Clipping Schnauzer Body: With your Miniature Schnauzer standing, begin clipping (using a 9 or 10 blade) from the back of your Miniature Schnauzer's skull (or top of his neck) down to the base of your Schnauzer's tail.
Continue clipping along the sides of your Schnauzer's body stopping just about an inch above each elbow. Use this as your stopping point of reference... i.e continue clipping down the sides but do not cut below the point of reference, so the underbody furnishings remain.
Trimming Schnauzer Legs & Tail: When trimming your Schnauzer's legs, only clip the sides so that they blend in. Do this by brushing the hair upward at first and then gently combing it back down. Snip off the extra hair to the desired look you want.
Front legs should have a tubular appearance, rounding down around the
paws... For the back legs begin by brushing the upward and trim around
the foot then continue upward at a 45 degree angle to the hock. Continue
shaping the legs by removing excess hair from the back side and
following the natural shape or curvature of the front side towards the
skirt or the fringe of the under body. Be sure to keep these lower
furnishings long. You will trim the skirt with the scissors a bit
later. (Watch video)
Next clip your Schnauzer's tail completely or if you prefer leave a bit of fringe on its back side.
Schnauzer Head & Chest:
Have your Schnauzer facing you as you begin clipping his
front area. Start just under the neck and clip downward to the breast
Next, raise your dog's head and clip against the grain, up under your Schnauzer's throat and on both sides of the head.
Then lower the head and begin clipping against the grain, along the top of the skull and stopping just before the eyebrows.
Now you're ready to clip your Miniature Schnauzer's ears. Run the clippers downward and outward. Clipping both the outer side and underneath side. Use scissors to shapen each ear by holding onto the the earflap and guiding the scissors around the edges.
When finished, go ahead and clean dog ears, too.
The last step is to cut your Miniature Schnauzer's eyebrows and beard. Use a pair of scissors to do this. Simply comb your Schnauzer's eyebrows down towards his nose and cut at a sharp angle towards the outside corners of each eye.
Trim the very tip ends of your Schnauzer's beard only, again using scissors and in an angle just to shape it up a bit and remove any uneveness so it blends in.
If you like, download our Schnauzer Grooming Chart. It's free and can serve as a handy reference until you master dog grooming.
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