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