TOP TEN DOG BREEDS IN SOUTH AFRICA: Miniature Schnauzer

TOP TEN DOG BREEDS IN SOUTH AFRICA: Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer dog breed has it all in one small package – intelligence, affection, humour, and a personality that’s twice as big as their bodies. Plus, the Miniature Schnauzer comes with a killer mustache that will make any man in the 1800s jealous. In this week’s article, we take a look at why these cuties are the absolute best!

Miniature Schnauzers were bred down from their larger cousins, Standard Schnauzers. The bushy beard and eyebrows give Minis a charming, human-like expression. Created to be all-around farm dogs and ratters, they are tough, muscular, and fearless without being aggressive.

Miniature Schnauzers are adaptable dogs, they will be happy to live in a smaller space like an apartment, getting a couple of daily walks in for exercise. They can also be ideal for larger plots to allow for more running room. Due to their big personalities, Miniature Schnauzers are fearless, so exposing them to as many other dogs as possible while they are puppies is vital. This also lends towards them being excellent watch dogs.

However, with every bit of good that comes from Miniature Schnauzers, there are a number of things to watch out for. They can suffer from a handful of health problems that include, but are not limited to allergies, epilepsy, diabetes, and pancreatitis. Another health problem that can be found in Miniature Schnauzers is a strong tendency to form different types of bladder stones.

Although these health issues are important to highlight, let it not deter you from bringing one of these doggos into your home. Miniature Schnauzers are generally a healthy dog breed, with an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.

Did you know that Miniature Schnauzers’ whiskers served an important function? When these whiskers were matted together, they would protect the Schnauzer from being bitten or scratched by the vermin they hunted on farms.

Grooming needs:             Low-shedding, but high-maintenance in terms of grooming.

Size:                                  Female: 30–36 cm, Male: 30–36 cm

Life expectancy:               12 – 15 years

Temperament:                 Intelligent, Friendly, Obedient, Fearless, Spirited, Alert

Suggested Tests:              Cataracts, hyperlipidemia, Von Willebrand’s disease, liver, pancreatitis

Litter Size:                        3 to 8 puppies

There are just so many more reasons to love and adopt these adorable pooches! Know any Miniature Schnauzer owners? Share this article with them!

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