|Barked: Tue Jun 22, '10 8:00pm PST |
|Ahhh, Gir, you ask about one of my greatest weaknesses. I'll admit I thought myself a sporting breed person through and through for many years, thanks to the wonderful GSPs in my life, but it was the Miniature Schnauzer that first truly broadened my scope as far as breeds go. I find this breed absolutely charming. They have this tough, feisty nature, but at the same time are fun-loving and comical. All the ones I've known are incredibly smart, well trained, but with just a hint of independence that keeps things interesting. I love that, for their size, they are hardy; I wouldn't be afraid keeping one with the larger dogs that I will always have. I know there is a lot of Giant Schnauzer love on these forums, and rightly so, but my heart has been stolen by the littlest of the Schnauzers, thanks to his huge character and personality.
If you are interested, Tiller talked about them in my breed match. I know her opinion is always highly regarded.
Also, as far as health testing, I'd look for CERF and von Willebrand's disease clearances in the very least, and thyroid would be nice. This site is one I've found good for looking up inherited diseases in breeds. The others listed for Minis are ones I don't think have tests out yet to screen for them.
As for colours, I don't mind whites since it is widely accepted in most of the rest of the world. The chocolates, and especially the merles, scream BYB scam to me and I think they are at least partially due to an outcross or hybrid breeding. I'd steer clear of them, as the breed is plagued by poor breeding. I count myself lucky in that I've never met a poorly bred Mini nor one with a less agreeable temperament, though I have heard stories.
Last thing is I have a few breeders I can recommend you if you'd like, as I'm searching for one for my future as well.
Edited by author Tue Jun 22, '10 8:05pm PST
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