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Miniature Schnauzer's: To Know Them Is To Love Them

Updated on July 11, 2015
I dedicate this to Emma.
I dedicate this to Emma.
And to Spirtz-- thank you.  I miss you both so much.
And to Spirtz-- thank you. I miss you both so much.

Things To Know About This Breed

After having worked twenty-years in the veterinary field, I am familiar with the various personalities and health issues which come with certain breeds of dogs.

Though I have a huge soft spot for the old-fashioned mixed-breed or any animal rescued from the pound or side of the road, as far as a pure-breed goes the personality of the Schnauzer has won me over. They are not for everyone however, so as with any pure-bred animal one should do their research before taking on the responsibility of a pet.

Miniature Schnauzer's have a bright and curious personality, and can be quite affectionate. They are not necessarily what I would call a 'people' dog, such as the playful Labrador tends to be, so one should be careful if taking them to the park or in large crowds. This is just a general rule- some are very quick to take to strangers. Like most animals if they are raised with children they are good with them, otherwise be cautious for they can be nippy. They are also rather intelligent. It has been my personal experience they house-break fairly easily, and if an owner has a steady routine they adapt very quickly.

One of the true selling points to the Schnauzer is they do not shed, yet they are a breed which has the added expense of needing regular grooming. If left unshaven their hair will grow and become severely matted to the point of being detrimental to their health. For the hair will become matted around their eyes, between their toes and around their anus trapping fecal matter. However, the Schnauzer is not a vain dog, and though the formal/traditional groom leaves them with a long skirt, beard and eyebrows, if an owner wishes to invest in a good pair of groomer clippers and a little careful training—the Schnauzer doesn't care how they look.

They are prone to skin allergies and sensitive stomachs--Pancreatitis in particular, an inflammation which can be quite serious, even deadly, if left untreated. Both of these, however, can be aided or avoided with sensible nutrition, because some of their allergies can be food related. Other than this they tend to be a hardy breed, and have an average lifespan of around fourteen years.

Their one huge drawback, however, is when they do reach their geriatric years; they are extremely prone to developing Diabetes or Cushings disease, or both. These are expensive to treat or maintain, and does require love and dedication from the owner. I have personally had three of these wonderful dogs in my life, and I have seen two of them to the end. I would not trade those difficult last years for anything.

© 2012 Gina Baxter


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      Emily 3 years ago

      I had a wonderful schaunzer that just past away about 3 months ago. She was diagnosis with diabetes at the age of two and 2 weeks before she passed, with Cushing disease. She missed her birthday by 6 days where she would have been 10. She was my best friend and I would not have changed any of it. She LOVED everyone she met. They are a wonderful breed!

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      Jan Saunders 5 years ago

      I'm glad you mentioned cushings disease because many people have never heard of it. My son lost a maltepoo to the combination of cushings and diabetes and it was very sad. One thing he never did was feed table scraps but still the dog developed these terrible conditions. Please never feed dogs people foods!

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      What a cutie. I love dogs (small breeds are my type). Years ago I had a toy poodle called Susie and she was my best friend. I cannot have a dog now because I live in a flat and it would not be fair.

      I found the information about this particular breed very interesting. It's odd how certain breeds have different temperaments and natures.

      My daughter lives and breathes animals. she has two German shepherds, 2 snakes called Alice and Jazz, one African grey called Poppygal and another bird (cannot remember the name of it! She looks after them as if they are babies and the Poppygal watches over my daughter like a mother hen! She does not like my son-in-law one bit!

      Lovely article and pics.


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      Gina Baxter 5 years ago

      Thank you, Erin.

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      erin 5 years ago

      Gina - though you have seen 2 through to the end, I know that the third owes her life to you. And so far it's been a wonderful life!

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      Gina Baxter 5 years ago

      To Debbie- if you get one as a puppy they will do just fine-- after all the cats will rule. If you adopt an older one from a rescue group ask the person fostering. I have an article about cats in the making.

      To Marge-- I will do so, and I agree they are a charming little breed.

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      Gina Baxter 5 years ago

      To Sandy, I probably shouldn't admit, but I've been known to dress one of my cats as well. But, only the one that's a good sport about it all.

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      marge mueller 5 years ago

      I have an Italian greyhound and love the fact that they do not shed like the Schnauzer. do an article on the mini greyhound they are amazing dogs

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      Debbie Mills 5 years ago

      Never thought so much about what is involved with the long term care in this detail.Your articles are exceptional in detail. How do these adorable little schnauzers do with cats? Also would very much like to read more on indoor cat rearing and the aging process.

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      SandyMcCollum 5 years ago

      It's funny how they quickly become family members that we dress up and show off. I love my small doggies!