Schnauzers are a beloved breed of dog known for their unique appearance, including their distinctive facial hair. Their facial hair requires regular grooming to keep it healthy and prevent matting and tangling. In this blog post, we'll provide you with top tips on how to groom your Schnauzer's face, and the rest of them, plus some tips on general health! Whether giant, standard or miniature.
Brushing: Schnauzers’ need regular brushing with a firm slicker to remove dead hairs and keep the coat in good condition. Schnauzers shed very little, and are considered a hypoallergenic dog breed, meaning maintenance of the coat can be kept at a minimum without finding too many stray hairs around your home!
Bathing: Schnauzers’ only need occasional baths to keep their coat looking and smelling fresh. Using a wiry coat shampoo is best for schnauzers – Nature’s Specialties Almond Crisp is designed specifically for these kind of coats. Avoid getting water and soap in their eyes and ears. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
Cleaning the Beard: Schnauzers' beards can become stained and smelly if not cleaned regularly. Use a damp cloth to wipe their beard daily and a dog-friendly dry-wash to deep clean their beard once a week.
Maintaining the Eyebrows: Schnauzers' eyebrows are a distinctive feature of their appearance and require regular maintenance. Brush their eyebrows daily to prevent matting and use scissors to trim them to a uniform length.
Eye Care: Tear stains are a common issue with Bichon Frise as they often experience eye discharge. This can cause the fur around the eyes to become discoloured. To remove these tears, it’s best to use a solution like Groom Professional Fresh No More Tears or Show Tech No More Tear Stains. Just apply a few drops of the liquid, then clean with a soft cloth or cotton pad.
Ear Cleaning: Ear cleaning is a semi-regular process that you can carry out to keep your pet’s ears clean and comfortable. Use a gentle ear cleaning solution and a cotton ball or pad to clean the outer ear. Avoid inserting anything into the ear canal, as this can cause damage and discomfort.
Dental Hygiene: Maintaining your Schnauzer's dental health is crucial to prevent bad breath, gum disease and tooth loss. You can use a dental care solution – like Nature’s Specialties spray or Groom Professional Fresh Breath foam, or alternatively, brush their teeth. For long-term, easily maintained dental care, consider providing dental treats or toys designed to help clean their teeth. But most importantly, always follow veterinarian advice when it comes to anything that can affect your pet’s long-term health!
Day-to-day care of your Schnauzer shouldn’t be a daunting task, and by following the steps above you’ll find it easy to maintain a healthy, happy hound that always looks and feels their best!