Monday, November 29, 2010

The schnauzer dilemma...

About a month and half ago, I went to the pet shop in order to buy the fish tank filters. (yes, I have a fish tank full of goldfish) and while I was picking the tera filter package my wife and daughter went to see the doggy's...

Long story short... I took home a 3 months old standard schnauzer plus another bunch of crap for the puppy. When I asked for the dogs papers they gave me the vaccination chart because the dog has no pedigree and is not registered. OK fine... I accepted and took the dog home.

To comply with the "sales contract" I had to take him within 7 days to the vet (their vet) to verify if the puppy was defective or something which I did.. The dog had some infection on the ears so I bought the medication and asked for the third multivalent vaccine that was supposed to get applied 8 days later...

Happens to be that the dog got sick 2 days later.... bloody diarrhea. I took him to another vet, made some test and such to find out the dog had parvo...

So, 5 days later, when the diarrhea ended and the pup slightly got his strength back, I started to take him out for short walks; where we ran into other people with other dogs...
Some gal told me that she feels Thomas was kinda small for a standard schnauzer. Inevitably, I started to have my doubts; so I  looked for the schnauzer growth table all over the internet without any luck... just found the miniature schnauzer table.


Well.. Thomas seems to be a miniature schnauzer accordingly...

I asked the vet about the standard schnauzer growth table as I was confused about my dog been a miniature or a standard... and she told me that there is a TOY SCHNAUZER and a TEACUP SCHNAUZER.

People are selling miniature schnauzer as standard schnauzers because of this thing... They relate the not recognized toy/teacup sized schnauzer to the miniature and relate the mini to the standard.

I have no idea who and why they started developing a toy or teacup sized schnauzer.... but I got cougth in between.
As the evidence suggest, my dog is a MINIATURE as described by the Federation Cynologique; which hasn't accepted any variety of schnauzer other than the miniature, standard and giant.

In other words; I got ripped off... BUT the miniature schnauzer is a little bit more expensive as it is more desirable.




1 comment:

  1. When telling the difference between a 2 month-old Standard and a 2 month-old mini, so I was told when I bought my Standard is this: The Standard has longer legs and by gently pulling the pups hind leg forward it should reach the chest, if not it is a mini. My 6 month-old is now 14 inches at withers. I don't know how much bigger he'll get, but I doubt he'll get to 18". I have had many Giants and always wanted a Standard. He is a great dog but wish he would be a little bigger.

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