Miniature Schnauzers Info and Facts
Lifespan: 13 to 16 years
Activity Level: Moderate
Coat: Long, Wiry
Temperament: Relaxed, Playful, Affectionate
Information / Facts: The Miniature Schnauzer is believed to be a cross between the Standard Schnauzer and the Poodle. This dog was first bred in Germany in the middle of the 19th century. The dog was bred by farmers to hunt small prey, such as rodents, that were a nuisance to crops and other food stuffs. The Miniature Schnauzer is a great guard dog and has a lot of energy, which makes them a great choice for an active family or individual. The Miniature Schnauzer weighs ten to 18 pounds when fully grown, and typically has a life expectancy of around twelve to fourteen years, which is somewhat longer than other small breeds.
Pros: The Miniature Schnauzer is believed by some to be a non-shedding breed of dog, but this is not the case. However, the Miniature Schnauzer sheds extremely small amounts, usually just a few hairs during brushing times. This makes the Miniature Schnauzer an ideal pet for those who don't have time to vaccuum several times a day, or those who may be allergic to dog fur or dander. The Miniature Schnauzer lives to please its owner, so if you are looking for an obedient dog that will obey commands at first demand, this is a good choice. As with any dog, proper training is the key to getting your dog to obey you.
Cons: The Miniature Schnauzer is a relatively healthy breed and isn't prone to very many major health problems. However, high fat levels in this breed can cause issues, such as hyperlipidemia and pancreatitis. Feed your Miniature Schnauzer a diet low in fat or fat free, and avoid any treats with sugar. In addition, because of the way the dog's ears are designed, the Miniature Schnauzer can be prone to frequent ear infections. It is important to clean your Miniature Schnauzer's ears often (but don't overdo it), and have your vet check your pooch's ears at every visit to make sure nothing is wrong.