Standard Wire Hair Snauzer Breed Maintenance
The Standard Wire Hair Snauzer has a distinctive double layered coat with a short, soft undercoat protected by a wiry or coarse outer layer which will require stripping at least twice a year. Stripping can be done by hand or by using a stripping knife, and many groomers offer this service for owners who do not have the time, knowledge, or ability to perform this process themselves. Those Snauzers that have a coat that is more like the Standard Schnauzer typically require more grooming time and effort than those that have the coat of the Wire Fox Terrier and may require a professional grooming and clipping every five to eight weeks. Brushing for this thick coat is needed several times a week, and daily grooming around the face and feet will help to prevent tangles, remove food particles, and eliminate road debris. Those whose coats are more representative of the Wire Fox Terrier have less intensive grooming needs; their shorter, wavier coats still need brushing to prevent tangles and mats, but weekly or twice weekly sessions will typically suffice, and clipping this type of coat may change not only the texture of the new growth, it may also change the color.