Schnauzer Haircuts

Schnauzers come in three different sizes, from Miniature to Standard to Giant Schnauzers. Regardless of size, they all sport a 2-layered coat, with the inner layer having a smoother, cottony texture while the outer coat layer is tough and wiry to the touch.

Schnauzers are recognizable by their long mustache and thick eyebrows. Their coats grow relatively fast such that they can be styled in more ways than one, from the Traditional Cut to the more voguish Mohawk.

Looking for ideas on how to transform your Schnauzer from a plain Jane to a head-turner pooch? Here are some Schnauzer hairstyles you have to consider trying on your dog’s next visit to the groomer, or if you have some basic grooming skills, why not groom your pooch instead?

23. Furry Legs

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This is the pawfect haircut if you want your Schnauzer to have a polished look from the head down to its tail yet looks groovy from the upper arm down to its hind foot.

To achieve this look, simply cut short the body and then leave the hair on the legs at a longer length to attain a fluffy appearance. Keep the mustache long and the signature medium-length eyebrows for a sassy finish.

22. Teddy Bear Cut

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A cute haircut that can be worn either long or short. The teddy bear Schnauzer cut leaves the coat in a uniform length except for the face, trimmed in a rounder fashion to achieve a teddy-bear appearance.

No shaving is needed; instead, the hair on the ears is trimmed, and the signature eyebrows are kept at a shorter length to emphasize the roundness of the eyes. To look more huggable, the long mustache is traded with a shorter one.

21. Fluffy

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The fluffy hairstyle is the perfect get-up during the cooler months. For added flare, you can trim the upper legs shorter and keep the bottom parts fluffier. To make your doggie look even more shaggy, keep the mustache at a shorter to medium length to make it appear like it’s fanning out.

Be sure to comb/brush the fur more often than usual to prevent mats from forming, particularly on the armpits and behind the ears.

20. Medium Trim

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If you want a long yet manageable hairstyle for your Schnauzer, look no further because the medium trim is the one that’s perfect for your fur baby. You can either use a pair of scissors or a shaver to trim down the body at a medium length. Leave the hair on the chest, legs, and tails longer.

To look dapper, you can leave the mustache and eyebrows longer.

19. Short Trim Or Summer Cut

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If you live in a tropical country, the risk of overheating is high. Hence, why not opt for a summer cut? Clip the dog’s hair all over, including the ears, legs, chest, and head. To maintain the Schnauzer long mustache, you may trim it and just leave a bit of a length.

Owners of outdoor-loving Schnauzers can benefit from this hairstyle as it reduces the grooming time by more than half.

18. With Long Side Bangs

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A chic hairstyle like no other, your Schnauzer will definitely make heads turn as it sashays its long and side-swept bangs on the ‘runway.’

To achieve this look, trim the mustache to medium-length. You can trim the eyebrows, too, at a shorter length to emphasize the long bangs. You can apply a bit of dog hair gel on the bangs. For the body, you have the option of how long you want it to be.

17. Eyebrows

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One of the iconic looks of a Schnauzer is its long eyebrows. You may opt to keep those eyebrows long, but it will affect the vision. Instead, you can trim just a tiny bit just so those cute little eyes will pop out. But if you want more flare, you can trim the eyebrows in a triangular shape and allow them to droop down over the eyes.

You can use curved scissors to trim the eyebrows and prevent dirt from getting into your Schnauzer’s eyes.

16. Facial Haircut

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The clean facial haircut is the best choice for dog owners who want nothing but a simple hairstyle for their Schnauzers. The dog’s face is shaved clean, including the eyebrows, while the mustache is trimmed at a shorter length. 

This type of haircut is growing to be one of the preferred choices because it is low-maintenance and makes the Schnauzer look tidier.

15. Fur Boots

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If you are after style, then you’d never go wrong if you let your Schnauzer ‘wear’ those furry boots. You can shave the entire body but keep the hair on the legs at a longer length to make it appear like your dog is wearing high boots.

The maintenance of this haircut can be quite a feat, though. You need to brush the legs more frequently to prevent mats from forming.

14. Long Mustache

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Schnauzers grow a lot of fur on their muzzles; hence, they are also famous for growing mustaches. You can just allow it to grow long but keep it looking neat by constant combing. 

But if your Schnauzer is a messy eater, you may want to trim the mustache at medium length for a fresher and cleaner appearance.

13. Baby Cut

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This is the ideal haircut not just for babies but for active adults, too. It minimizes shedding, and it is a low-maintenance cut. 

To achieve this look, shave the hair all over, leaving just about an inch or 2. The effect will be neat and wavy, sort of like the appearance of baby pooches. But if you want your dog to look older, you can just keep the mustache at medium length.

12. Mohawk

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What can be a more eye-catching haircut for your Schnauzer than the Mohawk? You can achieve this trendy look by shaving the face and the body completely but leaving a narrow strip of spiky hair on top of its head. If you wish, you can even extend the narrow strip of hair down to its neck and back. 

To look spunkier, you can add some dog-safe hair gel to get those hair strands to stand up even more.

11. Curly Fur

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The Schnauzer’s naturally curly and wiry hair is emphasized with this cut. Also called the Au Natural cut, the hair is left to grow in its natural state with minimal trimming around the eyes and face to keep them neat and tidy. Frequent brushing is necessary for this cut to prevent excessive matting.

10. Long Muzzle With Long Eyebrows

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The muzzle hair is kept long and hanging down, with the hair above the eyes trimmed in a triangular shape giving the eyebrows a fuzzy look. The inner eyebrows are kept long and taper towards the nose, while the tail or the outer end is kept short.

The top of the head is trimmed short, and the body, neck, and leg hairs are trimmed close to the body.

9. Straight Muzzle Hair

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This cut puts emphasis on the length and thickness of the muzzle hair. The hair on top of the head and around the ears is kept very short of giving contrast to the heaviness in the muzzle.

The eyebrows are similarly kept short, as well as the hair in the neck, body, and legs to complete the look.

8. Gliding Haircut

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A style similar to a Shih Tzu haircut with flowing long body hair is possible on a Schnauzer, although it will require more maintenance due to their wiry coats and would not be as silky. This style is best achieved on a Miniature Schnauzer, which gives the impression of floating or gliding while walking.

The cut is similar to a Traditional Cut, except the body fur falls all the way down to the feet.

7. Clipped Head And Neck

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This cut is another option to make your Schnauzer feel cooler during the summer due to its exposed neck. The top of the head, ears, side of the face, and neck are clipped short, while the lower chest, body, and leg hairs are kept at a medium length. The muzzle hair is also kept short, as well as the eyebrows.

6. Fluffy Ears And Body

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This cut is almost similar to the Clipped Head and Neck cut, except for the hair on the ears, which is kept naturally long to give it a fluffy look. The hair on the top of the head and the neck is clipped short, with the hair on the body kept long and curly. The muzzle is trimmed in a rounded shape, and the eyebrows are moderately trimmed as well.

5. Shaved Body With Mustache

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This style places great emphasis on the long mustache Schnauzers are known for. The entire body is clipped short from head to toe except for the snout hairs, and the eyebrows are kept somewhat short to focus on the length of the beard. 

As with all shaved cuts, coat maintenance will be fairly easy and perfect for warmer months or tropical climates.

4. The Traditional Cut

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With the Traditional Cut, the beard and eyebrows are left long, and the hair on the body and head is trimmed short. This styling is how most people would picture a Schnauzer.

The hair around the side of the face, top of the head, and neck are cut short, as well as, around the belly, back, and tail. The leg hairs are layered and kept a bit longer, with the paws rounded a bit.

3. Asian Fusion

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This cut originated from Japan and South Korea, wherein the facial hair is shaped into a smooth rounded shape or circle. The legs are trimmed to look like bell-bottomed pants, with the body trimmed short.

The goal is to make a Schnauzer look like a young puppy no matter the age, which makes this cut ideal for the Miniature Schnauzer. To notch up the cute factor, the dog is often adorned with a colorful ribbon or ornament.

2. Extra Long Bangs

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To achieve this look, the hair on the lower part of the head above the eyes is kept longer to blend nicely with the eyebrows. The top of the head is kept short to emphasize the length of the bangs. Since the cute cut covers the eyes, make sure that it is not bothering the vision of the Schnauzer or irritating its eyes.

1. Full Body Shave

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Also called the Kennel Clip, this cut keeps the hair short all over the body. The hair on the face, legs, belly, back, and tail, is cut half an inch in length or closer to the skin. Some level of bushiness in the eyebrows is maintained while the snout hairs are rounded.

This cut is perfect for warmer climates and also for owners who do not want the extra fuss of the coat’s daily maintenance.



Do Schnauzers Require Haircuts? Yes, Schnauzers need to have a regular haircut every 5 to 8 weeks because their hard and wiry upper coat grows quickly, and their undercoat is prone to matting since it doesn’t shed by itself. Most groomers recommend hand stripping to promote the new growth of hair and to keep the coat healthy.

How Short Can You Cut A Schnauzer’s Hair? The length of body hair should not be shorter than ⅛ of an inch, while the facial features such as the beard and eyebrows, as well as the belly, and leg hair, can be kept longer. One of the common concerns that new owners have with Schnauzers is whether the hair of their Schnauzers will grow back. It is a ’yes, and it will take about 6 to 10 weeks.

How Do You Trim A Schnauzer’s Face? When trimming a Schnauzer’s face, remember that the head should appear rectangular in shape once finished. Start by clipping the top of the head against the grain towards the eyebrows, then around the cheeks to the outer corner of the eyes. Use a hairdresser’s scissors to trim and shape the beard.

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