If you have ever done a google search for the Ganaraskan Terrier, you have probably found the results to be inconsistent and varied. This is because, like the cockapoo and labradoodle, the Ganaraskan terrier is a mixed breed dog. As a result, there is no recognized breed standard or official grooming pattern. The popularity of this mix is relatively new, so consistency of grooming styles may develop as these dogs become more common.
The two most common grooming patterns for the Ganaraskan are the cockapoo pattern and the mini schnauzer pattern. In the cockapoo pattern, the body is clipped or scissored to the desired length. The legs are clipped slightly longer than the body. The face is rounded in a teddy bear style. In the mini schnauzer pattern, the back is clipped short. Skirting on the body and furnishings on the legs are left full. The head is clipped short on top and the beard is left long and full.
Some Ganaraskan Terriers have a high maintenance undercoat. This means that owners must be diligent about keeping their dogs brushed. Ganaraskans that are not brushed using adequate technique or adequate frequency may become matted. Dematting is both time consuming and painful for the dog. The best approach for a matted Ganaraskan is to shave the dog short. The new coat can then be kept brushed out as it grows in. The longer the coat is, the more the effort that is required to keep it maintained.
If you have good photos demonstrating the style you prefer, make these available to your pet stylist. Although it can be difficult to determine coat length from a photo, photos are useful in demonstrating shape and pattern.
If your Ganaraskan Terrier requires grooming and you live in the Toronto area, call us. We would be happy to assist you. 416 224 5050. http://glamourpets.ca