Grooming A Miniature Schnauzer The Right Way

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Updated January 2024

Grooming a Miniature Schnauzer puppy the right way is extremely important to your puppy’s comfort. If the puppy’s hair has been cut incorrectly or damaged through grooming, he will feel miserable. No doubt you won’t be happy either.

In my opinion, the Miniature Schnauzer is an attractive dog breed. The square-shaped build, long beard, moustache and bushy eyebrows make them outstanding in appearance. A well-groomed Miniature Schnauzer is a delight to behold. But, a Miniature Schnauzer that is not well groomed and scruffy is a sorrowful sight.

Unfortunately, there are many cases of neglect regarding the correct care of cleaning and grooming Miniature Schnauzer puppies or older dogs, and the behaviour of these puppies or older dogs is directly affected by this neglect.  So, if you love to see your Miniature Schnauzer looking smart and content, then you must learn, at the very least, the basics of grooming your beloved pet.

Brushing a Miniature Schnauzer the Correct Way

When you take the time to brush your Miniature Schnauzer correctly, his coat will look healthy and shiny. Plus, brushing improves your puppy’s blood circulation and helps with the bonding between you and your puppy.

Of course, the brushing must be done correctly to get the results explained above. And the six steps listed below are what you will need to do to have your Miniature Schnauzer puppy looking smart as well as feeling happy with his freshly groomed coat.

Before you Start Be Sure to Have the Correct Tools for Grooming a Miniature Schnauzer

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Six Steps for Brushing your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy

1. Start by using a slicker brush and brush the opposite way to how the puppy’s hair grows. Brushing this way, you can get all the loose hair out of the coat.

2. After completing the brushing against the way your Miniature Schnauzer’s hair is growing, use a medium or wide-toothed comb. Using this comb will untangle any knots that have formed in the puppy’s coat.

3. When you have finished combing your puppy, then brush again. This time, brush along the hair growth and get through the hair to the puppy’s skin. This should ensure that all hair has been brushed.

4. Now it is time to take the Flea Comb. From the root of the hair, comb through all the hair parting it as you comb. This will remove any fleas your puppy may have and get rid of any tangles and knots that you didn’t get earlier.

5. You might need to use electric clippers on your puppy’s paw pads if they are growing hair. But, be careful only to remove excess hair and do not clip any hair that is growing between his paw pad.

6. To help with getting rid of matting or tangles in your Miniature Schnauzer’s coat, you may find that using Detangle Solution will assist and make the job of grooming easier

Keeping Your Miniature Schnauzer Looking Great and Feeling Happy

Do this method of brushing regularly, so your puppy or older dog does not have to live with matted hair.  

Make sure you don’t let your puppy’s or dog’s coat get into a dirty, tangled or matted state. If this happens, you will have a big job trying to restore your Miniature Schnauzer’s coat to a reasonable condition.  This will cause your puppy or adult dog some unnecessary pain, and grooming will then become a problem.

When you have completed all the brushing of your Miniature Schnauzer, it is an excellent time to give him a bath using some dog shampoo.  This will help him to feel happy.

Give your Miniature Schnauzer puppy or older dog the best grooming you can.  By doing that, you will have a happy pet that continues to be a pleasure to own.

How to Groom a Miniature Schnauzer’s Head

I have included the following video of a Miniature Schnauzer puppy having his head groomed.

Please note the Groomer explains this styling is being done in the way the owner of this Miniature Schnauzer likes it.   This style of grooming a Miniature Schnauzer is NOT for a dog being entered in a Show or Competition.

Now that your beloved Miniature Schnauzer is so beautifully groomed, a fresh new collar to add to your puppy’s delightful appearance may appeal to you.

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8 thoughts on “Grooming A Miniature Schnauzer The Right Way”

  1. I just got a puppy and I was told by another lady that owned a schnauzer that groomers won’t cut the schnauzer style on a pup younger than 6 months, is this true? And why?

    • Hi Heidi, I recommend the best thing is for you to contact professional dog groomers in your area and ask them the question you asked me. I don’t believe there is a strict rule of not cutting and styling a schnauzer before the age of six months. All puppies coats, even of the same breed, are different and I don’t believe the same rule applies to each pup. However, I am not a professional dog groomer. Therefore, I cannot give you a professional opinion on this matter.

      Best wishes

  2. Hello
    This is a very nice read.
    I’m from the Philippines and just got my mini Schnauzer puppy last December. She is bred for show purposes.
    It’s my first time to a mini schnauzer. my conundrum is grooming and no one in my city has a schnauzer for show and no one can personally or even give me tips on how.
    Schnauzer group is not also that active.
    Thank you ans hope to your hear thru email.

    • Hi Janz,

      It’s good to hear from you and to learn you have a new Miniature Schnauzer puppy. Congratulations. That’s wonderful and I bet you’re having a lot of fun with her.

      Grooming a Miniature Schnauzer is quite a task but also a very necessary one. It’s a pity there is no-one living near you who is experienced with Miniature Schnauzer’s grooming.

      No doubt you read my advice on grooming, as well as watching the video about grooming the head of mini schnauzer. It’s difficult online to give instructions but I found two videos that will give you more help than one on my site. I will email the links to the videos. One video (the first link) is very long but explains, in detail, how to groom a Miniature Schnauzer. In saying that, not all Miniature Schnauzers have coats exactly like the one in the first video. The second video could be more helpful for grooming a puppy.

      • Hi I also have a schnauzer puppy and no one close to seek advice from and would love to look at the links you have suggested. MY puppy is 15 weeks -I brush her but have no idea what else to do and Marli is not so fond of it and tends to mouth/nibble when being brushed
        Any advice welcome
        Regards deb

      • Hi Deb,

        How wonderful it is that you have a schnauzer puppy. I’m sure she provides a lot of fun.

        At 15 weeks of age, Marli is very young and I do understand the problem with brushing her. However, I think that with patience and lots of praise, Marli will eventually enjoy being brushed. Because Marli is mouthing it could be helpful to have treats handy and put one at a time in front of her. Tell her what a good girl she is and I’m sure that brushing will eventually become easier. I’ve known of dogs that are happy to have their back brushed, but not their paws.

        The only other thing I can suggest is obedience training, but I really don’t think that Marli needs this at present.

        I wish you and Marli all the best.

  3. Very informative post! My dog Nala is a mini schnauzer mix and her hair definitely grows quickly and her grooming maintenance has to be monitored I would say every 2-3 weeks she can use a good trim.

    Your video can be very useful and I will try and give her a similar cut. Great site, I will do some more reading of your other pages in the near future! Awesome Stuff!!

    • Hi Richard

      Thanks so much for your visit to my site. I’m pleased you found the grooming information helpful. To learn about Nala is great and I imagine she keeps you busy when it comes to looking after her coat. A well groomed dog is happy dog, and also great for the eyes of the admirer. And there are many people who admire Mini Schnauzers!

      Have fun with Nala, and I hope you enjoy the other pages of this site, when you next visit.

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