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I can definatly- fit in your lap!
Barked: Thu Sep 27, '07 7:23am PST 
I hope I don't get mobbed since I don't own a Miniatrue Shnazuer...but I do think their wonderful dogs! I just figured out that maybe when asking about a breed I should go to the source...
You might have seen me elsewhere asking about other breeds. I'm
going to make sure I get the dog that would be most compatable with me! For it's sake and mine,BOL.

I am simply continuing my research for when I get a dog next year. I had already ruled Miniature Shnauzers out for the fact that I'm constantly finding in books and online sites that their very 'challenging' of other dogs.

I'm going to be a dog trainer, so my little buddy is going to work by my side as an example to other people who come for help with their dogs. So it needs to be dog friendly, as well as stranger friendly. And the other thing is I've heard they can be very suspitious of strangers.

If these things are true, do you think these things can be rectified by careful and early socialisation? Or is that just plainly the characteristics of a Miniature Shnauzer and just wouldn't be right for me?

Also, I'm getting a female (since Zeke is a boy)and that seems to usually make the dog 'less' agressive. Is that true in a Minnie Shnauzer?

Thankyou for answering any of my questions in advance! and I'm very sorry for posting here without a Miniature Shnazuer...I hope no one gets mad!

Edited by author Thu Sep 27, '07 7:25am PST

Micky boy

Micky boy,- where's your toy
Barked: Sun Sep 30, '07 3:24am PST 
We own a miniature schnazer, I can tell you he is very dog and people friendly, early socializing is important in order to make them be this way and i think that is true with all breeds, however as you say...they will not back down from a fight if it comes down to that which can be a draw back considering the size differences that can happen. in fact i was lucky to be around when a Siberian husky felt like issuing a challenge which was promptly answered by my schnauzer, and im affraid if both owners had not been present that serious injury would have resulted.

Again this doesnt make them a bad breed, I think it has alot to do with the temperment of both dogs involved no matter what breed, and if properly trained and socialized would be perfect for your needs. I know a trainer here whos dog is also a schnauzer and wonderful animal.

as far as choosing a female I cant really say that it will make a difference, i think it will depend on your own dogs traits and how he feels about having another animal around

I can definatly- fit in your lap!
Barked: Mon Oct 1, '07 3:40pm PST 
alright, I see what you are saying. I am definatly socialising whatever dog I end up getting....but I wouldn't want it to get hurt for challenging another dog and then not knowing when to back down or get hurt....sigh.....well, I still have months and months to decide.

Thankyou so much! I always think it's best to hear from the owners themselves, not just books. snoopy

Radar - Aug. 2005 - Sept. 2007

Barked: Tue Oct 2, '07 3:57am PST 
I had a standard schnauzer.
The giants and the standards tend to be more head strong, dominant, etc. ...all the things you were describing.

The males also tend not to like other male dogs. Of course this is a generalization...not every dog fits a "stereotype".

Early socialization is the most important thing you can do.

Live to Love and- Love being- Loved...
Barked: Thu Nov 8, '07 6:13pm PST 
I am partial. I love the Mini Schnauzer breed. I have had hard headed ones and mild mannered ones. All were easily trained and if you socialize them early I don't see a problem with them being with other breed of dogs. They are very smart and really want to please their owner.

The only thing that I can see....their front legs are strong and they play almost like kittens. They pounce. People misconstrue their playfulness as nippy or heal nippers. They aren't really nipping...they are slapping (for the lack of a better term) the pants leg. I have been told my Mini Schnauzers have "heavy feet".

Keep in mind I am partial and mine are perfect. HAHAHAHA Yes, I know that isn't completely true. I did try the in home trainer with my girls....they did great, however, I failed.

Good luck in your search. Hope this helps.

I love to lick!
Barked: Sat Nov 10, '07 9:59am PST 
I agree that the most important thing is socializing the dog early. Eli has played with dogs of many breeds since we first got him, and some of his best "friends" are a Golden Retriever, a Boxer, and a Jack Russell Terrier. He certainly loves to play with them and will growl and bare his teeth to show how "tough" he is, but it's all for play and he wags his tail the whole time. I think that any breed that's not socialized from early on will have a tough time getting along with other dogs (my parents' Yorkie becomes VERY territorial because he wasn't around other dogs when he was young). Miniature Schnauzers are a great breed - playful, great watch dogs, and very social with both dogs and people. Hope this helps!

It's a Schnauzer- thing....
Barked: Mon Jan 7, '08 1:13pm PST 
Hello there,

I have had schnauzers all my live, and for me they are the most wonderfull dog . If you get a schnauzer you should make sure you get a good breeder where you can see how the parents are. Ask for problems in the line they breed. Also I think it is a very good thing to start grooming ( or handstripping) your pup from day one you get it. + visit the doggi park or Kindergarden as often as you can,but carfull with the big young dogs a small breed puppie can easy be hurt by a playfull big dog. Also make sure the dogs your dog plays with are good in nature, damage is easy done. But since you are becoming a dog trainer you know al about it. Right? wink If you have any more questions please let me know, I am more then happy to help you with your Schnauzer..

I love mommy and- daddy!
Barked: Wed Jan 9, '08 6:53am PST 
Our little girl loves people and loves to play with othe small dogs.
Big dogs play a little to ruff for her.
She is also great with small children

Mine, now! - It's the- Schnauzer creed.
Barked: Thu Jan 10, '08 5:04pm PST 
I just came across your post and hope it's not too late to reply. Lexi is my 3rd mini schnauzer. Most of what you read about them is absolutely true. I am sure you've gotten lots of posts saying how smart, how clever, how loyal, they are. All true, too.

Early and intense socialization can definitely help with their aversion to strangers. I took Lexi with me just about everywhere when she was a pup, even into the grocery, stuffed in my red shoulder bag. True to the breed, she still barks at someone coming into my office if they knock first. No knock, no bark. But, because of the early socialization, she has not only starred as Toto for 24 performances of the Wizard of Oz in the local theater, she is now a therapy dog with adults recovering from illnesses and injuries. Her persistance that they pet her and her loving looks get truly amazing results. She wins over even the skeptics.

As for how she is with other dogs, not much different than my first one (also female). Very dominant and territorial. Once the dominance is established, she is fine. This behavior is almost exclusively shown at home. If she tries it anywhere else, all the dog has to do is say no, you're not the boss of me, and she is fine and they play. This dominant behavior was encouraged by the big German Shepherd she grew up with. He let her do anything at all to him, and never put her in her place.

I have a friend with 3 very social minis who do not feel that need to be dominant (2 males, 1 female). Also, I used to board, and the 3 schnauzers (1 male, 2 females) I kept a lot never showed any signs of dominance or aggression toward other dogs. Of course, if we had shown up at their home court, it may have been different.

In summary, if you are wanting a dog who will always be good working with other dogs, a schnauzer is a crap shoot. Perhaps if they get lots and lots of early socialization with other dogs, they would be like Lexi is with people, and like my friend's dogs. As much as I adore the breed, they definitely have attitude and are not for everyone!

Best luck, whatever breed you choose!

Scruffasorus Rex
Barked: Fri Jan 18, '08 12:34am PST 
I have a minature schnauzer cross and he is easy to train listens very well.BUT he has alot of aggression problems and people i talk to have the same problems.I have two other dog also and i'm using one of mine as a thearpy dog and he is an awesome breed.I am really fond of shelties people say they are two yappy and to high energy mine is really good easy to train and listen awesome i taught him at a young age not to bark he is really good with kides and meeting people i take him off leash every were and always stays at my side and he just turn 2 years.They are a very happy dog.I usually only take him for 45 min walk in the winter and in the summer we go running or hiking.If you are looking for a good breed find one to your life style thats the one that will suite you better and when you pick your puppy let the puppy pick you that the best way don't pick how pretty or fluffy or cutie they are you want the puppy to have a conection with you it works awesome.hope this helps let me know when you decided what kind you are going to get.
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