Miniature Schnauzer Puppies For Sale in Pa.

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Miniature Schnauzer Information

Lifespan

The Miniature Schnauzer gives birth to 3- 6 puppies per litter. The breed is classified as small or toy, and has a life expectancy of 12-14 years. The Miniature Schnauzer weighs 11-20 lbs. and grows 12 to 14 inches tall.

Temperament

The Miniature Schnauzer was bred as a farm dog and as a ratter, though its small size led to it becoming a treasured family pet and companion dog. Despite its early beginnings as a working breed, the Miniature Schnauzer is actually quite loving and affectionate. The Miniature Schnauzer can be quite gentle and calm when called for, though it can also be quite lively and playful as well.

The Miniature Schnauzer is very confident and considers itself to be a natural leader. The breed is very intelligent, and often uses that intelligent to make mischief and get into things, such as cabinets, closets, and more. They are feisty and full of vigor, and love attention. The Miniature Schnauzer can be quite comical and amusing at times. They do get along well with other pets, though their natural hunting instinct does kick in and they may give chase. However, the chase is not to go after or attack the other pet, it is more likely to be because the Miniature Schnauzer considers it to be fun.

The Miniature Schnauzer is quite affectionate and loves to cuddle on the sofa or in a lap. They crave attention and will do whatever it takes to get it. This breed is well suited to a variety of lifestyles and living arrangements, provided they get enough daily exercise.

The Miniature Schnauzer is a terrier breed, and because of that, requires daily exercise and stimulation. Daily walks, runs, or play sessions in the yard or park suit this breed well. The Miniature Schnauzer does well in training, though it may take some time and patience. Like a true terrier, the Miniature Schnauzer considers itself to be the leader, so firm, consistent training is called for. This breed does well with advanced training, and excels at agility, canine sports, and other activities.

Miniature Schnauzers have a tendency to bark excessively. It can also be quite protective of its home and territory. Like many smaller breeds, the Miniature Schnauzer will show aggression towards larger dogs, strangers, and unfamiliar animals.

This breed makes a great family pet, though it is not recommended for houses with small children. The Miniature Schnauzer needs to know that its boundaries are being respected, and younger children may want to grab or even pick up the dog.

The Miniature Schnauzer is an expert digger, and as a result, is quite capable of destroying the flowerbeds or backyard. It can also dig its way under a fence or other barrier. This is something to keep in mind with this particular breed.

Care

The Miniature Schnauzer is double coated. It has a soft, dense undercoat topped with a wiry outer coat. Miniature Schnauzers are recommended for people with allergies, as they are moderate shedders. The Miniature Schnauzer’s coat does require some maintenance, including visits to a professional groomer. The coat needs to be clipped in a manner specific to the breed, and loose, dead hairs are hand stripped out of the fur. Both can be time consuming, so many owners prefer to seek out a professional rather than trying to do it themselves. Even with regular professional grooming, the Miniature Schnauzer will need to be brushed several times per week. The coat has a tendency to mat, as the loose hairs get caught up in the outer coat. Mats can be extremely difficult to remove, and may need to be cut out, and frequent brushing prevents this.

The Schnauzer has a signature “beard” on its muzzle. This may need to be wiped after meal time or if the dog has gotten into something. The Miniature Schnauzer also requires regular ear, teeth, and nail care.

The Miniature Schnauzer can be affected by a variety of health ailments. The breed is prone to allergies, and can experience serious reactions to vaccinations. Heart murmurs, urinary tract issues, diabetes, pancreatitis, and Schnauzer Comedone Syndrome are other health concerns. The breed can also experience eye and join ailments, as well as skin problems. Obesity is another concern for this breed. Regular vet care is recommended.

The Miniature Schnauzer, because of its tendency toward obesity, requires daily exercise. This is an energetic dog that does well with walks or runs. The breed loves to play, so games of fetch and frisbee are encouraged as well. There are plenty of canine activities that provide both physical and mental stimulation for this breed. They include advanced obedience, agility, conformation, and canine sports such as flyball or rally. The Miniature Schnauzer can also satisfy its natural urge to dig with “Earth Dog” trials, which are activities where the dog is allowed to go to ground and seek out rodents by digging and tearing up the earth.

Training is essential for this breed, as this little dog often views itself as the leader. Training and socialization are important, and should begin fairly early. The Miniature Schnauzer needs the presence of an alpha. Consistent, respectful, yet firm sessions are what are called for in this case. While the Miniature Schnauzer may be somewhat stubborn, they are highly trainable and do respond well to praise.

Owning a Miniature Schnauzer

For those wishing to own a Miniature Schnauzer, it is important to go through a licensed and reputable breeder. Potential owners should ask to meet the parent dogs, if possible, and observe their behavior and personality traits. Owners should also ask for information regarding health history and bloodlines. It is a good idea to spend some time with the puppy as well, and get to know its characteristics.

There are also some organizations dedicated to rescuing and re-homing older or young adult Miniature Schnauzers. These dogs are often able to be re-homed and re-trained successfully, and can make wonderful and loving pets as well.

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