Do Miniature Schnauzers Shed?
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Miniature Schnauzer Shedding 101
Yes, Miniature Schnauzers shed. That being said, they shed very little. They tend to have little effect on people who have allergies. If you are allergic to dog hair at all, you should still spend ample time around Miniature Schnauzers before you decide to buy them. This is important because your individual reaction to a dog might vary depending on the kind of allergy your have, the severity of it and the individual dogs themselves.
A lot of times if you ask owners do Miniature Schnauzers shed, the answer might be no, but this is not necessarily true. All dogs that have hair and fur shed. Think about human beings. We shed hair every single day. The same thing is true for Miniature Schnauzers. They all shed just a little bit, even though some might be less than the others.
The Miniature Schnauzers has a double coat. The outer coat, or the topcoat, looks wiry and the inner coat, also known as the undercoat, is soft and fluffy. Usually, double-coated dogs will shed their inner coat at the beginning of the spring and throw away all their dead hair. They will then grow a new coat in the winter. This is surprisingly not the case for Miniature Schnauzers. They do not shed to that extent and if you own a Miniature Schnauzer, you are not going to find their hair all over your furniture, clothes and yourself!
Just because the answer to the question do Miniature Schnauzers shed is no, does not mean that you do not need to take care of their coat and groom them.
Miniature Schnauzer Grooming Tips
The wiry undercoat of the Miniature Schnauzer is not hard to groom but it does need to be groomed. You can comb and brush it daily with a short wire-like brush that will help you prevent matting. If there are still any amts that appear on the Miniature Schnauzer you can cut them off.
Twice a year, a Miniature Schnauzer needs to be clipped all over to an even length of hair. The best time to do this is during the spring and during the fall. This is because at this time, Miniature Schnauzers do shed the most. While trimming, it is important to trim around the eyes and ears with a blunt-nosed scissors and clean the whiskers of the dog after their meals. Please be sure to do this carefully as the eyes and the ears of dogs are very sensitive areas (just like they are for the humans!). If you have a pet Miniature Schnauzer, usually they are clipped short on the upper body and the underbody parts are left a little more unkempt. Show dogs can be hand stripped and trimmed instead of being clipped. Clipping and trimming your Miniature Schnauzer’s hair will keep it from shedding too much. In fact, this will make sure that the Miniature Schnauzer sheds only little to no hair, and is a good dog choice for allergy sufferers.