I know, it's crazy and I've likely lost my mind, but I am **dying** for a dog, and a specific breed in particular -- the Miniature Schnauzer. I have never owned my own dog before, but I've lived with different dog breeds my entire life, I also consider myself a cat person. Up until about 10 years old, I hated dogs. When I was 0 months through 2 years old, my family and I had two English Mastiff dogs, unfortunately one was hit by a train and died, the other died of hip dysplasia (a very common genetic disease in English Mastiffs), when I was about 6 years old, we got more English Mastiffs and bred them, we sold them roughly 2 years later when we moved to they city and could not keep them, when I was 10 years old, we got Miniature Dachshunds and bred them. Now I want my own dog.
I first fell in love with the Miniature Schnauzer a few months ago, it was a rainy and dreary day out and I got bored and decided to look up 'small shed free dog breeds', all but one were ugly. The Miniature Schnauzer has been on my 'to do list' since then. About 2 weeks ago, while in Petsmart, I was shopping around for a good, new, wet food that doesn't irritate Zayd's sensitive stomach, some guy with a Salt & Pepper Miniature Schnauzer walked by me! I totally wanted his dog lol. Unfortunately, I cannot own a Miniature Schnauzer right now, or even a regular dog, but in a few years (probably about 5 - 8 years! I can:-( But in the mean time, (get it? 'mean' time...), I am researching all I can about these amazing dogs.
|Beautiful Salt & Pepper Miniature Schnauzer with cropped ears. My future Mini Schnauzer will very likely have cropped ears too.|
So, that begs the questions:
* Have you ever owned a Miniature Schnauzer before or know someone that does\did?
* Are these dogs yappy since they are in the terrier group?
* Do they get along good with cats? Ragdolls in particular?
* What was **your** first ever dog (purebred or mixed)?
* If you own (or have owned) a Miniature Schnauzer before, would you recommend them to a first time dog owner, like myself?