The Miniature Schnauzer is a native of Germany, from where it derived it name from the word "Schnauze" which means "muzzle".
During late 1800 this breed was developed as a vermin hunter or farm dog, by cross breeding small Standard Schnauzers with Affenpinscher or Poodle. The first Miniature Schnauzer registered by the AKC was in 1926 and now it has become one of the popular breeds in the world.
Medium and wiry with a thick undercoat. The Miniature Schnauzer needs regular grooming – at least twice a week. The dog’s ‘beard’ should also be combed every day to avoid matting.
Exercise: Around 1 hour a day for adult dogs
Life span: 12+ years
Breed group: The Utility group is diverse, including a range of breeds that don’t automatically fall into the other six more defined groups. Generally speaking, Utility breeds are medium-sized and even-tempered.
Miniature Schnauzers can be more susceptible than some other breeds to liver disease (hepatitis). This can be caused by several different factors, including infections such as leptospirosis, as well as drug and chemical poisoning. Treatment can take the form of special diets and supplements to prevent any long-term damage to the liver.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a strong, little dog with a square-built body; head is strong and rectangular in shape; muzzle is strong; oval shaped eyes are small, deep-set and dark brown in color; small V-shaped ears are set high, and are either cropped or uncropped; teeth meet in a scissors bite; nose is black; forelegs are straight and parallel; hind legs are strong and muscular; tail is ducked, set high and carried erect. The most distinguished features of this dog are its whiskers and attractive coat.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a very alert, active, obedient, adorable and loyal dog. This intelligent breed is very easy to train and with proper training it does well with children and other dogs.
It is aggressive towards small animals. It does not accept strangers easily and is very alert, which makes it an excellent watch dog. This dog requires extensive socialization from an early age. This devoted family pet always wants to please its master and needs lots of human attention. This breed is an ideal choice for apartment life.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a long living healthy breed with relatively few major problems. They are prone to Cushing's disease, Pancreatitis, diabetes, skin allergies, teeth problem etc.