Miniature Schnauzer Dogs
They are spunky and cheerful little dogs with a bit of mischief about him.
Seeing himself as a bigger dog than he is, he has been known to tangle with larger dogs. It is the wise owner who seeks to correct this little guy's Napoleon complex through early socialization with other dogs.
The mini Schnauzer is sometimes labeled as a barker. The truth of the matter is, he is a very good watchdog and usually only vocal when someone approaches the home or to give a general warning. At the same time, he often steers clear of strangers until his owner shows acceptance of them.
This breed is happiest shadowing his master and likes to be included in everything. He is a very good traveler.
What Owners Have To Say:Here are some comments sent in by Denise:
I'm a 22 year veteran in the wonderful world of Miniature Schnauzer dogs. They're such a truly remarkable breed and bring so much fun and joy to so many lives. Thanks to their non-shedding coat, many people who suffer from allergies are able to tolerate this breed quite easily -- plus, if you're like me, even though I don't have allergy issues, I ADORE not having to clean up hair! Who actually enjoys additional housework?!?
They may be small in size but have a "big dog" personality, are very intelligent yet can display a willful/stubborn streak...any schnauzer owner can attest that the Schnauzer will ALWAYS have the last word!
At the same time, they're loving, loyal and affectionate and can be happy and content in a variety of family situations and environments.
My passion is producing solid Blacks and Black and Silvers since they seem to be more unusual these days. Thanks for allowing me to discuss my favorite breed!
Appearance, Coat and Care:Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 13-15 lbs
Color variations: Salt-Pepper, Black and Silver, and solid Black
Miniature Schnauzer dogs have a double coat that is relatively odorless. The topcoat is harsh and wiry and the undercoat quite dense. Regular brushing is needed to keep it in good condition and prevent matting.
Hand stripping on a periodic basis is the ideal way to maintain the coat, but unless the dog is being shown, it is not necessary.
With minimal shedding, this is a good breed for allergy sufferers to consider.
Activity Level:Miniature Schnauzer dogs are quite and active breed that enjoys the outdoors. Regular walks are appreciated and are necessary for health of mind and body, but need not be overly long.
Space Needs:Space needs are not a concern with the Miniature Schnauzer dogs. They are mainly an indoor dog and can easily adapt to any size dwelling though a yard is always appreciated.
Because of their watchdog alertness, they may bark more than some dogs. As such, if they are home alone for longer periods of time, apartment living may not be the best option.
Children:Considered to be a good breed with older pet-considerate children.
The best policy, no matter what the breed, is to have adult supervision whenever pets and children are are interacting.
Elderly:Because of their low exercise requirements and love of companionship, Miniature Schnauzer dogs make very suitable pets for the elderly or more sedentary families.
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