Hello I know some of you have miniature schnauzers and was wondering if you can tell me more about them. My husband and I really like this breed and were thinking of adding an addition to our home. Everything I read about them sounds great. I hear they are good with children and good with other dogs. I have a chihuahua Tink who is good with other dogs. She is one year old. I have two children ages 3 and 6. As far as grooming would you say they need to be clipped every month? Tink is short hair so I don't have to do anything with her. I know an excellent groomer right down the road from me though where my mother takes her Pekinese. I don't know when or if we will get one but I love hearing ay information on them. Any thoughts on the breed or joys you have had. Negatives and positives.
comming from a groomers point of view, they are terriers, and like small fuzzy things. My clients tell me about them chasing small animals. One lady had trouble with thier dog and the kids small pets. Most I have met have great personalities, I have only groomed one or two snippy ones. I have never owned one, this is all heresay, from clients.
I would suggest finding a breeder near you and visit the dogs.
Well since I am an admirer,owner, as well as having groomed my own dog for about 4 years now... I will further contribute to the conversation
They are highly intelligent and easily trained/house trained. They are loyal and usually bond quite strongly with one person, yet they love and will listen to all who have their respect. I have small animals, have never had a problem because she has been around them since she was a puppy. Matter of fact, she loves all the animals to watch over and keep in line. They are very eager to please, snuggle beside you in a little "popple" ball and keep close watch over their family. Not very affectionate as far as the licks go. Mine will do a quick one time lick my legs and hands once in a while to let me know she is there and show some affection.
The down and upside... they bark. They can intimidate people with this aggressive looking behavior, but they are really just letting people know how things run around their territory and protecting your family. It can be frustrating when you have people who are afraid of smaller dogs because they mistake the onslaught of emotion as a "mean dog" when in reality, they will bark and vocalize all the while they are being stroked and doted upon. Again, highly vocal and harsh words can easily bruise their egos.
I fully groom mine about once a month. Shave her down, trim up her skirt and beard. Brush her rather regularly though because she is particular and can easily groom herself into mats. I pluck the hair from her ears with a pair of tweezers every few weeks, cleaning them regularly.
They enjoy fresh air, not being left alone. If you stick one in your yard or alone all day your neighbors will hate you and your yard/home especially during the adolescent years your personal property will pay the price. They love walks, not overly fond of being wet!
Diets are very important require home work as with any breed, diabetes and obesity are a few common health problems.
Because they are so popular Mini Schnauzers can vary wildly in size, coat type and personality. It's very important to find a good breeder, who isn't into "rare colors" or wants to turn them into lap dogs. I agree they are great dogs. Grooming would depend on how much time you spend on the coat inbetween visits and your personal taste. Some people like the fuzzier look, especially in the winter. I've heard that they can be one of the worst to groom, so I think it's important to start visits to the groomer as soon as puppy shots are done, even if it's just for a bath. I also agree with the barking issue and they tend to be on the stubborn side at times. The only other thing I would add is kidney stones seem to be a problem. They can be prevented with diet and a vet the is knowledgable about the breed or is willing to do his homework. It's good you doing you research and aren't in a rush. I'm sure with two small children and a young chihuahua, you have your hands full. Good luck!
I don't have one but if I had met my friend's mini before I got my dog, I would have one! What Pope182 said was right on, my friend's mini is exactly that except he's not a big barker (though they are known to be barkers). However, they are obedient dogs so you can train them to stop barking at your command.
My friend's schnauzer sleeps with her and her husband. He has to be touching both of them at all times during the night. So if my friend rolls over, he will stretch across the bed so his back feet touch her husband and his front paws touch her. So of course, my friend has to sleep the rest of the night on the edge of the bed. If she tries to move, he won't let her. They are a bit stubborn being a terrier. But he is full of character and if you don't dock his ears, they will just add to his character. He can flip one ear out and the other ear the other way.
In terms of grooming, she gets hers done in a puppy cut. Usually, they are hand stripped to keep the coat wiry but if it's scissored or clipped as with my friend's mini, then the coat becomes softer. I'm not sure if either is more difficult but she gets him groomed every 12 weeks or more sometimes. He's quite the bear when he needs to get cut but it's more of a money issue as her husband lost his good paying job.
It seems that once you have a schnauzer, you always want one.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
To me they are the best. Yes they do bark some, they are terriers but that talk that most of them have is priceless. Mandy and Tina both have been doing their schnauzer talk since they were babies. We bought a yorkie (Kayla) after Max passed away and I love her to death, but my heart will always be with the schnauzer breed. Mandy has about a month to live. She has cancer. No one knows how I am going to miss this little girl. If and when we are ready we will have another schnauzer. I guess I will die a little ole lady one of these days with a schnauzer at my feet. Hopefully.
We have a Miniature Schnauzer and we love him. We get him groomed every 8 weeks or so, but we have his body shaved and keep his face like the schnauzers. We live in Montana and he gets stuff caught in his underside if we don't shave the body. He is absolutely terrific with our kids. He was 4 months old when our youngest child was born, so they have grown up together. He also loves to go to school for Show and Tell. He was easy to train and loves everyone. Ours isn't yippy like a lot of them can be. A word of caution, they tend to have problems with their teeth and gums. We have spent a fortune on dental cleanings and having some teeth removed. We also have to feed him special prescription dental food. According to our vet, that is a common problem in schnauzers and doxies. I hope that helps.