For added personality, follow these steps to achieve a bearded look for your dog, with a retro Mohawk. You will have a sharp look in no time.
- Using a No. 10 blade on your clippers and following the direction of the hair growth, clip the side of the head from the outside line where the Mohawk starts (usually a line between the top corner of the eye), leaving the eyebrows.
- Clip the cheeks from the outside corner of the eye to quarter inch (6 mm) from the back corner of the mouth.
- With the flap of the ear resting in the palm of your hand, clip the inside of the ear with a No. 10, No. 15, or No. 30 blade.
- Clip the back and outside of the ear with a No. 10 or No. 15 blade.
- Pulling the ear forward will give you a good visual of the back of the ear.
- Trim around the ear flap using your fingers as a guide to avoid cutting the leather of the ear.
- With the help of thinning shears, blend the beard with the cheeks.
- Trim the eyebrows, pointing the thinning shears from the outside corner of the eye to the tip of the nose. With thinning shears, clean the area between the eyes and round off the eyebrows to give the dog a softer look.
- Hold the Mohawk hair between your fingers and apply a little hair spray to make it stand up.
With the thinning shears, trim the top of the Mohawk to give it a rounded shape that will blend into the neck. Finish the face by trimming the beard with thinning shears.
A bearded look, like those of a Schnauzer, a Wheaten Terrier, or a Brussels Griffon, will give the dog a very sharp and serious face. It is a very popular trim, but obviously all that hair on the beard will require ongoing attention because it will constantly be in the water bowl, in the food, and dragged over anything that the dog decides to sniff while out for a walk.
- No. 10 blade
- optional, No. 15 and No. 30
- Thinning shears
- Hair spray