ABOUT THE MINIATURE SCHNAUZER
The miniature schnauzer is a popular small dog with an amazing and energetic personality. Lively, loyal and active with guard dog tendencies, this breed can suit lots of different homes. If you’re looking to adopt a mini schnauzer, here’s what you need to know before you make a decision.
The Miniature Schnauzer is one of three most popular schnauzer breeds with the other two being the standard schnauzer and the giant schnauzer. They were first bred in Germany in the late 19th century to be ratters and guard dogs on the farms. Their distinct facial hair was usually trimmed into thick armor to protect their face from any potential retaliation from preys.
Mini Schnauzers are believed to be the result of the crossing of a standard schnauzer with smaller breeds such as the miniature pinscher, Affenspinschers, and perhaps the poodle and Pomeranian. Over the years, the Miniature schnauzer has evolved to be a companion dog rather than a ratter on a farm, bringing love and joy to people fortunate to live with them.
The miniature schnauzer is an active, robust, sturdily built dog and doesn’t look like a toy dog by any stretch. They have a long foreface and a strong muzzle with thick whiskers while their eyes are small, dark and deep-set brown in color, giving them a charming human-like expression. They are usually 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder and generally weigh between 5kg and 8 kg.
Mini schnauzers’ coat is a double coat comprising a hard, wiry outer coat and close, smooth undercoat. The wiry coat comes in three color patterns; salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black.
Miniature schnauzers are a highly intelligent breed. They are also hardy alert and curious, which makes them want to explore the world. Because of how alert they are, they can serve as a watchdog as they tend to put on a display of excited ferociousness when they see other people or animals approach what is theirs.
Amongst the first things to know about these dogs is that they are playful and quite energetic too, so they can play till they get exhausted, and are ready to play again after a short nap. A miniature schnauzer is a loyal dog that enjoys human company.
With regards to training, a miniature schnauzer is relatively easy to train. The males tend to get distracted by almost everything, so you need to have a strategy in mind to keep their attention on you. On the other hand, the females are more focused, so you should have no trouble when it comes to training.
As stated earlier, a miniature schnauzer boasts a double coat. While the top coat is wiry, the undercoat is smooth and usually catches loose hair so the breed sheds very little. Nonetheless, they will require clipping and trimming every five to eight weeks to keep them looking their best. They should also get a bath once a month and their ears should be checked weekly for debris or excess wax.
Like every other dog breed, the Miniature Schnauzer are more prone to a number of health issues including:
Miniature Schnauzers are particularly great for people who want a companion dog that loves to participate in everything they do. They are also affectionate and playful, making them great for families with children.
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