Liver Schnauzers California Breeders Raise Can Make Great Canine Companions

By Marie Hall

Pets add a lot to the lives of their owners. They can be teaching tools for parents with children. Kids have to learn the responsibility that comes with pet ownership. For others cats and dogs are dear companions and sometimes the only interaction they have with other living things on a daily basis. Since they are so important to owners, it is equally important to choose an animal with the right kind of temperament and living requirements. For many the liver Schnauzers California breeders raise fits the bill.

With their full beards, prominent eyebrows, and short, stocky build, the Schnauzer is a delight to look at. These dogs originated in Germany more than five hundred years ago. They were bred to herd livestock, control vermin, and to act as guard dogs for farmers and their families. They often accompanied the farmer to the market in order to guard his crops. The Schnauzer is considered a working dog and has been placed in that group by the American Kennel Club.

A standard size Schnauzer will be a little less than two feet tall and weigh slightly less than fifty pounds when it is fully grown. They have an average life span of 13 to 16 years. A Schnauzer will have a coat color of black, salt and pepper, or liver, which is a chocolate version of the salt and pepper. Their coats are wiry and dense, but soft underneath. Grooming regularly is a necessity with their beards brushed out every day.

These are extremely intelligent little dogs. They are curious, inventive, and imaginative. This can be a good thing, and a very challenging one. A Schnauzer can be very creative when he wants his own way. The dogs require owners who can stay in charge in the relationship.

Being protective is in a Schnauzer's blood. He will bark and be ready to defend his home and family, but won't have trouble greeting a stranger who has been welcomed into his home. As with every pet, the Schnauzer must be socialized early in order to keep them from becoming nervous and shy with humans.

This breed is usually very good with children. They tend to be tolerant and patient, and are playful enough to make good companions for even young kids. It is important however not to leave a small youngster and a pet alone together. There needs to be an adult in attendance at all times to make sure both the child and dog are safe.

Schnauzers do not have a lot of health problems. Other than eye issues and hip dysplasia, which are common to most breeds, they don't seem to inherent diseases or conditions. It is a good idea to get a copy of the parents' health clearances for the Orthopedic and Canine Eye Registry Foundations.

Training a Schnauzer should be easy because he is so smart. They also have minds of their own and aren't usually interested in repetitive instruction. Crating them to house train them is the the most effective way to teach acceptable behaviors. All in all the Schnauzer make a great addition to households and great companions for their owners.

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