Miniature Schnauzer

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Miniature Schnauzer

ORIGIN

The Schnauzer Miniature is a breed of small dog of the Schnauzer type that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century. Miniature Schnauzers developed from crosses between the Standard Schnauzer and one or more smaller breeds such as the Poodle and Affenpinscher, as farmers bred a small dog that was an efficient ratting dog. As time passed, farmers bred the Standard Schnauzer into a smaller, more compact size for ratting by combining it with the Affenpinscher and /or miniature pinscher The start of the modern Schnauzer Miniature is generally considered to begin with Ch. Dorem Display, the first Schnauzer Miniature to win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

TEMPERAMENT

Alert and spirited, yet obedient to command. Friendly, intelligent and willing to please. Never overaggressive or timid. Usually easy to train, they tend to be excellent watchdogs with a good territorial instinct, but more inclined toward barking than biting. Schnauzers have a high prey drive, which means they may attack other small pets such as birds, snakes, and rodents. Many will also attack cats, but this may be curbed with training, or if the dog is raised with cats.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Average. They are highly playful dogs, and, if not given the outlet required for their energy, they can become bored and invent their own “fun”. Miniature Schnauzers can compete in dog agility trials, obedience, showmanship, flyball, and tracking.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

Between 33.0 cm (F) and 35.6 cm (M) / Between 4.5 and 6.8 kg (F) to 5.0 to 8.2 kg (M).

COAT

Harsh and wiry when hand stripped, soft and curly when unclipped.

COLOR

Black, salt-and-pepper, black-and-silver, white.

GROOMING

Average. Schnauzers have a specific groom cut that is standard among the Schnauzer breed. Schnauzers require regular grooming, either by stripping (mostly seen in show dogs), or by clipping (a short-cut usually reserved for family pets).

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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