Miniature Schnauzer : 10 Most Common Questions
This wonderful and beautiful dog, the Miniature Schnauzer, has always been popular with families because of its great temperament, energy, and physical beauty when properly groomed.
The Miniature Schnauzer will make a great companion and a good watchdog, especially if you get your puppy from a reputable breeder who takes the time to raise his young dogs in an atmosphere that makes them comfortable around people and other dogs.
We have put together 10 common questions about the Miniature Schnauzer and answers for each of them. We hope this helps with your decision to buy a Miniature Schnauzer or in your life with your current pet.
1. What is the history of the Miniature Schnauzer?
Most information indicates that this breed is a cross between the Standard Schnauzer, perhaps the poodle, and the German affenpinscher. The Schnauzer name comes from the German word for muzzle.
Interestingly, the roots of the breed date back to the 1800s, when it was developed as a smaller version of the Schnauzer that could be a house pet and still hunt down mice and rats.
2. How big does the Miniature Schnauzer get?
Most adult Miniature Schnauzers will stand about 12 inches to 14 inches at the withers and will weigh between 10 pounds and 15 pounds.
3. Will the Miniature Schnauzer be a good pet for a home with children?
Yes, this should be a good choice for a home with children, due to the breed’s natural playfulness and affection for people. However, it is best to have the young dog grow up with the children so they can adjust to each other.
The Miniature Schnauzer can be suspicious of strangers so this should be kept in mind when children are around. In addition, this dog likes to play but may not tolerate too much rough activity.
4. Will the Miniature Schnauzer be okay in an apartment?
Yes, a Miniature Schnauzer should be fine in an apartment or small home, but you should plan to give your new pet plenty of exercise by walking him on a leash or allowing him to run in a fenced yard.
5. I have allergies – will the Miniature Schnauzer be a problem?
Actually, the Miniature Schnauzer may be one of the best breeds for those who suffer from allergies. Since this breed sheds very little or not at all, and is a comparatively clean dog, it is a top choice.
6. What color and type of coat does the Miniature Schnauzer have?
The major dog groups and associations recognize salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black. A white Miniature Schnauzer is not accepted by the American Kennel Club as a standard color. Additionally, the coat is hard and somewhat wiry, with a close undercoat.
7. What health conditions should I know about with a Miniature Schnauzer?
This breed is prone to eye problems, something you should talk with your breeder and veterinarian about when buying this type of dog. In addition, the Miniature Schnauzer can develop diabetes and have bladder stones.
Again, you should get advice from the breeder and your vet as to diet and other actions you can take to make this less of a problem. Miniature Schnauzers also tend to overeat and may gain weight easily.
8. Does this breed need much grooming?
This dog should be groomed regularly, to keep the coat smooth and prevent it from matting, something that many owners leave to a professional groom. You should brush or comb the coat daily if possible to keep it from matting and to maintain its shine.
A regular bath is probably a good idea as well, especially for those dogs that will be seen in shows.
9. Does the Miniature Schnauzer make a good outside dog?
Not really intended to be an outside dog, the Miniature Schnauzer wants and needs to be around people. It would be best to plan to have your pet in the house most of the time, giving it exercise time on a leash or in a fenced yard.
This naturally intelligent breed can become bored and even destructive if left alone for long periods.
10. What is the best way to potty train my Miniature Schnauzer?
Everyone seems to have a method preferred, but we recommend crate training, which teaches the dog restraint while giving it a safe place to go if he needs to be alone for a short time.
With crate training, you should take your pet outside early in the morning and again in the evening. Just be consistent with this routine.
Read More About Miniature Schnauzer
- Miniature Schnauzer Breed Information
- Miniature Schnauzer Training Guide
- Miniature Schnauzer Health Guide
- Owning a Miniature Schnauzer : Breeder Recommendations