How to Brush a Schnauzer

Schnauzers are adorable and distinctive.
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The schnauzer is a robust, hearty dog in three sizes: giant, standard and miniature. All three are characterized by their "beards" and double coats. The schnauzer's top coat is a wiry and firm, while the undercoat is soft. Schnauzers require regular brushing to avoid tangles, knots and mats.

Step 1

Brush your schnauzer before washing him. While it may seem logical to brush your dog after a bath, the way humans brush their hair, it actually is better to brush prior to the bath to avoid knots while washing your dog's fur.

Step 2

Brush upward against the dog's coat. This will get into the undercoat and not just the top coat of fur. Brush the schnauzer's beard -- it gets knotted, too -- legs and underskirt. Be gentle but firm with the brush.

Step 3

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After brushing your schnauzer thoroughly, follow with a comb. Combing can often find knots and mats that the brush missed; and it is important to get these combed out of the dog's fur before they become large and difficult to untangle.

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