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Miniature schnauzer

Training miniature schnauzer dog and miniature schnauzer puppies

The Miniature Schnauzer dog belongs to the small terrier type breed and is squarely-proportioned, robust, with a strong and furry muzzle (called Schnauzer in German language), thick beard and eyebrows.

Mini Schnauzer is one of the most preferred pets because of its lively, friendly, affectionate, and obedient disposition other than its small size. If trained well, it also makes for a good travel companion. The dog is quite fond of children and has great territorial instincts, which make it a good watchdog.

A peculiar habit with Mini Schnauzer is its vocal expression. Whether happy, excited or displeased, the dog expresses it by barking, which is not shrill barking but a low pitched howl. What's more, they even greet their owners by barking! It is also because of this nature that they achieved the name Schnauzer, which derives from the German word schnauzen, which means to talk back or snap vocally.

Miniature Schnauzer is a multi-talented breed and can carry out a number of tasks like tracking, watching, hunting, and also performing tricks. What makes it easier to maintain a Miniature Schnauzer is the fact that it hardly sheds - a boon for those who are allergic to animal fur. Also, grooming this breed is not such a task. A daily regime of brushing or coming with a short wire brush is just about enough to prevent tangling and matting of its fur. They need to be professionally clipped just twice a year, though one would have to snip off excess hair around its ears and eyes every now and then.

Miniature Schnauzer puppies need a lot of socializing with other dogs or when they grow up they believe themselves to be pack leaders. And, they also become aggressive with other dogs inviting trouble as they are a small breed but tend to challenge larger dogs. Miniature Schnauzer training is quite simple as these dogs are naturally very intelligent and obedient. Mini Schnauzer needs companionship of its owner, and a lot of mental and physical exercise. Failing these, it can become nervous, willful, temperamental, and barky. These behavioral problems also crop up if the owner does not behave like the leader himself and lets the dog have its way and become a human pack leader. Though otherwise a healthy dog, this breed has hereditary eye problems other than being prone to kidney stones, liver ailments, von Willebrand Syndrome, diabetes and cysts. They also gain weight easily.

  Submitted on October 29, 2009  

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