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    Question Standard Schnauzer

    I've recently acquired a Standard Schnauzer and wondered whether anyone could advise me as to an easy and simple way to maintain the wiry coat as I'd rather not clip. Any Schnauzer owners lurking out there?

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    Oh what a gorgeous boy (or girl)

    I'm assuming that the same rules apply for standard schnauzers as to Miniature schnauzers. So traditionally schnauzers are supposed to be hand stripped, this keeps the coat wirey. However hand stripping is not an easy and simple way to maintain their coat. Clipping the coat actually softens the texture of it. Your new dog looks like he/she has been clipped before, not in a traditional schnauzer clip though. Why don't you want to have your dog clipped? Is it the cost of regularly going to the groomers? Perhaps you could learn how to do it yourself?

    I'd say that clipping (and regular brushing between clips) is probably the easiest way to maintain a schnauzers coat...

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    Thanks maddogdodge

    I would like to try to keep the wiry coat which is why I don't want to clip him. I don't mind the actual idea of clipping as I already clip my two toy poodles. I just wondered if there was a simple way to maintain the coat without constantly stripping it.

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    Ahh okay then

    Yes well, i'm really not sure if there is another way other than hand stripping, sorry I couldn't be of much help.

    He is seriously gorgeous though Is he young?

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    He's just ten months old - and I swear since he arrived a little over a week ago he's grown more! He's very food driven which is good for training. He's also one of the smartest dogs I've ever dealt with

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    Could you get his breeder to help you with his coat?

    Would something like a furminator work?

    Otherwise - hand stripping - big effort twice a year? Autumn and Spring usually.

    The Canadian and USA standard schnauzer clubs have some info on them about it.
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    He's adopted Hyacinth I thought something like a Furminator may work, but not sure which type to try. I've heard the Furminator can be a little harsh on the dogs skin?

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    Furminator may help... I've never used one myself though. They're great for some dogs, I've seen them used on labradors and other short haired breeds, and they do an amazing job. Can't use them on long haired breeds like border collies though as they tend to break the hair and damage it. Not sure about wire haired breeds though...

    This might help...
    Using Furminator on a Std Schnauzer?

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    He's adopted
    You mean you didn't get him directly from a breeder but more likely some sort of rescue?

    You could still look up some Standard Schnauzer breeders in your state (use the dark side forum), and maybe phone one up and ask.

    His microchip details (does he have a microchip?) might help you find the original breeder too. Ie you could ring up the dog org in your state or ANKC and give them the microchip number and ask if it links to a breeder (these days when they register their litters, they sometimes include microchip numbers).

    There are not very many Standard Schnauzer breeders in Australia - so I imagine they all know each other and would probably recognise the most likely origin of your dog.

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    Sorry can't help you but it reminds me of a friend many years ago wanted a Schnauzer...they rang the club only to be told...we don't sell to everyone and buyers must cut and trim the coat to the standard...what a bunch of snobs.

    We had an Old English Sheep Dog years ago and cut the coat off in summer...looked like a grey hound without a tail.
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