Miniature Schnauzers are also known as Mini Schnauzers and Dwarf Schnauzer. They are energetic and playful, and love to be with people. They make very good companion animals and family pets, but they need to be well trained as they will not listen if they believe they are stronger minded than their owner. They make very good watchdogs and vermin hunters, and are very easy to travel with.
Because of their high energy levels, Miniature Schnauzers require a long, brisk walk every day, and they will thrive if they are given play sessions off the leash. They are intelligent animals and can be trained easily if given encouragement rather than punishment.
Miniature Schnauzers are a good breed for people who live in apartments to choose, and they are calm indoors provided that they are given enough outdoor exercise every day. Without this exercise they can become destructive, although they seldom develop the excessive barking tendancies which other small breeds can display.
Miniature Schnauzers have wiry coats which are fairly easy to groom, but they do need to be groomed regularly as they shed very little hair. Therefore they need to be groomed daily with a short wire brush in order to prevent their coat from becoming matted. If the coat does become matted, these mats will need to be cut out.
The most common health problems with this breed are due to the fact that they gain weight very easily if they are overfed. Other health problems include liver and kidney diseases, skin disorders and hereditary eye problems. The best way to avoid the hereditary problems is to ensure that you buy your dog from a reputable breeder and have the chance to examine the health records of the parent animals.
These dogs are not the most popular of breeds, but that should not put anyone off buying them. They make excellent pets for a wide range of people, regardless of their lifestyle. As always, care needs to be taken to ensure that you have the time and energy to devote to the training and care of your new pet before buying them.
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