My bfs family have two Schnauzers, a giant and a mini . They usually just shave the top and the skirt starts at about level with the dogs shoulder/hips. And the belly is usually just trimmed evenly with the rest of the hair. The legs are usually long and the beard is long too, just keep it trimmed neatly. Just use a longer blade to blend in the skirt, going down the rib cage not across.
Do you shave your dogs? I know some people only cut and pluck their schnauzers (shaving makes the hair too soft).
Do your schnauzers beards smell? Or isn't it the best when they take a drink and come see you, dripping water all over?lol. Those beards sure collect alot of stuff.
I don't think that shaving really ruins their coat. What wrong with a soft coat?? Merico, I think groomers overcharge anyways and if you watch them sometimes with dogs, they don't really show any love to the dog. I've called a few around town because I wanted Rocky blown out. They are all to snooty for me. Like I'm going to pay someone 60 dollars to blowdry my dog. Good luck, and post some pics so we can see how you did.
Dogs hate going to the groomer, they are better off having their owner cutting their hair and cutting their nails rather then someone they don't know. besides I don't think dogs really care how beautiful their hair cut is LOL But then again if your not very good at doing their hair and if it looks bad when you cut it, i would suggest taking them to the groomers LOL
I take mine to the groomer but am having her work with me so I can do them all at home. The last time we went Roxy got a schnauzer cut too because I took the line on her back legs too low...oops! Their skirts are at the top of their legs but go down further on the back legs. Their heads / ears are clipped short but their eyelashes and beards are long with the eyebrows trimmed. I went online a while ago and found a step-by-step guide for grooming schnauzer's that made it look easy.
My daughter found a purebred Schnauzer about six weeks ago. She posted fliers everywhere looking for her owner. Visited all the local shelters also. No response. She can't keep her and has been searching for her a home. She does not want to take her to the pound. She asked me to groom her since her hair is getting long. I have done the Schnauzer cut on my Shih Tzu so I am hoping I can do it right on her. If anyone knows of anyone wanting a little female I live in Texas. She is a real sweetheart and just loves my 3 yr old grandson. I can't keep her I already have enough dogs.
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