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
swimming buddy, double coats, socializing, reward based training, schnauzer cut
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
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 54 days ago
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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