we are thinking of getting a mini schaunzer and i was interested in opinions of whether or not they are good with children. a local breeder has one male left that has already been around her children. she says they are good with children as well. i have done some internet research but get conflicting results , so, i am confused. PLEASE HELP! i want to make a good choice for a life long family companion.
My family has 2 mini schnauzers and they are wonderful dogs, we all love them to death and treat them like babies. However I do think all dogs need to be watched around small children and socialized at a young age, and even then I wouldn't trust them alone with kids. Kids need to be taught to respect dogs and not tease them because that can lead to snapping. Both of our dogs are very sweet, but one (the female) has gotten snappish a few times when kids were messing with her. She has NEVER gotten that way with our family, it was just with strange kids who she felt endangered by. She also hates other dogs and is very territorial. The other one, a male, loves anyone and everyone and is a big baby. So it depends a lot on the dog's personality. I think the most important thing is, dogs can be great with kids but I would never leave a dog alone with a small child. Good luck!!
Yes..they are great with kids as long as the kids are great with them...and they are properly socialised and treated kindly and with respect..Terriers are notorious for many things..and being snapy is one..but of all the terriers..My Personal opinion is that schnauzers are the best all around family dog around. they are small enough to be a lap dog..yet not too fragil to take good long walks or ruff housing with kids..Now..if you have kids stomping the feet and poking on eyes and the poor thing cant take it any more..I bet it would snap...Cripe..i would snap and catch fire my self with that treatment..But I have taught my kids to be nice and respect the space of people as well as animals..I dont let them bug them when they eat..even though they certainly DONT have food aggresion..I have them giveing the dogs treats out of their hands so the pups know good things come from the little people too not just big ones..I think a dog is all what you raise it to be...sterotypes are just what they are...not always accurate...Just like all collies are not lassie and all pits attack...not all schnauzers nip kids..But..A word of warning..Genetics does play a role in this too..If the parents have good tempermants then most likely the pups will too..and with proper socialization the pup is give the best future for being well rounded..I hope I helped some...
thanks for the responses...keep them coming. i have had daschunds in the past and am very respectfully towards dogs and intend on instilling that quality in my son - nothing is worse than a mistreated dog! thanks for the help!
NP pooh..I breed them and I know many on this board have them too..Lets see..Rebecca does...Merico does..I think Collie mom does.and the ones with schnauzer as part of their name are dead give aways..Askt them their opinion of the dog s they have..we all would just love to brag over our babies...I know I do..and have to be told to stop I have a tendency to go over board..and ramble..so..give it a try...Another schnauzer lover on this board suits me just fine...
My mother breeds mini schnauzers and she picks up the grand kids to socialize the pups from an early age,If she has kids they should be great just go see them when the kids are there and make sure they are good to the pups as long as you watch your kids with the pup there should not be any problems,My mothers dogs have never snapped at anyone.and if you do get a puppy pull softly on the ears and play with its paws they have to get used to being touched where the kids touch and thats ears and paws.
It's all in how you bring up the dog. My cousins bought a Pekingese a few years ago and later found out they weren't good with children. Well this girl grew up with my little cousin Kenny who used to lay on her, roll with her, crawl with her on the floor, (he was a toddler at the time). She absolutely loved him. She always stole his binkies and slept in his crib at night. I don't care what people say about a breed and how they act, it's all in how you raise them and train them, etc.
I got my MS when she was 18 months old so the important pupp training and socializing had been done already. She is WONDERFUL around all other animals and around people, too, including small children. She is so gentle, sweet and loving, and not at all yappy. The only time she ever barks is if she sees a stranger walk by our house, and then she barks once, and once only. Plus she doesn't shed or have a doggy smell. She is a dream dog!
But I agree with what everyone else has said. A great deal depends on how each particular dog is raised from a very small puppy and genetics play a part too. I have known yappy, snappy, irritable MSs but mine is the opposite. With the right training and socializing they are excellent family dogs from what I have read and experienced.
I have 3. One male and 2 females. The male will eventually take up with a new person quicker than the females. They have been teased by neighbors we had in the past. One of the females even being hit by a brick that almost killed her. And no, mine are not good with children. Older ones they are better with, but smaller children they even bark and growl at them at the vets.
can you schnauzer owners give me some tips in training schnauzers in case we decide to purchase him? i know each dog responds differently but i would love any suggestions you all have reagrding obedience and kennel/crate training. the puppy i am going to see tomorrow is a 15 week old male salt and pepper.
I would recommend getting some books on miniature schnauzers and on training puppies at your local library. That way you can have the info on hand to help you when you need it. Or buy the books at a bookstore if you're not a library regular like me! There are also tons of internet sites (just Google the topics you're interested in). Good luck!
I hope to have my MS many many years but I'd definitely get another one if and when I am left without her.
Hi!! Well first i'd like to say u have good taste;P, well if that MS is 15mths and has been raised around children already, I don't see why it wouldn't be a good pup, unless the children he's been raised around haven't respected him. Were the children around when you saw him? Well like everyone else has said as long as he's treated w/ respect, i'm sure you'll be find. Good luck!!!
we bought our kids a mini schnauzer. his name is NIGHT. we got him when he was just 6 weeks old. NIGHT just turned 6 months old. we never regretted getting a mini schnauzer. he's intelligent, loyal and very playful. he's very active and never got tired running to the door whenever any of our family members arrive home. NIGHT goes around our legs until we all give him a good pat, big hugs and kisses. my hubby even commented to me that NIGHT greets him more excitedly than the kids when he comes home from work. he wakes up my two kids every 6:00am knowing that they have to go to school. he seems like he don't want my kids to be late going to school. what's cool is that he doesn't bark waking them up. instead, NIGHT will make that distinctive sound as if he's talking. we love pampering him. he even go for mud spa and herbal bath at the grooming salon. when we left him at the grooming salon for half a day, my kids said that it sounds lonely at home. no NIGHT. all i can tell you is that, you won't regret getting a mini schnauzer for your kids. it will bring extra fun at home and closeness. we do more activities together now involving NIGHT and the kids. i'm sure your kids will love a mini schnauzer.
Mini's are wonderful with children although with children as well as adults they don't know they can bite. I have a two year old female and she will take after you if you put your hand over the fence and she doesn'nt know you or if she feels her family including our other Schnauzers are being taunted. Schnauzers are wonsderful loving and protective of there families. If you can give him unconditional love he will in return give it back to you even more so.I would make sure he is the right one for you and he will do the same.
Hi. I had a MS for 15 years and she was 7 weeks old when we got her.
I have 3 sons, at that time they were ages 6, 11 and 12.
We love animals and my children were taught to be kind but my MS would not have anything to do with small children. The older two were okay but the little one, no way, she growled and snapped at him until he got taller.
She also was a yap-a-rama-momma. Nothing stopped her.
Terriers are territorial and usually like one person better than anyone else in the family.
They also love to chase wildlife, bunnies etc. as they were bred to kill rodents and the instinct is stronger in some than others.
As far as training goes, I never had a quicker learner. She was house broken within days and knew every trick in the book. She was also very sneaky.
I always said Tootsie was TOO smart.
I Agree with earlier information, always watch your children around animals, sometimes they don't realize they are being mean to the animals.
When our kids were newborn and toddler age, we had a Schnauzer. He was the best dog with babies! He always laid right next to our newborn and was just wonderful with them, I could not have asked for a better dog around our family. Sadly 5 year after adopting him, he disappeared into thin air and we never saw him again. It was really hard on me. He did not like strangers and he would run away from us when he could. That was his down side. I would recommend them for little kids, as long as the dog seems to like the kids.
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