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Schnauzers are a wonderful breed, but they aren't for everyone. Most of them bark a lot, and they are pretty high energy. Probably the biggest reason that dogs are turned in to our rescue is this. Young couples get married and adopt a schnauzer. Once they start having a family and if the dog should snap at the child, then in most cases they blame the dog. And most of the time, it is preventable; kids just need to be taught to be gentle with Schnauzers.
There are three sizes of the Schnauzer breed: giant, standard, and miniature. The biggest misconception is that a Giant Schnauzer is just like a Miniature Schnauzer, just bigger. This is not true.
A Giant Schnauzer is in the working breed class and they are a guarding breed. They use their mouths to direct you to what they want. The Giant is also not the best with small dogs, especially of the same sex. Many times we have had Giants come into rescue because they have started to prey on the little dog in the house. It is very important to get your Giant Schnauzer into training classes. A happy Giant is a Giant with a job; this could be pulling a wagon, or being a service dog, but Giants are best when they are kept busy.
A Miniature Schnauzer is in the terrier breed class, and they are true to their terrier roots. Many of the Miniature Schnauzers we get into our program are best not placed with children under five, as the mini sees them as a littermate rather than as owner and will treat the child as such, which sometimes means snapping. A Miniature Schnauzer, like the Giant, needs direction. Training classes are great for Minis, as this is a smart breed and they need activities to keep them out of trouble. Leaving them in the backyard will only create many holes around the yard; they need to be walked and socialized.
As for the Standard we hardly ever get them in the program, the breed club works really hard to keep the standard from getting out of control like the mini and now sadly the giant. This breed in all three sizes are NOT hypoallergenic. They do shed less than some other dogs, but they still shed.
More about Schnauzers:
There are three types of Schnauzers: the Miniature Schnauzer, the Standard Schnauzer, and the Giant Schnauzer.
Schnauzers and Schnauzer mixes are often described as lively, enthusiastic and affectionate. This breed does its best to become a member of the family and to alert family members to potential dangers. Schnauzers are highly intelligent but can be stubborn or willful. Regardless of size Schnauzers are typically fun loving and high energy terriers. The Miniature Schnauzer is considerably less aggressive with both strangers and other animals than are his larger relatives. Sometimes the Giant Schnauzer is often described as a bit too boisterous to interact with small children.
The wiry double coat of the Schnauzer is considered to be low shedding. But that doesn’t mean your Schnauzer doesn’t require some grooming. The softer outer coat of the Schnauzer does shed, but the loose hairs become trapped in the thicker undercoat. Therefore, though you will notice very little hair around the house, your Schnauzer requires regular brushing to keep the coat from becoming tangled or matted. Schnauzers also require that their coat be clipped several times per year. Schnauzers have a low incidence of genetic problems but may be prone to hip dysplasia and a variety of tumors that are not necessarily cancerous.