Miniature Schnauzers

Miniature or Mini Schnauzer Dog

Miniature or Mini Schnauzer Dog

The Miniature Schnauzer is considered one of several Hypoallergenic dogs available for those people who suffer from dog allergies.  They have double-coats consisting of a wiry topcoat with soft undercoats.  Since they have short, trim coats of fur on their bodies they tend to have minimal shedding.  Less shedding leads to less of the irritable particles that cause allergens making the Mini Schnauzer a smart choice if you have any problems with dog allergies.

The Mini Schnauzer originally was bred in Germany as a cross between the Standard Schnauzer and small breeds like the Poodle.  Their heights range from 12 to 14 inches tall, with weights in the 11-15lbs range for females and 14-18lbs for males.  The most noticeable characteristics of these dogs are their long heads with bushy beards, mustaches and eyebrows, as well as oval-dark colored eyes.  Their tails tend to be short and thin with feet similar to those of a cat (short and round with thick black pads).  The various colors you’ll notice for these dogs includes salt & pepper, black & silver, and black.

Temperamentally, these small dogs tend to be obedient, alert, friendly, intelligent and lively household pets.  They can get become show-offs when other dogs are around, possibly fighting or attacking, but early socialization is the best way to curb this.  Mini Schnauzers tend to bark only at intruders or threats to their owners or property, so they won’t be overaggressive or bark randomly.  Just like Miniauture Pinschers, these dogs are used to hunting small prey like rats, so they will go after small rodents, birds and possibly small cats, unless raised with cats when they are young.  The Mini Schnauzer dog is very intelligent and easy to train, and makes an excellent pet to have around children.  One thing to note is that these dogs need a proper outlet for their energy because if they don’t have this, they may invent their own ways to burn off energy.  It is recommended that these dogs be taken on daily walks or given play sessions quite often to expend their energy.

When it comes to grooming, Miniature Schnauzer’s wiry coat is easily groomed and maintained.  Combing and brushing the coat on a daily basis with a short wire brush will help to prevent the matting and tangling of their hair or fur.  Any knots in their coats should be clipped out.  Twice per year, these dogs should also be clipped by a professional.  Use a pair of blunt-nosed scissors to removed excess hair around the eyes and ears with.  As mentioned before the fact these dogs shed very little makes them a good choice of pet for those that suffer from dog allergies.

Miniature Schnauzers tend to be relatively healthy dogs, but they can be prone to several problems due to high fat levels.  Some of the health problems that these small dogs face include possibility for pancreatitis, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, bladder stones and eye problems.  It’s also advised that Mini Schnauzers have their ears checked regulalry to prevent infections.  They should also have their ears dried out after swimming for this reason.  Overall due to their good health, these dogs enjoy a nice long life span of typically 15 years.

Also see: Dog Allergies Info and Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

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