|Barked: Tue Mar 23, '10 8:33am PST |
|ah wow, I know, when I was akid, we got our first schnauzer around 1987 too, and i's pretty devastating to see what popularity has done to the breed. It seems that the lines haven't been monitored closely enough. It's bad enough that our first got bladder stones from the potassium ash they put in the food, and then in old age she had liver disease and stroke, which is not surprising considering her weight, but she was a pretty healthy dog until she got old. It seems that a lot of them now are getting early cataracts, diabetes, and cancers.
The dogs we got after kenzo died, the dog came from a litter that as it turns out, he was the only one who did not get liver shunts, so we were glad we got him neutered. As much as he conforms to breed standard, we weren't going to risk passing on faulty genetics . The bitch is a very poorly bred parti-color animal that has a very shy temperament and very bad teeth. That is a great pity. no terrier-type dog should have poor teeth or a soft mouth, or a fearful personality. Such traits deny them their purpose as a ratter and rough, though small, farm dog.
Anyways, the dog has got benign sebaceous tumors at the tender age of nine, and he had a hernia around his belly button. Also, I have not met the schnauzer yet that didn't suffer those icky blackheads that they get. So, yeah, I am really worried about the soundness of the breed too.
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