The Miniature Schnauzer was bred by crossing an Affenpinscher and the Poodle. His name comes from the German word “schnauze” which means muzzle. This breed has retained all the characteristics of the Schnauzer but is reduced in size. The Miniature Schnauzer is equally suited to ratting, herding, and guarding property. The Miniature Schnauzer was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926.
Weight: 11-20 pounds Height: 12-14 inches Life expectancy: 12-15 years
The Miniature Schnauzer learns quickly all the tricks, and he is usually very obedient. These energetic and positive species have all the qualities to be good companions. Also, Miniature Schnauzers have excellent guard features, and they always bark to warn the owners about the possible danger. The Miniature Schnauzer loves his family. This dog is quite active and requires special training.
The Miniature Schnauzer does not get along with other dogs, but with proper dressage, he will behave. This breed is not recommended for families with young children, nevertheless, Schnauzers easily find a common language with teenagers. Since this dog loves to fight with other dogs and hunt small pets and cats, it is better to be the only pet in the house. However, if the Miniature Schnauzer grew up with another dog, they will be friends.
Coat / Care:
The Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat: hard and rough top layer and a dense undercoat. This breed has distinctive features: the hair on the muzzle forms a beard and the hair on his chest, stomach and legs are longer than on the rest of the body. This dog breed should periodically undergo professional trimming procedure. In order to get rid of dead hair, this breed should visit a professional hairdresser, at least twice a year. However, such a procedure may not be necessary if the combing is frequent, which prevents the hair from tangling. This breed sheds moderately, so it is suitable for families with allergies.
The Miniature Schnauzer is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Congenital Megaesophagus, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Myotonia Congenita, Urinary Stones, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Entropion and Cataracts. The Miniature Schnauzer has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
Weight / Height
The male Miniature Schnauzer dog breed’s height is around 12 – 14 inches and weighs around 15 and 20 pounds. Female Miniature Schnauzer dogs can reach a size from 12 – 14 inches and weighs between 11 and 20 pounds.
The Miniature Schnauzer is educated by nature, but he still needs training. This dog requires constant attention from the owners, and if he feels neglected, he can become a tyrant. Miniature Schnauzers should start training at the early age. Education must be strict, but fair, and exercises must be animated and exciting.
Although the Miniature Schnauzer is very lively and energetic dog, he needs very little physical activity, so a small fenced yard is enough. He is the perfect companion for jogging in the park, and he also enjoys long walks. This dog needs a variety of exercises, otherwise, he will be very noisy and will destroy everything around him.