The traditional grooming pattern for a schnauzer gives the dog a distinctive look. The back and snout of the dog are usually shaved with longer fur on the legs. The look is completed with bushy eyebrows and a long beard, making the dog look a bit like an old man.
The schnauzer needs to be bathed about once per month. Special care should be taken to avoid creating mats in the fur during bath time. Before the bath, brush the dog out with a slicker brush to remove any loose hair. During the bath, massage and squeeze the shampoo through the fur instead of rubbing it. Rinse the dog really well, making sure all of the shampoo is out of the fur. Left over shampoo can irritate the skin and make for an itchy pooch. After the bath, blot the fur dry with a towel, squeezing the longer fur to remove excess water.
Washing the Face
Their long beards make the schnauzer a bit of a sloppy eater. You will need to wash your schnauzer’s face just about every day. For the most part, you can wipe the face down with a damp washcloth. Make sure you get the area around the eyes and all around the mouth. During regular baths, shampoo and rinse the head and face first. Just be careful not to get soap or water in the dog’s eyes or ears.
The schnauzer is a double coated dog and can develop mats in the fur every easily if grooming is not properly maintained. Brush the legs, arm pits and belly with a slicker brush at least every two days to avoid mats. If a mat starts to form, use a pin brush or metal comb to work the mat out. Brush the beard everyday to remove small pieces of food and avoid a stinky face.
Other Grooming Maintenance
In addition to regular bathing and brushing, your schnauzer needs to have his teeth brushed at least a couple of times a week, if not daily. You should also check and trim his nails monthly. Brush the teeth with a K9 toothpaste and finger brush. You can either trim the nails with a bladed clipper or use a rotary tool. If you are afraid of cutting the quick, which is a blood vessel in the nail, opt for the rotary tool and file the nails down instead.