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Member Name: Dan_Millard
Advantages: Obidient, loyal, friendly, loving, enthusiastic
Disadvantages: Requires some grooming
I had never heard of a minature schnauzer before I met my current girlfriend. When she told me she had one, my response was a very unenthusiastic "Er, what's that?" But then I met Bonnie. She really is such an affectionate and cute dog that you can't help but fall in love with her. Her incredible energy and love of people is amazing. She never fails to cheer you up.
When I first saw her, she came bounding over to me with her tail wagging and her beard blowing in the wind. She jumped up all over me as if she had never seen a human being before in her life. I later found out that this is her standard greeting to all people.
The appearance of a minature schnauzer can vary greatly, depending on what style the owner decides to have. If you leave their fur grow, they will look scruffy, cute and playful. But you can also have then groomed or clipped to make them appear proud and handsome. Personally, I prefer the first option, but then again I'm probably bias.
Their temprements are generally very good. The minature schnauzer is getting more popular and you see quite a few of them about now, and I've yet to see a hint of aggression. The only problem I have witnessed in regards to Bonnie's temprement is her intolerance towards children. She barks constantly at them but this is not down to the breeding, it probably relates to an incident earlier in her life. She may also feel jealously towards the children; as if they are stealing attention from her. However, she has never 'gone for' a child, even when in close proximity. She just barks.
They are an energetic breed but due to their small size, they can be satisfied with decent walks. They require a lot less exercise than a breed such as a beagle, which is of a similar size but far more athletic than the minature schnauzer.
They are also natural guard dogs and can initially be wary of guests but once they see he is not a threat they will be warm and friendly.
Some would say that the minature schnauzer would attack small animals, but that has not been the case with Bonnie. She has lived peacefully with two guinea pigs and a rabbit and has not harmed them.
In my experience the minature schnauzer has made an excellent companion. They are loyal, loving and certainly turn heads when walking down the street. Bonnie is a very alert, nosy little dog. She is not fussy with food and will pretty much eat whatever you give her. However, grooming is required to make sure the hair doesn't get out off control and they shoul be bathed every few weeks to get the beard clean.
All in all, the minature schnauzer is an excellent pet for anyone. They are obidient, loyal and intelligent dogs that will never leave your side.
They really are great little dogs.
Summary: A great breed that you will certainly fall in love with.
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