Origin and Brief History
A Miniature Schnauzer is a breed of dog from Germany. The word Schnauzer comes from the German word “Schnauze.” It means which means muzzle in German. They were used to chase away rats from people’s homes. The Miniature Schnauzers were made by crossing small Standard Schnauzers with an Affenpinscher. Some people think it is a Poodle-mix breed. Today, the Miniature Schnauzer is generally thought of as a lap dog. Despite its size The Miniature Schnauzer makes an excellent small vermin hunter. They belong to the Terrier Family.
Miniature Schnauzers are an intelligent breed of dog. They are energetic, playful, and are not particularly dangerous to children or other people. With the proper training, they stand to be with other animals. So, a socialized The Miniature Schnauzer makes an excellent family pet. Continued training of the breed of dog is essential. It will stop listening to commands if it starts to think its owner is too passive. Owners of the Miniature Schnauzer need to possess authority over them at all times. This is to prevent Small Dog Syndrome in this breed. In Small Dog Syndrome, the small dog thinks and acts like he’s the master. Miniature Schnauzers can be aloof with unknown people if they don’t have enough training.
Miniature Schnauzer’s coat isn’t hard to groom. But, it does require daily brushing to prevent matting. Should a mat occur it should be immediately cut off. Its coat should be clipped at least twice a year by a professional groomer. It is also important to often trim the hair around the eyes. The mouths must be wiped clean after every meal. They make a great companions for allergy sufferers.
Specifications of the Breed
A Miniature Schnauzer male should reach a height of 14”. While females should only reach about 1 foot in height. Male Miniature Schnauzer typically weigh up to 15 pounds. While female Miniature Schnauzer should only weigh about 10 pounds. A Miniature Schnauzer’s life expectancy is about 15 years. They are full of life until around age 14. These dogs don’t bark rather they make a low, carried-out howl.
Small Dog Syndrome is a concern for this breed. While walking the Miniature Schnauzer the owner must make sure walk behind the dog walker holding the leash. Remember dogs have a pack mentality. Miniature Schnauzer who don’t get enough exercise will develop behavior problems. Miniature Schnauzers are also prone to liver disease, kidney stones, and developing certain eye problems. They gain weight easily so, the owner must carefully watch their food intake.
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