are following the same pattern, so that’s the season transition moment when you have to care about your pet’s coat the most. Though often some of the dogs that mostly live indoors are not as exposed to temperature changes and do not have the same shedding schedule.

Puppy Shedding

The puppy of any dog, and Shih Tzu, is not an exception, have a much thinner and lighter coat than the adult dog. It makes the puppy look toy-like fluffy and doesn’t grow as long as the adult coat.

At the age between 3 to 9 months, this baby hair will be replaced by the adult coat. And sometimes this process takes as little as one month! That’s a lot of shedding. There’s absolutely nothing to do with it and it’s an absolutely normal process that will be finished once all the hair are replaced. This one you just get to live through.

Pregnancy Shedding

The other time your Shih Tzu might shed a lot – is during the late pregnancy or right after it. This is an absolutely normal process. Once the hormones will settle down – all the hair will grow back as beautiful as always, don’t worry.

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Written by Silvia Brown
Glad to see you, my friends! I started this blog several years ago as a hobby and continue to write articles about dogs.
I'm a dog lover and the proud owner of two wonderful dogs: French Bulldog Maya and Beagle Tom. It's been more than 10 years since I had a dogs and worked closely with them. I've raised four dogs throughout my life and have experience assisting in the births of two dogs. At least once a week, I volunteer with friends at a dog shelter AMA Animal Rescue and Animal Care Centers of NYC in NY.

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