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Klip Joint Dog of the Week

Chester the Schnauser

This is Chester, our Klip Joint Dog of the week. We weren’t quite finished trimming his face and ears when we took this photo, but he was being such a good boy we couldn’t resist getting a quick picture. Chester breaks out in hives if he eats milk bones, so we have to be extra careful to not leave any snacks around when he comes for his monthly visit.

Grooming Needs

The Miniature Schnauzer wears a double coat that consists of a thick, soft undercoat and a wiry topcoat. The loose and dead hair that would normally shed off the body tends to get trapped, making Miniature Schnauzers good pets for people who suffer from allergies and asthma, or for neatniks who disapprove of dog hair. The coat is solid black, salt and pepper, black and silver, or white. Solid white Miniature Schnauzers cannot be shown in AKC shows, but has no bearing on their health or personality.

To stay looking handsome, Miniature Schnauzers need to be groomed every five to eight weeks. Many owners prefer to use the services of a professional groomer, as properly clipping a Schnauzer can be tricky.  It is important to brush a Schnauzer two to three times per week to prevent mats. The reason this breed doesn’t shed is because the undercoat gets caught in the topcoat, so the loose and dead hair must be brushed out, in order to remove it. Wash the dog’s beard after mealtime, to remove food, prevent tangles and keep him looking and smelling fresh.

Check the Miniature Schnauzer’s ears on a regular basis for signs of wax buildup, irritation or infection. Clean the ears with a cotton ball and a veterinarian-approved cleanser; never use a cotton swab in a dog’s ear canal. Teeth should be brushed on a weekly basis to prevent tartar buildup, promote gum health and keep bad breath at bay. Trim nails monthly if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally outdoors.

Our grooming professionals at the Klip Joint can help keep your dog looking handsome and healthy.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. karengadient permalink
    11/30/2012 4:40 pm

    Tricky indeed! I’ve always found Schnauzers to be my most challenging dog to groom. I think they can smell the cats on me more than any other dog.

  2. thefotobird permalink
    12/15/2012 11:39 am

    Love our schnauzers, thank you for the tips. Didn’t think about washing their beards after eating, but I will start doing that. Although, they practically do it themselves when they drink water 🙂 Happy Holiday’s to you.

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