|Barked: Mon Mar 25, '13 4:20pm PST |
|OMG minis. I grew up with minis. My mom grew up with them. I have chihuahuas right now and I am in love with them, but I learned about dogs from Miniature schnauzers.
grooming: every day or every other day. In the winter there will be snowballs, and in the summer, there will be burrs foxtails, and tics that like to hide in the fringe. there will be mats. The beard needs to be washed regularly to remove bacteria.
Unless you are going to show the dog, just clipper it. The cut style is similar to a cocker spaniel, but you shave the ears down too. Mom used to tell us, draw a straight line all the way around the dog at elbow level and shave everything above that line until you come to the cheekbones. There is some debate on whether or not to shave the top of the muzzle. It depends on how the dog's hair grows up there. Our first S&P Kenzo neveer had the top of her muzzle shaved and it laid flat but Razmataz had short hair up there that made him look goofy so we shave the top of his nose to retain the serious expression.
they are an oily breed. They do get sebaceous cysts that need expressed when they appear. It's kind of nasty. Make sure to clean crustys from the eyes too. pluck the fur from between the toes and in the ears and keep the nails trimmed.
I guess I don't mind cropping ears and tails of the schnauzer. The button ear look is cute, but both the bitches we've had had natural ears and they like to flap them around until they get crusty sores on the ends of their ears. You have to be more dilligent about fuzz removal with natural ears. I've never seen a schnauzer with a natural tail. I've seen plenty with badly docked tails though.
Noise level: If a schnauzer cannot bark, they will explode. That's just the way it is. They are conversational dogs. They will try to converse with everything. be sure to socialize it to other animals. They can be very prey driven, and they can be intolerant of other dogs unless socialized early. They are breedist. They prefer the company of their own breed.
They get gruff and serious as they age. Somewhere around age 8 they get notoriously routine oriented, and are very stubborn when it comes to changes in that routine. They tend to bond with 1 or 2 family members, and the rest of the family are nobly tolerated. They are a velcro dog to their chosen humans and generally friendly but stubborn to everyone else.
generally expect 12-16 years with the dog, but towards the end times get rough. Type 2 diabetes, cataracts, bladder stones, and cushings disease are all well documented in the breed. 2 out of the 3 schnauzers I grew up with got cushings. One died from complications to cushings, liver failure and stroke at age 16. One got bladder stones so big that it filled up the whole bladder.
Watch the teeth. Bad breeding often leads to bad teeth. One of the dogs my dad has now is a badly bred parti color (black with white splashes) and her teeth started simply rotting at about age 6. This whole breed is suffering from bad breeding which is a shame because it's a really good dog to start with. They're good at everything. They're even pretty good gun dogs. Not good retrievers, but flushers and coursers. They're very good at upland hunting and rabbit and small game hunting. They also tend to hate water. They're pretty good with cattle too, but the bigger schnauzers do better. Minis are everything that's awesome about a farm dog in a compact package. Smart, reasoning, anticipation, watchfulness, drive. They have all that and a face full of hair.
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