Miniature Schnauzer - funny doggie, positive and funny, is the smallest member of the Schnauzer family. Like larger brethren, it is considered a hypoallergenic breed, since its hard coat does not shed. But because of this quality, the coat of the tsverg needs special care. In addition, without grooming, the pet will not look neat and pretty. Mowing and trimming the miniature schnauzer is not an easy task, however, the owners have a choice - get acquainted with the technique, cut and trim the pet yourself or seek help from professionals.
Features of Zwerg wool
All schnauzers have an unusual coat, which consists of a hard spine and soft undercoat. Zwerg is a real dude, he has decorating wool on his limbs and skirt, often its shade is in harmony with the color of the shortened spine, which covers the stomach and back. Thanks to the rigid structure, the dog’s outfit takes on a certain shape.
But often the owners themselves spoil the quality of their pet's hair, starting to cut it. In this case, the spine loses its natural elasticity and becomes soft. Of course, the dog’s hair begins to grow faster, may become thicker, but the stiffness of the bristles is steadily decreasing.
Then the schnauzer begins to shed on its own, like most ordinary dogs, and he loses his personality - hair with a unique texture. His fur coat becomes dusty, without elasticity and natural shine, it looks dull.
Wire-like wool is the hallmark of the miniature schnauzer, but only if it is well-groomed. With the wrong approach or without proper care, the dog loses its breed appearance, and sometimes it is even difficult to guess which breed the dog belongs to.
Trimming - not only for beauty, but also for hygiene
Owners of such a pet should pay special attention to standard procedures: washing your pet using special detergent compositions suitable for tough wool and grooming paws - they are washed after each walk.
But the main difficult procedure is trimming. In tsvergs, hairs growing to a certain length die off and prepare for molting. But they themselves do not fall out, so they must be removed mechanically by the "plucking" method.
Two trims per year is enough to ease the condition of the pet and relieve him of discomfort. To make the dog look neat, the pinch should be carried out more often, since the wool often grows faster, begins to partially crawl out, depriving the doggie of an attractive appearance.
Fur regrowth often occurs in layers, and each layer is different in length and stiffness. In these situations, you can remove the upper, dead layer with your hands, under it will be new, healthy hair.
The trimming procedure is considered complete if the dog has its dead hair removed and the new one is not damaged from such manipulations. Usually the following procedure is required after a few months.
When the first pinch is required
Experts recommend the first trimming when the puppy is 4 months old, and it is advisable to do this in the warm season. This procedure is carried out only if the baby has completely lost his milk teeth and replaced by molars. But earlier it is allowed to remove protruding shreds of wool that violate the overall attractive appearance of the cover.
Usually it takes 3-4 tweaks per year, but the most effective result can be achieved in the autumn-spring periods. As for the first trimming, here it is more to focus on the individual characteristics of the pet. If the dog is to participate in the exhibition, it is best to process his hair 6-8 weeks before the show, so it will grow moderately and give the pet a well-groomed, pretty look.
Zwergs with a black spine and brown undercoat require more frequent trimings - every 6-8 weeks, as the growing back layer begins to peep, negatively affecting the uniformity of the dark top cover. Groomers, "beginners" who want to independently "pluck" and cut the pet, should pay attention to the following nuances:
- hair in the head, hind and forelimbs and on the neck is not touched;
- on the head (except the muzzle) and hind legs, the hair is trimmed with scissors or using a special dog clipper;
- to know how the procedure is carried out correctly, the first time you can contact a professional groomer;
- miniature schnauzers need a mandatory hygienic haircut - they have their hair cut in the groin, around the anus, on the neck, nose and cheeks;
- it is better to pluck long hairs on the ears, but if this is impossible, then they are trimmed gently.
Also, the owner of the tsverg needs to take care of a set of suitable tools:
- trimming knife;
- scissors with well sharpened blades;
- a comb with metal teeth;
- dog clipper (it can be mechanical or electric).
The square face of the tsverg is his calling card, which means that when leaving, it is important to maintain its clear lines, which is not so simple. A classic haircut is carried out according to the following algorithm:
- long hair above the eyebrows is cut short, right down to the back of the head;
- eyebrows are gently combed with a comb with rare metal teeth, you can pre-moisten them with water;
- long locks are caught between the fingers and cut off in such a way as to obtain a triangular shape - do not cut them too short;
- the spine on the chin is slightly trimmed, the main length remains the same;
- the muzzle with the beard takes the form of a solid rectangle, for this, the beard should be combed forward along the hair growth, starting from the neck, and in the process, cut off the excess;
- special care must be taken when cutting the hair between the dog’s eyes - with the right haircut, this area acquires a V-shape.
Video about trimming and caring for the miniature schnauzer
Step-by-step trimming process
Plucking wool is a long, laborious process, especially for inexperienced people, but at home the owner has the opportunity to take his time, taking breaks or returning to what was started the next day. Beginners may need more than one day, and after acquiring experience, the owner will cope with trimming the pet in a few hours.
Trimming should begin with the nape of the animal, gradually moving to the tail. In the front, this is done from the neck, then dropping to the sternum. Wool is removed in small tufts, grabbing them with two fingers and pulling it out, making sharp movements towards itself. At this time, the dog stands back to the owner or lies.
The coat of the tsverg is quite stiff and can cause cuts and scratches on the fingers of the groomer, so you can glue the “working” fingers with an adhesive plaster or put on fingertips. After regular procedures, the zerg's undercoat will become less abundant.
The coat of dogs of this breed regenerates quite quickly, and after 2.5-3 weeks the body is covered with a new, healthy coat. And if the owner takes good care of the pet, the miniature schnauzer coat will look luxurious - in the form of a dense, shiny fur, glossy and beautiful.