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Deja
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« on: December 22, 2012, 09:22:11 AM »

Que's been through all types of stages with his beard. Everytime he got it cut, it was TOTALLY my fault. I let him be a dog and I don't really fix his beard after his adventures. The first time he got it cut, I was heartbroken because I was so in love with it.

Right before he got his beard cut the first time, it looked like this:


The first time he got it cut, it looked like this:


When it grew back, it looked awesome! AND It only took about 2.5-3 months!


He got it cut yet again...and looked like this:


Now it's just a smidge longer than this, although it's been almost 4 months since he last got it cut. It's growing back very slowly...


I know some of you are sticklers about the fact that a beard is what makes a schnauzer a schnauzer, but honestly, I think the shorter beard is cuter on him and makes him look younger. Plus, way easier for someone like me that's on the move all the time and can't really brush it out all the time. I've also had people tell me that he looks less "grumpy" and they like it better. Opinions?
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2012, 09:40:54 AM »

He is beautiful no matter what and he's still a Schnauzer, beard or no beard.  The beard is distinctive of Schnauzer.  I know people like them and look for them on Schnauzers, but it is really only an outward decoration.  The last year or two of my Paisy's life was spent with no beard.  She hated grooming.  She hated having her beard touched.  She had lost teeth over the years and food fell out of her mouth and got tangled in her beard.  So we kept her shaved tight and I liked it.  She did too.  I thought she looked like a very unusual Jack Russel.  I think it's up to you and what works for you and him.
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2012, 09:43:55 AM »

Here's some more pictures for comparison:












(Don't worry, he's just drugged up on vet meds in that picture!)


(And this is the most recent pic)
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2012, 11:36:30 AM »

A short beard looks good on Que.  He's handsome either way.  Personally, I like a longer beard.  If it were a hassle for me to keep him looking good with a long beard, I'd keep it short. 
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2012, 11:46:27 AM »

I really love his beard long but he does look cute with it short too.
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2012, 12:02:21 PM »

I think you've covered all the considerations and can best choose what's right for you.

I will say that I don't like no beard. It makes the dog look like a terrier, but not a Schnauzer. The beard is the Schnauzer.

However, it doesn't have to be as long as possible like I like them.

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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2012, 01:52:08 PM »

He' pretty cute either way. But, I like the shorter beard better.
 Not a no beard. Longer beard more maintenance and I have a no maintenance less maintenance kind of style. I plan to keep  Maxx's puppy beard as long as possible before I have to decide how to groom him.
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« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2012, 02:25:04 PM »

This a great topic, because every one just takes it for granted there is only one way a Schnauzers beard should be cut. I for one like it cut short, it is much easier to maintain and I like the short cut look. But my groomer cuts it in such a way they really look sharp. If you noticed in your dog's cut it has a rather round look, I do not care for that look, looks like a short hair dog's face. The way she cuts it, from the eyes out it is close, then as it reaches the nose, she lets it out an inch or so, even on the top just behind the nose. Gives our dogs kind of a bull dog look, it really looks cute to me. Easy to brush and keep clean. If I am able will add a picture of my male and give an idea of what I am trying to discribe!  BTW, I have short beard as well, lolo We all look alike!! Grin Merry Christmas

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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2012, 07:48:29 AM »

Bob, I like that beard! Looks "sporty". I wish I could see the front of his face. That would be a good length for me.
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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2012, 09:58:47 AM »

I fell in love with the classic Schnauzer look so I like the longer beards.  But having just spent an hour combing out some very nasty mats from under Suki's front legs I have some sympathy for anyone who works and can't always find time to comb out a Schnauzer every single day.  They are a lot more high maintenance than I ever imagined.

I once went to a conference where a psychologist said that a baby looks at its mother's face to get a sense of itself, and it sees its image reflected in its mother's eyes.  If when you look at Que, you like the way he looks and you look at him with love and tenderness, Que is going to think he's the handsomest dog on earth.  If you look at him kind of critically, he may feel a little insecure.  So it's what YOU like and what fits best in your lifestyle that's important, for you and Que both.

I think Que is a darling dog, whether his beard is long or short. Heart  He has so much personality, it shines from his eyes.

Off to do last minute shopping.  Merry Christmas everyone!
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« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2012, 10:36:32 AM »

It's a matter of preference the beard doesn't make the dog sort of thing. I love my beardies to have long long thick beards.  Your baby is so beautiful either way.

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« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2012, 10:43:09 AM »

This is not quite front but should give you an idea?

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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2012, 10:52:54 AM »

being that Doc's ears are crop, may be why he looks good in this cut style, all the rest of his body is cut short except in winter time. This helps greatly in summer looking for ticks etc. On a side note, and of all places, every one at the vet just loves Doc and say he is one nicest and most cooperative patient. He is going to be 13 this coming May.
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« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2012, 12:17:01 PM »

I think he looks nice when his beard was half grown out so a trimmed medium length beard might be good and less likely to matt. Shaved down close makes him look more terrier like. A beard similar to "Doc's" trim or a little bit longer would suit Que I think. What you like best is whats important though.
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« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2012, 09:55:42 AM »

I like him in that second photo at the top! And his red jumper! If You're having trouble with it long, then there's no reason not to keep it shorter. I must admit I'm not keen on the really short shaved muzzle look.
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