Dinsdale Standard Schnauzers - Frequently Asked Questions??

We are looking for a dog that does not shed.

The Standard Schnauzer does not have a twice yearly renewal of it's coat as many breeds do, however, their coat has a life span.  For instance, on my dogs I find hair life is approximately 16 weeks.  Let me explain, if I pull (hand strip) the top coat on my dogs, growth will appear visible to the eye in approximately 2-3 weeks, will be short but still rather patchy by the 5-6th week, by the 8th week it will be a nice show-able coat.  If left, by the 12th week it is a bit long, by the 16th week it looks shaggy, unkempt and will drop out easily resulting in hair around the house and on clothing.  Same applies to the average pet that is clipped.  As a rule I find the clipped coat needs to be groomed more often, or, will result in hair around the house, I recommend every 10-12 weeks for best results.  In between professional grooming they should be brushed a minimum of twice weekly to remove dead hair and to keep the leg and beard furnishings tangle free.  If left 'natural' they will drop coat, the furnishings will tangle & matt, eventually the undercoat will work its way into the long outer (top) coat and matt.  Do not purchase a Standard Schnauzer because you think non-shedding equates to no maintenance.

I have researched the breed and all the literature lists the standard schnauzer as a great family dog that is very good around children.

Well yes....and no, the Standard does possess wonderful traits with the potential of being an outstanding family companion.  When raised with children they adapt very well, most are very patient and if accidentally poked or stepped on their first reaction is generally to get up and move away, not snap.  But, it is not fair to expect them to put up with endless harassment from kids.  They need a place of their own to escape to and have some quiet down time. 

As pups they are easily stimulated by the fast movement and rambunctious play of children, if not supervised this can result in jumping, nips and dominant behaviour, remember these are dogs not little people in furry clothing, please realize and appreciate the natural behaviour of a dog.  We recommend that they be supervised strictly around children while they mature and are trained for the safety of the pups and the children

Often, the best solution for a family with children under the age of five years is to consider waiting a couple of years until the children are older, or, looking at adopting a different breed.  Not that it can not work out splendidly, but adding a Standard Schnauzer pup to the household is similar to adding a toddler to the family, be sure you are prepared for the added work load prior to adopting one.  A child a bit older will appreciate & enjoy the company of a Standard Schnauzer and possess the capacity to respect a dog and all that is involved in it's care, training and ownership.  As family situations and dog owning experience varies greatly we like to help each family evaluate if a standard schnauzer is the right dog for them at this moment of their lives.

We use to own a Miniature Schnauzer, we love the breed but would like a larger version.

The Standard and Mini possess some similar personality traits, such as a deep loyalty and love of family and a desire to be part of everything related to family life.  The Standard is however a more challenging breed to raise to maturity.  They are pups much longer then their smaller cousins, puppy-hood for the Standard is much more physical (lots of energetic, hardy play and puppy mouthing)  the Standard tends to question the house rules a bit more often.  They require owners willing to put consistent training into them 'daily' this can be overwhelming to previous Mini owners. 

Physically there is a very big size difference between the two, the Standard is extremely powerful for a medium sized breed and requires firm obedience training. 

Health wise the Standard suffers much less from the genetic problems that seem to plague the miniatures.  Grooming is generally easier on a Standard then a Mini due to the harsher coats and less profuse leg and beard furnishings.

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