This breed of small dogs originated in Germany in the 19th century. It was developed by crossing a standard Schnauzer and two or smaller breeds, including Affenpinscher and poodle. The Miniature Schnauzer remains one of the most popular miniature breeds in the year 2007. It is the 11th most popular breed in the United States.
This dog normally has a square, small proportioned built, measuring about 30 to 36 centimeters tall and weighing 6.4 to 8.2 kilograms for males and 5 to 6.8 kilograms. The breed can suffer health problems related to high-fat levels such as hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and eye and bladder stone problems.
This small breed of dog is a Pinscher type and developed in Germany. This breed is also known as the King of the Toy Dogs. It is a friendly, energetic, and playful dog breed that thrives on owner interaction. The breed usually stands about 25 to 30 centimeters at the withers and weighing 4 to 6 kilograms. The breed drives strongly and smoothly from the ear and the tail. Its head is carried high. This type of dog breed is prone to overeating and must have their diet stated to prevent obesity.
This breed is also called Aberdeen terrier and popularly known as the Scottie. The dog is best known for its black color, a typical terrier characteristic, and distinctive profile. It is one of the five terriers that originated in Scotland, and the other four are West Highland White, Dandie Dinmont, Cairn, and Skye Terriers.
They are generally cobby, sturdily built, and short-legged with long head proportion to their size. Generally, the well-balanced Scottish Terrier must weigh 19 to 22 pounds and the female 18 to 21 pounds or about 28 to 38 centimeters in height. It usually has a wiry, long, hard, water-resistant outer coating and soft, dense undercoats.
Tips on How to Care for You Miniature Schnauzer
Vaccinate your schnauzer when you first get it and ensure that your dog gets annual booster vaccinations to maintain its immunity to diseases. Deworm your dog every 3 months and ask your veterinarian regarding flea control products.
Feed your miniature schnauzer with high-grade dog food, and the first ingredient must be meat if you desire a quality product. Basic protein must be no less than 25 to 30 percent, and basic fat must be no less than 15 to 20 percent. The fiber content must be 5 percent or less.
Socialize your Miniature Schnauzer to be with other dogs at an early age. Miniature Schnauzers might be aggressive with other dogs that they do not know, and they need to be supervised when outside your house.
Run or walk your schnauzer everyday. Make sure your dog has ample of playtime off leash as well.
Brush your schnauzer coating everyday with wire brush. Make a professional trim to your schnauzer coat twice a year. Trim your schnauzer 2 to 3 three weeks.
Health Concerns for Miniature Schnauzer
Understand that your schnauzer is prone to certain health conditions, including liver disease, diabetes, Von Willebrand’s disease, skin disorders, and kidney stones.
The female miniature schnauzer grows to 11 to13 inches and weighs about 10 to 15lbs. while males will grow to 12 to 14 inches and weigh 11 to 18lbs. Expect miniature schnauzers to live approximately 15 years.