How to Groom a Ganaraskan Dog

Ganaraskan dogs, or Gannys, are a mix of the following breeds: English Cocker, Miniature Schnauzer, Miniature Poodle and Bichon Frise, as a result there can be a lot of variety in the texture of the individual dog’s coats. That being said, Ganny’s coats all share some characteristics, it’s hair, not fur, and they tend to be very fine and are often curly. Gannys also have a single coat, instead of a double coat; this has a couple of repercussions:

  1. The coat is prone to matting, and the dog should be groomed at least every other day, to keep it clean and matte free.
  2. As the Ganny has only a single coat, it may have some difficulty staying warm in some climates, and may require a coat if it will be out for long periods of time. Wearing a coat will increase the possibility of matting. If the dog does wear a coat, it should be groomed no less than once a day.

Formal Grooming

Grooming the Body

Grooming a Ganaraskan dog is fairly easy. The cut is designed to be both pretty and functional. The back is shaved down close to the skin, with grooming clippers. The hair around the legs is left long, kind of like the “skirt” used for West Highland White Terriers and Scottish Terriers, though it’s a little looser and allows for the dog’s full range of movement. The length of hair around the legs can vary, depending on the dog’s lifestyle and the owner’s preference.

Grooming the face

The face is the most unique part of the Ganaraskan cut; the face is cut close around the eyes, to assist in keeping the eye area clean. The hair is left long over the mouth, which gives the face a square appearance. Although the facial hair is left a little longer over the dog’s mouth it should be trimmed so that it does not exceed the dog’s chin. The hair on the neck, like the back, should be shaved close to the skin, and the ears are simply trimmed to maintain their shape.

Grooming the Eyebrows

The one defining feature of the Ganaraskan dog is the eyebrows. On a properly groomed dog the eyebrows are large and bushy, though well-maintained. The eyebrows start close together on the inside corner of the dog’s eye, but they diverge from each other, and end high on the Ganny’s forehead, just on the outside corner of their eyes.

Daily Care

As mentioned above, ideally, the Ganaraskan should be groomed daily, however, if that isn’t possible, it should be groomed no less than every second day; to help keep the coat soft and matte free. The daily coat care will require some specific tools:

  • A slicker brush. This brush is the small, rectangle-shaped brush in the upper right-hand side of the picture below. This brush is made up a series of very small and pointy wire ends. It is very good for dogs with curly hair, as it helps to keep curls smooth and matte free. The slicker brush will also remove small, loosely-formed mattes. As a general rule dogs don’t like the slicker brush as it is “scratchy” and uncomfortable.
  • A pin brush. The pin brush is the large brush on the left. It is excellent for lossening potential mattes, and for removing daily dirt and oil. Dogs tend to like this brush more than the slicker brush.
  • A bristle brush (not pictured). Like the bristle brushes used by people, it is good for removing excess oil, and ensuring the dog’s skin and coat are healthy. Dogs tend to like this brush the most as it causes the least amount of discomfort, and it feels most like being pet.
  • Comb. Any dog with fine, curly, or curly-fine hair will need a comb. The comb is most useful for removing large, tight mattes, as well as larger pieces of “dirt” like leaves.
  • Nail clippers. If you are able to manage cutting your dogs nails this is a great tool, otherwise you can take them to a professional groomer who will usually do it for a fee.
  • Two kinds of scissors: blunt nose for cutting around the eyes, paws and privates parts; and regular scissors for removing, large, stubborn mattes from the dog’s legs, stomach and back, and for trimming around the mouth and ears.

Grooming a Ganaraskan is not difficult provided that you have the right tools, knowledge and patience to see the job through to the end. It may not work perfectly the first time, but doing your own grooming will allow you to get the exact look you want. Knowing about the Ganny’s coat characteristics will help ensure an excellent cut, and it will help owners make decisions about the kinds of daily tools needed to ensure the overall health of the dog’s skin and coat, and make for more pain-free grooming visits.

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