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A Great Companion

02/12/2014

Today’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Hector, a very handsome silver miniature schnauzer. Hector comes to see us every six weeks for his bath and trim. He’s so used to the routine that he knows when to turn as we work on him.

Miniature schnauzers have six distinguishing traits:

  • Furry coat
  • Beard and moustache
  • Perky and alert
  • Childlike and affectionate
  • Obedient and loyal
  • Feisty and competitive
Hector the silver schnauzer.

Hector the silver schnauzer.

Schnauzers are very intelligent and easy to train, but they are often fearless. They will sometimes go after much larger dogs and are pretty territorial. They make an ideal guard dog as they don’t usually bark a lot unless they sense a threat.

Miniature Schnauzers should be brushed regularly to avoid matting. To look their best, these dogs need regular professional grooming. The facial hair requires regular trimming to keep them looking cute and “Schnauzery”.

Hector the silver schnauzer on the grooming table

Hector looks handsome after his bath and clip.

The Miniature Schnauzer is a popular choice because they are hypoallergenic and non-shedding dogs. They are a good dog for apartment dwellers or someone with a house and yard. Miniature Schnauzers are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard. They are energetic little dogs that need daily exercise.

Having a Miniature Schnauzer can almost be like having a child—but in a good way. They are alert, perky and playful, but they need guidance to learn manners and obedience. The more you give—whether playtime, constructive games or good old-fashioned attention—the better they get. They love to feel involved in family occasions and will make trouble if they feel ignored.

We hope to see your fuzzy little friends at the Klip Joint soon!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. 02/12/2014 10:35 am

    He is so cute.

  2. 02/12/2014 3:34 pm

    so cute

  3. 02/18/2014 11:01 am

    Hi, I’ve been off my blog for awhile and wonder how those doggies are doing?!

  4. 02/19/2014 9:35 am

    Hector is adorable! In between grooming visits, is there a way to minimize the brown discoloration on their facial fur or is that just par for the course?

    • 02/19/2014 3:02 pm

      Facial discoloration is common for some dog breeds. Gently washing the dog’s face each day with a warm wash cloth might help reduce it. Don’t use any harsh cleansers that could get in the dog’s eyes. If the brown color is from tearing, be sure to mention it to your vet so he can check the dog’s eyes to make sure there isn’t anything wrong there.

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