Schnauzers are sturdy, medium size dogs that originated from Germany. They are known not only for their protectiveness and natural abilities as guard dogs, but also for their wiry coats and the beards and moustaches that grow on their muzzles. In fact, the breed's name comes from the German word schnauze, which means muzzle. A schnauzer's beard is typically not clipped short. However, the beard can be trimmed carefully to keep a proper shape and eliminate errant hairs.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- Dog shampoo
- Dog conditioner
- Brush or comb
- Barber scissors
- Thinning scissors
Wash and comb your schnauzer so that its coat is free of mats and tangles. The long hairs of a schnauzer's beard can trap food particles, so washing your dog will make the trimming process easier.
Comb the beard forward and trim it with barber scissors in a line straight down from the widest part of the skull. Be sure to hold the scissors parallel to the side of the dog's head and avoid angling them inward. Angling the scissors may result in a triangular look instead of the traditional boxy shape.
Blend the hair where the cheeks and beard meet with thinning scissors and trim away straggly hairs. Step back and check that the beard is even all the way around your dog's muzzle.
Tips and warnings
- If the bridge of the nose and the eye area need attention, hand pluck any fuzzy hairs.
- You may want to have an assistant hold the schnauzer still as you trim near its face and eye area.
- Do not shave the top layer of the beard as this can create a hollow eye appearance.
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