The Schnauzer – Sturdy, Fun and Intellingent!
9 November, 2015
The Schnauzer is a sturdy, heavy-set dog, built with good muscle and plenty of bone; square-built in proportion of body length to height. His rugged build and dense harsh coat are accentuated by the hallmark of the breed, the arched eyebrows and the bristly mustache and whiskers. Schnauzers are sociable companions and vigilant watchdogs. They’re great family dogs, good with kids and protective of loved ones of all ages.
Schnauzers are usually salt and pepper or black
Schnauzers may be either pepper and salt or pure black. The pepper and salt coloring is a combination of black and white hairs, and white hairs banded with black. Pepper and salt coloring can range from dark iron gray to silver gray.
Pepper and salt-colored Schnauzers should have a gray undercoat, but a tan or fawn-colored undercoat is also a variant. It’s also desirable for the facial mask to be darker and to complement the coat color. Sometimes, the pepper and salt colorations fades out to a light gray or silver white in the eyebrows, whiskers, cheeks, under the throat, across the chest, under the tail, and on the legs and belly.
Black Schnauzers have a dark, rich color that isn’t discolored or mixed with any gray or tan hairs. The undercoat should also be black. As the dog ages or if he’s exposed to sunlight a great deal, the black may fade and become a bit discolored.
Miniature schnauzers are also very popular in the last few decades and look like the Standard, just a literal miniature version. Their wire coat needs combing once or twice weekly, plus scissoring and shaping (clipping for pets and stripping for show dogs) every couple of months.
Schnauzers need their daily exercise
This energetic breed can have its exercise requirements met with a moderate walk on leash or a good game in the yard. Even though it can physically survive living outdoors in warm to temperate climates, it emotionally needs to share its life with its family inside the home. But, make sure they have their yard space or an outdoor daily activity to satisfy their daily needs.
Schnauzers have a strong personality
Schnauzers do have strong personalities and can be stubborn. They have an uncanny way of determining your weaknesses and will take advantage of you whenever possible. If you’re not careful, they’ll rule the household; this is a breed that requires consistent and firm guidance from owners.
Schanuzers are affectionate and protective of family members. He’s territorial and will alert you to the presence of strangers with a deep bark. Once you welcome someone into your home, however, he’ll accept them as well. He loves to be the center of attention.
As with every dog, Schnauzers need early socialization and exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences, especially when they’re young. Socialization helps ensure that your Schnauzer puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog. Schnauzers aren’t especially fond of unknown dogs and may be aggressive toward them, but they can get along well with dogs and cats they’re raised with. Keep smaller pets like mice, rats, hamsters and similar pets safely away from your Schnauzer as his instinct to be a rat-catcher is still strong!
Schnauzers get along well with children of all ages
Schnauzers generally get along well with children of all ages, playing gently and kindly with younger ones. As always, teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s sleeping or eating or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog, no matter how good-natured, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
Schnauzers aren’t especially fond of unknown dogs and may be aggressive toward them, but they can get along well with dogs and cats they’re raised with at home. Keep pet mice, rats, hamsters and similar pets safely away from him. His instinct to be a rat-catcher is still strong!
Schnauzers are healthy dogs
In general, Schnauzers should be sturdy and free of health problems. The incidence of hip dysplasia, which was once a major concern, has been brought under control by responsible owners through testing and selective breeding. The miniature schnauzer can be susceptible to cataracts and inherited eye diseases, as well as to urinary tract infections and pancreatitis. If you are considering making a miniature schnauzer part of your life, you should research the health concerns associated with this breed and discuss potential problems with the breeder.
As always, even if you really want a Shnauzer, try your best to adopt one to bring into your home. You and your Schnauzer will be happy that you did!