Types of Miniature Dogs and Tips for Miniature Dogs

Types of miniature dogs

miniature schnauzer

This small dog breed is of the Schnauzer type, which originated in Germany in the 19th century. It is developed from crosses between a Standard Schnauzer and two or more smaller breeds, including the Affenpinscher and the Poodle. This type of Schnauzer remains one of the most popular miniature breeds in the year 2007. It is the eleventh most popular breed in the United States.

This type of dog typically has a square build and small proportions, standing around 12 to 14 inches tall and weighing 14 to 18 pounds for males and 12 to 15 pounds for females. The breed can suffer from health problems related to high levels of fat, such as hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and eye and bladder stone problems.

miniature pinscher

This small breed of dog is of the Pinscher type and was developed in Germany. This breed is also known as the King of Toy Dogs. It is a friendly, energetic and playful breed of dog that thrives on owner interaction. The breed usually measures between 25 and 30 centimeters at the withers and weighs between 4 and 6 kilograms. The breed drives strongly and smoothly from the ear and tail. His head is carried high. This type of dog breed is prone to overeating and should have a proper diet to prevent obesity.

scottish terrier

This breed is also called the Aberdeen terrier and is popularly known as the Scottie. The dog is best known for its black color, a typical terrier feature, and distinctive profile. It is one of only five terriers that originated in Scotland with the other four being West Highland White, Dandie Dinmont, Cairn and Skye Terriers.

They are generally cobby, stocky in build, and short-legged with a long head in proportion to their size. Generally, the well balanced Scottish Terrier should weigh 19 to 22 pounds and the female 18 to 21 pounds or about 11 to 15 inches tall. It usually has a long, tough, water-resistant, fibrous outer coat and soft, dense undercoats.

Tips on how to care for Miniature Schnauzers

Get your schnauzer vaccinated when you first get him and make sure your dog gets annual booster shots to maintain his immunity to disease. Deworm your dog every 3 months and ask your vet for flea products.

Feed your schnauzer a high quality dog ​​food and the first ingredient should be meat if you want a quality product. Basic protein should be no less than 25 to 30 percent and basic fat should be no less than 15 to 20 percent. Fiber content must be 5 percent or less.

Socialize your schnauzer to be around other dogs at an early age. Miniature Schnauzers are aggressive towards other dogs they don’t know and need you to keep an eye on them from outside your home.

Run or walk your schnauzer every day. Make sure your dog gets enough time to play off-leash, too.

Brush your schnauzer’s coat daily with a wire brush. Get your schnauzer coat professionally trimmed twice a year. Trim your schnauzer from 2 to 3 three weeks.

Understand that your schnauzer is prone to certain health conditions, including liver disease, diabetes, Von Willerbrand’s disease, skin disorders, and kidney stones.

Know that female Miniature Schnauzers grow to 11 to 13 inches and weigh 10 to 15 pounds. while males will grow to 12 to 14 inches and weigh 11 to 18 pounds. Expect miniature schnauzers to live approximately 15 years.