Wednesday, April 23, 2008


1999-Mariah (this post will make much more since when you see the next post!!)Mariah is a miniature schnauzer. She is my dog. I got her when I lived at Dartmouth Place apartments. I grew up being a dog lover and we always have had a schnauzer for a dog. Now that I live alone and am away at college I got a dog to keep me company. I loved feeling a little safer too having Mariah as my guard dog. Mariah is now 10 years old and still with us.

About schnauzers: The Miniature Schnauzer is a breed of small dog of the Schnauzer type that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century. Miniature Schnauzers developed from crosses between the Standard Schnauzer and one or more smaller breeds such as the Poodle, Miniature Pinscher, or Affenpinscher. The breed remains one of the most popular, and is currently the 11th most popular breed in the U.S

Temperament: The Official Standard of the Miniature Schnauzer describes temperament as "Alert and spirited, yet obedient to command. Friendly, intelligent and willing to please. They should never be overaggressive or timid." As such they tend to be excellent watchdogs. They are often guarded of strangers until the owners of the home welcome the guest, upon which they are typically very friendly to them. "Miniature Schnauzers are not by nature aggressive, as are some of their Terrier cousins. They should be relatively fearless. Once mature, the Schnauzer has a strongly developed territorial instinct. He is an ideal guard dog as he defends vocally rather than physically. ... A good Schnauzer will bark at anyone who may appear a threat to his home....... Schnauzers are not random, incessant barkers. They are discriminating and intelligent guard dogs that assume this duty naturally."

Mariah continues to be a great dog and we all love her very much! I am sure she loves that there are kids in the house now that constantly feed her treats!

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