“Of the three Schnauzers, only the Miniature Schnauzer is classified as a terrier, the other two being regarded as working breeds. German in origin, it is believed the Miniature was created in the 1890s by crossing small specimens of the Standard Schnauzer with either the Affenpinscher or Miniature Pinscher – or perhaps both. The breed name comes from the German word Schnauze meaning “snout or muzzle” or perhaps, more specifically from Schnauzbart meaning “a conspicuous moustache,” a characteristic of all Schnauzers. Starting out in life as a tough barnyard ratter, the Miniature Schnauzer’s engaging personality soon won a place indoors for him as a family pet where he’s been firmly entrenched ever since.
Friendly, intelligent and willing to please, the Miniature Schnauzer is spirited but obedient.
Alert and active, the Miniature Schnauzer is a delightful companion and a super watchdog. A daily walk is all the exercise he needs but be forewarned, he’ll keep going as long as you do.
The Miniature Schnauzer will measure from 12-14 in (30-36 cm) and weigh approximately 14 lb (6.5 kg).
The Miniature sports a hard, wiry outer coat and close undercoat. His non-shedding coat makes him a good choice for fussy housekeepers as well as allergy sufferers.
The recognized colours are salt-and-pepper, black-and-silver or solid black.
The head, neck, ears, chest, tail and body coat must be plucked (hand-stripped) for showing. Beard and leg furnishings need frequent combing to keep them free of mats. Some owners avail themselves of the services of a professional groomer to keep that smart Schnauzer appearance.