Miniature Schnauzer Personality traits and Temperament
Miniature Schnauzer belongs to terrier breed of dog and originated from Germany. They are lively, their appearance and personality are very similar to the Standard Schnauzer, and are alert and lively. They are highly playful dogs, and, if not given the outlet required for their energy, they can become bored and invent their own “fun” and vices.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a robust, active dog, with a solid body structure, body close to square, both height and body length is roughly equal. He’s an excellent watch dog because he’s alert and barking is a preferred hobby. They can be a bit timid with strangers until they know that his family approves of the stranger. Because of this noisy nature these dogs can be a nuisance to sensitive neighbours.
Miniature Schnauzer will show a preference for one person in the family. He can be good with children particularly if they are socialized early. But they do not take kindly to squealing noises and rapid movements, so it’s best not to leave him unsupervised with very young children. They can be very aggressive towards other dogs and most often can pick fights with them. They also should not be trusted around other household pets like cats, birds, hamsters etc.
The typical Miniature Schnauzer is alert and spirited, very obedient towards command. He is friendly, intelligent and willing to please people. He should never be overaggressive or timid, if trained properly. They are equally suited for ratting, herding, and guarding property.
Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding
Every day grooming is preferred, daily combing of hair and trimming before spring and autumn should be practiced. Clipping will soften the coat, though, so if you like the hard texture, resign yourself to stripping it.
Miniature Schnauzers are often described as non-moulting dogs, as their shedding is minimal and generally unnoticeable. Schnauzers have specific groom cut, where the coat is generally removed by stripping the loose, dead coat; it may be done by hand, called finger stripping, or plucking, or with a stripping knife. During stripping or clipping, the coat should be close at the body, and falls into a fringe-like foundation on its undercarriage, called as furnishings, which can be left to grow, but must be combed regularly.
Size and Characteristics
Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $500-$1000
Life expectancy: the life span is generally of about 12-15 YEARS
Weight: 12-20 pounds
Height: 12-14 inches
Colors: Black, White, Black & Silver, Salt & Pepper.
How to Train this dog
The Miniature Schnauzer is easy to train. Their ability to learn, added to his high energy level, make them great in agility, earth dog trials, and obedience competitions.
Health Issues and Food
Diet: High quality specific proteins are first priority, with some kind of specific meat or “specific meat meal” (listed as salmon meal or lamb meal etc). In other words, lamb or lamb meal, salmon or salmon meal, chicken or chicken meal, duck or duck meal, etc. first, and there should preferably be at least two or more specific animal proteins in the first handful of ingredients.
While grain free foods acceptable and dog does well on grains and has no food allergy symptoms (such as sloppy stools, upset stomach, itching, frequent ear issues etc) , foods containing whole grains and not grain fragments are the healthier choice. Inclusion of foods that contain natural antioxidants and enzymes such as herbs, fresh fruits and vegetables, and also prebiotics and probiotics for enhanced digestibility and absorption is advisable.
Health problems: They are generally a healthy breed, still they may suffer health problems associated with high fat levels, such as hyperlipidemia, this may in turn increase the possibility of pancreatitis. Other health issues are diabetes, bladder stones and eye problems.
Miniature Schnauzers are also prone to Von Willebrand Disease (vWD), a genetic bleeding disorder.
Miniature Schnauzzie is a mix between a Miniature Schnauzer and an Miniature Australian Shepherd purebreds. They are docile, affable and gentle dogs with high energy. They are alert and attentive to their surroundings and make good watch dogs.
Mauzer is a mix of Miniature Schnauzer and Maltese. Mauzers are happy, funny, fun loving and bubbly bundles of fun. They may tend to be feisty and nippy, so not good for household with children.
Mauzer is a mix of Miniature Schnauzer and Poodle. Schnoodles are known for its unique, wonderful and calm temperament. They are loving nature, non-shedding and hypoallergenic dogs.
Best female and male dog names
You can name your Beagle as Diesel or Buddy if he is a male and Missy or Azura if she is a female.
How to adopt this dog
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Pictures and Videos
Photo Credits: Lilly M, Schnauzers-rule