Miniature Schnauzer

Appearance

A small grey Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzer Quick Summary
Also Known As
OriginGermany
LineagePedigree
SizeSmall
Height (at withers)12-14in (30-36cm)
Weight13-19lbs (6-9kg)
Hair Colour(s)Black, white
Lifespan12-15 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size3-5
SheddingLow
GroomingHigh
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsLow
Ease of trainingHigh
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftMedium

The Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog with a sturdy and square build. The body has a deep and broad chest, a strong and straight top-line that is higher at the front, very straight and rigid front legs and a small, docked upright tail. The long head has a prominent muzzle, forward folding or cropped upright angular ears, dark elliptical eyes, a dark nose, and a characteristic bushy beard, moustache and eyebrows. The coat is harsh and wiry, and the colouring tends to be black, white, a salt and pepper combination, or black and silver.

Temperament

Miniature Schnauzers are sociable and friendly dogs with pleasant and playful dispositions. Loyal, devoted, and affectionate, they make excellent companions and family pets, although excessive barking can sometimes be a problem. Curious and lively, they love play and attention, and like with many other breeds, early socialisation is a good idea to help to develop a stable and confident attitude. Although these dogs can can be a little stubborn and headstrong at times, they are intelligent, quick to learn and eager to please, which generally makes them easy to train and housebreak. For this reason they are suitable for both novice and experienced dog owners. Miniature Schnauzers get along well with children they are raised with and also with other pets, although they can be bossy with other dogs and so will require early socialisation. Their reaction to strangers can vary from friendly to reserved, depending upon the personality of the individual dog. And although this breed can bark excessively, they will raise the alarm if something seems amiss, which makes them effective watchdogs.

History & Skills

Miniature Schnauzers originate from Germany, where they were bred in the late 1800s to hunt vermin, act as guard dogs, and even to herd. Their name comes from the word schnauze, which is the German term for muzzle. These days they make popular companions and family pets, and perform well as watch dogs.

Breed Specific Ailments

Miniature Schnauzers tend to live between 12-15 years and tend to be healthy. Some of the health concerns noted in this breed include vWD, liver problems, cataracts, thyroid problems, inflammation of the pancreas, epilepsy, allergies, and skin problems. These dogs are also prone to gaining weight.

Grooming

Miniature Schnauzers are low shedders when groomed properly, and so are suitable for allergy sufferers. Their grooming requirements are pretty high though, and the thick coat should be brushed on a daily basis to prevent matting, and any knots will need clipping out. For show dogs, the dead coat will need stripping out every three months or so, while standard clipping is fine for pets. The facial beard should be cleaned on a daily basis, and hair around the bottom area should be kept trimmed, both for hygiene reasons.

Exercise & Environment

Miniature Schnauzers are pretty flexible in that they tend to live indoors but can also live outdoors in moderate to warm climates. They are moderately active while indoors and can even do without an outside area, as long as they are given a daily walk.

Recognition

FCIFCI - Federation Cynologique Internationale
KCThe Kennel Club (UK)
AKCAKC - American Kennel Club

Breed Clubs

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