Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): Zwergschnauzer; Mini Schnauzer
One of the AKC's top twenty most popular purebreed dogs, the Miniature Schnauzer is a well-regarded smaller breed that can fit into the apartment lifestyle. This adaptable and social dog responds to obedience training and being socialized to enjoy being around other pets as well as its human family. Its origins are lost in the mists of time, but an Albrecht Durer painting proves that the Miniature Schnauzer was already developed by 1492. Like other terriers, they were expected to chase vermin, but they also performed such tasks as guarding, herding, and even pulling carts. As a result, you can expect properly-trained members of this breed to be active, intelligent, and cooperative.
The word "Schnauzer" is derived from the German word Schnauze, meaning “muzzle.” Originally, there were both wire-coated and smooth-coated versions-- frequently in the same litters. The wire-coated dogs were the Schnauzers, and the smooth-coated variety were the Pinschers. These two varieties are now different breeds.
Appearance / health:
The Miniature Schnauzer is a wonderful companion dog for people with small houses or who live in apartments. He is clean, active and energetic. Due to their devotion to their owners, Miniature Schnauzers are not given to wandering. The Miniature Schnauzer is noted for lacking a customary “dog smell. The Miniature Schnauzer is intelligent and loyal and makes a superior watchdog.
The coat is relatively easy to care for, but should be combed daily to avoid matting. And knots found should be clipped out. Ideally, the Miniature Schnauzer should be taken to a professional groomer three times each year for an all-over clipping to an even length. Their beard and whiskers should be cleaned after meals and many owners of Miniature Schnauzers opt to clip the areas around the ears and eyes with blunt-ended scissors. This is a very low shedding breed and is typically a good choice of a companion dog for allergy sufferers.
With their high energy level, Miniature Schnauzers need long, brisk walks every day and they love off-leash play sessions at dog parks or other safely enclosed areas. They do make suitable apartment dogs as they are small enough to be relatively active indoors, but don’t neglect those walks!
The Miniature Schnauzer is known to be a usually very healthy breed. The health issues they can develop are: liver disease and liver ailments, kidney stones, von Willebrand’s disease, diabetes, pancreatitis, cysts and skin disorders. There is a hereditary eye problem in Miniature Schnauzers and potential puppy purchasers should be diligent in determining that the breeding stock from which their puppy have been checked and are free of this genetic condition.
Behavior / temperament:
Active, energetic, alert, charming and very devoted to home and family; a spirited little dog with an eagerness to please. The Miniature Schnauzer is quite intelligent, sensitive, and takes his duties as watchdog very seriously.
The Miniature Schnauzer places high demands on her owner for companionship and spending time together. They can be quite animated and, occasionally, something of a little bit of a nuisance in their insistence in demanding that their person joins them in a game. Most Miniature Schnauzers love everyone, but some can be reserved with strangers.
Miniature Schnauzers are rated as having a high learning rate and medium in obedience and problem solving. They definitely have a mind of their own, so they require a firm, fair and consistent trainer/handler, but one who isn’t boring. Because they have such a mind of their own, the Miniature Schnauzer will learn best through a variety of training methods rather than repetitive training methods.
The Miniature Schnauzer is definitely a barker if not trained from puppyhood not to bark. They usually do not have a “yippy” bark, but it can be high-pitched and any frequently barking dog can become a nuisance to both the family and neighbors. Begin training in puppyhood to not bark; if your Miniature Schnauzer puppy is close to you when barking, you can hold their mouth together gently while giving a firm “No!” or “No bark!” command. If your Miniature Schnauzer puppy is barking outside, calling her in and rewarding her for obeying your command to come in will turn her attention from barking to pleasing you with her obedience.
Good natured, affectionate, playful fun, great temperments, loyal dog, personality
shrill loud bark, barkers, boundless energy, dental problems, puppy mills
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My Parents First Born
My parents were married in 1975 and, after a year together, decided that they would try their hand at parenting. They were at the mall and endeavored to walk past the pet store where there was this precious miniature Schnauzer residing in the window. They could not resist him and he proved to be a very wise choice on their part. Baron taught them patience and they became much better decision makers after they left the paint can partially opened when they left him alone one day. (new carpet followed) and they left the freshly watered house plants only to come home to them dispersed from one end of the apartment to the other, leaving the new carpet muddily resembling a tar pit. When I was born in 1982, Baron was seven and very well trained. He accepted me immediately and was quite interested in the who, what, where, when and how of me. When I began to crawl, all of Baron’s toys became mine and he would just look at Mom as if to say, who is this person and why is she taking my toys? He became my new best friend when I started to eat table food and he would make figure eights under my high chair leaving that area impeccably clean. He was an important part of our family and he was treasured from the day he arrived until he had to leave us. He was a well-loved family member and is still remembered, treasured and missed..
From Jennie Oct 16 2016 9:23PM
Good for combatting certain types of bacteria
Cefazolin is a 1st generation Cephalosporin. While it does well against many gram positive bacteria (typically those with an uncovered, thick outer wall around the cell), it is very ineffective against gram negative bacteria (those with a thin wall that is protected by an extra membrane). While it does not cover everything, Cefazolin is easier on the body than many other antibiotics. For this reason, it is often used as a preoperative prophylaxis, given in IV fluids prior to surgery. Though its usefulness starts to diminish when dealing with "evolutionarily younger" bacteria, which are usually either gram negative or are developing resistances to certain classes of antibiotics, it remains a regularly used staple in the vet med world. It is commonly used for pneumonia, sepsis, certain bladder and urinary tract infections, or in conjunction with antibiotics that target gram negative bacteria to achieve as broad of a spectrum of treatment as possible in an unidentified infection..
From S Dean - Trainer and Former Vet Tech yesterday
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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