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The Miniboz is a hybrid breed that is half Miniature Schnauzer, half Boston Terrier.

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Breed Information

The best thing to do when looking at a hybrid breed like the Miniboz is to look at the characterstics of its parent breeds. Since a true Miniboz is 50% Boston Terrier and 50% Miniature Schnauzer, they will likely inherit traits from both parents. The following information was obtained from sites like Dog Breed Info and DesignerMixes.org as well as our own experiences.

Breed Description

Miniature Schnauzer The Miniature Schnauzer is a small, squarely-proportioned dog with a long head, bushy beard, mustache and eyebrows. The thick, prominent eyebrows and long mustache are often trimmed to accentuate the dog's square cut shape. The front legs are very straight. The tail is usually docked. The oval eyes are dark colored, and the v-shaped ears fold forward when left natural or are cropped to a point and stand erect. It has a long head, strong muzzle, a well-developed black nose and a scissors bite. Coat colors include salt & pepper, black, white or a harsh black & silver outer coat with a soft undercoat.
Boston Terrier Boston Terriers, also called the Boston bull, are compact and well-muscled dogs. Their faces are unmistakable with a short, wide muzzle, dark, large round eyes set far apart, and small, fine, erect ears. They have a broad, flat head without wrinkles and a short, square muzzle leading to an ample black nose. Its neck is slightly arched and its chest is broad. Its limbs are straight and muscular. Its hair is short, brilliant, and of a fine texture that comes in brindle & white or black & white and some are born brown & white.
Miniboz The coat of the Miniboz is generally brindle in color. The Miniboz can have a flat or long, wiry, scruffy coat. They have pointy or forward-folding ears and a beard.

Breed Temperament

Miniature Schnauzer Very perky and bright-eyed. Loving and intelligent. Energetic, affectionate, and obedient. Playful, happy and alert, they like children. The Miniature Schnauzer enjoys time and companionship from its owner. Without the proper leadership, it can be feisty and fairly dog-aggressive - putting on a show of superiority without necessarily intending to fight. This can be fairly dangerous for the Miniature Schnauzer, who will challenge even large dogs, sometimes bringing more trouble on himself than he really wanted. Socialize this breed well with other dogs when it is still a puppy. If properly introduced, and if the dog does not see himself as pack leader, the Miniature Schnauzer will get along with another dog. They make good companions and family pets. Schnauzers tend to bark a lot, but it does not have a yappy bark it sounds like a low carried-out voice, howl of a voice. They make good guard dogs and mouse catchers. They are excellent watchdogs and are great to travel with. Some can be reserved with strangers, but most love everyone. Socialize well.

Do not allow this little dog to develop Small Dog Syndrome, a human-induced behavior where the dog feels he is pack leader to humans. This can cause a varying degree of behavior problems, including, but not limited to separation anxiety, willful, nervous, barky, guarding, bold and sometimes temperamental, not hesitating to attack much bigger dogs. A mentally stable dog, who gets enough mental and physical exercise will have a totally different personality. These are not Miniature Schnauzer traits, but rather behaviors brought on by the way the dog is treated by the people around him. It is all up to the humans. As soon as the humans start being true pack leaders, the dogs behavior will change for the better.
Boston Terrier The Boston Terrier is gentle, alert, very intelligent, well-mannered and enthusiastic. Without the proper amount of mental and physical exercise they can become rambunctious and a bit high strung. They are very sensitive to the tone of one's voice. Boston's like to learn and therefore are not difficult to train. Their intelligence ensures they pick things up quickly. If the humans around the dog do not display the leadership that all dogs need, they will become willful as they begin to believe they are running the show and need to tell YOU what to do.

Do not allow the Boston Terrier to develop Small Dog Syndrome, human-induced behaviors where the dog believes he is pack leader to humans. This can cause a varying degree of behavior issues. Boston's need a gentle, but firm, confident, consistent pack leader who knows how to display authority over the dog. It is a canine instinct to have a strong leader and this little guy is no exception to the rule. Either the human will be that leader, or the dog will. Some owners have reported that their dogs are good watchdogs barking only when necessary, while other owners have reported their female Boston Terriers do not bark at the door at all. Most reliable with children, especially good with elderly people and very friendly with strangers. The Boston Terrier is playful, very affectionate and likes to be part of the family. Very popular in the United States, due above all to its excellent character. They generally get along well with non-canine pets. Without proper leadership from humans communicating to the dog what is acceptable behavior and what is not, they can become dominant and may fight with other dogs. These little dogs may be difficult to housebreak.
Miniboz The Miniboz is a great family dog. They are very intelligent and good with children. They are quite happy to sleep downstairs away from the family if required and do not feel the need to be constantly by your side. The Miniboz is an energetic dog who is lots of fun and loves to go for a run or a bike ride. Due to their intelligence and eagerness to please, they are adept at learning tricks. They can need up to two walks a day to satisfy their energy level, but tend to do well in an apartment. Typically the Miniboz barks very little and only makes noise when particularly excited.
For more common temperament traits, see the Miniature Schnauzer and Boston Terrier descriptions above, as well as the notes on Small Dog Syndrome about why it's so important to see your Miniboz as an animal/dog first and become its pack leader (just because it's small doesn't mean it can't cause trouble).

Breed Size

Miniature Schnauzer Height: 12-14 inches (30-36cm.)
Weight: 10-15 pounds (5-7kg)
Boston Terrier Height: 15-17 inches (38.1-43cm.)
Weight: 10-25 pounds (4.5-11.3kg.)
Miniboz Height: 12-17 inches (30-43cm.)
Weight: 10-25 pounds (4.5-11.3kg)

Breed Living Conditions

Miniature Schnauzer The Miniature Schnauzer is a good dog for apartment life. It is fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard.
Boston Terrier Boston Terriers are good for apartment as well as country living. They are relatively inactive indoors and do okay without a yard. This breed is sensitive to weather extremes.
Miniboz The Miniboz is good for apartment life and can be good for country living. They can be active or inactive indoors, and will do okay without a yard. They may be sensitive to weather extremes.

Breed Health, Exercise, and Grooming

Miniature Schnauzer The Miniature Schnauzer is generally expected to live around 15 years.

This is usually a healthy breed. Although some are prone to suffer from kidney stones, liver disease, skin disorders, von Willebrand's disease, diabetes, liver ailments and cysts. Also hereditary eye problems. Eyes of breeding stock should be checked for this. Do not overfeed the Schnauzer, for he tends to gain weight easily.

The wiry coat is reasonably easy to look after, but unless it is combed or brushed daily with a short wire brush, it will become matted. Clip out any knots. The animal should be clipped all over to an even length twice a year, in spring and fall, but this is a job best left to an expert. Trim around the eyes and ears with blunt-nosed scissors and clean the whiskers after meals. On pet dogs the coat is usually clipped short on the upper body and left somewhat longer on the under-parts, legs and head. Show dogs require trimming and hand stripping instead of clipping. This breed sheds little to no hair and is a good dog for allergy sufferers.

These energetic little dogs need daily, long, brisk, walks, and love play sessions off the leash.
Boston Terrier The Boston Terrier is generally expected to live around 15 years.

These short-faced dogs may have breathing difficulties when stressed by exertion in hot or cold weather and can overheat if they are pushed too hard. They may also snore or drool. Whelping is often difficult as the pelvis is narrow and the large headed pups are often delivered by cesarean section. Heart and skin tumors are common problems in this breed. The prominent eyes are prone to injury. Some badly bred Boston Terriers may have a bone defect in the skull that stunts brain growth, resulting in a retarded dog.

The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary. Wipe the face with a damp cloth every day and clean the prominent eyes carefully. Check both the ears and eyes for grass seeds. Ticks may also lurk in the ears. The nails should be clipped from time to time. This breed is an average shedder.

A long daily walk and sessions of free play in a fenced-in yard are all the Boston Terrier needs to stay in shape. They are fairly light weight and can easily be carried.
Miniboz The Miniboz is generally expected to live around 15 years.

For potential health concerns, see above. Some people believe that hybrid breeds are less prone to disease than the dogs they are bred from, but it is still good to be aware of potential health issues.

For grooming, see the above information about characteristics your Miniboz displays. The Miniboz generally does not shed and must therefore be groomed on occasion (2-4 times a year. Trim an even length but leave a beard). They are also regarded as hypoallergenic and can be good for allergy sufferers.

The Miniboz is an energetic dog who is lots of fun and loves to go for a run or a bike ride. They can need one to three walks a day to satisfy their energy level. When allowed to run off the leash, the Miniboz is often extremely fast and will continue going until you ask them to stop (don't let them exercise too strenuously for long in hot weather or they could overheat themselves).

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