Caring for a Schnairedale
Feeding: The Schnairedale has no tendency to overeat when given proper meals and no table scraps. They eat at their own leisure and pace.
Living with a Schnairedale
Personality: The Schnairedale is a playful, affectionate and fun dog. They have a willful nature and are not for weak owners or people looking for a "baby" as they need a firm and masterful leader. An untrained Schnairedale will become a destructive and rebellious, noisy dog.
Temperament: The Schnairedale is a loving, loyal, protective, playful, fun, intelligent, willful, hilarious and comical dog.
Family Dog: The Schnairedale makes a good family pet when properly trained. They have excellent guarding instincts and are lots of fun. Care should be taken around children as the Schnairedale likes to jump and they can be rambunctious and nip.
Shedding: The Schnairedale has a non-shedding coat.
Grooming: The coat of the Schnairedale needs to be maintained around the face. The coat can become long and "shaggy" if left. Requires some grooming at home about every 1 to 3 days and 2-3 times per year by a professional is advised.
Training: The Schnairedale needs a lot of training. If you don't feel confident, buy books or attend classes because this dog needs consistent and kind but firm training. The Schnairedale needs some guidance to stop jumping up at people in their excitement.
Behavior: The Schnairedale is generally a good dog but needs a lot of training. They are eager to learn but may complain about being told what to do until you have proven your "top dog" status.
Barking: The Schnairedale barks a lot at strangers and needs training to minimize the barking.
Exercise: The Schnairedale needs to be walked often. They love long rambles in the woods and sniff a lot. A bored, under-exercised Schnairedale can be a destructive dog so be warned. It's not the dog's fault if the only input and excitement it gets is from eating the sofa!
Physical Ability: After one year of age, Schnairedales are excellent candidates for agility training as they are lithe, agile and can run very fast.
Living Conditions: The Schnairedale is suitable for most living arrangements but they do need a fair amount of exercise.
Appearance: The Schnairedale has an appearance similar to that of the Schnauzer but with red or ginger highlights. They have the Schnauzer beard and expressive eyebrows.
Size: The size of the Schnairedale can very widely depending on the size of the parents. A Miniature Schnauzer cross weighs between 30 to 40 pounds. A Standard Schnauzer cross will weigh between 40 to 60 pounds. The Giant Schnauzer cross can weigh up to 90 pounds or more.
Companionship: The Schnairedale makes a wonderful companion.
Eyes: The eyes of the Schnairedale are beautiful and expressive. They are very trusting when they get to know you and it shows through their eyes.
Ears: The Schnairedale has floppy ears which show many expressions.
Teeth/Bite: The teeth of the Schnairedale are sharp and powerful. The Schnauzer and Airedale are terriers and were working dogs in Germany and northern England. They were bred to chase and chew as such they are both power chewers leading to the powerful jaws of the Schnairedale that can shred most standard dog toys.
Body: The Schnairedale has an athletic build.
Tail: The tail of the Schnairedale can be undocked, long and very waggy.
Color: The coat of the Schnairedale is salt and pepper with red.
Life Expectancy: The average life expectancy of the Schnairedale is 12 to 15 years.
Health: The Schnairedale is generally a hardy dog. They may have a tendency to skin complaints and hip dysplasia.
Skin Health: The Schnairedale can be prone to dermatitis or skin irritations.
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** Not all dogs being represented by this name consist of the exact percentages listed above.
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