The Miniature Schnauzer
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Miniature Schnauzer dog also known as the Mini Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer, also called Mini Schnauzer, a product of Germany, is believed to have resulted from a crossing of the Standard Schnauzer with Affenpinschers and perhaps Poodles or Miniature Pinschers. They were exhibited as a distinct breed as early as 1899. The Schnauzer breed takes its name from one of its kind, a show dog winner by that name, “Schnauzer”, at the 1879 Hanover Show in Germany. The name “schnauz bart” means “conspicuous moustache or beard”. It was first used as a barnyard ratter and many still exhibit that typical terrier dog rodent prey trait today. Although introduced to the North American continent in 1925, it never gained much popularity in America, until 1946 when one went Best in Show at a prestigious event. A national breed club was formed in the United States in 1933 followed eighteen years later, in 1951, by a similar club in Canada.
The Miniature Schnauzer or Mini Schnauzer is a robust, active terrier dog type, resembling his larger cousin, the Standard Schnauzer, in not only general appearance but also of alert active disposition. The Miniature Schnauzer is spirited, yet obedient to command. Friendly, spunky, intelligent, and willing to please, it should never be over-aggressive or timid. A Mini Schnauzer is sturdily built, with plenty of bone, and is nearly square. The coat is a double one, hard and wiry, with a close undercoat. The typical color is pepper and salt in shades of grey, tan shading is permissible. Black is the only solid color allowed. The Miniature Schnauzer is happy anywhere, from a small apartment, to spacious suburban living. Its coat only sheds a little, but should have a brushing three times a week. Its intelligence make it a highly trainable dog. It makes an excellent watchdog, but some may bark a lot. Its good nature, liking of children and bonding to the whole family make it an excellent choice for family pet. Like all puppies, a Miniature Schnauzer puppy will benefit by some formal obedience training.
Height: 12 to 14 in. (30 – 36 cm), at withers
Weight: 13 to 15 lb. (5.9 – 6.8 kg)
Other Name: Zwergschnauzer
Life Expectancy: 12 – 14 years