Thursday, July 30, 2015

That Awkward Moment, When You Want a DOG....

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Hi Everyone,

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?

Thanks everyone!!

Ragdoll Mommy~


  1. Good luck. A dog would be a great addition to your household.

    Emma and Buster

  2. One of my friends has a Mini-Schnauzer. She has a cat sister and a dog brother. I think she things kitties are just small dogs. She is active in K-9 Agility Courses, and has a few trophies. She also loves her sister and brother, especially any treats they don't want! Her mom participates in a Schnauzer Rescue group. Such a cute happy dog!

  3. I own a mini called Riley and I'd love to help! I have always wants a dog (since I was 4) when my mum and grandma took me to crufts. I FINALLY got one at 11 years old
    because we had moved house and I was responsible enough and had saved up.

    Well Riley is a little vocal and will bark at anyone who comes to the door but she isn't one yet and is improving everytime. They are a breed that needs a lot of socialisation.

    I have a cat who gets on with Riley. The key rmto success is that the cat is the boss. The cat if it is finding Riley running around the living room having her one minute of puppy madness will clonck Riley om the face with her paw but this is OK as it shows Riley she doesn't like it. Uf you got to my blog you will see photos of them sitting on the sofa together happily. They smare a funny little duo.

    I would definitely recommend a mini to a first time owner as they are loyal to you and familily (a bit noisy to strangers though!) they don't need tons of exercise as they are a small breed although Riley and I do agility. They are great to train as they pick things up really quickly. The only thing is you will have to get them used to getting groomed from early on as their lovely coat will need you to brush it and be done around every 6 weeks with a groomer. They are independent and although love to play with you will find their own games and shouldn't be to bothered being left at home for a couple of hours on their own. They are an easy, funny and loving breed and Riley has been my first dog.

    If you have any more questions just hop over to our blog and leave a comment. Check out the WHY A SCHNAUZER section on the blog to. Hope this was helpful.

    Woofs from Riley and I x

  4. I have owned several minis over the past 8 years. I raised two litters of puppies also. Minis are very cute. Hey can make hood dogs if properly trained and socialized at a young age. I owned an intact male from puppyhood til 2 1/2 when i rehomed him. I also owned several females. Out of the last three i owned and bred, two were extremely hyper. They never could be tired out. They all were extremly yappy! It drove me insane. That is why I had to rehome them all. Being terriers, they do have a prey drive. That means they will chase most anything and would need to be raised up with cats as a pup. They bark any chance they get. They need plenty of exercise as a whole. They require lots of grooming and monthy trims. Which I did myself. Minis are very smart. Although in my experiene with 5 different schnauzers and teo litters of puppies, they tend to be stubborn. Especially the females. They are really cute, and love a road trip. But they are typically stubborn, very yappy, and need plenty of exercise.


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