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We are looking to rehome a Miniature Schnauzer that we’ve found at a rescue centre. This is not a breed we’ve had experience of before and I wondered what the grooming requirements would be. Could we groom the dog ourselves, or would the coat need professional attention?

Stuart Simons advises…

Miniature Schnauzers have a thick double coat, but they don’t shed very much. Ideally, these dogs should be handstripped. In a perfect world, they would be in the groomer’s about every six weeks to get a handstrip to achieve a lovely harsh-textured rolled coat.

Handstripping is pretty expensive and isn’t correct for all dogs. You can achieve a very similar look by asking your groomer to use clippers and scissors, especially if the dog has been spayed or neutered. Spaying or neutering can change a dog’s coat, softening the hair and leaving it hard to strip.

We must always consider how a dog feels when being groomed above everything else. No one wants their dog to go through pain just to achieve a certain look. If a dog doesn’t like being stripped, as long as it’s not detrimental to his health and well-being, I say clip.

Schnauzers have a very specific breed standard haircut, which is not easy to achieve unless you are trained. I would advise you to visit www.thegroomers spotlight.com and search for your nearest qualified groomer to get some advice on your new dog’s haircut. Grooming is an incredibly skilled profession, so I am personally of the opinion that a professional groom is essential for this breed. I clean my teeth daily, but I would never call myself a dentist! All you really need to do at home is brush him or her and let the professionals do the rest.

If you are interested in becoming a groomer, visit the training page at www. thegroomersspotlight.com There are loads of accredited schools that offer incredible training in this profession.

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