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Dogs’ vocal cords are quite a bit thicker and less sensitive than ours which means that they can bark longer than we can before getting a hoarse throat.
Dogs can only make about 10 sounds.
A dog starv’d at his master’s gate
Predicts the ruin of the state. – William Blake
The Miniature Schnauzer hails from Germany where he is known as the Zwergschnauzer. He was created by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with smaller breeds such as the Affenpinscher and Miniature Pinscher.
Originally used for herding, protecting the flocks, and as a watchdog and barnyard ratter, the Miniature Schnauzer soon became a treasured family pet.
Photos displayed courtesy of Angela Bradley, Sandyshore Kennels, Nova Scotia
The Miniature Schnauzer is the smallest of the three Schnauzer breeds. Schnauzers may take their name from the German word “schnauze” which means “snout” or from the word “schnauzbart” meaning “an obvious mustache”.
The Mini is a sturdy dog standing between 12 and 14 inches (30 to 36 cm) tall at the shoulder. His coat is harsh and wiry and can be solid black, black and silver, or salt and pepper. It requires some specialized grooming as the head, neck, and body coat must be plucked. Daily brushing is required to keep the coat mat-free.
This dog can be a wonderful companion for allergy sufferers as he is naturally clean and his coat is classified as hypo-allergenic. Allergy sufferers are generally allergic to either the dander or the oils on a dog’s coat so be sure to spend time at the breeders to ensure you do not experience any symptoms.
Although he is the smallest of the Schnauzers, the Mini is the only one of the three to be classified as a terrier and he is as spirited and active as any terrier.
The Miniature Schnauzer’s engaging personality and devotion to his family make him an excellent family pet and children’s playmate. He is energetic, active, charming, and attractive. He has a naturally eager-to-please personality.
The Miniature Schnauzer’s size makes him at home in almost any environment from urban apartment to rural farm. True to his terrier nature, he is full of energy and needs long, daily walks and time and space to play off leash. These are very playful dogs, who must have an outlet for their energy, otherwise they are smart enough to invent their own fun. You might not like the results!
Good activities for these dogs include competing in dog agility trials, obedience, conformation shows, flyball, and tracking. Schnauzers have a high prey drive, as befits a dog bred for ratting and vermin control. This means they may attack other small pets such as birds, snakes, and rodents. If raised with cats or properly trained, they should be fine with cats in the household.
The Miniature Schnauzer is intelligent and due to his eager-to-please nature, he is obedient and easily trained but requires a confident handler who is fair and consistent. Schnauzers have minds of their own and need variety in training to keep their interest.
As they are excellent watchdogs and territorial, they can become barkers. They are often aloof with strangers until the owners of the home welcome the guest, upon which they are typically very friendly to them.