Originally bred to be all-purpose dogs on German farms and work as ratters and guard dogs, Schnauzers are now highly popular in both their miniature and standard sizes. You’ll never be bored with a miniature schnauzer: they have oodles of personality and are always up for a good time. They’ll make you laugh every day with their quivering enthusiasm and low-key old man aesthetic.
They’re an excellent companion dog breed owing to their versatility, medium size, protective nature and love of family.
About Miniature Schnauzers
There’s a whole lot of heart in these tiny animals. They love to have fun and spend time with their humans, and are generally very extroverted with moderately high energy. Schnauzers are highly intelligent, and the miniature breed has a personality twice its size. Owners enjoy their loving nature, humour and extroverted temperament. If you live with a schnauzer, you’ll never be truly alone.
Schnauzers tend to have high energy levels and intelligence, though they can be somewhat territorial and stubborn. They’re the perfect breed for experienced dog owners who seek a guardian and best friend to share in adventures.
There are just a few things you’ll need to know if you’re thinking of adopting a miniature or standard schnauzer of your own.
Schnauzers Have Great General Health
You should only get a dog if you are confident you will be able to give them all the care they need for the duration of their life. Hip dysplasia and other genetic health problems can be major issues for certain dog breeds due to poor breeding practices. This means that dogs of these breeds will be at higher risk of developing those diseases, though it doesn’t mean it’s a done deal.
There are very few health problems that are especially common in Schnauzers. That said, annual tests for eye disease are recommended, and all breeding dogs should be x-rayed (radiographed) clear of hip dysplasia.
Think before you shop. If you buy from a breeder, be sure to request health clearances for both parents.
It’s worth keeping an eye out for symptoms of pancreatitis if you have a Miniature Schnauzer, and they can suffer from other health problems like allergies, epilepsy and diabetes. Their most common ailment is the formation of struvite, calcium oxalate and other types of bladder stones.