what about schnauzers?

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  1. nicco

    nicco Wolfpack

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    I think I didn't hear anything from you about this breed...What do you think about it?Especially the mini schnauzer?
    I personally think that they are great dogs, easy to train, very lovable and great watching dogs (giant schnauzers).
     
  2. ToscasMom

    ToscasMom Harumph™©®

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    I had two schnauzers when I was younger. They don't shed, are pretty clean dogs too. They are very loyal dogs and very lovable to their families. They bark A LOT. Good watchdogs. You don't need a doorbell. My own dog was very protective of me and bit quite a few people who reached toward me. He ripped quite a few pairs of pants that moved by too fast too. lol. I adored him but if he had done today what he did back then, we would have been knee deep in lawsuits.
     
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    I waver. On one hand, the minis are adorable and the perfect size for most people. Small and compact enough for apartments, easy to fit in any care and sturdy enough that you won't accidently break them. Grooming is pretty easy, though the ears require special care if they're not cropped. Very cuddly and pretty smart.

    However, I have decided through lots of personal experience that there is little in this world more piercing and annoying than a mini Schnauzer bark. They have an almost super-sonic edge to it...and they love to bark bark bark! It's not every dog, but a good portion of them nonetheless.
     
  4. nicco

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    LOL.Yes...I'm a little afraid of that...I hope she's not a barker (Pepa)...My future to be mini schnauzer :D
     
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    I like 'em a lot! Training takes diligence but the barking can be tempered down to a dull roar. LOL. I know....I have Chihuahuas and boy, a lot of decibals come out of those tiny mouths!
     
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    Hahahaa. You said what I didn't have the heart to say. And we had TWO.
     
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    SizzleDog Lord Cynical

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    What will you do if she *is* a barker? Hoping a mini schnauzer isn't a barker is like hoping a Grat Dane doesn't weigh more than 50lbs at maturity... it just doesn't happen.
     
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    Yippy and snappy ! Daughter needed stitches from her step-grandma's dog .
     
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    RD Are you dead yet?

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    I had a mini. Neat little dog, very dog-aggressive though. She stopped barking so much as she got older, but up until she was about 4 years old she had a shrill, piercing bark and used it whenever she got the opportunity. It wasn't even a bark, there was no pitch variation. It was just "YEEEEEEP! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!" Horrible, horrible sound.

    I've never met a Schnauzer that wasn't a barker at some point in his/her life.
     
  10. nicco

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    Well...then I'll have to get used to it, right?But I don't think she's a barker...I got the chance to see her a couple of times...even sleep in the same room with her and another black mini schnauzer (when we went to a dog show) and she was very quiet.I think I would have remembered if she was an annoying barker.She's pretty quiet (she's almost 4 years old)

     
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    I've known a few Schnauzers and they barked when someone came to the door. But they didn't bark all day long. That's not a bad thing I don't think. As far as snappy or biting....again: socialization and training/good handling. Aggression like that....where a dog bites someone is hardly ever on account of the breed. (IMO) That's what they say about Chihuahuas. Mine have never bitten anyone, are very loving and friendly....They do have a tendancy to yap (above and beyond the call of duty. lol) but it's kept to a minimum because I got on it and taught them "enough."

    I presently know 3 Schnauzers and they don't happen to bark excessively. I'm planning soon to visit the one who I haven't seen since he was a young pup. I'll see how he acts, how his owner acts and report back. LOL.
     
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    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    My friend has a schnauzer, which she adores. He's a mini, and very cute. He's really hyper and barks a whole lot, though. Not agressive at all, and great around her little nephew.
     
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    i'm not a big fan of the little ones. they tend to suffer from little dog owners who can't be bothered to train, socialize, or teach them not to bark. (i don't have a lot of tolerence for barky dogs, so i tend to stay away from barky breeds.)

    i like the bigger ones quite a bit more. they're a lot of dog, though, and not for the casual owner.
     
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    I personally think they are ADORABLE. They have real spunky personalities. I've only ever met 2 in my whole life that I wasn't afraid of though. My neighbor bred/owned about 15 of them, and they were BIG barkers. They barked all day, all night. Half of her dogs were either deaf, blind, or crippled. I felt so bad for them all. I couldn't blame them for barking at all. Esspecially "Helmet". He was born blind, and so I know he must've been afraid of everything around him. "Helga" was the only nice one they owned. She was about 10-12, and very calm. She would always find a way to get out of their fence, and mosy on over to our house for some lovin'. "Missy" was the scariest one. The neighbors had me and my mom feed them for the weekend once, and Missy attacked my mom, and left her with an awful scar. Also, my best friend growing up owned one, I can't remember his name, but he was SOOOO sweet. I loved that little dog. I want to say his name was Pepper, but I'm not sure. He was a very loving little guy. As previously stated, it's all in the way the owner brings up and trains the dog. Althoug breeding (IMO) has some to do with it also. Good luck with your little one when you get her!!!! :)
     
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    She's a show dog and she's already been trained.She's used to other dogs and I think she has a good temper.Well, we'll wait and see, won't we? :D
    Anyways, I'll let you know how it will go ;)

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    Thanks, I'll be waiting on your answer
     
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    wellllll.....just because a little dog barks doesnt mean the owner isnt training the dog. dunno why you just assume that :confused:

    the way i see it, people who cant stand barking sounds shouldnt get D-O-G-S.

    the miniature schnauzers that i have met so far always had a nice barking sound, very low and not loud at all. its an adorable breed in my eyes :)
     
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    neapolitanpitbull Never enough pets

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    I don't know much about them but I got attacked by a mini Schnauzer and have not been a fan of them since I had the evidence of that scar on my chin. I guess if they are raised right they are ok, but after the attack I havent been a fan. Its not that I hate them or am against the breed, I am just not a fan of them just like some people arent a fan of GSDs or Pointers. *shrugs*. Good luck if you do get one, though.
     
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    I have a 5 months mini schnauzer. I have him for 3 months now. He is a calm little dude. He is the best dog I ever had.

    I was deciding between a mini schnauzer and boxer. I chose mini schnauzer because of its size.
     
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    I had a standard schnauzer growing up (Rosie)...she was a wonderful dog. My grandmother had 2 mini schnauzers, Abby and Dina...sweet as well. I didn't find that they barked excessively at all. They barked at people out the window occassionally, and when someone came to the door. Really, all in all, fabulous pets to have.
     

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