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Miniature Schnauzer

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The charming Miniature Schnauzer enjoys unrivaled popularity among fanciers of small Terriers.  It's dramatic appearance including silvery and jet black tones and a grizzled expression perfectly compliments the lively personality within.  Relatively speaking, the Miniature Schnauzer is an easy dog to live with given regular grooming, plenty of attention and good guidance.  It's compact size and athleticism, makes it a good candidate for virtually all lifestyles ready to commit to a canine companion.

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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: 13-14 inches
Weight: usually around 20-25 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: black, black and silver or some mixture of salt and pepper Coat type: harsh, wiry and short, dense undercoat
Recognized Registries: FCI, CKC, TKC, NCA, AKC, UKC and others
Overall Appearance: Well-balanced, sturdy small square dog with characteristic Terrier coat and head. For its small size, clearly strong and powerful. Alert and vigilant.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: high
General Nature: Loving and devoted to family but a bit reactive
  with Children: Can be excellent but needs proper socializing, well behaved children and appropriate supervision
  with other pets: Highly variable dependent on socializing and prey drive
  with dogs: Variable
Socialization requirements: High: The
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the fiery and enthusiastic attitude of the Miniature Schnauzer.
Temperament Notes: Now primarily companion. Alert, vigilant, intelligent with a unique combination of merriness and dignity.
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: Quite trainable but also quite independent with a streak of humor about them.  This means that the inadvertant approval received from the crowd when the dog performs a new and cute trick during an exercise.  Of course, one cute behavior deserves another and its easy to see months of training end up re-invented by the dog.  Definitely requires a trainer with a sense of fun and humor.  Oh, and the trainer that thinks they will force their Miniature Schnauzer into better behavior will be in for an education.  Don't doubt the tenacity and determination of this dog when they feel unfairly treated.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1890s
Country of Origin: Germany
Original Function: ratter originally, now companion
History: Developed in Germany, the only terrier not from UK. Crosses of Standard Schnauzers and Min Pins likely figured into its development.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversized, benji type coat (often due to lack of grooming), dentition issues
Health Notes: kidney stones, eye problems, immune issues, myotonia congenita (muscle disorder)
Health Testing: CERF, DNA screening,
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Miniature Schnauzers?
  • Why do you have Miniature Schnauzers (show, performance, earthdog, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Miniature Schnauzer?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Miniature Schnauzer?
  • How would you describe the ideal Miniature Schnauzer home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an Miniature Schnauzer?
  • How do you assist or help Miniature Schnauzers in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston - Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of the MidWest - Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of the Mid-Atlantic - American Miniature Schnauzer Club National Rescue - More Schnauzer Rescue Resources - More Miniature Schnauzer Rescue Contacts

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - American Miniature Schnauzer Club Standard - FCI Standard for the Miniature Schnauzer - TKC (UK) Standard for the Miniature Schnauzer - UKC Standard of the Miniature Schnauzer - American Miniature Schnauzer Club Illustrated Standard - Chart Comparison of the various standards

    Breeder Ethics: - American Miniature Schnauzer Club Code of Ethics - Twin Cities Miniature Schnauzer Code of Ethics - Miniature Schnauzer Club of Canada Code of Ethics



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