All about Miniature Schnauzers

There are three schnauzer breeds, but the miniature schnauzer is the most popular. The little dogs stand to be 12 to 14 inches tall. Do not let their small size fool you, though. They are muscular, tough, fearless, and were bred to work on the farm. They bred miniature schnauzers from their cousins, the standard schnauzer. The American Kennel Club gives these little guys kudos for being a great dog breed.

Temperament

The miniature schnauzer may be small, but their personality is not. Not only are they smart, obedient, and friendly, but they also aim to please. As much as the little dogs love going outside to run, they also enjoy snuggling up on the couch to binge-watch some shows. They love their families and will guard and protect them.

Training

The little guys are easy to train. It is important to train them from the time that they are young. The dogs come with big voices. They will bark to hear themselves bark. If you do not control this early, they will bark all day and night. Training them to only bark when it is necessary is ideal. Since the dog is eager to please, the mini schnauzer is a great dog to teach tricks. They will be happy to learn the basic tricks such as high-five, rollover, and fetch. They will be eager to learn how to bow and to dance with a little patience.

Care Instructions

Thanks to their undercoat, the mini schnauzer needs to be brushed often. The topcoat is wiry, while the bottom coat is soft. They are natural diggers, and the topcoat helps to keep them from getting dirty. The little dogs are low on the shedding scale. This makes them perfect for those who have allergies. Professional grooming should occur every six weeks. Their mustache is just not for looks. The wiry mustache would help to protect their face from predators.

Health

Miniature schnauzers are naturally healthy and have a lifespan of 12- 15 years. The little guys have sensitive stomachs. It is important to watch what they eat. Miniature schnauzers can have eye issues. Like most dogs, they need some exercise to stay healthy and happy. Take them out for a jaunt around the block or to the park for some exercise.

Diet

A healthy weight for a miniature schnauzer is between 11 to 20 pounds. They love to eat, so be careful leaving food out where they can reach it. They will overeat if let on their own. Thanks to their stomach issues, it may take a couple of tries to find the right food. Some dog food companies make food, especially for the miniature schnauzer. Always consult your vet for help if needed.

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