Hi There Just trying to find the next addition to our family. I want a smaller dog, mostly *non shedding* that is good with kids/cats and an English Bulldog. I have no experience w/Mini Schnauzers but was hoping someone could give me some advice on them.
Also, I have been doing some internet searching and found really bizarre colors of them such as white, black and white, chocolate??? I don't believe those are *traditional* colors and I'm skeptical of purchasing a pup online...
Personally I love minature schnauzers!!!! I have 1. She has been great with my kids and my other dog ( lab) as well. I got her when my daughter was 10 months. My children are now 3-9-& 14. And our schnauzer is still the perfect choice/
I can not think of a better breed to be considering. If I had it to do over again the only thing I would have done differently is I would have gotten 2. Best of Luck to you and your search.
I personally would stick to the soild black, salt & pepper or a silver maybe white. I have saw the liver and the "party colors" They are pretty but I personally like what I consider traditional. +
I have one! We love her to peices. She is silver and white. Adorable. We have kids and she loves them. She loves people. They can be barkers but when I tell her quiet she listens. It's how you train them. They love to be around you and they are soo soo smart! Very easy to potty train. I an breeding mine right now. The male came today. I already have the pups gone because laci is so sweet people want her. What sold me on the schnauzer was people that have them love them and think they are the greatest breed because they are so smart and full of personality. I did not really care for their look but I have allergies and they don't shed. I am so sold on my schnauzer. My sis breeds yorkies and they are darling but a little harder to train. Hard to house break. I can leave my schnauzer in my house and she has a doggie door and she never will potty inside and she was never a chewer. Make sure you peoplize her. Take them with you to parks and in your car and they will love people.
I have a mini schnauzer puppy Cooper, and he's fabulous. Cooper is a quick learner, spunky, and friendly with people of all ages. He's very sturdy and he holds his own with dogs of all sizes. When he runs, he bounces like a rabbit (so adorable). He's crate trained and nearly house trained.
He tends to bark a bit, but he is a lot better since we've been working on the "shoosh" word. I do know of two schnauzers that bark very little.
The non-shedding factor is a huge plus, but they need to be groomed regulary. I bought my schnauzer from a good breeder nearby. I liked being able to see the pups and their personalities.
As a first time dog owner, the mini schnauzer was a good choice for me.
hello and welcome to the board.. I have a pair of schnauzers and they are wonderful...yes they can be a vocal dog...and being a terrier they can be fiesty...but they are adorable..and smart as a whip...I was able to teach mine tricks in like one day...and they still remember them now...I personally dont like ( doesnt mean they are not pretty though) and would not buy one that was not "standard" color...The recessives that bring out these mismarks are linked to other health issues...like liver shunts...I have a salt and pepper and a black and silver...and I have had an all black before too...they are excellent family dogs...not too frail for kids to play with and still small enough to be a lap dog...We got both of ours the same day...has its upside and also down side...Housebreaking two was a chore...and they play with each other so hard...but now that they are older...they are wonderful...they are like a committed couple...they look out for one another...they still love people...But...I would suggest since they are fiesty to get them in obedience for the training as well as dog socialization...they think they are really big dogs and there big mouth can get them into trouble...The non shed is a definate plus...since we have shepherds who shed like crazy also. Good luck in your choice...And remember not all breeders are created equal...Try to visit rather then just ship a pup if you can...and get them to the vet with in a few days just in case...happy puppy picking...thats the fun part
Thank you all for your responses! And thanks Becky for sharing your beautiful Sadie. She is a goofball!
I do think that a Mini Schnauzer will be a good fit for our family. I also agree that non traditional colors are just asking for trouble regarding health issues, etc. I think I'll just look for a healthy happy little pup. I like the look of the black ones, too. They are adorable!
I'll keep you guys posted. As you can see by my screenname, I used to have Saint Bernards.....they were my love but unfortunately I don't have the room for them anymore. I wanted a big dog in a little dog's body :)
Mini Schnauzers standard colors are black, black and silver, and salt and pepper. They also come in liver, parti, white, "silver", "platinum", and tan. Although most schnauzers will lighten up in color, I'd go for breeders that do not label colors as rare.
My dog, Kiba (black 1 year old female) is crazy. VERY vocal, can be barky but as long as you get on them while they're young it probably wont be a problem. Very smat, Kiba can learn a trick in a day at times, sometimes too smart for her own good. They do not shed as other dogs do, brushed every other day would suffice. I keep Kiba's coat short in the summer now and only have to comb her beard and armpits occasionally. In winter I had to brush her daily as her fur gets long and snow gets stuck in it (not fun mind you.)
At one point she can be tearing around the house, energetic and demon-like. The next she is curled up next to you, looking at you with those eyes, evil evil eyes that make you fall head over heels for them.
Ok, I'm rambling now, see what no sleeps does to me! ACk!