Things to Know Before Owning a Schnauzer
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Those that share their home with Schnauzers and Schnauzer mixes often describe them 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 both hypoallergenic and 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 under coat. 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.
5 Reasons to Consider Adopting Over Buying a Schnauzer for sale from a store, or Schnauzer Breeder:
Adoption is More Affordable - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a Schnauzer dogs and puppies for sale at a pet store, or even a reputable Schnauzer breeder. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!
Near Purebreds & Healthy Mixes - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred, including Schnauzers. There are also Schnauzer rescue organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out only Schnauzers. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Be a Hero - Selecting a Schnauzer rescue group or going to your local animal shelter means that you are saving a dog's life. In truth, you are also making room for another dog to enter the shelter; therefore, you are saving another! When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
- Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters often have already been in homes, and many have already be housebroken or have had obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
- Finding the Right Match - Often rescue group and animal shelter staff and volunteers know the personalities of animals, meaning they will know the individual Schnauzer dogs and puppies in their care. They will be able to better match you up with a dog that fits your lifestyle and activities. This is one of many advantages to finding an adult Schnauzer dog for adoption, rather than for sale.
Schnauzer Focused Rescues
Below you'll find many Schnauzer focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Schnauzer focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!