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Miniature Schnauzers - the Playful Pal, Perfect for a
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The Miniature Schnauzer is an affectionate, alert, bright-
eyed, energetic, happy, intelligent, loving, obedient, perky
and playful dog. They enjoy children. The Miniature
Schnauzer loves companionship, time and attention from its
owner. If not properly treated this dog can fall prey to
small dog syndrome and become dog aggressive and feisty.
Ordinarily the Miniature Schnauzer gets along fine with
other dogs and makes a great companion and family pet. They
do have a tendency to bark a lot but it is a bark that is
low and howling rather than high and yappy. They make great
mouse catchers and guard dogs. They are great travel
companions and excellent watch dogs. Some dogs within this
breed can be reserved around strangers but in general this
dog will love everyone. Be sure to socialize this dog well
when it is a puppy to avoid the character faults to which
terriers are vulnerable.
Formerly dogs of this breed were used to kill rats on farms
and in homes and factories, and they still have those skills
and abilities. Schnauzers think for themselves and learn
tricks well. In modern times the Miniature Schnauzer is now
primarily a companion dog, but many of them will still hunt
mice if any are about. Some of the breed's talents include:
competitive obedience, hunting, performing tricks, ratter,
tracking and watchdog.
The Miniature Schnauzer can reach a height of twelve to
fourteen inches tall and weigh between ten to fifteen
pounds. They live an average of fifteen years and do not
show any signs of age until very late in life. This breed is
ordinarily healthy. Some individual dogs within this breed
are susceptible to cysts, diabetes,
kidney stones, liver
ailments, liver disease and/or
Von Willebrand's disease.
Also in some lines there are hereditary eye problems. In
breeding stock the eyes should be checked for this trait.
The Miniature Schnauzer has a tendency to gain weight easily
so be sure to not overfeed it.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a great dog for apartment living.
It is somewhat active indoors and does fine without a yard.
These dogs do need to be taken on a long daily walk to
satisfy their physical and psychological needs. These are
energetic dogs and will love playing off the leash when the
opportunity presents itself.
Grooming your Miniature Schnauzer will be rather easy. The
wiry coat needs to be brushed with a short wire brush or
comb daily to prevent mats of the fine undercoat. Clip out
any knots that occur if you can't comb or brush them out.
Twice a year this dog should be clipped all over to an even
length; this is usually done in the spring and fall.
Clipping is best left to a professional groomer.
If you do your own grooming, be sure to trim around the ears
and eyes with a blunt pair of scissors. Clean the beard and
whiskers after the dog is done eating. Ordinarily when a
Miniature Schnauzer is cut the top is cut short and the
head, legs and under parts of the coat are left longer. Dogs
that are going to be shown require hand stripping and
trimming instead of clipping. This dog is great of allergy
sufferers as this dog sheds little to no hair.
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