The Official Standard of the Miniature Schnauzer describes temperament as "Alert and spirited, yet obedient to command. Friendly, intelligent and willing to please. They should never be overaggressive or timid. As such they tend to be excellent watchdogs. They are often guarded of strangers until the owners of the home welcome the guest, upon which they are typically very friendly to them. "Miniature Schnauzers are not by nature aggressive, as are some of their Terrier cousins. They should be relatively fearless. Once mature, the Schnauzer has a strongly developed territorial instinct. He is an ideal guard dog as he defends vocally rather than physically. ... A good Schnauzer will bark at anyone who may appear a threat to his home... Schnauzers are not random, incessant barkers. They are discriminating and intelligent guard dogs that assume this duty naturally. The breed is generally good with children, recognizing that they need gentle play. Miniature Schnauzers are generally highly intelligent and easy to train. They are highly playful dogs, and if not given the outlet required for their energy they can become bored and invent their own "fun".
The average size of a miniature schnauzer is 12-14 inches, and the weight tends to average 12-20 pounds. Their life expectancy is about 15 years if properly cared for. The Miniature Schnauzer is a hearty, active dog of terrier type, resembling his larger cousin, the Standard Schnauzer, in general appearance, and of an alert, active disposition. They usually have a docked tail, and ears can be either cropped to stand erect, or as is becoming more common, hang naturally. The mini is a relatively small dog, and a wonderful companion for both young and old alike. They do not shed but, they do require regular grooming. They should be clipped every 4-6 weeks to look their best. Their leg furnishings should be brushed several times a week to prevent matting. Nails should be trimmed every two weeks at least.
YOUR NEW PUPPY
CONGRATULATIONS! You are the proud owner of a very special MINIATURE SCHNAUZER puppy. Just like a new baby, there is work to be done so your lifestyle isn't totally disrupted (I guarantee it will be disrupted to some degree!). You must remember this is a puppy who will be fully grown in just a few months, so you only have a short while to establish your ground rules. If you don't work daily with this puppy, you may end up with an ill-mannered adult dog. If given lots of love, and trained and handled properly, your dog will provide years of enjoyment. YOU are the adult - PUPPY is the child - YOU are the boss, don't forget this! MINIATURE SCHNAUZERS are very lively, intelligent curious dogs by nature. You will be surprised how quickly they learn if taught with consistency and firmness. Below are some guidelines that will assist you in the upcoming months.
VACCINATIONS AND HEALTH CARE: Your puppy is current on it's vaccinations as of the date it was shipped, details of which are on the Sales Agreement & Health Guarantee provided in your puppy pak. However, you will need to consult your Veterinarian for his/her recommended future vaccination schedule. Please treat your puppy as if it has had no shots at least until the next booster is given by your Veterinarian. Please refrain from taking the puppy to the Pet Store, park, groomer, etc. until absolutely necessary. Parvo and Distemper are airborne diseases and puppies that have not had their shots are very susceptible to being infected, possibly resulting in death.
FEEDING: Dry puppy food is recommended, one of high quality with the appropriate combination of protein, fat, vitamins, etc. for a new puppy. These ingredients are essential in order to maintain a healthy pet with a nice shiny coat, and strong teeth and bones. You have been provided a sample of the food the food your puppy is currently eating. You should keep your puppy on that food for a few days until it is settled in and stress free. If you decide to change food, mix 1/3 of the new food with the 2/3 of the old food for 2 days, then 2/3 of the new food with 1/3 of the old food for 2 days, then 100% of the new food on the 5th day. If you change the puppy's food rapidly without an adjustment period, the puppy is likely to get diarrhea. Do not feed the puppy ANYTHING other than dog food! Feed the puppy 3 times a day if possible, but no less than 2 times/day. Do not leave the food down for your puppy for more than a few minutes. At the end of his/her "mealtime", pick up the food until the next scheduled feeding. Do not feed only soft or canned food. If you do, you could possibly have an adult dog with poor teeth and gums, and bad breath! Remember, your puppy's eating and drinking habits directly relate to his/her potty training habits, so please read the articles YOUR MARVELOUS CRATE and HOUSETRAINING, which I have provided on this page, to help minimize problems associated with house training.
UPSET STOMACH: Puppies will get into things that will upset their stomach. Any kind of stress can also cause a loose stool. If your puppy is vomiting and/or has diarrhea, it is VERY IMPORTANT that it be stopped as soon as possible - consult your Veterinarian IMMEDIATELY! You should not let this condition go unattended, as it can easily result in dehydration and can be life threatening to your puppy within a very short period of time. Make sure you have no poisonous plants that your puppy can chew on. Be cautious of any plant that produces a white, milky substance when it is cut or you snap off a leaf. These can cause the puppy to become very ill, and if he/she has ingested enough, even die. Watch your puppy outside, he's very curious and can get into everything.
Is an "opportunist protozoon" that lives in the bowels of all dogs. Did that make sense? ALL DOGS carry coccidia. But something has got to weaken the immune system of an animal for the protozoa to have an opportunity to take hold and start multiplying. That "something " is usually stress of one kind or another. A loose, stinky stool that can even have streaks of bloody mucus in it usually accompanies coccidia. Some Vets will explain coccidia to their clients by saying the animal is loaded with parasites. This is sometimes interpreted by that client that the animal has worms. Coccidia is not exactly a parasite but can be just as hard to get rid of . A daily supply of yogurt prevents coccidia from getting a foothold as it keeps a good balance of bacteria in the G. I. tract. So long as good bacteria exist in an ample supply in the gut, coccidia can not grow. Coccidia is shed in the stool like a virus. If the animal is not shedding it when a stool sample is taken, the animal can be misdiagnosed as being free of the protozoa. If your puppy is put on antibiotics of any sort, feed yogurt to replenish the good bacteria that is killed off by the antibiotic. It will in no way affect the antibiotic from completing it's job but may save your animal from secondary infections caused by an imbalance of good bacteria. When coccidia does exist in the G. I. tract of your puppy, it can easily spread up through the system and into the lungs and if unchecked, it can cause pneumonia and eventually death. The first signs of coccidia is usually a lack of eating properly accompanied by a loose stinky stool and sometimes escalating into bouts of hypoglycemia. Coccidia can be transmitted to humans if hands are not washed and contaminated utensils are handled improperly. Coccidia should never be allowed to progress to a point that the puppy's life is threatened. If your puppy shows signs of this disease, immediately seek professional advice and treatment.
Please Note: These are tips and suggestions only. If you think your puppy might be sick, please contact your vet. Also feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks so much
LOVE: Most importantly, give lots of love and praise. this puppy really, really wants to make you proud of it and a little love goes a very long way. Remember, a dog's love is always unconditional - don't take advantage, and give them all the love they deserve.
When you hear that the parti colored or liver schnauzers are not "recognized" by a particular kennel club, all that means is that it cannot be shown in conformation shows. It is still a registered purebred, and can be shown in other events such as obedience and agility. The parti can be traced back to native Germany where the breed originated. Unfortunately most of the documentation of the breed was destroyed during World War II but with a little research on the internet you can find that the Parti Colored Schnauzer has been around for a very long time and they are just as much a "purebred" as any other color Miniature Schnauzer.
A $200 DEPOSIT WILL HOLD YOUR PUPPY UNTIL THEY ARE READY TO GO.
PUPPIES WILL BE READY TO GO USUALLY AROUND 7-8 WEEKS OF AGE DEPENDING ON SIZE. ONCE I RECEIVE A DEPOSIT ON THE PUPPY BUYER WILL RECEIVE UPDATES AND PICTURES EVERY WEEK TO 10 DAYS. (SOMETIMES IT DOES GET BUSY AND HECTIC BUT I WILL TRY MY BEST)