We live with & sail with a female Miniature schnauzer called "Malibu" (our fur-kid) named after the rum
As a breed, M/S's don't shed...they don't have any "dog odour" & best of all they are VERY smart...she knows lots of tricks, was house broken in two weeks (she came to us at 11wks old) & has a vocabulary of about 100 words that we know she understands.
M/S's have to go to the groomers every 5wks & they have a stubborn streak that needs to be addressed by proper training...they will dominate you if they are allowed to.
They are also VERY attached to their family
members & obviously sulk when "pack members..to them" are not all together...they get VERY happy when the family
is all together again...& often do a snoopy "happy dance" when everyone is back together again. If a window is available they will stand watch for hours on end.
The breed was originally developed to control "varments" on farms in Germany
& so they have a HUGE "chase & kill" instinct when it comes to anything smaller than they are...& often critters that are bigger too.
The thing that I love most about the breed is that they are very vocal...a thing called "schnauzer-talk" & althought excessive barking can be annoying (proper training will help with this) when they make eye contact with you & "warble" to try to get you to understand something, it's very cute.
Malibu is 20lbs (a bit big for a M/S) of sturdy muscle & moxy attitude...she sends out the alarm
if anyone dares come too close to the boat & has never been a problem aboard.
She & the Admiral cuddle up when we are under way & when we are pulling into port she gets put into her folding canvas
kennel that we keep in the salon
to contain her until we're secured.
A mini schnauzer is a great size for a boat dog & the fact that she does not shed or smell makes for a happy time for the Admiral & I.
Malibu has a page on our website.