ALL ABOUT™ MINIATURE SCHNAUZER
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Miniature Schnauzer Puppy & Breed Information
The Miniature Schnauzer originated in Germany from larger Schnauzers of late 1500s with a dash of poodle and Affenpinscher which modified the typical terrier drive. The Miniature Schnauzer retains a bit of guarding instinct but is very much a people dog, strongly attached to his family and home. He can be vocal but is not a barker. The Miniature is naturally agile and playful, belying the dignified expression created by his beard and bushy eyebrows.
Schnauzer Coat, Color, Care: This little terrier has a hard wiry coat which ideally should be plucked but more often is clippered. Either way, he’s a spiffy little package that also comes in black and silver or even solid black, without white markings.
Miniature Schnauzer Personality: Pulling equally from his delightful ancestry, the Miniature Schnauzer is animated but calmly mannered, good with children, small animals, and other dogs. He is as mentally quick as he is physically agile and fits well with a busy family or when given a job to do.
Exercise Requirements: Suited for country or city life, he does best with daily outdoor exercise. A fenced yard will do but Miniature Schnauzers enjoy a good romp in the field or a brisk walk in the neighborhood. Adequate mental and physical stimulation prevents development of annoying nervous habits such as chewing or licking.
Health Concerns: The Miniature Schnauzer has few health problems other than a tendency to weight gain which may lead to pancreatitis. Keeping your Schnauzer on a high protein, low fat diet is advisable. Eye problems such as PRA or juvenile cataracts can occur and like all breeds, he may develop skin problems from poor diet or exposure to environmental allergens. The Miniature Schnauzer is long-lived and healthy if maintained on a good natural diet, with minimal medications.
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