Dog Profiles - Description of Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

Description: The Miniature Schnauzer is energetic, active dog who has clean habits, is neat in size and makes a delightful companion for apartment dweller or someone with a small house and yard. Charming and attractive, the perky Miniature Schnauzers is seldom addicted to wandering, being devoted to his home and family. He is an excellent family pet and children's companion. Known in his native Germany as the Zwergschnauzer he was derived from crossing the Standard Schnauzer with smaller dogs.

Height: 13-14 inches

Weight: 13-15 lbs.

Colors: Pure black, or pepper and salt.

Coat: Harsh, hard, and wiry.

Temperament: Lively, very friendly, affectionate. Good with children. Good with other pets. Good Vermin destroyer, very good watch-dog and family pet. Poor guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Brush or comb the wiry coat daily or it will become matted. Clip out knots. He should be clipped all over twice a year. Trim around the eyes and ears with blunt-nosed scissors and clean whiskers after meals. Needs long, brisk, daily walks and loves to play off leash.

Training: Needs a confident handler who is fair and consistent. Schnauzers have a mind of their own and need variety as opposed to repetition. Learning Rate: High, Obedience: Medium. Problem Solving: Medium.

Activity: High

Living Environment: City or country he is an ideal pet for any setting.

Health Issues: Bladder stones, liver diseases, skin disorders and cysts.

Life Span: 12-14 Years

Litter Size: 3-6

Country of Origin: Germany

History: His actual roots are uncertain, but their is speculation that the black Poodle, the wolf-spitz and a rough coated German terrier are breeds which may have played a part in his early development. He was primarily used for herding, protecting the flocks as well as a watchdog.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 2), KC(GB), UKC