Proud member of:
The American Miniature Schnauzer Club
The Greater Columbus Miniature Schnauzer Club
The Licking River Kennel Club
If your Miniature Schnauzer is a Belle Vista Schnauzer, than I am always happy to groom your dog for you and more information is below. If you purchased your dog somewhere else, or have a breed other than a Miniature Schnauzer, I highly recommend Marcia Coffman if you are in need of a good groomer. She is located near the intersection of Karl Road & Sandalwood Place on the east side of Columbus Ohio. She grooms all breeds but shows Miniature Schnauzers so definitely has expertise in the breed. She also occasionally has nice puppies for sale. Her website is
Marcia can be reached at 614-477-6366
If you are interested in grooming your own Miniature Schnauzer, or if you are curious about the process of obtaining and maintaining a show ring coat instead of clippering, this website is a wealth of information and I refer to it myself quite often: britmorschnauzers.com
While the Miniature Schnauzer is a fairly easy-care breed to maintain, this does not translate into “no home grooming,” unless you like the shaved down look. Furnishings (legs, face, belly) must be brushed and combed on a weekly basis at minimum. The Schnauzer coat is generally softer than other terriers and will pick up leaves, stickers and other debris. Because there is an undercoat, the furnishings will tangle and mat if not tended.
Any of the “non-shedding” breeds have a potential for matting. Only the hairless breeds are truly non-shedding and non-matting. All canine hair cycles through phases and eventually leaves the hair follicle. If it does not hit the floor, the shed hair can get caught up in the thick coat. The more profuse and/or soft the furnishings, the greater chance that uncombed hair will become matted. Generally speaking, the less shedding breeds require manual removal of loose hair. The degree of shedding depends upon the hair growth cycle. Using a stiff, metal tooth comb to brush through the furnishings will provide the best results. A soft toothed comb, bristled brush or slicker brush tends to only brush the top outer coat and will allow for the coat to matt close to the skin which can create sores or cause a skin infection.
I perform dog grooming in my home only for people that have purchased a dog/puppy from me. The first three grooming sessions for your puppy are FREE. After that I am happy to continue grooming for you at a rate of $30 per grooming session which includes a pet clip, ear hair pluck and nail trim on a maintained coat.
Please bath your dog 12-48 hours before your grooming appointment and avoid putting flea products on within 48 hours before the appointment. If the dog has not been bathed prior to your appointment and I feel it necessary that they have a bath prior to clipping, add $10 for a bath and blow dry prior to clipping and add 30 minutes to the overall time.
If the dog is matted badly, you have two choices.
1) Clip all the way down and start fresh - No additional charge.
2) Brush all the matts out to save as much furnishings as possible and clip as usual - Add $20 and at least 30 minutes to the overall time.
If you have a naughty dog that takes two people to groom (i.e. won't hold still, tries to bite, etc.) Add $20 and at least 30 minutes to the overall time.
It is preferred that you take about 90 minutes (for a typical grooming session) to grab a bite to eat, go for a walk on the local bike path or do a bit of shopping to pass the time. Newark has many restaurants and stores and our neighboring town, Heath, also has many restaurants and stores as well as an indoor mall and movie theater. There is also an awesome, indoor garden center down the road that many people like to check out when they are in the area (http://www.gardencenterohio.com/ ), as well as the Dawes Arboretum (http://www.dawesarb.org/ ).
If you need to make arrangements to drop the dog off in the morning and pick it up in the evening, that is available for an additional $10. I must be notified of this when scheduling.
Puppy colors are a little easier to tell but once a dog is older, and especially if they are faded, it can be hard to tell a Black & Silver from a dark Salt & Pepper. For me, the real teller is in the hair around the eyes. On a Black or Black and Silver, no matter how faded they are, the dark hair around the eyes will still be all one color along the individual hair shaft. On a dark Salt & Pepper, it is usually quite easy to see the lighter "banding" on the shaft. Some dogs have more banding than others as shown on the two dogs to the right. The dog to the left is a faded Black and Silver.