The Miniature Schnauzer: Temperament, Health and History

The Miniature Schnauzer: Temperament, Health and History

The Miniature Schnauzer is one of the best dogs you can get if you’re living alone. The Miniature Schnauzers are known to develop a special relationship with one family member as compared to the rest. They do make great family dogs as well, but if you’re on your own and seeking a canine companion, you might be convinced with this breed of Schnauzers.

The Schnauzer is a smart and obedient dog.
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Excellent around children, Miniature Schnauzers take their time adapting to a new pet. The ideal thing to do is to raise them and the puppies together.

Temperament and Training

Their energetic disposition can put them in play mode in an instant. A daily walk is a must and if you have an enclosed fencing, then it’s safe enough to leave the Miniature Schnauzers to run around within the enclosure. They need outlets to expend their energy, else they’ll cry havoc at home.

Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train. Their inherent need to please you will make it easy to teach them a few commands. They need to be trained with very clear commands especially when it comes to other pets and people. Miniature Schnauzers are known to be excellent watchdogs. Immediately sensing an intruder, they sound the alarm and until the owner assures them that the stranger poses no threat, they will continue to be on-guard. The Miniature Schnauzer’s bark gives the illusion of coming from a bigger dog. Once the threat of a stranger is eliminated, they are quite happy to go and make friends since the Schnauzers are a polite breed.

Appearance

The Miniature Schnauzer is a small but sturdy dog and the distinctive beard and bushy brows give it a grumpy but funny appearance. It has a thick, wiry coat that can be black, black and silver or salt and pepper and because the hair tends to get trapped in the coat, the Miniature Schnauzer doesn’t shed much. Therefore, he’s a generally very clean dog and is hypoallergenic.

An adult Miniature Schnauzer grows about 14 inches tall and weight between 11 and 20 pounds.

Care & Health 

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  • Major concerns: urolithiasis, PRA
  • Minor concerns: follicular dermatitis, esophageal achalasia, vWD
  • Occasionally seen: pulmonic stenosis, Legg-Perthes, cataract
  • Suggested tests: eye, DNA test for vWD, (cardiac)
  • Lifespan: 14 – 15 years
  • Grooming: their coat needs brushing two to three times per week. Clean the ears with a cotton ball on a regular basis. Brush the teeth on a weekly basis. Trim nails monthly.

History

The Miniature Schnauzer gets its name from the German word for muzzle, ‘schnauze’. The Miniature Schnauzer was a result of breeding the standard Schnauzer with smaller breeds such as the Affenpinscher, the Miniature Pinscher, and the Poodle. Originally bred to hunt vermin and guard small flock, they were not recognized as a separate breed till 1899.

Introduced to the United States in 1925, the Miniature Schnauzers were admitted to the AKC in the year 1926. It was the third most popular breed in the country, just after World War II. As of 2007, the Miniature Schnauzer’s popularity stood 11th out of 157 breeds.

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Final Words

A Miniature Schnauzer is an intelligent pet and a fun friend to have around. Because of his loving personality and high energy, you’ll never feel alone. Make sure you plan daily activities if you get a Miniature Schnauzer as a pet and teach him tricks to get his much-needed exercise. Be sure to keep him on a leash where is an area is enclosed because otherwise, he will run off to chase other small animals. Nevertheless, he is a complete extrovert and makes for a great companion!

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