Schnauzer types: miniature, medium and giant
If you are thinking of adopting and believe that the Schnauzer dog breed is right for you, you may have doubts about the size of each breed.
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In this Animal Expert article we will explain to you the types of Schnauzer dogs: mini, medium and giantwith the main differences as well as curiosities about their character, dressage and color.
Must know that there are white Schnauzer dog although the most common is the Schnauzer salt and pepper . Keep reading to find out all about them!
Mini or Miniature Schnauzer
The miniature or miniature schnauzer is the reduced version of the standard Schnauzer, which we all know. To achieve reduced size, particularly small specimens of breed were selected for subsequent breeding, thereby obtaining small size specimens.
Their measurements are between 30 and 38 centimeters to the back and usually weigh about 5 kilograms, never exceeding 7 kilos.
The physical characteristics of the miniature Schnauzer are very similar to those of the larger specimens. However, we must point out something in the character of these little ones.
The miniature are very active dogs and are always alert, they are perfect for people who want to have this sweet animal with them. They must be knowledgeable of the exalted behavior proper to the small breeds. They can be fantastic for children if they educate them properly through good socialization .
It is very important to consider where we are going to adopt the miniature schnauzer. As you may already know, dogs selected to foster a specific offspring often have hereditary health problems .
This is due to the use for breeding dogs with consanguinity, which increases the probabilities of genetic mutation. Some of the problems that can affect your miniature schnauzer are:
- corneal defects
- kidney stones
- liver problems
- heart disease
For this reason you should look for an ethical breeder or better yet, think about adopting a dog without a breed! Whatever your final choice you must make sure you make a responsible adoption .
Standard or medium Schnauzer
Did you know that schnauzers were used to combat rodent pests in nineteenth-century Germany? Still and thanks to the character of this beautiful breed, they have quickly become an excellent companion dog.
The schnauzer is an affectionate and loyal dog, also an excellent watcher and therefore was left in charge of horses and mare in the past: always alert to the presence of any strange situation.
The characteristics of the standard schnauzer are as follows:
- Measures between 45 and 50 centimeters to the back
- It usually weighs 15 to 20 kilograms, a little less in females.
This dog competes for the second positions with regard to the most intelligent dogs and therefore is excellent in different tasks: cattle and herding, company or surveillance. His character is loyal and sweet although on some occasions he may be a bit jealous. They will love your care and spend time with you.
The giant schnauzer went unnoticed for years. It was used as a working dog, guarding factories, breweries or runners until it was used as a military dog in the first and second world war.
He is currently working as a police dog, and this should come as no surprise: he is a very intelligent dog , able to train professionally in Agility, herding, search and rescue. Find out how to get started in Agility here at Animal Expert.
Unlike his younger siblings, giant schnauzer is a little distrustful and territorial with strangers , perhaps due to the selection of specimens with these characteristics in the past.
But it is also a dog that can be trained very easily and with which our children will play actively. A good education will be key to enjoying this huge and generous dog.
as already mentioned, in addition to the characteristic cloak “salt and pepper” we can find white schnauzer dogs . It is one of the variants existing in the standard size of the breed.
If you have the desire to read more about the dog, do not hesitate to visit other YourCatCareguide articles such as what you should know before adopting a dog .