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7 Miniature Schnauzer Haircuts (With Pictures)

Written by: Ashley Bates

Last Updated on June 24, 2024 by Dogster Team

miniature schnauzer dog getting a haircut grooming

7 Miniature Schnauzer Haircuts (With Pictures)

Miniature Schnauzers are loosely curly, long-haired dogs that require regular grooming. There are so many creative haircuts for little dogs, how do you choose?

To slim the list, we rounded up 7 hairstyles just for Schnauzers—though you can branch out and get unique, sprucing up their look with bows and bow ties.


The 7 Miniature Schnauzer Haircuts

1. Traditional Cut

miniature schnauzer dog sitting outdoors
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The Schnauzer’s traditional cut is a hallmark hairdo for the breed. Whether you have a mini, standard, or giant, this cut immediately identifies the breed.

In this style, the fur is short across the belly and body. The head is very short, while the beard is neatly long. The legs sport a medium length, creating a clean but fluffy look.

2. Teddy Bear Cut

Even though many teddy bear cuts are favorable among fluffy breeds like the Bichon Frise or Poodle, it works on a Mini Schnauzer too.

The head is cut in a rounded, fluffy shape to promote that round-eyed, teddy bear look—hence the cut’s name. All over, the hair is kept moderately long and fluffed.

3. Summer Cut

Consider the summer cut if you want a light, airy, and hassle-free option. It doesn’t necessarily have to be summer to enjoy this cut, though it can make them cold in winter months (depending on where you live).

This practical hairdo is short all over the body and head, with a trimmed, shorter beard and leg hair. It’s a terrific choice to keep cool in the summer and ward off mats and tangles.

4. Asian Fusion

This new, trendy hairstyle is really gaining traction. While many dogs might try out this hairdo, many groomers will agree it looks quite striking on your Mini. It gives your dog a very uniform, dainty coat that is precisely cut.

The cut is meant to mimic a plush toy, making your Schnauzer look innocent and huggable!

5. Long Pants

The long pants cut might not surprise you at all—it’s exactly as it sounds. In this hairstyle, the fur on the legs remains very long while the hair on top stays very short. The beard stays relatively long, too. Think of it as a traditional cut with longer hair on the legs.

While this cut is pretty simple, it requires frequent brushing to prevent mats and tangles. It would be best if you cleaned the beard regularly to remove debris as well.

6. Puppy Cut

The puppy cut is a practical, low-maintenance hairstyle to try out. It is easy for the breeder, and you don’t have to brush it a ton. For the puppy cut, the hair stays the same length all over the body—roughly ¼ inch long.

Once your pup’s coat is trimmed, it is a clean, crisp look that gives a wavy appearance—much like a puppy’s. As the name implies, it gives off a more youthful appearance.

7. Kennel Clip

Let us introduce you to the most practical and hassle-free of all coat cuts: the kennel clip. This trim says to heck with all the upkeep and trims your Schnauzer down to the shortest cut all over. This one isn’t about aesthetics but utility.

If you don’t want to fiddle with daily brushing and routine grooming visits, the kennel clip grows out more evenly for longer periods.


How Often Do Schnauzers Require Grooming?

To keep your Schnauzer looking spiffy and tidy, it’s best to give them a haircut every 4 to 6 weeks. Some Schnauzer coats will grow faster than others, and certain haircuts will lose their shape quicker than others, too.

groomer trimming miniature schnauzer dog's hair with clippers
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Schnauzers Don’t Shed Much

One awesome thing about a Miniature Schnauzer is its low shedding levels. People with mild allergies often choose dogs like Miniature Schnauzers because they don’t tend to trigger their allergies as much.

What is interesting is that although they don’t shed very often, these dogs have a double coat. Typically, dogs with double coats have major blackout periods each year and shed pretty significantly throughout the times in between, but not this little guy!

Cost of Professional Grooming

Professional grooming can get a little pricey, but it’s a great way to pamper your dog. They are extremely skilled at specific cuts, and it’s an opportunity for your dog to socialize.

Typically, breeders charge based on breed size and complexity of the cut. For a Miniature Schnauzer, a typical grooming session costs an average of $55 to $200, depending on the services you choose.

Learning to Groom at Home

Grooming is a skill you can absolutely learn to do at home, permitting you to have the correct supplies and visual demonstration. Learn at your own pace, and make sure you are prepared. Difficulty depends on your skill level and your Schnauzer’s temperament.

groomer trimming miniature schnauzer dog's hair
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Learning Resources

Finding the right learning resources can help you groom your dog at home. Whether you have a professional breeder show you in person how to get the job done or you watch YouTube tutorials, you can certainly figure it out.

Tools Needed for Grooming

To groom your Schnauzer successfully at home, you must have all the right tools! You probably know the basics, like shampoo, nail trims, and doggy towels. But when it comes to giving your Schnauzer a trim, you’ll need the right set of clippers, brushes, and combs as well.


When buying dog shampoo, it’s always best to get a species-specific, fragrance-free option to lessen the chance of irritation. Some choose to buy conditioner alongside shampoos, but you can find plenty of 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner combinations as well.

giving a bath to miniature schnauzer dog
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Brushes will be an essential part of grooming sessions. You can brush your Schnauzer every 1 to 3 days to sport a healthy, tangle-free coat. Different brushes have their particular strengths. You can have an everyday brush, or one of each. It’s up to you.

Bristle Brushes

Bristle brushes are excellent maintenance brushes that smooth the coat and evenly distribute the oils. They can be synthetic or made of animal hair—usually something firm, such as boar hair.

Slicker Brushes

Slicker brushes are terrific brushes for detangling the fur and keeping the coat shed-free. Most have retractable bristles for easy cleaning; others, you have to clean manually. Slicker brushes can come in different designs, but all the bristles are generally the same length for even brushing.

female hands brushing miniature schnauzer dog with a slicker brush
Image Credit: Budimir Jevtic, Shutterstock

Deshedding Tools

You won’t need the deshedding tool often, so use it with caution. Generally, you can utilize the deshedding tool when your Schnauzer needs a deep shed removal—roughly every 4 to 6 weeks. Some owners deem it unnecessary, but they can be a good resource when used correctly.


Your Schnauzer’s toenails will get sharp and long before you know it. After each bath, following up with a much-needed nail trim is a good idea.

Never try to use human clippers on your dog’s paws. Human clippers cut at an angle. Dogs need even pressure around the nail to prevent breakage and ensure a precise cut.

Have a Helper

If your pup is a little rambunctious, or you could just use an extra hand, you can always get a helper! Have somebody in the household help you out or invite a friend to come over. It’s best to properly restrain the dog to prevent injury and haircut mishaps.

Dog Owner Young woman with Miniature Schnauzer dog outdoors
Image Credit: New Africa,Shutterstocks


Final Thoughts

You can make your Schnauzer’s long hair look super snazzy with all sorts of haircuts. Try out a few or make it different each time you groom. Even try coming up with your own if you’re ever comfortable enough behind the clippers.

No matter what hairstyle you choose, we know your Mini Schnauzer will rock it! 

Featured Image Credit: Ihar Halavach, Shutterstock

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