Overview of Terrier Mix Breeds
Several mixed terrier breeds are available, such as Australian and Border Terriers. In this sense, it helps to be aware of terrier mix grooming styles to keep your furry friend looking awesome. The length and texture of your dog’s fur determine the grooming styles and guidelines you will use.
For instance, some terriers have long thin hair, and you must have sheers to cut through. On the other hand, some have short, thick hair, which you will remove using a grooming process known as plucking.
Moreover, the breeds mixed in your terrier will also determine whether you will use more specific terrier haircuts guidelines. In this article, you will discover how to groom long hair terriers and short hair terriers. Let’s dig in!
The Long Hair Terrier Mix Grooming Styles and How-To
A long-haired terrier mix has fur that is more than an inch (2.5 centimeters) long. If you own such a dog, you will have to groom it more often– after every four to six weeks. Examples of terriers with longer hair include:
- Silky Terrier
- Welsh Terrier
- Black Russian Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Westie Cut: This grooming style is ideal for large-breed dogs. The process is simple and neat as you trim the hair around your pup’s body to around 2 inches (5.1 centimeters) long. Additionally, you make the hair around the neck shorter.
- English Saddle: You should consider this dog haircut if your dog has curly and wiry hair. In this case, you trim your dog’s face and neck close and leave longer hair on the chest and torso. You also trim the hair short on the rest of the body, legs, back, and spots on the tail.
How to Groom a Long Hair Terrier Mix
- Brush the coat: Use a tight-wire bristle brush to brush the long-haired terrier mix. Be gentle as you scrape away the tangles. You may have to use shears to remove thick knots.
- Trim the fur: Cut any excess hair after every three weeks. Use your middle and pointer fingers to grab a section of the hair, and use your shears to cut it an inch (2.54 centimeters) at a time. Repeat this process for the longer sections of hair.
- Hand strip the hair: After you finish combing and cutting, use your hands to strip off dead and loosened hair. This will help to ensure the coat is uniform. If you come across any long hairs, you might have missed using the shears to clip them and hand strip the area again.
- Bathe your furry friend regularly: Consider bathing your dog at least once a month. Terriers with long hair usually have sensitive skin and hair. Consequently, washing them frequently is unnecessary unless on special occasions.
- Brush your dog’s teeth: Experts advise that you should brush your dog’s teeth once every week. Hold your dog’s lips to open the mouth and brush gently using a soft brush. Begin this practice when your dog is still young, so it gets used to it.
- Trim your dog’s nails often: Terriers are known for detesting nail clipping. But if you play with their paws when they are still young, it makes it easier. Trim the nails whenever they start to grow past the standard length.
The Short Hair Terrier Mix Grooming Styles and How-To
Short-haired terriers have fewer grooming needs. Experts advise that you groom these terriers four times a year (every season). Examples of terriers with short hair include:
- Manchester Terrier
- Russell Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Wire Fox Terrier
- Irish Terrier
- Kennel Cut: This is one of the most common dog haircuts. After this cut, your dog remains with half an inch (1.27 centimeters) of hair or less on the body. It is common because it is inexpensive, stylish, and effortless to maintain.
- Teddy Bear Trim: This dog haircut leaves your furry friend looking like a charming teddy bear cub. It also leaves your furry friend with ½-inch (1.27-centimeter) long hair. Use clippers first, followed by scissors for a perfect finish. Although this haircut requires a lot of upkeep, it is worth your while!
How to Groom a Short Hair Terrier Mix
- Brush fur often: Use a fine-toothed comb to brush the short-haired terriers once a week. The Yorkshire terrier’s short hair is an excellent example of a short-haired terrier. When you comb it more than once a week, it will end up with a puffy look. Consider scheduling the combing sessions whenever you notice the fur becoming knotted or bunched up.
- Hand strip the coat: After brushing, hand strip the fur to get rid of dead hairs. Use short and gentle grabs to remove any loose hair.
- Bathe your furry friend: After finishing plucking the loose hair, bathe your dog. Consider washing your terrier once every three weeks for best results.
- Brush its teeth: Brush your furry friend’s teeth once a week with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Hold the dog’s lips to open the mouth and brush the teeth tenderly. It will get accustomed to it if you begin doing this when your terrier is young.
- Cut its nails often: Whenever you see the white or grayish length of the nails showing beyond the usual nail length, it is time to clip your dog’s nails. Experts suggest you begin playing with your terrier’s paws when still young to help it get used to the feeling. If you don’t cut dog nails as required, it leads to discomfort and even limping.
The Final Bark
The wide range of terrier mix breeds means you must apply different terrier mix grooming styles for the best results. Fortunately, you have learned how to groom short-haired and long-haired terriers. Besides that, remember that there are breed-specific guidelines for grooming specific terrier mixes.
For instance, you will encounter the Yorkie Schnauzer mix haircuts, which are breed-specific.
One last thing: you shouldn’t treat all the dogs the same. Some dogs are more receptive to certain grooming practices than others. In this regard, consider training your pup while still young to make it easier to groom it once it grows bigger. Congratulations! You are now equipped to make your terriers look FUR-tastic!