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Like many other types of dogs, the schnauzer is not limited to one size. There are, in fact three breeds of schnauzer: the miniature, the standard, and the giant schnauzer. Here’s a closer look into each breed:

Miniature Schnauzer

The smallest of the schnauzer breeds came about by cross breeding the original, standard schnauzers with other breeds such as the affenpinscher and the poodle. Miniature schnauzers typically weigh between 14 and 20 pounds fully grown. They are incredibly smart dogs with tons of energy, thus making them great indoor family pets. These little guys are very loyal and quick to bark at anything that may be a threat to their home or their people, though they are usually non aggressive. They do require training at an early age because of their above average intelligence and sometimes excessive barking. Miniature schnauzers come in a variety of colors including black, black and silver, salt and pepper, as well as pure white, and sometimes multi-colors although the pure white and multi-colored mini schnauzers are not AKC approved.

Standard Schnauzer

The “original” breed of schnauzer, these dogs weigh between 35 and 45 pounds and belong to the working dog group. They were used to hunt rats and other rodents as well as to protect their home and people. They have even been used as police dogs. Their colors are the same varieties as their miniature cousin.

Giant Schnauzer

The largest breed of this group, the giant schnauzer weighs in between 55 and 80 pounds fully grown. Giant schnauzers are actually not related to their smaller cousins. Instead, they were bred independently through crosses of many large breeds including Shepherds, Dobermans, Bouvier des Flandres, and Great Danes. Their larger size and loyal nature made them perfect for guarding farms and herding livestock. Giant schnauzers are equally as intelligent as their smaller cousins and should be trained young as well. They are great family dogs because of their loyalty to people and eagerness to please.

Dog Grooming for Schnauzers

These dogs do shed, but much less than other breeds. They are double coated, with a wire haired top coat and softer undercoat. That being said, their hair requires at the very least weekly maintenance with brushing and combing to prevent tangles. The typical schnauzer cut has sharp angles and is very visually striking. The back should be shaved with a #10 or, for a white or multi-colored schnauzer you will want to go a little longer (#7 or #5) so you do not irritate the skin or risk sunburn. Their legs and skirt should be well blended and left long with the feet nicely rounded. Their faces are partially shaved, leaving a beard and sharp, angular eyebrows. The ears are also shaved to emphasize their allertness.

Note from the Groomer

I have to admit that these dogs are my absolute favorite breeds to work with. I love the sharp angles along with the softness of the legs and skirt. The schnauzer design perfectly compliments the breed’s spunk and feisty, “I’m awesome so look at me” attitude.  Call us today to schedule your pup’s grooming!

Beagle

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The Beagle is a small to medium sized dog and a member of the hound family.  As with all hounds, they love to track scents and can get into trouble from following their nose.  Bred for hunting, these little dogs are extremely smart but tend to be single-minded, determined, and have extremely high energy so they can be hard to train.  They do howl and bark frequently because of their instinct for hunting.  We all remember Snoopy from the comic strip “Peanuts.”  He brought the beagle back into popularity where they have remained ever since.  Over the last 30 years, the beagle has been among the top ten most popular AKC breeds.  This is also due to their loving, loyal, friendly temperament and intelligence. They are fun loving, gentle dogs that are great with kids and other dogs. The beagle can come in many different color varieties.  The most common is the tri-color beagle with brown, black, and white, but they can appear in any hound colors and varieties.  Typically, dog grooming is easy when it comes to beagles.  They have short hair that sheds frequently so you may want to invest in a furminator brush and feed them a raw diet to keep it under control.  Some beagle owners prefer to shave their dog to reduce the shedding even further.  Check out our dog grooming packages or dog bath packages for more information.

Pomeranian

Pomeranian

Pomeranian

The pomeranian, or pom pom as they are often called is a member of the spitz family.  These small, fluffy dogs are of Central European descent and have been highly regarded as royal dogs since the 17th century.  Pomeranians are currently among the top 15 most popular breeds in the United States because of their beautiful coat and lively behavior.  They love to be around their owners, sometimes becoming very protective and even suffering from separation anxiety.  As with other small dogs, pomeranians can become defensive of their territory and bark frequently when threatened or nervous.  They are highly intelligent and respond well to training so if barking becomes a problem that is a good option. The typical pomeranian weighs between 4 and 8 pounds and stands about 11 inches high at the withers.  They are very sturdy dogs and come in the largest variety of colors out of any dog breed ranging from white, brown, red, cream, orange, black spotted, brindle, to any combination of these colors.  When it comes to dog grooming, these lively little dogs can be a big chore with their super thick double coat as they need daily brushing and combing.  Pomeranians do shed constantly and can tangle easily without consistent brushing.  Some pom parents chose to simply brush out their dogs while others prefer to give their little fur balls a lion cut or a fox cut.  Lion cuts are typically done with a #7 blade on the body while leaving a fluffy “lion mane” that can be left natural or scissored for a neater, more refined look.  The lion cut also leaves a little poof at the end of the tail.  The fox cut is a shorter, all over cut that leaves just the head fluffy so the pomeranian looks like a little fox.  This cut can be done at any length.  Check out our grooming packages for information on dog grooming.    

English Springer Spaniel

The English springer spaniel is a medium-sized dog with a strong, powerful body.  These enthusiastic, eager-to-please dogs are known for their finely tuned hunting abilities, even in the most adverse hunting conditions.  They have a high capacity for endurance and have moderate speed.  English springer spaniels are very quick learners and easily trained.  They are great family dogs as they are very friendly, typically not timid, and almost never show aggression toward people or other dogs.  Appearance can differ from black, brown and white, blue, and tricolor.  They have long ears and a moderately long coat which requires frequent brushing and feathering on the legs.  Ideally, English springer spaniels have sturdy, strong bodies weighing between 40 and 50 pounds fully grown.  Most people with English springer spaniels have their tails docked, though they do have long, sturdy tails with long hair.  Their ears and tail are unmistakably from the sport hunting family of spaniels.  Brushing is a daily task and undercoat shedding and density can be more or less present depending on the seasons and climates.  The undercoat is soft, but dense while the medium length outer coat is flat or wavy.  With an under and outer coat, some pet parents of the English springer spaniel opt to have their dog shaved.  Ideal cuts would be very natural and not over trimmed.   Some rights reserved by TheGiantVermin

Dachshund

dachsund | Houston, TXGermany’s “badger dog,” or dachshund is an extremely friendly, loveable, kid friendly dog.  Typically unaware of danger, these courageous, confident dogs have no trouble asserting themselves in any situation and becoming the center of attention. Immediately recognizable by their low to the ground, long bodies and known for their spot on sense of smell, these dogs love to hunt, find hidden objects, and play with toys.  They do love to dig and play in the dirt as well.  These little dogs come in smooth, long-haired, and wire-haired coats.  Each requires a different style of grooming.  Smooth coated dachshunds need only basic maintenance such as teeth and ear cleaning, nail trimming, and a good bath.  Long-haired dachshunds require the same but also need their coats maintained with regular grooms, baths, and daily brushing at home.  Wire-haired dachshunds are kind of in between.  Some like to shave them all the way down and some choose other breed design cuts.     Some rights reserved by harperlauren

Westie

West Highland White Terrier

Also known as Westies, these terriers are independent, self confident, and loyal dogs.  They require quite a bit of exercise and love being social so the dog park is usually one of their favorite places to go.  Westies were bred for their hunting skills and tend to love chasing balls, playing with toys, and digging.  Training these terriers can be a challenge because of their stubborn nature.  Training sessions may need to be reinforced from time to time. Westies typically weigh between 15 and 20 pounds and stand between 10-11 inches at the shoulder.  They have almond-shaped, deep-set eyes that are in color and small pointed ears that stand erect.  These terriers have very muscular legs, a deep chest, and slightly out turned paws.  They have a thick undercoat and a rough outer coat that grows to about 2 inches in length.  Westies usually have their coarse outer coat removed by hand stripping or have a typical westie cut which leaves the back short and the legs and skirt longer.      
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