Will the Minature Schnauzer make a good pet?

Considering the Miniature Schnauzer as a pet?

The Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century. It was developed from crosses between the Standard Schnauzer and smaller breeds like the Poodle or Affenpinscher. The results remain one of the most popular breeds and ranks 11th among the most popular breed in the United States because of the small size and it’s mild temperament. The AKC (American Kennel Club) just recognizes three colors for the Miniature Schnauzers: black, black and silver, and salt and pepper.

Miniature Schnauzers are small and proportionately built, measuring 12 to 14 inches tall and weighing 11 to 15 pounds for females and 14 to 18 pounds for the males. They are often described as non-shedding, which is not exactly true, but their shedding is minimal and usually unnoticeable. Characterized mainly by their long head with a beard, bushy beard and mustache and eyebrows; dark colored and oval eyes.

The Official Standard of the Miniature Schnauzer describes their temperament as "alert and spirited, yet obedient to command. He is friendly, intelligent and willing to please. He should never be overaggressive or timid." They are easy to train, and tend to be excellent watchdogs, with good territorial instinct, being more inclined toward vocal notification rather than attacks. They may seem often guarded towards a stranger until its owner welcomes the guest, at which time they become friendly and accepting of the guest. But they do bark, when greeting the owner or to show joy, excitement, or even displeasure.

It is most important to socialize the Miniature Schnauzer with people and other dogs. They don’t want to share their owner with any other dog. They dislike cats, but this tendency can be curbed with training, or if the dog is raised with cats.

The earliest records concerning the development of the Miniature Schnauzer comes from Germany during the late 1800s. Originally bred as farm dogs in Germany, to keep rats and other vermin out of the barns. Being both bold and courageous, the Miniature Schnauzers were used to guard herds of cattle and sheep, small farms and the families. The were good rat dogs too, because of their small size.

The first recorded Miniature Schnauzer appeared in 1888, and first exhibited in 1899.

The AKC first accepted them as a breed in 1926, just two years after being introduced in the United States for the first time.

Duchess
Duchess

Normally the Miniature Schnauzer is a healthy breed, but can suffer health problems associated with high fat levels, such as hyperlipidemia, which often leads to pancreatitis. Also diabetes, bladder stones and eye problems can develop. Miniature Schnauzers are also prone to comedone syndrome, a condition where pus filled bumps are produced, usually on their backs, but it can be treated by a variety of medicines. They also need to have their ears dried after bathing or when wet conditions are present due to risk of infection, especially with uncropped or clipped ears. Their ears need to be examined as part of the regular annual check up.

Schnauzers require regular grooming. Usually a bath then clipped and dressed with special concern to the beards & eyebrows. When left unclipped the body hair will grow two to four inches in length.

Miniature Schnauzers grow on you

sign on front door
sign on front door
ear rings I made for my wife
ear rings I made for my wife

Now, Why do you think I decided to write on Miniature Schnauzers? Because I saw one once, or my neighbor has one… Noooo, because I have one. Now bare in mind – Duchess is not your average, ‘run-or-the-mill’ miniature schnauzer. She’s cute, smart…, my wife even wears her picture on her ear rings.

I know! I know! Everyone thinks THEIR DOG is the smartest, best looking, best trained, most loyal, easiest to care for, EVER – bar none… and I hate to be the one to ‘burst your bubble’, but yours is not!

You know how I know this to be true? – because mine is!

© 2010 SamSonS

Comments 29 comments

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Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

Now I know what a Schnauzer is! Must write similar for pointers (we have a beautiful female called Molly!)


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

Hi Les, thanks for joining my cicle of friends and your kind comments; anxious to see your hub on 'Molly"...


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

great beautiful pet hub thanks


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks the voice, and welcome to my hubsite. Hope the other hubs are likewise interesting...


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

LOL! sounds like Duchess rules in your household. I don't know of many dogs that can brag "one of my owners wears my picture on her earrings." Cute story, thanks for sharing. :)


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Money Glitch, for your nice comments, and after visiting your site today find me following you my friend...


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Samsons, I've had 3 Winston,16, Patton,19, Missy,15+, all are gone now but I've got one staying with a friend while I'm away from home, Bump, 6 y/o. Next to my Rottys, I like that breed best, all have been adopted and have or had traits unbecoming of a Schnauzer, mean and snappy willing to fight a Rotty at the drop of a french fry, so they've fit in well, keeping company with me, great read, Peace, 50


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks 50 for spending time around here today. I was thinking of you as we had our Thanksgiving meal. Hope all is well with you and hope you were able to enjoy the blessings of this day with friends and family.

blessings & love my friend...


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Well, Sam, you can have the smartest, cutest dog. I'VE got the smartest, cutest cat. :)

Interesting facts. Thanks for writing this one.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Tammy L for your kindness and I'm sure you have the cutest cat...


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

samson, my nephew and his girlfriend are now starting to breed them. They just bought a female. I have not met her yet.I am looking forward to it. I just love the male

Will share and vote up!

Tina


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks gr2bme, for your visit and your nice comments...


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

I do like the idea, that they don't shed much:) I think the males remind me of old men, especially the dark grey with the white highlights!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you heart4theword for stopping by and personally I think some of the female schnauzers resemble us old men too...


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

sam, my nephew and his girlfriend breed these wonderful dogs. They are very smart and so cute

Tina


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Tina for your visit and your nice comments. I've often thought of raising them myself...


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DrMark1961 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

I have to admit Duchess is really cute. My dog is smarter though (even if not as cute)!


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Of course, undoubtedly. We all love our pets don't we? Duchess passed away this past March. She brought my wife and I many enjoyable hours or unfailing love and companionship. We have acquired a new 'baby' since then, still quite a handful I might add and we named her Poppi. Hope to write and introduce her to the HubWorld soon. Thanks for commenting...


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DrMark1961 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

Oh, sorry to hear that. Schnauzers are great little dogs. Is Poppi a Schnauzer? I look forward to seeing your article on her.


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Oh yes, Poppi's also a miniature schnauzer with the energy of about half a dozen. Stay tuned and soon you might just get to see her...


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ChristysWorld 4 years ago from The Deep South

The biggest difference about the Mini Schauz from other dogs is they looooooove to talk/sing. Can't get mine to shut up. She is totally spoiled by my two girls which is just adorable. Never saw a dog take to kids like this one but the mouth on this dog is just something. Thinks she always has to say something. And its not barking, just talking without words. Kinda weird, I know.


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my top hub and for sharing your experiences with your own 'schnauz'. I didn't know they talked and sang, ours just barks and quite often I might add...


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SommerDalton 4 years ago

Beautiful! Very informative, I love miniature schnauzers


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks so much Sommer for dropping by and reading my 'showcased' hub...


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suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

I had a wonderful little Schnauzer named Sherlock. He was great-natured and so much fun. Miss him still. Voted up!


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks Suzie, appreciate your stopping by to read about our first mini and thanks also for the vote of confidence. Duchess was a princess indeed. After her we acquire another miniature schnauzer that we've named Poppi, and your visit just reminded me that I need to write a sequel to this one. One in which I introduce Poppi to my many Hub friends...


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States

Schnauzers really are great dogs--smart & protective with real personality. My parents' schnauzer lived to be 17, and he was a real character! Enjoyed the hub. --Jill


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sounds like they do make good pets but not for me thanks


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samsons1 3 years ago from Tennessee Author

This has been my number one hub for over two years and we recently celebrated the one year anniversary of our beloved Duchess' death. She won our hearts over-- but we have a new addition now and this reminds me I must soon write about Poppi, our new Schnauzer...

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