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The Miniature Schnauzer, who resembles his
cousins the Giant and Standard Schnauzers
in everything but size, originates from
Germany. This breed was developed in the
1890s by crossing smaller specimens of the
Standard Schnauzer with the Miniature Pinscher
or the Affenpinscher. His main function
was originally barnyard ratter, however
most are now cherished family pets. The
Miniature Schnauzer was imported to North
America in 1925, but was not popular until
the 1940s. In 1946, a Miniature Schnauzer
won Best in Show at a popular dog show,
and he has been a popular breed since that
time. The Miniature Schnauzer's size makes
him a good choice for any size accommodation
and his exercise needs are served by a daily
The height of a Miniature Schnauzer
is 12 - 14" (30.5 - 35.6cm).
Miniature Schnauzers weigh 13 -
15 lbs (5.8 - 6.7 kg).
The Miniature Schnauzer's double-coat
consists of a harsh, wiry outer coat, and
a dense, short undercoat.
color of the Miniature Schnauzer's coat
ranges from black to salt and pepper to
grey. Regular grooming is required to keep
the beard and legs tangle-free; professional
grooming is needed to maintain the "Schnauzer"
The Miniature Schnauzer is intelligent,
devoted, friendly, easy to train, and makes
a good family watchdog.
Epilepsy is highly suspected to have a genetic
component in Miniature Schnauzers. The average
life span of a Miniature Schnauzer is 12
- 15 years.
Interest: The coat of the
Miniature Schnauzer sheds very little, so
he makes an excellent choice for those who
are allergic to dogs or housecleaning!
AKC: Group 4 - Terriers
ANKC: Group 6 - Utility
CKC: Group 4 - Terriers
FCI: Group 2 Section 1 Pinscher and Schnauzer
KC: Non-Sporting - Utility Group