Miniature Schnauzer Dog Breeds
The Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog with a lot to offer. Miniature Schnauzer dogs are very intelligent, funny and full of personality. They adore their family members and want nothing more than to be near them all the time. The Miniature Schnauzer is about 12 to 14 inches in height and weight approximately 12 to 20 pounds. They have a comical appearance with bushy eyebrows, a little mustache, and shaggy beards. Their coat is available in many different colors including gray, black, silver and mixed variations. Miniature Schnauzers are hypoallergenic, making them the perfect choice for people who have allergies to pet dander or asthma.
Miniature Schnauzers are full of personality and thrive on attention from their humans. They enjoy being close to their family members and will provide them with lots of amusement. Miniature Schnauzers are very smart and will learn how to get what they want- whether it be by opening doors, digging or pleading with their owner. They are alert watchdogs that are known for barking, which will require training to stop. They are a good breed for first-time dog owners if they are well trained and receive daily exercise.
The Miniature Schnauzer is easy to groom because it is considered non-shedding and hypoallergenic. They still need to be brushed a few times a week to keep their fur from becoming matted and tangled. They have a double coat- with a soft and dense undercoat and wiry top coat. Most people will take their Miniature Schnauzer to the groomer every six to eight weeks for a wash, cut and blowout. Their ears should be cleaned every week and their teeth should be brushed weekly as well, to prevent bad breath, gum disease, and tartar build-up. Their nails should be trimmed every month to prevent them from causing injury or damage.
The Schnauzer breed is easy to train and eager to please. They love to be challenged and try new things. Training should begin early using positive reinforcement such as treats, praise, and pets to get the best results. Strong leadership must be established early on, and after basic training is mastered, agility and advanced training is strongly recommended.
Miniature Schnauzers are low key when it comes to daily activity. They require a couple short walks a day, and love to run around a few times a week. They are well-suited for apartment living but do require a fenced yard or to be on a leash when outside because they will take off after small animals. They are prone to becoming bored if left alone for a long time and require mental and physical stimulation.
The Miniature Schnauzer has an average life expectancy of 14 to 15 years. Although they are a generally healthy breed, some health concerns may include: Cushing’s disease, epilepsy, cataracts, renal dysplasia, allergies, canine cutaneous histiocytoma and more.
Miniature Schnauzers are full of personality and likes nothing more than to the center of attention- whether it being curled up in their your lap or playing a game of fetch.