Ben was almost dead when we rescued him. He was emaciated, night was long and stringy and sparse, he had hook worms and kennel cough and didn't have the strength to lift his head and swallow. We nursed him back to health and now he is fit, he gained 10 pounds, grew 2 inches and now has a thick and luxurious coat. We were only told that they thought he was a terrier mix and was 2 years old. He was rescued from a boarder in Miami.
Ben looks like a Schnauzers, but he now weighs 23 pounds, so I don't know whether that makes him a standard or miniature. He has all the Schnauzers characteristics and is parti colored. Is he a standard that is small because he was malnourished or is he just an unusually large mini? Not that it matters, I love him dearly.
Ben seems to not have had toys before we got him. I had to show him what they were for. When he regained his strength, the first thing he did was to very neatly line up his toys in a straight row and lay down next to them. Now he keeps them in a basket and I have seen him put toys back in the basket and then search through them for a specific toy.
Even though we have a fully fenced yard, I have to take him out on a leash. The few times we tried to let him run, he chased our chickens and ducks and ended up in the duck pond! I do take him once a week to my Mom's house for play dates with her Dachshund. Their yard is fenced and they have a doggie door, so he can come and go and run as he pleases. I even got him a car seat, which he loves.
In the past we have had a couple of Cocker Spaniels and a few Shelties. Ben is our first Schnauzer and we love the breed! The best thing about him is that he loves our adult autistic son who lives with us. Our last Sheltie barked at him all the time. Ben just loves him and nuzzles him. They even play fetch together.