Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Breed of the Week - Miniature Schnauzer- Kansas City Dog Photography

I debated whether to feature the Miniature Schnauzer just yet as the breed of the week, since I am the proud owner of one and did not want to appear biased or that I was favoring a particular breed. But with the encouragement from some supporters, I decided it was time to feature this fabulous little breed and highlight my Remington in the process!

*Information taken from dogbreedinfo.com and schnauzers-rule.com* Standing just 12 to 14 inches tall, Mini Schnauzers are usually recognized for their prominent features which include bushy eyebrows, mustache, and beard! The Miniature Schnauzer is an intelligent, loving, happy dog. They are energetic, playful and get along well with children and like to be with their people. Affectionate, keen, devoted and docile. With proper leadership they can get along with other dogs. The Mini Schnauzer will not listen if they sense they are stronger minded than their owner. Owners need to be calm, but firm, possessing a natural air of authority. They do not have a yappy bark, but rather sounds like a low, carried-out howl of a voice. They bark ‘at’ things. Like a stranger, UPS truck, etc. They do not bark for no reason. They bark to alert you that there is something going on and want to make you aware of it.

These energetic little dogs need daily, long, brisk walks and love play sessions off the leash. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. The Mini Schnauzer has a double coat. The outer coat is wiry and the undercoat is soft. The coat is clipped so it has a bushy beard, mustache and eyebrows. Coat colors include black, white, salt and pepper, and black and silver. The wiry coat is not hard to groom, although it does need attention. Comb and brush daily with a short wire brush to prevent matting. The Miniature Schnauzer does not shed. They have hair instead of fur – so less dander. Most people with allergies have no reactions with this breed, making this breed one of the top 10 hypoallergenic dogs.

Miniature Schnauzers come in 3 colors: black, salt and pepper, and black and silver. These 3 colors are the only ones accepted under the breed standard. Salt and Pepper - eyebrows, beard, and legs are gray or silver white. The gray is in various shades from almost silver white to almost black.

Solid Black – entirely black (may sometimes have a small white chest patch). Black and Silver - follow the same pattern as the salt & pepper, except the topcoat and undercoat are solid black. White Schnauzers have more recently been granted admission to many show rings in some countries, but ‘white’ still remains a disqualification in the USA. Brown, chocolate, liver, or parti-color schnauzers are not purebreds. Like the so-called toy schnauzer, these dogs are available because of cross-breeding.

Height: 12-14 inches (30-36cm.)Weight: 10-15 pounds (5-7kg) And because I have a zillion photos of my Remington, here are just a few to highlight the various characteristics of this breed.

Baby Remmy... just 3 months old here.


Remington is....

always up for exploring...


a helpful navigator...


curious of grass, mud and snow...


a Daddy's boy...


and a Momma's boy...


a fantastic model...


alert and protecting of our home...


a fan of sticks....


a fellow animal lover...


tolerant of many photo shoots...



quite festive around the holidays...


cute as a button...


a sleepy boy sometimes...

a supporter of the occasional celebration...


found in the sunroom or any other lovely sun spots....


yet also an Eskimo in disguise...

very assertive when necessary...


And finally Remington is the best furry child we could have ever hoped for. I love you Rem!!

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