In traditional Chinese, “Shih tzu Kou” can be literally translated to mean “Lion Dog”, a name which highlights the unique lion-like coats and faces as distinguishing features of the breed.
Originally bred as companion animals to ancient Chinese royalty, with characteristic flowing hair, Shih-Tzus coats are traditionally worn long to give the impression that the small dogs are floating as they move. The long and luxurious mane of a modern Shih Tzu requires a lot of maintenance whether you choose to groom your pet at home or take your pet to a professional groomer. To properly maintain a Shih Tzu’s coat, it must be brushed, bathed and clipped regularly.
If you choose to groom your Shih Tzu’s coat yourself, it is imperative to use properly functioning and well-performing grooming tools. It is essential to have a high-quality pet clipper that is powerful, versatile and durable.
We have gathered 3 of our top choices of pet clippers that are best for small breeds like the Shih Tzu. The clippers listed below are all great choices for grooming your Shih-Tzu and all are capable of a professional-standard cut. While the prices of these clippers may be more expensive than the cheaper and lower quality products available in some pet stores, these models provide much better results.
- Wahl Bravura Cordless Clipper
Wahl branded products have long been renowned for their durability and reliability. The Wahl Bravura Cordless Clipper is a great choice of pet clipper if you would like to give your Shih-Tzu a quality grooming in the comfort of your home.
The top speed for this model is 5500SPM which delivers a quick and efficient cut. This speed and power is capable of tackling hard to manage tangled and matted fur.
The wireless charging feature of this model’s lithium-ion battery cuts the power cord and makes grooming simple and tangle-free. Cordless models usually lack the power that cabled models would have, but the Bravura provides more than enough power and speed to trim and tidy your Shih-Tzus coat.
Quiet, cool and comfortable to hold in the hand, the Bravura is an overall excellent choice for your pet.
- Oster A5 Turbo 2-Speed
Perhaps the most popular choice amongst pet owners is the Oster A5 Turbo 2 Speed. Oster has become known as a brand that delivers a standard of high-quality motorized products. The A5 Turbo is no exception as this model is professional grade in quality and capable of handling any type of coat whether it be curly, thick, long or matted.
The A5 Turbo has a powerful motor that executes a clean, smooth cut and features two speeds at 3000SPM or 4000SPM, to provide powerful and efficient performance. Its weight gives a secure feeling in the hand and indicates its durability. Oster’s reputation of building reliable motors and sharp, sturdy cutting blades continues with the Oster A5 Turbo.
- Andis Ultra Edge AGC Super 2-Speed
This corded model of pet clipper is great for tackling many types of pet fur. Designed in a rounded shape with a wider base, the Andis Ultra edge is comfortable to manage during an at-home grooming. With its 14-foot power cable, this model allows for freedom of movement and easy maneuverability while grooming. Its powerful 2-speed motor enables you to manage tough tangling in your pet’s fur, while at the same time operating with a quiet motor to prevent your pet from becoming agitated at the loud noise. Easy to clean, oil and care for, this option is an excellent choice for your pup.
Article contributed by Adam Conrad of ShihTzuExpert.com