Teacup Schnauzer Temperament: What’s Good About ‘Em, What’s Bad About ‘Em
The temperaments of miniature schnauzers are quite diverse. Some mini schnauzers have a very laid back personality. They love to cuddle up with their humans and will sleep anywhere they feel comfortable. Other mini schnauzers are much more independent and prefer to live on their own. These dogs are usually very energetic and require lots of exercise.
You may even see them chasing squirrels or other small animals around the house!
Some mini schnauzers enjoy being indoors all day long. They tend to like sitting on your lap while you read books, watching TV shows, playing fetch games with you, or just snuggling next to you in bed. Others prefer outdoor activities such as running around outside, jumping into water bowls or swimming laps.
There are some mini schnauzers that do not really fit into any one category. They are generally happy living with their human family and don’t mind spending time outdoors either.
Miniature Schnauzer Health Issues to Watch Out For…
In general, there aren’t many health issues associated with the breed. Some mini schnauzers tend to have respiratory problems and are more likely to suffer from seizures. In the past, some dogs in the breed were prone to allergies, eye complaints and bone diseases. However, due to careful breeding practices these types of health problems are rarely seen today.
The average life span of a mini schnauzer is between 12 and 15 years, though dogs have been known to live longer.
Does the Miniature Schnauzer Shed a Lot? How Much Grooming Is Required?
The mini schnauzer has a double-coated fur. Their undercoat has soft thick hairs and their outer coat has long bristles or “guard hairs”. The long guard hairs of their outer coat makes them perfect for water rescue at sea since they can easily deflect a great deal of water. With regular brushing, their fur doesn’t shed excessively and they are considered to be “low maintenance” dogs with regard to grooming.
If you decide to get a mini schnauzer, be prepared for it to have one or two strange quirks, habits or traits.
One of these quirks may be the snoring. Though some schnauzers don’t snore, some of them are very loud! If you want a quiet dog, a schnauzer may not be for you.
Another one of their peculiar traits is that they can start jumping up on everything, including tables and counters, when they get excited or when they want something. This is called by various names such as sky surfing, Everesting or “being a Jack Russell.” It’s their way of getting a better vantage point so that they can see whatever it is they want to see like a bird outside the window. If you have breakables on your tables and counters, you may not want to own a schnauzer. You can, however, discourage this behavior by telling your schnauzer to get down every time it makes for a table or counter.
The Best Snuggling Size – Mini Schnauzer Grooming
Schnauzer Grooming: It’s All in the Coat
Some people comment that schnauzers shed a lot, but this is only partially true. It’s not that they shed a lot of fur, it’s that they shed a lot OF HAIR. The undercoat of the mini schnauzer has soft, downy hairs that are designed to keep them warm.
Frequently brushing the coat removes these hairs and, therefore, reduces the amount of hair shed and keeps the house from filling up with hair. The mini schnauzer is a perfect dog for someone who doesn’t mind stooping down to sweep up hairs from the floor on a regular basis.
As you probably know, long-haired dogs require a lot of grooming and time to maintain their coats properly. This is not the case with the mini schnauzer’s coat.
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