Grooming Advice for The Mini Schnauzer - Plush Puppy UK
Grooming Advice - Getting the Max From a Mini Schnauzer
This little Mr Smarty Pants of the show ring always reminds me of a gentleman of
old with his top hat, tails and spats, just because he is always so bandbox
smart. Well, at least he sometimes does and frankly ought to be.
Again this is a breed where the purists tend not to want to do anything with
shaping of the coat and others go gung-ho. If you follow the English standard,
it doesn't say a word about whether you can or can't shape the coat, whereas the
AKC standard specifically mentions stripping and trimming. I am of the belief
that if the rules don't mention it and don't say you can't, then it is fair
enough to do it.
It does take talent to shape a good Mini Schnauzer. However, it can be learned
and once you have the picture in your head of what is to be done, then all else
follows readily. Basic trimming and stripping skills can be mastered and all it
then takes is patience and a will to put the effort in.
Whatever you set out to do with his shaping, remember that your standard calls
for correct conformation being of more importance than colour and beauty. So be
mindful that your shaping should enhance his conformation and don't just follow
what someone else does to their Schnauzer whose shape is likely different.
I like to bath this dog. I am aware that the body of the coat ought to be harsh
and wiry so the trick is not to soften the coat but simply clean it and keep the
coat from exhibiting buff or reddish tones. Use the Plush Puppy Hydrobath and
Bath Wash which is very low foaming and ideal for Terrier type coats. I like
to only spritz clean this coat so use at the ratio of about 6 squirts to the
gallon/4litres. You will hardly see any foam and thus keep any static or
fluffiness to a minimum. For the legs and furnishings use the Plush Puppy
Whitening Shampoo at just 5:1 i.e. 5 parts water to one part shampoo. No
conditioner please as we don't want to soften. Use instead for shine and good
health and vigour to the coat, the Plush Puppy Seabreeze Oil at 1 tbspn to 1 gal/4
litres of water straight after bathing and soak well through the whole coat and
Dry the head with P.P. Blow Dry Cream - 1 tbspn to 1 cup water all
through the beard and eyebrows too to keep the coat straight and flat. Once
dried you can even use straightening irons on the eyebrows if necessary and
apply P.P. Sit N Stay warmed through the hands and smeared onto the
brows. This will help hold them in place.
Dry the legs upwards and full using a cushion pin brush till almost dry and
apply P.P. Cover Up Cream with a damp piece of kitchen sponge and then
pack full of loose chalk and blow dry out again. This gives nice white, full
legs. Spray with hairspray to hold.
For the body when blow drying, apply P.P. Ruffy Tuffy Coat Spray to keep
the harshness to the coat and keep reapplying as you dry till required texture
Now for the shaping -for those who are dedicated enough to do it and for those
whose standard says you should. Hand strip all over the main body including
tail, shaping to a V at the neck. (breastbone) This V extends up the ridge on
the side of the neck to just immediately behind the ears. This area is clipped
with a #10 Oster blade. Head and ears are hand stripped.
The head shape is achieved by leaving length on the eyebrows and scissoring to
shape from the outer corner of the eyes to a point reaching the tip of the nose
so one has created a triangle.
This gives the correct shape to the head. One then follows with the facial hair
being left long from the outer corner of the eye in a line extending down to
just the corner of the mouth and then to the couple of dark whiskers under the
chin. Length of the beard to suit the length of the individual dog's head.
Clip around his butt from inner leg to just inside the swirls on the butt and
down to the turn of stifle and then scissor blend into leg lengths. You now have
to create a slightly flared column of the legs. Don't trim the legs evenly all
the way down as you are shaping for the perfect straight front view and you have
an opportunity to get this dog perfect with the trim. A flared column means less
off the bottom of the leg than the top which will often be trimmed a bit closer.
Just view your dog and what he needs. Trim his furnishings and his underneath to
Clip under his feet and scissor around the edges to create that nice cat like
tight foot as stipulated.
Don't forget to whiten his face with the Cover Up Cream and finish it off
with a dusting of loose chalk or chalk block which is easier to apply to the
face than the loose stuff.
I do dislike seeing reddening around the beards. A tspn of Apple Cider Vinegar
in his food each day seems to help prevent this and you can also use P.P.
Deep Cleansing Shampoo if already stained. Use undiluted and work into the
stained area and leave in for 10 minutes and rinse. Repeat as often as needed.
Keep your salt & pepper, black & silver or your solid black from sun fade with
the P.P. Sunshade. I use this 2 or 3 times during the week on coats.
So you now have a perfectly turned out Mini Schnauzer. All you need to do now is
spray him with the P P Odour Muncher for that
wonderful fresh smell and a light dusting of P.P. Pixie Dust onto your
cushion brush and worked lightly through his rear area, topline and front.
Finish with a light spray of P P Shine & Comb for that finished look. The
Pixie Dust will give you a fabulous, light shimmer and the Shine & Comb a
Your Mini Schnauzer is a smart and stylish little person. His free, balanced
little gait striding out with good reach and drive combined with your input for
snappy grooming for him makes him a formidable opponent in any ring. He is one
good looking little dog.
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