miniature schnauzerHistory Origin

The Miniature Schnauzer originated from the breed of small dog named Schnauzer in the mid to late 19th century. This breed of dog was developed through cross breeding of the Standard Schnauzer and or Poodle, Affenpinscher and Miniature Pinscher. The earliest Miniature Schnauzer was recorded in 1888 and was initially showcased during the year 1899. American Kennel Club or AKC which is the registry of purebred dogs only accepted the Miniature Schnauzer in the year 1926 and was grouped together with the Terriers as it has similar characteristics and purpose with the Britain and Ireland Terrier Breeds.

Appearance and Size

This dog is small and proportioned in a squarely manner. It weighs from six (6) to eight (8) kilogram and stands from twelve (12) to fourteen (14) inches. It has harsh outer coat and soft undercoat with colors varying from salt and pepper, black and silver, black and white (white however is not really the proper color for this breed).

Miniature Schnauzer has a mustache, eyebrows and a long bushy beard. Its eyes are oval and dark colored. The ears are v-shaped that folds forward when left natural. The tail is very small and skinny and at times the older dogs have a docked kind of tail. The front legs are very straight and its feet are short and round with thick black pads. The dog’s teeth are of scissors looking. And its lifespan is from ten (10) to twelve (12) years.

Home and Relations, Personality and Special Characteristics

According to the American Kennel Club this dog is obedient to commands, friendly, intelligent, pleasing, overly aggressive and alert. This breed of dog may serve as superb watch dog. It seldom barks yet again barks at anyone who may seem to trespass on the grounds of its territory. This dog is also ideal for children to bond and play with. Since the Miniature Schnauzers are small and very playful it would be very easy for the children to have fun with it.

Training

The Miniature Schnauzers are very obedient. It would be easy for its owners to train them. Nevertheless, it is advised to train the dog as early as possible because it would be hard for them to follow instructions when it already developed its own habits. One has the option to teach the dog with the aid of dog-training related books or with the aid of professional dog trainers.

Special Care

Avoid feeding the Miniature Schnauzers any fatty and sweet foods. This type of breed must not be overfed for it gain weight so easily. The owner of a Miniature Schnauzers that have naturally uncropped ears must have their dogs ears checked regularly and its ears be dried out immediately after swimming.

All of the said special care above is for the dog to avoid from getting its common sickness which are diabetes, pancreatitis and bladder stones.