Schnauzer Dog Description
The head should belong with the shape of a rectangle, and the muzzle should be powerful with a well-defined stop. While the nose must be black, the eye should have an oval shape and must be dark brown. The teeth of these dogs should showcase a scissors bite. The feet are similar to cats, and the tail will typically be docked. The decision for cropping the ears is optional. All the dewclaws on the Standard Schnauzer should be taken off. While the front legs should be straight, the back legs must be well defined, and the acceptable coat color is black or a combination of black and white.
Even though the Miniature Schnauzer is a miniature dog he is a very strong dog and if you take excellent care of him he should be healthy for many years. He will require exercise and good care and hopefully my hints will help.
First of all you want to make certain that he has the correct supply of vitamins and minerals as I have listed below: Vitamins: A, D, E, K, B, Riboflavin, Ascorbic Acid, Choline, Pryiodoxine, Niacin and Pantothenic Acid. Minerals: Iron,Potassium, Sodium, Chlorine, Sodium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Manganese, Zinc and Cobalt.
When buying the dog food for your Miniature Schnauzer you will want to watch and not buy any product that has less than fifteen percent fat and less than twenty percent protein as this is necessary for his nutritional health. Be careful and read the nutritional information on the commercially prepared dog food as there are so many dogs that don't get the required nourishment as the owners just don't use caution when buying their dog's food. There is a major difference in being underfed even though they are being overfed as they might be fed bulk and not the proper nutrition. It is going to be well worth your time and effort to ascertain the correct nourishment for your Miniature Schnauzer. Always remember that you are the owner of your dog and the responsibility is yours to take care of him the best you possibly can in nutrition, exercise and just general care. Be sure to always have fresh clear water out for him to drink when he becomes thirsty.
I would highly recommend feeding a puppy four times a day and not a big feeding, just small feedings as you won't overload his little tummy. I would feed these four meals about four hours apart to balance out his feedings. You don't want to feed him too much at one feeding or
perhaps two and then he can't digest or even hold it down as this method won't promote a healthy puppy. After about twenty minutes I always remove the food and do not leave it there for him to perhaps come back and nibble later. If he hasn't eaten the portion then on the next feeding I would suggest reducing the portion by a little until his appetite tends to increase. You will want to develop the best eating habits possible for your Miniature Schnauzer and getting these eating habits established as a puppy will help you to establish proper eating patterns as an adult dog.
A suggestion on feeding a puppy would be to have the first meal early in the morning and to give him some puppy cereal or perhaps a light porridge such as oatmeal. Make this milk and cereal or porridge at a room temperature or as much as you can like the temperature of the mother's milk. The second meal should be some excellent quality meat, that you might chop or shredd and you might mix this with a little gravy or some home made biscuits made into a meal, also you could boil some vegetables and use the juice as a gravy but do not feed the vegetables themselves to a puppy under six months of age. At the third meal I would give him a portion of ground biscuits and some gravy or a little warm milk included. On the last meal I would repeat the second meal. If you happen to be up late and he looks a tiny bit hungry then warm him a little bowl of milk before bedtime: it might help him to sleep also, then you'll also sleep well.
You can buy vitamin supplements for puppies and I would suggest pouring a little over his last meal of the day therefore you will know that he is getting the maximum nutrition necessary for this puppy stage. I would suggest giving him a little cod liver oil about four or five times a week during the winter months and in the summer months a little olive oil. You can check with your veterinarian on the amounts that are appropriate for your puppy.
When your puppy has reached about four months I would cut his feeding schedule down to three times a day instead of the four given previously. You can just increase the amount of the three meals to equal the four and determine the amount by watching him eat. If he just eats till it is all finished then you are giving the correct amount, if he eats part of it then walks away and then walks back you are overfeeding in the amount of the portion.
I would advise until he is seven months of age to keep the quality of his food the same as when he was a smaller puppy and after this age he will begin to eat as an adult. At this time I would cut him back to two meals a day and have the main meal in the evening with perhaps some raw lean meat added. I prefer to feed an adult dog dry food than the canned or liquid added food as it seems to keep the coat with more shine. You might add steamed white fish to his evening meal sometimes instead of the lean raw meat. Be careful to never give him any bones that could get caught in his throat, I always just stay away from bones as it doesn't take long to remove the meat from any bones for my Miniature Schnauzers.
If you will buy a good quality dog food the package directions will tell you the correct amount for feeding daily and you can also consult your veterinarian for suggestions.
Your Miniature Schnauzer will need exercise to be healthy and will also need to have some training. You will need plenty of patience if you are to have the puppy be a house pet and you will need to say "no" and be firm. This is how you can teach them what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. You will need to start with the dog as a puppy as it would be harder to train the adult dog if you have let him "get away" with lots of things in the home. It will take a few weeks or more to train him to go to the bathroom outside, if you will establish a routine or waiting after he has eaten or drank his water to take him outside then he will easily fit into your routine and be trained to go do his "business" outside. If he should make mistakes in the house show him what he did and scold by saying "bad doggie" and he will learn this is not acceptable.
You will want to train him to be on a leash for his daily walks and his exercise. Leash training takes a little time but if you will work daily with him he will easily learn what is expected.
You will want a well behaved dog to take on those walks and he will enjoy his walk and exercise much more as you will if he is properly leash trained.
If you will maintain your dog's healthy by daily nutrition feedings, proper care and exercise you will enjoy many years of pleasure and love with your Miniature Schnauzer.
Despite its size, the Standard Schnauzer is a powerful dog. They are protective and courageous, and they make fine guard dogs and watchdogs. While it can be active, it is not exceptionally energetic. These dogs are sociable and enjoy being in the company of their owners. These are excellent dogs to take on trips. They are quick learners, but owners will need to train them firmly. To stop these dogs from becoming too protective, it is important for owners to make sure these dogs are socialized while they are puppies.
This is a healthy breed, and they do not suffer from any specific health problems. Any ailments that are seen in the Standard Schnauzer can also be found in other dog breeds. The Standard Schnauzer has an average life expectancy of 15 years, but some have been known to live longer than this.
Owners will want to give these dogs as much exercise as they can handle. These dogs enjoy running free in wide-open areas, but owners will want to make sure the location is secure. In most cases, they should be taken on a long walk once a day. Owners will not want to give the dogs too much exercise when they are puppies. These dogs are ideal for those who live in apartments, and it is not necessary for them to have a yard.
Special Grooming Needs
It is easy to care for the external coat of the Standard Schnauzer, but owners will want to pay attention to the undercoat. If it is not cared for properly, mats may develop. To avoid this, owners will want to use a strong comb or brush.