|Barked: Wed Mar 20, '13 11:26am PST |
|I have the Giants, but I do my own grooming and it really is not a big deal. I am not artistic....can't cut a straight line to save my life! So TRULY, if I can do it, anyone can! There are some great tutorial and videos out there, and it's actually a good way to bond and communicate with your dog as well. I personally went for it on the advice of mentors, as lots of people are scared of Giants and I didn't want mine mishandled, but much to my surprise I actually loved doing it. It offers quite a sense of accomplishment! You do this every four to six weeks. Or longer if you don't mind your dog looking like a woolly something. I once brought Tiller out to pee and had kids scream, "oh my gosh, it's a BEAR!"
The beard is a pain in the butt. Even if you are spared a lot of shedding, the mess factor is there and you just have to accept it. A drink of water inevitably leads to water being tracked from a dripping beard, and if you don't clean it daily anything greasy or soft can get caught in it. Yucko.
There's a really big difference between a well-bred Mini and one not. A lot of dog freaks have no idea how fantastic they are, as they have only been around poorly bred dogs. Be discerning when you get your Mini....trust me, it pays huge dividends. A well-bred Mini is a very happy chappy, on the merry side, whereas lesser breds can be sharp. A well-bred Mini has a cool, bold love of life and is pretty fearless, whereas lesser breds can show a shyness. Well-bred, Minis are one of the ultimate players with other dogs and get on well with dogs far larger than themselves. They also are highly trainable....the most so of the Schnauzers and rank way up there breed wise. They have the Schnauzer intelligence, but not the contrariness and high jinx that can occur with the Standard and Giant. FANTASTIC at precision. They also are the most outgoing. On my top ten list as one of the most perfect breeds out there....social, resilient, confident, trainable, easy to manage. They are easy to motivate and adore balls and tug. Very playful and charming.
Minis are known as pepper and salt, but there are other colors out there. Some get to see the blacks, which is striking looking. My favorite are the black and silvers....I love the contrast! Not approved for show in THIS country are the whites. They are good to go in Europe, though, and some breeders (including Tiller's) are trying to advance their cause here, importing some very nice European stock. In my experience, though, they tend to be a little softer.
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