Miniature Schnauzer

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Is the Miniature Schnauzer right for you?

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Other name(s): Zwergschnauzer; Mini Schnauzer

The basics:
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.


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