How to adopt a schnauzer

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Schnauzers come in three varieties--Miniature Schnauzers, Standard Schnauzers and Giant Schnauzers. As their names suggest, the only differences between each type of Schnauzer is in relation its size. All Schnauzers are known for their acute intelligence and engaging personalities. Schnauzers were originally bred as watchdogs and remain protective companions. In general, Schnauzers do not respond well to other pets. They are fiercely loyal, love to play and respond well to training.

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    Visit local pet stores. As pet stores tend to carry higher inventories of smaller dogs, you're more likely to find Miniature Schnauzers up for adoption. Ask the pet store to contact you when it has Standard or Giant Schnauzers available for adoption.

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    Search for Schnauzer breeders. It may be difficult to find a breeder in your immediate area so you may have to travel slightly to view the available puppies. When you adopt your puppy from a breeder, you'll have the opportunity to meet the pup's mom and dad. This often helps to get an idea of how the pup will look when he's full-grown. It may cue you in on possible personality traits he may develop.

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    View Schnauzers that are up for adoption at rescue organisations. Foundations such as Schnauzer Rescue of the mid-Atlantic, Giant Schnauzer Rescue Network and Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, Inc. are committed to placing Schnauzers in new homes. Rescued Schnauzers have not always been abused, but these adorable dogs are sometimes unwanted for a plethora of other reasons, including a prior owner's inability to care for the dogs. See our Resources section for more information. It's always the best idea to adopt a rescue!

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    Look for classified ads for Schnauzer puppies. If someone has just one litter of pups, they are more likely to simply take out an ad in the local paper rather than creating a full Website for the pups. You are more likely to find Schnauzers available locally if you check the papers often.

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    Check in with your local humane society to see if it has Schnauzers available for adoption. You'll be more likely to find a Schnauzer mix at the humane society than a purebred.

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    Confirm that the Schnauzer you choose has all necessary vaccinations and is in good health. If the dog seems lethargic, he may be sick.

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    Get your new Schnauzer licensed with the local humane society. You'll need to have proof of vaccinations in order to obtain the dog license.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean your Schnauzer's whiskers after meals. Food tends to cling there.
  • Due to their double-coat, Schnauzers are prone to tangles and mats. You will also need to trim the hair around your dog's eyes, nose and mouth to prevent any facial obstructions.
  • Generally, Schnauzers are quite healthy though they are prone to hip issues and eye infections.
  • Schnauzers have lots of energy and require vigorous exercise. If you have a yard, allow your pup to roam freely in it. Engage him in play sessions or take him on walks throughout the day.
  • Do not leave your Schnauzer cooped up inside for long periods of time. She may become destructive.

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