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.
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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
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From Jennifer Peters DVM DABVP canine and feline 157 days ago
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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