The Miniature Schnauzer is a dog that hides a big personality inside a little package. This breed loves to have fun and play with his owner. The Miniature Schnauzer is loyal and will protect his family with little regard for his own safety.
Miniature Schnauzers can have a strong will and need a firm leader. The breed is very smart, and can pick up basic training and tricks easily. It is important to reinforce basic training and continue with additional training throughout the life of your dog. Since Miniature Schnauzers are intelligent they need new challenges to keep them sharp.
The Miniature Schnauzer is an active dog that needs a good deal of exercise and playtime. A bored Miniature Schnauzer is a mischievous Miniature Schnauzer. The breed doesn’t need a big yard as long as they get regular indoor exercise and leash walks. Give your dog at least 45 minutes of exercise a day to keep him calm, happy and healthy.
The Miniature Schnauzer doesn’t require an extensive amount of grooming compared to some other breeds. The dog must be brushed twice a week to avoid mats, especially around the armpits. To keep his face tidy, clean the beard after your dog eats. Brush your dog’s teeth a couple times per week, and check his ears for dirt and redness. Trim a Miniature Schnauzer’s nails monthly.
Though Miniature Schnauzers generally are healthy, there are a few common health concerns that you and your veterinarian should watch for. The breed has some eye-related issues, including cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy and entropion, which is a disorder that causes the eyelid to roll inward. Other concerns include urinary stones, Von Willebrand's disease, which is a blood disorder and congenital megaesophagus, which causes food and liquid to stay in the dog's esophagus leading to vomiting.
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