We frequently need foster homes for Miniature Schnauzers and similar dogs pending their placement in permanent homes.
Being informed about a dog breed that you are considering bringing into your home and making a part of your family, is a great first step as a responsible dog owner. So, read through each of the questions and answers below and see if a Miniature Schnauzer is the right dog breed for you and your lifestyle.
Plenty of exercise is required for these dogs. As mentioned, high body fat is a major issue for Miniature Schnauzers, so you’ll want to do the regulating for your dog. Make sure to use poultry and lean meats in its diet and don’t over-feed it. Keeping your dog lean and healthy is important in the exercise department, so don’t be afraid to give your dog a good workout even if it is a “miniature” breed.
Japanese Dog Grooming Style — Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzer Dog Cartoon
Before you adopt a Miniature Schnauzer, consider how much time your new family member will spend alone. Remember, a puppy requires constant attention. The key to successful housebreaking is consistency; preventing "accidents" is key. Once a puppy soils the carpeting, it becomes much more difficult to train them out of that behavior. Here's a good rule of thumb to consider: a puppy can hold his bladder just one hour for every month they've been alive. For instance, a 3-month-old puppy will need to empty his bladder every three hours! Before you adopt a Miniature Schnauzer puppy, ask yourself if you are available to walk your dog several times throughout the day, and if you have the patience and commitment to wake up and take him out first thing every morning at the same time, and stick to a strict schedule. Of course, before you can walk him at all, you will need to train him to walk on a leash, which is a project in itself.Sure, Miniature Schnauzer puppies are super-cute, but simply put, puppies can be adorable, relentless machines of destruction. Even the most well-behaved puppy will destroy shoes, clothing, paper, remote controls, telephones, leashes, dog beds, carpeting…anything and everything. More rambunctious pups have been known to obliterate sofas, car seats, Venetian blinds, electrical cords, door frames…you name it, they can eat it or shred it. And when they're teething, look out! Cute puppies have very sharp teeth, and they are happy to use your hands, feet, nose, hair, etc, as a chew toy. Ouch! Needless to say, a teething Miniature Schnauzer puppy and a small child do NOT make good companions! To keep the puppy from hurting himself, and to prevent the destructive behavior from becoming a bad habit, you will need to spend every waking moment supervising his every move. Do you have that kind of time?On the other hand, an adult dog's bladder is already fully developed. Shelter dogs are often already housetrained and Miniature Schnauzer rescue groups can tell you if their adult dogs for adoption are housebroken before they go into your home. You also have the advantage of knowing that your dog is physically able to "hold it" for several hours at a stretch. In most cases, adult dogs are by far easier to housebreak than puppies. You can teach an old dog new tricks!With an adult Miniature Schnauzer, what you see is what you get. Their personality is already developed, and you'll be able to spot the characteristics you're looking for much more easily than with a puppy Miniature Schnauzer. Shelters and rescue groups are able to assess the personality of each Miniature Schnauzer for adoption, and carefully match you up with the right dog for your lifestyle. When you adopt a puppy, there is a lot more guesswork involved.