schnauzer miniature


Rejoice! ‘Tis the Loki of Spring here to bless you with his bushy beard and smol size!

emoji reviews: wolf face

Apple’s weird shading almost works for this one if the lighting wasn’t all over the place. But those cold, emotionless eyes and ears that look like they forgot to draw them in until a second pass… 2/5 Unintentionally Scary.

A cheeky, mischievious boy. What’s he up to? Wolf things, probably. 4/5 Love that mischief.

Microsoft’s style really works in this ones favour. Consistent triangularness. A pointy lad in all the right places. 5/5 Full Points

An adorable little puppy! Doesn’t look much like a wolf though. Ears too pointy. And is that hair? 2/5 Possible fursuit head.

Hey so this is a cat? 0/5 Cat.

Something feels missing here. I can see what they were going for, but did somebody take a bite out of this one? 2/5 Fix him.

A realistic friend and boy. Not much to say here. Sure is a wolf I guess. Can’t complain. 4/5 No imagination required.

Lopsided as ever. Hey buddy, the camera is over here. What’s with the red eyes? Go full spooky or not at all. 1/5 Might be a werewolf.

*Points at Miniature Schnauzer* look at my wolfdog. 0/5 No.

This wolf hasn’t slept in three years. Look at the bags under his eyes. His muzzle looks like it’s drooping down. I’ve never seen a sadder emoji in my life. 3/5 Somebody save this poor pup.

Have you guys ever seen The Brave Little Toaster? You know the air conditioner? Yeah that’s him. Toaster/10

Interesting approach, yet somehow has only created the lumpiest awoo of all. 2/5 $300 Fine


Loki and I searched out some super bright murals to take photos in front of while he was wearing his super bright rain/winter coat. Gawd. He goes from handsome to adorable in the span of two photos, I swear. Next photo outing I’m going to try to find more pastel walls. <3

this is my stanley. he’s almost two but looks like a little old man. he loves running, treats, and cuddling. i’m not sure of his breed, i rescued him from a shelter a year ago. they think miniature schnauzer and pug but i think chihuahua instead of pug. - katie fee

Breed opinion/analysis/takedown posts Masterlist

And now because nobody asked for it, here’s a list of the bred posts that have been done so far.

And bonus:

And the breeds I have declined to write about:

  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Icelandic Sheepdog
  • ‘Shorkies’
  • Black Russian Terrier
  • Great Pyranese
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Mudi Dogs
  • Rat Terrier
  • Caucasia Mountain Dog
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Leonberger
  • South African Boerbel
  • Kangal Dog
  • Anatolian Shepherd
  • Nebelung Cats
  • Indian Spitz
  • Swedish Elkhound
  • Catahoula Leopard Dog

With about 30 breeds waiting in the queue.

anonymous asked:

Ever post anything about Miniature Schnauzers? I've been having constant nightmares about mine recently. (Came for the veterinary info, stayed for the breed (mythological creatures too!) info.)

.Oh my anonymous friend, let me tell you about miniature Schnauzers. I have much to say about these little dogs.

Before I go too far, these posts are about the breed from a veterinary viewpoint as seen in clinical practice, i.e. the problems we are faced with. It’s not the be-all and end-all of the breed and is not to make a judgement about whether the breed is right for you. If you are asking for an opinion about these animals in a veterinary setting, that is what you will get. It’s not going to be all sunshine and cupcakes, and is not intended as a personal insult against your favorite breed. This is general advice for what is common, often with a scientific consensus but sometimes based on personal experiences, and is not a guarantee of what your dog is going to encounter in their life. 

Originally posted by bellarinadejour

Although having said that disclaimer, there is one condition in particular that it would not surprise me at all if every miniature schnauzer ends up having at least once in their life…

Ah, pancreatitis. Mini schnauzer with abdominal pain? Pancreatitis. Vomiting? Pancreatitis. Diarrhoea? Pancreatitis. Not wagging its tail properly? Pancreatitis. There is no other breed of dog I’ve encountered that seems to be so exquisitely sensitive to this condition.

Honestly, on one occasion I saw a mini schnauzer for an ear infection, but because I did a full clinical exam identified abdominal pain and subsequently confirmed pancreatitis on a blood test.

Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed, often leaking its own digestive enzymes into itself. Symptoms vary in severity. A very mild case may result in a dog just being off their food for a day, and the owner almost calling the vet clinic, but then not bothering when the dog eats and looks normal the next morning. Or they can be so sick they present recumbent with a massive fever, can’t keep even water down, and have so much damage to their pancreas that they become diabetic.

In my experience mini schnauzers spend a lot of the time with the mild to moderate forms of pancreatitis, maybe enough to recover with a single shot each of pain relief and anti-nausea medication, or a 3-5 day stay in hospital. However if these episodes are ignored, or if a momentary lapse allows the dog access to high fat foods, they often have severe or catastrophic pancreatitis episodes. Also, the more episodes of pancreatitis they have, the more likely they are to have another, more severe episode in the future.

I don’t know if this is what you’ve been having nightmares about. Pancreatitis is more common in older dogs, which you can’t do anything about, but it’s also often triggered by diet. Many of our mini schnauzer patients end up on low fat diets for this reason, several of them on prescription ultra-low fat diets. At least this is a factor that you can control.

Related to the strict dietary control that this breed often needs, Dental Disease can be a significant problem. Bone marrow is hugely fatty, and some of these dogs will end up hospitalized if they get to chew on a bone, or chicken neck. I cannot emphasize enough how sensitive some of these dogs are to dietary fat. Consequently many of them can’t tolerate the usual things we encourage dogs to chew for dental health, and these dogs often end up needing dental treatments and extractions. 

Also related to pancreatitis, Diabetes Mellitus is more common in this breed, but considering that it can develop secondary to pancreatitis that shouldn’t be a surprise.

The breed is reputed to be prone to a number of eye diseases, but the only one I’ve come across with relative frequency has been cataracts. These can also form secondary to diabetes. 

Another possible factor that might contribute to pancreatitis in these dogs (and the hyperlipidaemia thought to cause it) is hypothyroidism. This endocrine condition slows their metabolism and produces changes in the hair coat, but also results in higher blood cholesterol and lipid levels.

A number of these dogs have historically ended up on cortisone for Allergies or Atopy. These vary in how problematic they are for the dog, but they are certainly frustrating to treat.

Ear infections are also fairly common, and while they may be worsened with allergies or atopy, it is the densely packed fur growing from the canal that traps moisture and predisposes these dogs to problems. The hairy canals are not fixed by cropping, claiming they are is a weak excuse for an outdated and unnecessary surgical modification.

Mini Schnauzers are at increased risk for developing Calcium Oxalate bladder stones, which is not the most common stone seen in dogs so diets claiming to prevent urinary crystals or stones are not always appropriate for this breed. Some are, but it’s important to check.

And lastly I see a fair number of these dogs with Back Pain, which sometimes is associated with a bulging intervertebral disc. So quite a lot to say about the miniature schnauzer, but most of it is related to consuming fat in amounts that would be normal for other dogs.

These are my two babies, Bubba and Forrest. They’re both miniature schnauzers and they are the loves of my life. Bubba is 11 years old and Forrest is 5 months old. They bring me so much joy so hopefully they can make someone else smile too (:

Max, Miniature Schnauzer, N 5th & Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY • “He acts like a grandpa when he meets other dogs – he growls at them.”

My dog can make spaghetti

So I have a story that I know I’ve told before but I’m not sure if I’ve told it on here. It’s about my 8 year old Labrador/Golden/German Shepard mix. Her name is Harley and her main goal in life is to make her family proud of her, and the day that I am about to tell you about is the day we became so proud that we just didn’t know what to say. It was the day we realized how great of a dog she was and how much we loved her.

It was the day she made spaghetti.

I guess to make this story more understandable, I have to tell you the circumstances of it. This was back in 2011, when Harley was only 2. We only had her and my miniature schnauzer, Piggy (age 5) at the time. My family had recently gone through some issues, from my medical problems to my mom being demoted and then my stepdad dislocating his shoulder. We had close to no money so in order to make it work we ate cheap foods. This included oatmeal for breakfast, ramen for lunch, and chicken for dinner. And when chicken got too expensive, we would have spaghetti because it was cheap and almost always on sale.

Well September rolled around and spaghetti was on sale (10 boxes of noodles for $10 and sauce was 20 for $10) so we stocked up. Towards the end of September, we hadn’t touched the spaghetti ingredients that we had bought, so we had exactly 10 boxes of pasta and 20 jars of ragu sauce.

It was about September 25th or so that my sister and I had to go out of town for something family-related. We were gone for 3 days and our dogs were not doing well. Harley, especially, was heartbroken because it was the first time we were gone from the house for a long time. She would spend her days and nights by the front door, waiting for us to come home.

On the last day of our trip, Harley was alone with Piggy because my mom and stepdad both had to go back to work (they had the two days off before). I guess in Harley’s mind we left because she was no good. She thought she was the reason we left. She believed we didn’t love her anymore because she was a problem.

She wanted to change that.

My sister and I show up at home at about 2pm on the last day and as we open the door, we notice Piggy is nowhere to be seen, which usually means Harley did something wrong, because Piggy hates getting involved with stuff like that. We turn the corner from the front door and see what Harley has done.

Our pantry was open and on the floor in front of it was 20 broken glass jars of ragu sauce and 10 torn-open boxes of angel hair pasta. The sauce was spread over the pasta strategically and Harley was very obviously proud of herself. My sister turned to Harley to tell her she was a bad dog, but stopped once she saw her, because on my dog’s face was the biggest, proudest, most loving smile. A smile that said, “look! I helped!”

We teared up and smiled with her. We were proud of her, and we were amazed with how smart she was. With all the things in the pantry to chose from, she chose the sauce and spaghetti noodles. She didn’t touch the ramen or the rice.

She made spaghetti because she knew we had that a lot. She wanted to make food for us.

My dog made us spaghetti.

Oh, hello! I didn’t see you there! I was too distracted by this amazingly perfect animated illustration by @saracastically! I’ve had more than a few people refer to Loki as a wise old wizard dog and so I commissioned Sara to make that inference an adorable reality! It is so so SO Loki down to the perturbed look as the a-little-too-big wizard hat slides down his face. It was well worth the wait and I HIGHLY recommend grabbing a slot whenever she opens her commissions!