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Why Schnauzers Are The Worst Dogs

Ever wondered why Schnauzers are the worst dogs according to some? Schnauzers are an obviously attractive breed with a lifespan of 12-15 years. However, as the quote goes, appearances can be misleading. Despite their good-looking appearances, schnauzers have their downsides, too. These downsides make it tough to keep them around. That’s why you must learn how to handle them if you already have one, so you will have an easier time living with your schnauzer.

Why Are Schnauzer Dogs Considered a Bad Breed?

Aside from its lovely appearance, the schnauzer dog breed has some disadvantages. To begin with, the dogs are notorious for their loud barking. Loud dogs are not for everyone. And if you have neighbors who just want a good night’s sleep or an enjoyable, quiet weekend, it could be challenging. Schnauzers will bark if they want to, whether you will like it or not.

Another disadvantage of owning a schnauzer is its tenacity. They are a breed that is noted for their refusal to follow rules and accept change. Even little schnauzers are known to be excellent traveling companions, it will be incredibly tough when they begin to act up. And it’s even tougher when they show their stubbornness in a public place where people go to relax.

In addition, their need for regular care makes another disadvantage of owning a schnauzer dog breed. The dogs may have a gorgeous, wiry coat that is pleasing to the eye. However, this comes with a cost. Schnauzers’ coats are known to shed once every several months.

That being said, you’ll have to keep an eye out for it so you can shave it just before it sheds.  They can leave a lot of fur in and around the house, which would take a long time to clean out. Also, a trip to a groomer can be expensive. And remember that you need to take your schnauzer dog to a groomer multiple times a year.

The schnauzer dog is not an independent breed. Despite the fact that some people may find their clingy tendency to be somewhat adorable, the truth is that most of us have busy lives and don’t always have time to spend with dogs. Schnauzers also require regular exercise to counteract their distrust and barking. They could bark all night if you’re not careful.

Also, schnauzers always seem to be up for playing, so you’ll have to be on the lookout for other animals all the time. When they see other animals like cats, rabbits, or squirrels, they are more prone to bark and chase them. This can make walking them so difficult.

Common Health Issues Affecting Schnauzers

Another reason why most dog owners avoid adopting a schnauzer breed is that they are prone to some health issues. In addition to the fact that taking on the responsibility for keeping this breed is simply too much, they also need a few times of vet visits in a year. You’ll probably find yourself shelling out a few hundred dollars annually for vet visits.

Schnauzers are not tough dogs. There are many health issues that schnauzers frequently have. Kidney stone (Calcium Oxalate Urolithiasis) is one of these illnesses. Most breeds of miniature schnauzers are susceptible to kidney stones, which can also occur in the bladder. Treatment costs for these conditions can be high.

Some of the symptoms of kidney stones in dogs include bloody urine (hematuria), fever, increased or decreased urine production, and poor appetite. Other symptoms include kidney pain, stomach discomfort, and constant vomiting.

The condition known as central hypothyroidism also affects schnauzers. As they get older, schnauzers’ thyroid glands begin to malfunction.

Central hypothyroidism causes either an increase or decrease in thyroid gland size, resulting in hormonal imbalance. This hormonal imbalance can cause skin problems including skin infections, hair loss, greasy coats, scaly appearance, dryness, and itchiness. Schnauzers with central hypothyroidism can also develop ear infections and mental lethargy.

Massive weight gain as a result of a reduced metabolic rate is another common symptom of hormone imbalance. Other common health issues that may affect your miniature or standard schnauzer dog are  Follicular Dermatitis, Pancreatitis, Myotonia Congenita, and Hip Dysplasia. If you already own a schnauzer, make sure you’re reading up on these conditions.

Schnauzer Temperament 

Schnauzers are well-known for their cuteness, intelligence, and bravery. Unfortunately, their fearlessness which seems like a blessing can turn out to be a nightmare. Their adventurous nature, alertness, and fearlessness can result in excessive barking and chasing, which frequently disturbs the serenity.

How To Live With Schnauzers

If you already own a schnauzer, you must educate yourself about its drawbacks in order to better manage it. For example, if you are a busy business owner, you may always hire a sitter while you are at work. Finally, go to the vet and the groomer on a regular basis, and you’ll be fine. If you can’t accomplish it, a schnauzer isn’t the dog breed for you.