Miniature Schnauzers are adorable little dogs with a distinctive look. They have short curly hair and their eyes are small but they have big brown eyes. Their bodies are slender and they usually weigh between 5-10 pounds (2-4 kg). Miniature Schnauzers come in many different colors such as black, white, red, chocolate, cream and gray. Some miniature schnauzers have blue eyes while others may only have one eye colored blue.
Male Miniature Schnauzers are known as Miniature Schnauzer Boys and Female Miniature Schnauzers are known as Miniature Schnauzer Girls. Male and female miniature schnauzers have different personalities. Males tend to be more outgoing than females. Females tend to be more reserved than males. There is no definite rule that says which gender will suit each other better, it depends on the individual personality of the dog.
The name “Schnauer” comes from the German word “Schneider”, which means “to chase”. A few years ago, a couple of breeders started calling them “miniature Schnauzers” because they wanted to differentiate them from the larger ones.
In addition to the names, there are some other interesting facts about miniature schnauzers:
They are not as popular as their bigger brothers and sisters. However, they do exist! You can find them in all types of homes. Some people like to say they are the best of both worlds: they have the terrier spirit of the giant Schnauzer and the affection of a golden retriever!
The miniature schnauzer is a working dog and was originally bred to be a ratter, a dog that would rid mills and homes of rats and other rodents. They have a spirited personality and can be very feisty.
They require a lot of grooming. They need to be combed daily and receive a bath weekly. They also need their nails clipped on a regular basis.
The Miniature Schnauzer is an intelligent dog and is easy to train. They love to learn tricks and perform them for treats.
The breed has a great memory. If you train them with a specific task, they will remember it forever. Even after not seeing you for months, they will still remember the task you trained them to do!
Schnauzer puppies are born black and white. They do not develop their adult coats until they are several months old.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a great dog for first time owners or apartment dwellers. They are very adaptable and easy going. They get along well with children and have a lot of energy. They love to play outdoors and run around.
Due to their small size, some people believe that they are better suited for women. This is not necessarily true. Some are good with children, others aren’t. Each dog is an individual and should be judged on its own merits. It is true though, that they prefer women to men or children to both.
So don’t expect them to fetch the paper for you!
These dogs have a lot of personality and are very playful. In fact they are so playful that it is important that you keep up with their exercise requirements. If you do not give them the proper amount of physical and mental stimulation they will get into trouble. They are very smart and are known to get bored very easily. So keep them busy, with games and activities.
The Miniature Schnauzer does not shed. This means you will never have to clean up dog hair from your house or car. You can even sleep with one in your bed! Be aware, however, that they do have a distinctive smell. If you are not used to this smell, it may take some time for you to get used it.
They live for anywhere between 12 and 15 years. This is the same as a golden retriever or Rottweiler. They are not a short lived dog. This means you need to be prepared for the long haul and make them part of your family.
Miniature schnauzers are very good with children. In fact, it is always best if you get a dog when you have kids. It helps them learn responsibility and teaches them how to behave around animals. Plus it just makes things easier for you!
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