Behavior common of the Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer is an intelligent breed. Often considered a perfect dog choice for apartments, the breed is known to have a cheerful temperament. The breed adapts well to a multitude of environments, though, and they also make excellent pets for families in the country or other spacious areas. They are naturally protective, making them adept watchdogs.
The dogs are perfect for families and tend to be great with children. The breed enjoys spending time around people and is very loving to owners. They need to be well-socialized to get along with other dogs, but this is usually not an issue otherwise for this well-behaved breed. Most Miniature Schnauzers enjoy most people and are quite docile.
As with any dog, training plays a key role in a particular dog’s behavior. Owners will need to maintain authority while training the Miniature Schnauzer. Proper training and assertion of human leadership will ensure this breed maintains it’s well-behaved, loving nature.
Appearance of the Miniature Schnauzer
A small but sturdy breed, the Miniature Schnauzer is a popular choice among pet owners. Between 12 and 14 inches tall in height, this dog qualifies as a small size breed and has a square proportion. The dog’s strong head takes a rectangular shape and has a signature unwrinkled forehead and flat top of the skull. Similar to other small breeds, the Miniature Schnauzer has small, dark eyes in an oval shape. Ears may be cropped or kept normal, are small and V-shaped, and fold close to the skull. A high, erect tail, straight forelegs, slanted thighs, and short, round feet are also features of this breed.
Miniature Schnauzers have a double coat which comes in three AKC-recognized colors: ‘salt and pepper’, solid black, and silver and black. White Miniature Schnauzers also exist, though this color is not recognized by all kennel clubs and related associations. The white coat of some Miniature Schnauzers is becoming more accepted by official associations all over the world as time goes on, and there is no real reason to not consider the white variety as different from Miniature Schnauzers of other colors.
Grooming your Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer is properly groomed using hand stripping methods. Hand stripping is the practice of removing dead hair from a dog’s coat by hand or with the use of a stripping knife. This can be more difficult and time-consuming compared to other methods, so many owners and grooming professionals simply use clippers to trim the Miniature Schnauzer’s coat. Regular brushing is recommended to maintain a healthy coat. Owners will also want to attend to regular dental hygiene routines and nail clipping. This breed does not shed often, despite it’s ‘fluffier’ appearance.
History of the Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer was first exhibited as a dog breed as early as the year 1899. This breed was originally bred to be small farm dogs. On farms, dogs were often given the responsibility of killing pests and controlling rats. The breed originates from a cross between the Standard Schnauzer breed of dog and a smaller breed, such as the Affenpinscher or Poodle. The Schnauzer name originates from the the German word “Schnauze”, which means muzzle, and refers to this breed’s distinct muzzle appearance.