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Personally, I allow gestures, I allow very low-key growling, I do not allow lunging, baring of teeth, or hard-*** growling, and I CERTAINLY do not allow fighting. Ever.

Exactly. Friday is very good at telling new dogs the house rules. He's low volume, but he gets his point across. I'm sure that I've lost more than one client when I didn't correct Friday for this to-them aggressive attitude.
Just today a pack (it was only 2, but still a pack!) of Mini Schnauzers (Judy! Are they all high pitched?) came over to check out my operation. The owners were, thankfully, AOK when Friday grrd at the female who snapped at him.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Just today a pack (it was only 2, but still a pack!) of Mini Schnauzers (Judy! Are they all high pitched?) came over to check out my operation. The owners were, thankfully, AOK when Friday grrd at the female who snapped at him.

Not all. You wouldn't find Spenser high-pitched at all. Sassy OTOH has an absolute scream. Think fingernails on the blackboard. Three notes higher and only other dogs could hear it. She has an actual normal bark but when raising the alarm, it's a definite scream. And like 0-60, it comes out of complete silence to slice your eardrums open.
Both dogs also have very nice roo-roos and another similar sound that is best described as a yodel. That one is just a pure joy sound - like they just can't keep it inside anymore.
I find that schnauzers have a play style that not every other breed understands. (And Friday was completely right to grr.) What most other breeds (and their owners) think of as lunging or as a terrier attack, other schnauzers react to as play. When meeting another schnauzer, they will snarl and bark and "attack". Other schnauzers will react by matching the snarling and then they'll be playmates. But like the boxer type of play, it's not universally understood by others.
And, as I'm sure you know, even schnauzers don't have to be allowed to bark just because they want to. They're great at raising an alarm. And they do feed off each other to escalate the alarm level. And they (Sassy more than Spenser) understand that as a pack they can be braver than alone. ("There's two of us - I think we can take 'em.")

Judy
Spenser - Carbor Talk of the Town, AX, OAJ, NAC. NJC, NGC Sassy - Can CH Carbor Back Talk, OA, OAJ, NAC, NJC, TN-N
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Just today a pack (it was only 2, but still ... when Friday grrd at the female who snapped at him.

Not all. You wouldn't find Spenser high-pitched at all.

Thanks for the validation. I know a few Mini Schnauzers from agility but, for the life of me, can't remember their bark. In retrospect, I'm sure that my memory would be clearer if it had been the fingernails on a blackboard screech you mention later.
Sassy OTOH has an absolute scream. Think fingernails on the blackboard. Three notes higher and only other dogs could hear it. She has an actual normal bark but when raising the alarm, it's a definite scream.

That, unfortunately, sounds like Annie. And how Annie will be until she gets used to the people and dogs here. While I may be shuddering at the thought of two shrill dogs, I really respect the honesty of the owners.
I find that schnauzers have a play style that not every other breed understands. (And Friday was completely right to ... the snarling and then they'll be playmates. But like the boxer type of play, it's not universally understood by others.

Friday is becoming multilingual. It didn't take him long before he was being chased around the yard by the intact! male mini Schnauzer (whose name escapes me right now).
And, as I'm sure you know, even schnauzers don't have to be allowed to bark just because they want to.

Yep. Not allowed.
They're great at raising an alarm. And they do feed off each other to escalate the alarm level. And they ... as a pack they can be braver than alone. ("There's two of us - I think we can take 'em.")

Like them little pack critters in Jurassic Park ?

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.