Top Hypoallergenic Breeds: Miniature Schnauzer

cute Miniature Schnauzer plays with a ToyThis German breed of bearded dog (Zwergschnauzer) or Miniature Schnauzer, is not only one of the most popular breeds of dogs worldwide, but is also a very good choice of pets for people who suffer from allergies. Schnauzers have a lot of great characteristics that make them not only easy to train, but also the perfect family pet, especially in homes with children.

  • Appearance: Schnauzers have characteristic markings when it comes to fur. The hair on their face tends to resemble a large beard or a moustache, providing several creative opportunities when it comes to grooming. As colors go, there are four main colorations for schnauzers, black, white, salt and pepper, black and silver.
  • Size: Schnauzers, and miniature ones in particular, are on the smaller size as dog breeds go. Ranging between 10 – 18 lbs (males being on the heavier end of the scale than females) Because of their small size, Miniature Schnauzers are a great choice of apartment dwellers or homes that don’t have a lot of space.
  • Hypoallergenic- While Schnauzers do shed, it’s almost unnoticeable. Their soft, double coat not only helps to keep them from shedding, but with regular grooming the moult is almost nonexistent. This helps to keep the amount of dander in the air down which is what triggers an allergic reaction in some people.
  • Temperament: Mini Schnauzers are well tempered, friendly, intelligent, obedient and eager to please. What’s more is that this bearded pup is one of the most laid back breeds and aren’t typically prone to over aggression.

Grooming

One of the very few downsides to owning a schnauzer (whether it be miniature, standard, or giant schnauzer) is that they require a significant amount of grooming. Schnauzer hair grows long and is prone to tangling and matting if it’s not cut and combed regularly. While there are several different ways to cut and style the hair for a schnauzer, most methods can be time consuming. One easy way around this is to use a groomer. A groomer can clean and cut your pooch’s fur, and typically for a very modest fee. While regular brushing is still required to keep the hair from becoming a tangled mess, it’s fairly easy to work in to bonding time between you and your dog.

Health

Dogs breeds are similar to humans in that many of them are prone to some form of health issues. Schnauzers require a more moderated diet as they often suffer from excessive fat. By using a low or not fat blend of dog food, you can avoid some of these potential issues. If your schnauzer goes swimming, it’s important to dry their ears afterwards to reduce the potential for infection. Having your pup checked annually by a vet can also help put your mind at ease.

If you’re looking for a wonderful breed of dog that is both allergy and apartment friendly then you might want to consider a miniature schnauzer. The hypoallergenic qualities of these dogs will keep your allergies to a minimum (although there will still be some dander) and because a Miniature Schnauzer is smaller and compact, they do very well in apartments. Schnauzers are easy to train and their friendly disposition makes them a good choice for many families.

+Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.

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