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|Many people believe that female dogs make better pets... female preference seems to be ingrained in these people. Most calls for pet
dogs have people wanting a "sweet girl". They don't think females display alpha behaviors like marking and/or humping. They
believe that they are more docile and attentive and do not participate in fighting over dominance. Well, this is not true and they don't
call them bitch for nothing!
In the dog pack makeup, females usually rule the roost, determine pecking order, and who compete to maintain or alter that order.
The females are, as a result, more independent, stubborn and territorial than their male counterparts. The females are much more
intent upon exercising their dominance by participating in alpha behaviors such as humping. There is a reason people utilize the
technical dog term of "bitch" in a negative way and it refers directly to the behaviors exhibited by females of the dog world. Most
fights will usually break out between two females. Males on the other hand, are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive and
more demanding of attention. They are very attached to their people. They also tend to be more steadfast, reliable and less moody.
They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets and take to children quicker. Most boys are easily motivated by food (how
true!) and praise and so eager to please that training is a breeze. However, males can be more easily distracted during training, as
males like to play often. And no matter what age, he is more likely to act silly and more puppy like, always wanting to play games.
Boys are fun loving until the day they die. Females tend to be more reserved or dignified as they age. Witness the human equivalent
of the twinkling eyed grandpa still playing catch at age 70, while grandma quietly observes from the porch.
Females are more expensive to have spayed than males are to neuter. If you do decide on a male they should be neutered by about
four months old so they don't start marking their territory!
*Written by a Canine Behavioral Expert
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|"Miniature Schnauzer Sizes- What size is right for you?"
First, let me say this - THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A TOY or TEACUP SCHNAUZER. If you have been looking around for
a toy or teacup schnauzer, you have likely been told that they don't exist. That is because they are not "officially" recognized as
their own breed. Toys & teacups are still registered as Miniature Schnauzers but when you meet them in person, you'll see that
they are clearly NOT the same size as a mini. Size and color is where the difference stops. Personality and structure in a
well-bred toy should be the same as a regular Mini schnauzer...they are all schnauzer, just in a smaller package.
The toy & teacup sized Miniature Schnauzer is naturally occurring in the breed due to the fact that Miniature Schnauzers were
originally created by breeding the Standard Schnauzer to the Affenpinscher, Miniature Pinscher, Poodle and some terriers to bring
down the size of the dog. These influences in the breed's history created a gene pool for the "rare" or recessive colors and the
smaller sizes. There are many breeders in the United States who have been breeding toy & teacup sized Minis for over 30 years.
All the standard colors are registrable as well as white, parti, and Liver (also referred to as chocolate), they just cannot be shown
in conformation as they do not meet the breed standard for a Miniature Schnauzer. Until they garner their own official category,
that is how it will have to stay. As with all things new, some are for a "toy" & "teacup" category and some are not.
A toy is considered under 12" and/or 11 lbs by most breeders. The toys come in all the same colors and patterns as the regular
size do. Toys should be bred to meet the breed standard with the exception of size and color. Teacup schnauzers are considered to
be 6 lbs or less and should retain the same compact, stocky shape of their larger relatives.
Toy or teacup schnauzers are a good choice for retired couples who want a canine companion that is easy to travel with,
apartment dwellers, or those looking for a laptop version of a schnauzer. They have the same intelligent, enthusiastic approach to
life and are very devoted to their people. They get along well with other pets and love to be included in family activities.
BE WARNED: Smaller does not mean less energetic. Some toys run 5 km run and easily complete 4-5 hour hikes and after a
short nap are ready to do it all over again. They are the ideal little dog for the person who would normally want a "big" dog due
to being active and wanting a jogging/hiking partner! They can be a couch potato too but their small size does not eliminate them
from participating in hiking/jogging activities. On your hike, they will go under or around the log that a bigger dog would jump
over. If you come to a section that is very muddy, their smaller size makes it possible to pick them up and carry them over.
Along with the regular schnauzer colors, Toys or teacups also come in a Parti Pattern and variations of Liver (chocolate)
Before Purchasing a Toy or Teacup Schnauzer
there are some things you should consider:
They have the same long life expectancy of a regular schnauzer (10-15 years).
The "rare" colors of the toy or teacup schnauzers make them a popular topic of conversation on walks and with friends and
neighbours so be prepared to answer the questions about how they came about. You may never be able to finish your walk!!!
Toy or teacup schnauzers are not fragile like a toy poodle or chihuahua as they have a much sturdier stocky build however, young
children need to be supervised around the dog as a puppy to prevent it from being hurt.
They are just as smart and enjoy doing tricks and obedience. There's nothing different but size. Keep them busy and thinking - they
thrive on it!
Like most toy breeds, you may need to have some puppy teeth pulled when you have your toy or teacup schnauzer spayed/neutered.
Plan for the added expense.
Your puppy will need to eat three meals a day until it is about 3-4 months old. Their little bodies are subject to hypoglycemia so
please supervise meals and make sure they are eating. By the time they are about 4 months old, they usually lose interest in the
mid-day meal and the tendency towards hypoglycemia disappears.
With the variety of colors and their smaller size, you may find you will want a whole "pack" of these lovely little "mini" Mini
What we like best about toys & teacups...
*eat less food - make less mess
*when they sit on your lap there is room left over
*they have the same vivacious, intelligent personality as a mini
*there is less to comb and brush
*one bag of treats goes a long way
*fit in a carry on bag for the airplane
*grandma and grandpa can lift them
*kids can dress them up and carry them around
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