Standard Schnauzer Hairstyles
Animal file: Standard schnauzer
Schnauzers are very affectionate dogs that possess a great and particular beauty. They have a characteristic ‘beard’ that gives even young Schnauzers an old-fashioned style. Their coat consists of two layers, a softer and more dense undercoat, as well as a harder outer coat of guard hairs. Since the guard hairs can grow relatively long, the Standard Schnauzer has more options for haircuts than many other breeds.
We can begin cutting their hair of a Standard Schnauzer from a relatively young age. This not only gives them an appealing style, but it can benefit their well-being. If you want to know the best standard schnauzer hairstyles continue reading this AnimalWised article.
Grooming advice for Standard Schnauzers
If you are lucky enough to have a Schnauzer as a companion animal, you know their fur can grow quite long. You may be looking at our list of Schnauzer haircuts because you want to give them some style, but it is important to remember aesthetics are not the most important grooming factor.
Since long hair can obscure their vision, hide parasites, promote poor hygiene and affect their overall health, grooming Schnauzers is not only recommended, it is necessary. Every responsible Schnauzer guardian will need to consider the following useful grooming tips for your Schnauzer:
- Keep their fur trimmed at a level which is comfortable for them.
- Brush their hair regularly to remove dead hair.
- Wash and brush their beard daily to avoid food stains.
- If you want to hand-strip their hair, it is best to allow a professional to do it.
How often to cut your Schnauzer's hair
For Standard and Giant schnauzers, you may want to get them trimmed at least once a month. Many people also wonder how often does a Miniature Schnauzer have to see a groomer? These dogs require regular grooming every 4-6 weeks. This breed also requires frequent brushing and combing, nail trimming, ear cleaning, as well as clipping or hand stripping.
When can a Schnauzer get their first haircut?
Once your puppy Schnauzer is around 5-8 weeks old, it's time to take them to the groomer for the first time. However, as a puppy you must also familiarize them with an at-home grooming routine. This means brushing their hair regularly and washing their beard as puppies too. Remember that the beard often gets dirty from when they eat. So it's important we wash and brush it to take out any remaining bits of food.
Below you will see the best cuts for a Standard Schnauzer's hair, but you will see most can also be applied to other types of Schnauzer breeds.
Traditional Schnauzer cut
This is the typical cut of the Schnauzer. As you can see, their belly, neck and body have tips cut off to leave short hair. The hair on their belly is evenly cut and the rest is layered. However, their legs are left a little longer while the head has the hair cut short on top. One of the characteristics of the Schnauzer is the hair on their snout. This resembles a beard - which people leave long and just tidy up the tips to keep the cut even.
Despite its name, this is not just a cut for puppies, and a Standard Schnauzer of any age can look lovely with this style. It's also really easy to maintain.
The hair is cut at the same length throughout the body, so they look fluffy. We will not have a strip of hair defined on the belly, as in the previous cut. The hair on the snout is also trimmed, giving the face a more rounded shape than the traditional Schnauzer cut.
The puppy cut can also be applied to other breeds, as you can see with our list of Shih Tzu haircuts.
This is another popular haircut for a Medium/Standard or Miniature Schnauzer. The hair of the neck, the body and the tail are shaved. The hair at the end of the legs is a little longer, although the tips are cut a little to give it a rounded shape. A strip of straight hair is left in the abdomen. The head and cheeks are also shaved to create a contrast with the beard, which is left long and is arranged by cutting the tips.
Similar to the traditional Schnauzer cut, the Poodle cut uses a look which is more common when cutting the hair of Poodle dog breeds. It has a short cut over most of the body, but the legs are cut in such a way they have a ‘puffy’ look which somewhat resembles the coat of a Poodle.
Furry leg cut
A Schnauzer's ability to grow long hair means we can offer a contrast of styles. With the furry leg cut, we get to see a shorter cut on the top and back of the body, with legs kept frilled. It gives the Schnauzer a ‘skirt’ of hair which looks really great. It is not as practical as some cuts since it is the fur closest to the ground which often gets dirtier, but it really does look great. It tends to look better with the fur on the face kept longer also.
This haircut for Schnauzers is more focused on the facial area. While the body can be of varying lengths, this cut is designed to accentuate the facial hair, specifically the whiskers. They are allowed to grow long and down the face of the Schnauzer. The eyebrows are also long, but we need to be careful in case the dog has trouble seeing. Never prioritize the look over the safety of the dog.
Natural Schnauzer cut
A Schnauzer's coat is a lovely thing to behold. They have a double coat with a soft and dense undercoat and a longer and thicker overcoat of guard hairs. Many people do not like haircuts for standard schnauzers and prefer to leave them natural.
If this is the case for you, you may want a more natural look. This can have little to no trimming, but it will make grooming extra important. They will have to be brushed daily. We suggest reading our informative article on how to care for a schnauzer's coat to see exactly what you need to do. Remember that it may be necessary to trim a little the hairs on their face so it doesn't get into their eyes.
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