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Jul
24

Anonymous said: That's interesting. Can you tell me more about schnauzer genetics? I'm sorry if I'm bothering you, this is just very interesting.

Oh, yeah, I can.

Pepper and salt schnauzers are very interesting. Their colour seems to be a mixture of wild colours, so they’re actually agouti when you think about it, but at the same time they’re not. Pepper and salt only seems to exist in two breeds, schnauzers and wiry dachshunds. 
Let’s say pepper and salt is “ap”. There are two types of pepper and salt, “apap”, they look more grey, and then there’s “apat”, they are darker. Then there’s the pepper and salt mutation, black and silver, but they’re “atat”. Black silvers were actually shown as pepper and salt for a long time, no one really thought about it, but their genes aren’t the same… and they obviously are a lot darker than pepper and salt. Pepper and salt also have some greying going on, but black silvers do too! You don’t notice it when they’re groomed, but if they’re unstripped you can see a grey overlay. 
Black and silvers obviously have some black, but they are “kk” so they are recessive to black.
There’s also a very rare gene in Schnauzers, “Em”, but they have a mask. It only affects the pepper and salts, they will have a black or very dark grey masks. It’s incredibly rare but it happens.

Black Miniature schnauzers are “BB”, which means they are all black with black pigment, but then there are schnauzers with poor genetics that are actually brownish with more greyish pigment. They are “KK” so their genes are dominant.

White Schnauzers are “ee”, which actually means they can’t produce normal, black pigment… but a lot of them do have black noses, black paw pads, and dark skin so some breeders refused to believe it. This has been confirmed by genetic testing though at few different labs.

I could do more but I actually have to go. But I might tell you more about their genetics later- also about the “new” genetics (merle, liver, “white chocolate”, etc. Basically designer schnauzers)

Jul
24

Anonymous said: Thank you! I'm consider getting a schnauzer and I wanted a less common colour. I live in Germany so it should be quite be easy for me to get a mini. Do you know any breeder in Germany or on the mainland? Thank you in advance!

Oh, I think you’ll be very happy with a Miniature Schnauzer, they are great, sturdy little dogs.

I do know few breeders on the mainland, yes. 

Taita’s of Ushabti in Germany. I know two dogs from them personally, whites, and they are fab. They have great working temperaments and are very easy going and confident, and very healthy. The older one is eight but a show judge said he could be a three year old. 

Mengo Celebration  in Poland. Their website is annoying but they have great dogs. I know one dog from them and he’s so great, has the sweetest temperament and is very healthy.

Wild Rane in the Czech Republic. They are so great! They do a lot with their dogs, obedience, agility, tracking and schutzhund. I know one dog from them and she’s so so great. Very outgoing, happy, confident dog- like most of their dogs. 

Hildebert’s in Lativa. They use very old lines so their dogs have very harsh coats and true terrier temperaments. They also specialize in working type Miniature Schnauzers. 


Jul
24

Anonymous said: What colour in schnauzer is the most common one?

Black in all three sizes. Black is also dominant to the other colours so you can get a black pup even if you bred two pepper and salt dogs together. Pepper and salt is actually getting pretty rare in Giants, finding a pepper and salt Giant Schnauzer is very, very difficult- especially a well bred one. 

Black and silver is probably the second most common colour in Miniature Schnauzers. A lot of people think it’s the same colour as pepper and salt, not surprisingly since people tend to mix pepper and salt with black and silver and it’s very stupid, both colours are dominant so you’ll basically get a very odd mix of both colours. They cannot be shown that way and many kennel clubs won’t register a b/s p/s mixed dog.

Pepper and salt and white are pretty much even, which is surprising. White is recessive to the other three colours. Sometimes if you mate a white dog to a pepper and salt you can get one white pup IF there’s a white dog in the pepper and salt dog’s pedigree. But often when you mate a white to pepper and salt you get black… just shows how dominant the black colour is. Whites are also simple to breed if you have a great foundation, there are no major colour faults in them (like brown coat in blacks) and show judges are usually not strict, though black pigment and all white coat is desired. Whites actually tend to have a more working temperament than the other three colours because they are so new, so they are more terrier like.

Pepper and salt are slowly losing their popularity because they are so difficult to breed. Colour faults are very common, pepper and salts are supposed to be more pepper and salt but way too many are too light. They are supposed to have a dark mask, dark ears and just overall a dark colour, like this guy, CH.  Zelebrität Jackpot .

… The reply didn’t have to be this long, but I like talking about schnauzers. 

Jul
24
Jul
23

Anonymous said: would you ever rehome your dog?

No. Never.

Jul
23

Just read an article, from PETA, about dogs on vegetarian diet. In the article they actually claim meat is dangerous to dogs and shortens their lives.

… I don’t really understand PETA.

Jul
23

Anonymous said: Is it normal for a German Sheppard to have an arched back? I mean really round this dog looked horrible

It’s not normal for any dog, no, it’s actually very unhealthy… but German Shepherds, especially show lines, tend to have arched back and look like frogs. I don’t know why it got so popular and desired.