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 walk.
Height: The height of a Miniature Schnauzer is 12 – 14″ (30.5 – 35.6cm).
Weight: Miniature Schnauzers weigh 13 – 15 lbs (5.8 – 6.7 kg).
Coat Type: The Miniature Schnauzer’s double-coat consists of a harsh, wiry outer coat, and a dense, short undercoat.
Color: The 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” look.
Temperament: The Miniature Schnauzer is intelligent, devoted, friendly, easy to train, and makes a good family watchdog.
Health Problems: Epilepsy is highly suspected to have a genetic component in Miniature Schnauzers. The average life span of a Miniature Schnauzer is 12 – 15 years.
Special 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 type
KC: Non-Sporting – Utility Group