Shih Tzu Dog Costume Photos including Merry Christmas Cards

Shih Tzu's dressed up for Christmas

The Shih Tzu's dressed up for Christmas.
The Shih Tzu's dressed up for Christmas. | Source

Dog Christmas Cards

What does a Merry Christmas Greeting Card and pictures of Shih Tzu prize winners have to do with obedience training? Stay tuned...

What is the cutest Christmas card that you received this year? Readers of this hub are about to see one of our favorites!

If you are like us, the Christmas cards arrive a few at a time early in the month of December and steadily increase coming in bunches each day and then trail off later in the month with a few really late arrivals.

My husband and I happily read each card and notation or Christmas letter as it arrives and stack them to be enjoyed at least one more time before discarding them.

A few special Christmas cards, especially those with photos are worth keeping from year to year.

I thought that you might like seeing our most favorite Merry Christmas greeting card in the nature of cute Christmas cards that made its way from a Peoria, Illinois post office to ours in Houston, Texas this year.

Shih Tzu Christmas card

Christmas card that we received this year.  Titled the "Shih Tzu Christmas Gang" this was the winning entry in the Holiday National You News Best Holiday Pet Contest!
Christmas card that we received this year. Titled the "Shih Tzu Christmas Gang" this was the winning entry in the Holiday National You News Best Holiday Pet Contest! | Source
2011 Christmas Card
2011 Christmas Card | Source

Personal Christmas cards

Many people like to personalize their Christmas cards with photos of their families, vacation scenery or pets as well as other subjects.

There is no limit beyond one's imagination as to what can be utilized to create a unique and pleasing greeting card for Christmas or any other seasonal greeting during the year.

For my cousin Tom and his wife, Judi, they have the perfect subject matter with their pet Shih Tzu doggies.

Not only are they darling little dogs, but Judi has more than a passing interest.

In addition to having these friendly canines as companions and pets in their home...she also grooms their Shih Tzu and trains them and has won many ribbons and prizes in shows featuring the aspect of obedience.

Besides all of that, she is pretty handy with a camera...wouldn't you agree?

Shih Tzu's cooling off from the summer heat.

Shih Tzu's cooling off from the summer heat.
Shih Tzu's cooling off from the summer heat. | Source

Shih Tzu dogs dressed up as "Three Blind Mice"

"Three Blind Mice"
"Three Blind Mice" | Source

Photo contest winners

Judi likes to submit her Shih Tzu photos in competitions and last year won the grand prize from their local television station in Peoria for their Halloween contest.

Her Shih Tzu pets love being dressed and from what she says they love posing for pictures.

In fact, it is difficult to get a solo shot of just one dog without the others wanting to be a part of the scene.

"Three Blind Mice" was their winning contest entry in the Halloween contest.

Judi's doggies have been dressed one year as a "Chain gang."

Another time they were the "Baywatch Beach Crew" and three of them were the swimmers, one was a shark and one the lifeguard.

Obviously this is a fun pass-time for my cousins and their Shih Tzu dogs also seem to enjoy the attention they get with the different pet wear that they sport.

Shih Tzu dog dressed as lifeguard

Here is one of her Shih Tzu dogs posing as the lifeguard in the "Baywatch Beach Crew."
Here is one of her Shih Tzu dogs posing as the lifeguard in the "Baywatch Beach Crew." | Source

Shih Tzu dog dressed for cold weather

I'm warm and toasty due to my loving parents buying me this fashionable attire.
I'm warm and toasty due to my loving parents buying me this fashionable attire. | Source

Shih Tzu Puppies

Pets clothing

Whether one is dressing one's pets for contest entries or merely trying to offer them some added warmth when the weather is cold outside, there are many dog outfits that can be purchased.

Everything from dog vests to dog coats, sweaters for dogs and dog jackets are available to keep your pets warm and fashionably attired.

Is it raining outside and your canine friend doesn't like getting his feet or fur wet?

No problem!

Just get him some rain gear and dog boots and he will be ready to go outside and play or do other necessary "business."

Nap time!

Nap time!  It is hard posing for all of these photos!
Nap time! It is hard posing for all of these photos! | Source

Sweaters for dogs

My mother once had a Lhasa Apso that loved wearing a sweater. In fact once he had it on his body he disliked having it removed and he fussed a bit each time we had to undress him whether it was to wash the item or because the weather was becoming too warm for him to still be wearing his sweater.

We have had similar experiences with dogs that have been groomed through the years. Often they were given a new scarf to wear. They always seemed happy to be wearing them and seemed to dislike having them taken from them.

If you bathe your dogs and they regularly wear a collar, they are always so happy to be given back their collars!

I guess just as we humans like certain possessions, so do our canine friends.

Do your dogs like wearing their collars and/or other clothing?

  • They love their collars!
  • Yes, they like sweaters and other clothing which keeps them warm.
  • They like wearing boots and/or rain gear.
  • They seem to like being dressed up in different costumes.
  • They like a combination of the above.
  • Nope. My dogs wear nothing.
See results without voting

5 Shih Tzu dogs dressed for winter

The Gullickson Shih Tzu dogs dressed for Winter.
The Gullickson Shih Tzu dogs dressed for Winter. | Source

Dogs 101 Shih Tzu

Grooming Shih Tzu Bella (round/teddy bear face)

Shih Tzu dogs


The Shih Tzu dogs have been in existence for centuries and were palace pets during the Ming Dynasty.


Supposedly they are a cross between the Lhasa Apso dog and the Pekingese.

Discovered by soldiers during World War 2, they have increased in numbers becoming a most popular breed.


Shih Tzu dogs are small making them a perfect size for people living in apartments.

Unlike larger breeds who need more space to run, play and exercise, these smaller dogs can do fine with more limited exercise.

They do need daily brushing and frequent grooming however.


With their sweet personalities Shih Tzu love the attention that this brings making it easy to form a life-long bond with these little beauties and cuties.

We like our new loveseat!

We like our new loveseat!
We like our new loveseat! | Source

More cute pictures

Source
Source

Obedience Training

My cousin's wife Judi spends countless hours training her Shih Tzu dogs from the time that they are puppies and continuing as they grow older.

Obedience training has paid off not only in having well behaved dogs, but in a plethora of ribbons, titles and trophies for Judi and her pets.

One of her dogs, Sofie, won the rating of High in trial at the Shih Tzu National Dog Show last year. Her registered name is Trinket's I'll Go First and she is #2 in the top 10 of her breed in the American Kennel Club Obedience ranking!

This certainly attests to the dedication and effort in which she expends when working with her darling Shih Tsu babies.

Shih Tsu dogs ( just like the Lhasa Apso dogs ) have an almost baby shape when holding them.

Looking into those widely spaced and rounded eyes, they are sure to charm almost any kind of dog lover.

Judi and Tom's Shih Tzu dogs would entertain and please them even if they did not have a growing assortment of ribbons and titles.

But...nice to know that other people also enjoy and appreciate the work that has gone into making them the "stars" that they are!

Judi also teaches classes at the Peoria Obedience Training Club ( POTC ) in Pottstown, Illinois which is a part of the Peoria region.

So if you wish for your furry friends to be as well behaved as Tom and Judi Gullickson's, and you live near Peoria, you might wish to enroll your family ( you and your dogs ) into some of these classes.

5 Shih Tzu dogs dressed for harvest time.

All ready for harvest time!
All ready for harvest time! | Source

Shih Tzu dressed up for a party.

It must be my birthday!
It must be my birthday! | Source

Dog grooming

Judi Gullickson not only raises and shows her champion sired Shih Tzu in various competitions, but she also grooms them.

Judi's dogs are "in coat" which means that they are the long haired confirmation showdogs. This takes a lot of effort to keep their coats flowing and silky.

With a total of five Shih Tzu as a part of the Gullickson family, brushing sessions with each of them would be a part of a daily routine.

I wonder if they also get daily massages?

If so...can I be adopted? (Smile)

Suffice it to say, these Shih Tzu Gullickson darlings are well pampered and loved!

Tender Touch Dog Grooming is the name of Judi's business in Peoria.

If you live in Peoria, Illinois and wish for Judi to groom your special Shih Tzu friend, they will be well tended.

Most people who are not showing their dogs choose to have them trimmed in a shorter style which is easier to be kept matt free.

Her friend and the breeder of Judi's champion sired dogs, Julie Burns, also works with her. The location of Julie's breeding business is Metamora, Illinois.

2 Shih Tzu dogs wearing sunglasses.

Two of Tom and Judi's Shih Tzu dogs...Sophie and Sadie
Two of Tom and Judi's Shih Tzu dogs...Sophie and Sadie | Source

4 Shih Tzu dogs dressed like daisies?

Aren't we cute?
Aren't we cute? | Source

By now you know why we really enjoyed our Merry Christmas Greeting Card from my cousins and have learned a bit more about their Shih Tzu prize winners, obedience training and dog grooming...all of which goes hand in hand with my cousin's great interest in showing and photographing their cute little ( and no doubt well pampered ) babies.

What can they possibly do to top this year's Christmas card? Guess we will have to wait and see next year's pictures!

Peoria, Illinois where these Gullickson Shih Tzu's and "their people" live.

A markerPeoria, Illinois -
Peoria, IL, USA
[get directions]

Additional Shih Tzu photos with and without costumes courtesy of Judi Gullickson.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Wearing my shadesI'm so pretty!PalsOur new Easter bonnetsDid you say something?Our mommy and daddy pamper us and rightfully so!Can't wait to dig into these goodies!Sleeping amidst just a few of my toys.Aren't I cute?Ho Hum!  Another ribbon!Walking with our mom, Judi.Another 4th of July celebration!Now I can see better!Judi and one of her babiesIn the swim of things!
Wearing my shades
Wearing my shades | Source
I'm so pretty!
I'm so pretty! | Source
Pals
Pals | Source
Our new Easter bonnets
Our new Easter bonnets | Source
Did you say something?
Did you say something? | Source
Our mommy and daddy pamper us and rightfully so!
Our mommy and daddy pamper us and rightfully so! | Source
Can't wait to dig into these goodies!
Can't wait to dig into these goodies! | Source
Sleeping amidst just a few of my toys.
Sleeping amidst just a few of my toys. | Source
Aren't I cute?
Aren't I cute? | Source
Ho Hum!  Another ribbon!
Ho Hum! Another ribbon! | Source
Walking with our mom, Judi.
Walking with our mom, Judi. | Source
Another 4th of July celebration!
Another 4th of July celebration! | Source
Now I can see better!
Now I can see better! | Source
Source
Source
Source
Judi and one of her babies
Judi and one of her babies | Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
In the swim of things!
In the swim of things! | Source
Source

About this author...

To read a short bio & have access to Peggy W's library of articles which include travel, recipes, gardening and more...CLICK HERE.

Shih Tzu pals!

The Gullickson gang
The Gullickson gang | Source

Did you like this hub? If so, please take time to give it a star rating. Thank you!!!

5 out of 5 stars from 4 ratings of Shih Tzu dogs in costumes

© 2011 Peggy Woods

More by this Author


Comments are welcomed! 55 comments

Peggy W profile image

Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Audrey,

The cute Shih Tzu doggies certainly are cute. Wishing you a very happy holiday season and peaceful new year ahead.


AudreyHowitt profile image

AudreyHowitt 9 months ago from California

Loved, loved this!! Happy holidays Peggy!


Peggy W profile image

Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Patricia,

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year to come filled with blessings and peace. Appreciate the greetings and happy that the cute pictures of these Shih Tzu kids made you smile.


pstraubie48 profile image

pstraubie48 9 months ago from sunny Florida

Hi Peggy SInce you posted this the first time I try to stop and take a peek at the dolls!! How cute.

Thanks for taking the time to share them with us.

Angels are on the way to you and yours and wishing you a most lovely Christmas and a blessed New Year ps


Peggy W profile image

Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi moonlake,

Your Chihuahuas would certainly be cute together if you could get them to pose. Snap lots of pictures! Maybe one or more will turn out great. Hope you are enjoying this holiday season. Let's all pray for peace in this world!


    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working