February’s Feature Dog - Miniature Schnauzer

Meet Molly, a seven year old Miniature Schnauzer who loves to demonstrate her true Terrier traits by practicing a mine sweeping technique during walks, cornering rats in the garden, and squaring off with Mountain Lions on TV.

Molly enjoys barking at her own reflection, playing hide and seek, and nudging hands for a good belly rub. Her favorite activities include shredding paper, sleeping, and begging for Wheat Thins.

The Miniature Schnauzer originated from Germany in the late 1800’s, and is believed to be a cross between the Standard Schnauzer and the Affenpinscher or Poodle. Their compact size made them ideal for ratting, while their bold attitude made them excellent farm dogs to guard herds and families.

Miniature Schnauzers are sturdy, little, compact dogs that are minimal shedders, but they do require regular grooming. A low-fat, unsweetened diet is recommended since diabetes and other health problems caused by high fat levels are a known problem for this breed.

This friendly, playful, intelligent breed is easy to train and loves to show its Terrier traits by hunting small prey such as rats, birds and snakes. Miniature Schnauzers are very vocal and make excellent watchdogs. They also make great family dogs, but should be socialized and supervised around small children.

For more information or to adopt a Miniature Schnauzer please visit the American Miniature Schnauzer Club website at www.amsc.us. For funny dog names visit out blog post 

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