A fun-loving dog, the miniature schnauzer is affectionate and totally committed to his family. Not known as a breed that likes to wander away, this dog prefers to remain by his family's side. Because of his low shedding coat, the miniature schnauzer makes a suitable pet for allergy-prone people.
The miniature schnauzer, a bred-down version of the standard schnauzer, originated in Germany. According to the American Kennel Club, the miniature schnauzer is a result of mixing the standard schnauzer, Affenpinscher and poodle. Originally used to guard livestock and chase vermin, the primary function of the miniature schnauzer today is as a companion animal. Recognized as a distinct breed since the end of the 1800s, the miniature schnauzer has been bred in the United States since 1925 and is part of the terrier group for American Kennel Club classification.
Body and Coat Facts
The miniature schnauzer, a stocky breed with a wiry coat, comes in silver, black and silver, and the more common salt and pepper coloration. Body hair is stripped close with the legs left in full coat. Daily brushing to prevent mats along with regular professional grooming to strip the coat is necessary. The ears, erect and pointed, perch high on the head. The head of this breed features profuse whiskers. The tail, docked short, stands high and erect. The miniature schnauzer normally stands 12 to 14 inches high at the shoulders and weighs 10 to 15 lbs.
An intelligent breed, the miniature schnauzer loves children and remains devoted to his family. The dog fits in well with apartment living as long as his exercise needs are met. The breed, though not confrontational, warns of strangers and defends against supposed threats by other dogs.
Exercise and Health Facts
The miniature schnauzer requires regular exercise to work off his energy and help prevent potential behavioral issues. Include daily walks as well as runs in a fenced area in his daily regimen. Prone to diabetes, von Willebrands disease, eye problems and skin, kidney and liver disorders, the miniature schnauzer enjoys a lifespan of about 15 years.