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Miniature Schnauzer

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Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a small, square dog with bushy eyebrows, whiskers and a beard. He has a harsh, wiry outer coat and a dense, soft undercoat. Ideally, the dog's height is the same as his length, resulting in a rather square impression. The strong, arched neck should blend cleanly into the shoulders. The head is about half as long as the back from the withers to the tail attachment. The muzzle and top of the head should form parallel planes. The large nose is black. The dark brown eyes are medium-sized ovals. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The front legs are straight and parallel. Dewclaws should be removed on the hind legs and may be removed on the front legs. The back is short, straight, strong and firm. The tail is set moderately high and carried high in excitement. It should be docked to the second or not more than the third joint. Cropping the ears is optional and they should set erect. This breed comes in solid black or salt-and-pepper.

Temperament Miniatures are bold, perky, intelligent, protective, loyal and loving. They stick closely with their owners at all times. They can be feisty and fairly dog aggressive, but never intending to actually fight. This can be dangerous to the dog if they go up against a larger dog. This dominant breed needs an experienced owner. They are easy to train and need firm, consistent training with plenty of rewards. Without the proper training, Miniatures may bite children and do best with children over the age of 12. They are good watch dogs and mouse catchers. They should be well socialized at a young age. They make great travel companions but some can be reserved with strangers. You cannot train a Miniature not to bark. It's what they do!
Height, Weight Height: 12-14" ; Weight: 10-15 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is more prone to kidney stones, diabetes, liver ailments and cysts. Eyes of the breeding stock should be checked for hereditary eye problems.
Living Conditions Miniatures will do okay living in an apartment. It is active indoors and does fine without a large yard.
Exercise Miniatures have a huge need for regular and vigorous exercise. They love play sessions where they can run free.
Life Expectancy About 15 years
Grooming The coat of this breed is easy to groom and only needs to be brushed weekly. Their undercoat will become matted unless it is combed or brushed weekly. Clip out knots and check under the coat often. This dog should be clipped all over to an even length about four times a year. Continual ear care is important. Trim hair around the eyes and ears with scissors and wipe around the whiskers after meals. This breed has no doggie odor and sheds little or no hair making it good for allergy sufferers.
Origin The Miniature Schnauzer was created either from the Standard Schnauzer or Min-Pin crossed with Affenpinschers or perhaps both. He debuted in the show ring in 1899 and reached the States around the same time as his larger brother. He is a popular and much-loved companion dog throughout the world. His terrier background makes him alert and spunky, not a mellow lap dog. Today's Miniature temperament has been softened so that he is a delightful and charming companion. He also makes a sparkling obedience competitor. This breed is recognized by both the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC and UKC Terrier