The Miniature Schnauzer is the outcome of crossbreeding between the standard size Schnauzer and smaller breeds like Miniature Pinscher or Affenpinscher and Poodle. The aim was to create a smaller breed of Standard Schnauzer, which proved successful. Germany is the place where it originated in the early nineteenth century. The breed is one of the most popular breeds in the US.
The Miniature Schnauzer comes in the color combination of salt and pepper, black, black and silver, and silver. Like many other dogs, Miniature Schnauzers require proper and regular grooming. But it advisable to include healthcare in grooming as this will help keep the coat of your pet healthy.
The coat over the top is very coarse and hard, whereas the undercoat is extremely soft. The wiry coat of Miniature Schnauzer is easy to take care of. It should be trimmed around the eyes and ears, and the knots should be clipped, if any.
The maximum weight gain is up to fifteen pounds, and it can reach the height of twelve inches. The life expectancy of this miniature breed is around fourteen years, and the time spent with the Miniature Schnauzer will always be a quality time. These dogs are bold and courageous and were originally used for guarding small farms, herds, and families.
They were once used as rat hunters, and their small bodies helped them get into tight places. Their instinct as rat hunter makes this dog untrustworthy when kept around small pets. Any animal smaller than them can suffer the attack of Miniature Schnauzer.
They are very lively and energetic and demand the attention of the owner. If not played with them, they invent their own games and derive fun. They are very sensitive and emotional and, if ignored by the owner for a long period, can lead to depression and further leading to mental and physical deterioration. Miniature Schnauzer enjoys the company of children and knows to be gentle with them; moreover, he is a perfect companion with larger pets.
They can be easily adjusted into the family and can be loving and loyal provided that they get comfortable with the surroundings. They are excellent watchdogs and barks on those who appear to be a threat to their family. They are very cautious regarding strangers and shall defend vocally and do not resort physically. This breed easily gains weight if fed with balanced diets and regular exercise. In traveling, they can prove to be excellent companions.
Before and after buying a miniature Schnauzer, a thorough medical checkup along with the inquiry of the medication and immunization should be done to keep your dog in sound health. This breed is considered a healthy breed, but it can still have some health problems like bladder stones, diabetes, and pancreatitis. It should never be fed chocolate as this can act as poison and can end the life of your dog.