How Do You Place a Topknot on a Shih Tzu?

How Do You Place a Topknot on a Shih Tzu?

A topknot is a popular hairstyle for many Shih Tzu owners, which isn’t really surprising since it offers both utility and beauty. Shih Tzu puppies, for example, often need a topknot to keep stray hair out of their face and ensure they can see clearly. Even adult Shih Tzus look great with a topknot, which turns their long hair into a waterfall of bouncy locks.

If you’re planning to place a topknot on your Shih Tzu, don’t worry since doing so isn’t that hard. This is particularly true if your pet is already used to bathing, brushing, and other grooming practices and doesn’t fidget so much when he’s on the grooming table. You can start by taking these steps:


1.Gather the tools you need. These include a rat tail comb, a fine tooth comb, and a grooming pillow (which supports your pet’s chin and makes him more comfortable). You’ll also need small elastic bands, but make sure to choose those that won’t pull or rip out hair. Rubber bands that are 5/16th in size are ideal for Shih Tzu puppies; you’ll need bigger ones if you have an adult Shih Tzu.

2.Clean your Shih Tzu’s face, then use the fine tooth comb to remove any mats.

3.Put on his grooming pillow.

4.Comb back the hair on your Shih Tzu’s head. Using the rat tail comb, make a part from the inner corner of his left eye to the back of his head. Do the same thing from the inner corner of his right eye to the back of his head. Use a comb to gather a handful of hairs from the inner corners of his eyes.

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5.Tie this handful with a rubber band to make the front topknot. After tying, pull up the band to loosen it a bit and create a puffy look. Doing this will ensure that your Shih Tzu’s hair won’t pull on his skin and eyes.

6.Using the comb, make a part with the remaining back section of hair on each side. Make sure to reach the back of your Shih Tzu’s head.

7.Gather the hairs from the back section and tie it with another rubber band to create the back topknot. Pull up the band to loosen it and avoid irritating your pet’s sensitive skin.

8.Gather the front and back topknots and join them together to create one large topknot. You can do this using another rubber band, but you can also use a cute puppy or doggy bow. If you decide to use a bow, you’ll need to put it on the front topknot (ensure the bow’s rubber band sits under the rubber band holding the topknot to make the bow stable). Once the bow is in place, get another rubber band to tie the front and back topknots together.

There you have it! By taking these steps, you’ll give your beloved Shih Tzu a beautiful topknot. If you have a Shih Tzu puppy, he’ll most likely end up with a short and spiky topknot since his hair isn’t long enough yet. But, if he’s already an adult and hasn’t had his hair cut, his long flowing hair will cascade down from the topknot in a beautiful arc.

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