A small, smart dog with a wiry coat, the Miniature Schnauzer, which is of German origin, was derived from the Schnauzer and, it is to be believed, the Affenpinscher. There are, in fact, three sizes of the Schnauzer: the Miniature Schnauzer, the Standard Schnauzer and the Giant Schnauzer. The standard version was the earliest of the three; the Miniature Schnauzer was developed later, making its debut in the show ring in 1899.
The breed comes in four colours – salt and pepper, black, black and silver and white – and its eyebrows and whiskers enhance its distinctive appearance. The Miniature Schnauzer’s handy size makes them a popular town dog, but they are equally at home in the country. They are well balanced, smart, stylish and adaptable. Healthwise, they are generally a very fit and healthy breed, living to between 13 and 15 years old.
To be honest, we didn’t ‘get’ the small dog thing until our Mini came into out lives. Now, we will never be without one. They are big dogs in a neat, little package, full of character and the most affectionate of companions. Responsive, loyal and protective of its family, a Miniature Schnauzer is an intelligent and forgiving little dog.
Usually easy to train, Miniature Schnauzers tend to be excellent watchdogs with a good territorial instinct, but more inclined towards barking than biting. They are highly playful dogs, and, if not given the outlet required for their energy, they can become bored and invent their own “fun”!
Schnauzers have a specific groom cut that is standard among the Schnauzer breed. Schnauzers require regular grooming, either by stripping (mostly seen in show dogs), or by clipping (a short-cut usually reserved for family pets). Schnauzers are often described as non-moulting dogs, and while this is not entirely true, their shedding in minimal and generally unnoticeable*.
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog.