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Miniature Schnauzers – Q&A

October 12, 2018


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Playful and eager to please, Miniature Schnauzers are a spunky breed of dogs that fit well in many homes. Here are the most commonly asked questions about the breed, and helpful answers:

What health problems do Miniature Schnauzers have?

Although the breed is generally healthy, certain health problems are observed in Mini Schnauzers more than in other breeds. The major ones are the development of different types of urinary stones, and digestive diseases such as hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. Other potential health problems among the breed include:

  • Eye problems including cataracts
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart disease
  • Itchy skin problems
  • Liver problems
  • Diabetes
  • Tumors

Are Miniature Schnauzers barkers?

Yes. They can be quite protective, and will bark when unfamiliar people or dogs approach. His bark is quite loud, and makes him an excellent watchdog. However, he can quickly turn into an incessant barker if not well trained.

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Do Mini Schnauzers shed a lot?

No. These dogs have a two-layered coat; a wiry topcoat and soft undercoat. The wiry coat does not shed much, and the breed is considered hypo-allergenic. However, he is high-maintenance when it comes to grooming; frequent brushing and combing is required to keep him looking his best. He also needs trimming and clipping every few months.

Are Miniature Schnauzers smart?

Yes. Their high level of intelligence means that they learn quickly when trained. In fact, this particular breed performs exceptionally in advanced obedience training. However, because of their high intelligence levels, they can easily get bored with repetition, so it’s important to keep the training interesting and fun.

Do Miniature Schnauzers need a lot of exercise?

At least a half hour of daily exercise is the recommended minimum to maintain the Mini Schnauzer’s physical and mental health. This is a medium-energy dog that especially enjoys wide fenced areas where he can run free and play with his owner. Remember to keep his leash on during walks; Miniature Schnauzers have a high prey drive and will quickly run after small animals they spot along the way.

How big is a full grown Miniature Schnauzer?

Full grown Mini Schnauzers stand between 11 and 14 inches tall, and weigh anywhere between 11 and 20 pounds.

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