Miniature Schnauzer is a strongly developed canine that varies from 12 to 14 inches height. Both sexes weigh from 13 to 15 pounds. This is an extremely square-looking pet with a long head and strong jaws. The ears and tail are usually cropped. The Mini Schnauzer has a hard external coat over an undercoat which is soft. The typical coat colors for the Schnauzer are salt and pepper, black, black and silver, and occasionally white.
History: The Miniature Schnauzer came from Germany in the late 19th century. Crossing the Basic Schnauzer with the Affenpinscher and Miniature Pinscher produced the Miniature Schnauzer. These active pet dogs were utilized to hunt rats and other vermin on farms, and were skilled at following their victim into tight areas. The Mini Schnauzer likewise found service as watchdog for households and herd animals. They look out watchdogs and will not hesitate to bark when they think something is amiss.
Character: The Miniature Schnauzer is an energetic, active canine that enjoys to play. This pet is very alert, however should not be extremely aggressive. The Schnauzer needs to be taught how to fraternize other canines while young, as they tend to be dominant with them otherwise. Min Schnauzers are simple to train, however do have a “high prey drive” which need to be addressed if other pets are present in your house. The Miniature Schnauzer is excellent with children and takes pleasure in the companionship of their household.
Health Issues: Usually, the Miniature Schnauzer is a fairly healthy breed of dog. They can be based on cataracts and retinal atrophy, both of which can lead to loss of sight. If the fat levels in their blood rise too high, they can get pancreatitis. Mini Schnauzers can develop diabetes, cysts, and Von Willebrand’s Disease (a kind of hemophilia). Diabetes and pancreatitis can be avoided in part by watching the pet dog’s diet so that it does not become overweight. A low fat pet food is probably suitable for this type.
Grooming: The Miniature Schnauzer requires to have its coat removed twice yearly, at the very least. Additionally, it is a great concept to brush the canine weekly to keep the fur from being matted. The eyebrows, beard, and moustaches must be combed to keep them from tangling, and can be cut to keep them neater. It is a great idea to clean up the facial hair with a wet fabric after the canine has actually consumed. The ears need to be cleaned regularly to prevent infections. As the teeth are prone to decay, brushing each week is a great concept. Know that human tooth paste can be toxic to the Schnauzer, and utilize one created for dogs.