About the Miniature Schnauzer Dog Breed
The Miniature Schnauzer is a small terrier known by its admirers for being charming and intelligent, but can also serve as a watch dog due to its protective nature. This breed easily adapts to a wide range of lifestyles.
Miniature Schnauzer Physical Characteristics
The Miniature Schnauzer is small and robust with a rectangular head featuring V-shaped eyebrows. This breed is known for their thick whiskers and leg furnishings. It resembles the Standard Schnauzer with ears and tail that are set high and ranges in size between 12 to 14 inches tall. A female may have a more refined head and lighter neck.
The Miniature Schnauzer can be seen in a variety of colors and color combinations, including salt and pepper, black, silver and white.
The Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat with a hard, wiry outer coat and soft, dense undercoat, which is noticeably longer around the eyebrows, legs and muzzle.
Miniature Schnauzer Personality and Temperament
Moderate to High
When trained properly, the Miniature Schnauzer is good with children and gets along well with other dogs.
Things to Consider
Their coat requires combing every week in addition to shaping and scissoring. The Miniature Schnauzer is often inclined to barking behavior.
Miniature Schnauzer Care
Ideal Living Conditions
The Miniature Schnauzer is capable of living outdoors in temperate or warm climates. However, it is suggested to keep them indoors with the family based on their emotional needs.
The breed requires regular grooming and coat maintenance.
Miniature Schnauzer Health
The following conditions are commonly seen in Miniature Schnauzers:
- Mycobacterium avium infections
- Retinal dysplasia
- Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
- Von Willebrand’s disease
- Myotonia congenita
- Schnauzer comedo syndrome
Miniature Schnauzer History and Background
The Miniature Schnauzer origins can be traced back to Germany in the late 19th-century. Originally this breed was used to keep rats and vermin away from farms. It is believed that they were derived from the Standard Schnauzer by crossbreeding Affenpinschers and Poodles with small Standards. Ironically, the word “Schnauzer” means “small beard” in German.
The breed is a member of the Terrier Group, which was recognized in 1926 by the American Kennel Club. In 1933, the AKC grouped the Miniature and the Standard Schnauzers into two separate breeds. Today, the Miniature Schnauzer is the smallest and most popular among the Schnauzers.