Who wouldn’t recognize this little breed when it is America’s top 11 most popular breed? I’m talking about the Miniature Schnauzer and indeed, this dog is famous and distinct for its densely haired beard, mustache and eyebrows. It definitely looks rugged yet with a hint of elegance and, although small, it is not frail but instead muscled, well-built, courageous and hardy.
The Miniature Schnauzer is the little counterpart of the German standard Schnauzer and is the result of the inter-breeding of the standard Schnauzer and Poodle or Affenpinscher. This miniature is from Germany, too, and was supposedly conceived in the late years of 1800s. The first recorded existence of a mini Schnauzer was in 1888.
This breed was developed for the intention of having a small Schnauzer that will hunt and catch rats and vermin that live inside the farmers’ barns. Also, it was used as a house guard and stock herder and watcher. Presently, the Miniature Schnauzer is widely known as a family pet rather than a working or farm dog.
In 1924, this little farm dog first appeared in the US and in 1926, the American Kennel Club recognized it as a new breed. In the UK, it was in 1948 that the United Kennel Club first recognized it as a breed.
The standard temperament for this breed is said to be alert, active and docile. It should also be sociable, intelligent and eager to please. Although brave and a natural watchdog, this breed should not be overaggressive yet never too shy.
The Mini Schnauzer is an excellent watchdog because it does not warn physically but rather vocally in terms of barking profusely. It does not stop warning the household but once the stranger is greeted by the family as a friend, the Mini Schnauzer would stop being wary and becomes friendly with the new face, too. Moreover, the Mini Schnauzer is very easy to train and abides submissively therefore it is never a problem inside or outside the house.
This little breed is full of energy and loves to play and so it should be given activities to release its bounded energy. If not, it becomes bored easily and thus will tend to come up with its own kind activity. It is also patient and playful with children and it understands the need to be gentle around them.
The Mini Schnauzer has a double coat that’s wiry and coarse on the outside and smooth and soft on the inside. The acceptable colors are black and white, black and silver, black and white, and salt and pepper. The coat does not shed excessively therefore the breed is recommended for those who have allergic tendencies.
- Friendly, Smart, Obedient
- AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 19 of 191
- Height: 12-14 inches
- Weight: 11-20 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
- Group: Terrier Group