Tips for adopting a miniature schnauzer include finding the right dog for a specific household by learning all there is to know about the breed and specific dogs available for adoption. Check with local rescues and on sites such as Petfinder to find a miniature schnauzer in a specific area.
Before adopting any dog, potential dog parents should look at the breed as a whole and at individual dogs. Miniature schnauzers are a playful and energetic breed that can be stubborn when it comes to training. They do not shed much and love children. Schnauzers have a high prey drive, meaning they like to chase smaller animals. This tends to be a problem in households with cats, rabbits or other small animals.
This breed requires regular grooming and has a tendency toward liver, eye and skin problems. Schnauzers are good inside dogs that want to spend as much time as possible with the family. Miniature schnauzers grow to be between 12 and 14-inches tall and weigh from 13 to 15 pounds.
When searching for a miniature schnauzer rescue, look for one that is a 501 charity and has a board of volunteers that care about their dogs. Most reputable rescues will respond to inquiries about their dogs in a timely and friendly manner and has no secrets when it comes to how they operate and where they get their dogs. The rescue or foster homes should be clean and all the dogs should appear healthy and well fed. Many rescues will provide references from adoptive parents or veterinarians, making choosing a rescue a little easier.