A Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog breed which originates in Germany and belongs to the schnauzer group of dogs. In fact, this kind of a dog was developed to be a ratting dog by farmers. People often like to refer to it as spunky and very fun. But this dog is generally very intelligent and very playful.
It is a perfect house pet and it enjoy the company of people and even children. The fun will never stop with a Miniature Schnauzer in your home as it will follow you wherever you go and will try to be a part of any activity that you decide to do.
History & Origins
The Miniature Schnauzer originates from Germany and it first appeared in the 19th century. The standard Schnauzer were first developed as medium sized dogs and were used as farm dogs. They were good at hearding, ratting and also guarding property. But as time went, farmers decided that they were in need of smaller sized dogs and they saw a potential in this dog becoming a great ratting dog.
They used the standard schnauzer and combined it with Affenpinscher and Miniature Poodle and the result is a Miniature Schnauzer that we have today. This breed is also highly popular nowadays and ranks very high among the all dogs particularly in America.
Miniature Schnauzer Characteristics & Temperament
The Miniature Schnauzer is mostly described as an intelligent, friendly and alert dog. They are very spirited and energetic but are also very obedient towards the owner. They actually will form a very big attachment with the owner and they are generally fond of people. Their size and temperament also makes them a great companion for your children. Miniature Schnauzer are very easy to train, so you do not need any professional help. But you need to allow them space to exercise and run as they have a lot of energy and if you do not provide them with their space they will find other ways which are not so productive to have fun.
These dogs are great watch dogs and have a high territorial instinct, but they will first bark and are not inclined to barking. They are aloof with strangers but if the owner welcomes the guest they will do that also. Because of their prey drive, they have a tendency to chase other smaller animals. They mostly chance rodents, snakes and birds but sometimes cats. But if you want to keep a cat as well, you can easily train them to be friendly with it as well.
Appearance, Colors, Size
A Miniature Schnauzer has a very characteristic build and appearance. They mostly grow up to be 12 to 14 inches in size and will weigh 10 to 15 pounds for females or 11 to 18 pounds for male dogs. Their coat consist of a double coat with exterior fur and a very soft undercoat. The fur on the body is supposed to be short while their fur on their legs, belly and face is longer.
What makes the dog very much characteristic is its square shaped body and long moustache like hair on its face. There are three recognized colors, black, salt and pepper and black and silver. There are also pure white miniature Schnauzers but this is not a recognized nor an official color for these dogs.
Miniature Schnauzer Health
The Miniature Schnauzer is generally speaking a healthy breed, but can have problems with high fat levels. Nevertheless, the can live up approximately to 12 years, while some can even reach a lifespan of 15 years if cared for properly. The most common health conditions that the breed suffers from include hyperlipidemia, increasing the possibility of pancreatitis, diabetes, bladder stones and eye problems. It is advised to feel the dog low fatty foods which will prevent its fat problems and allow it to be healthier.
Grooming & Shedding
A Miniature Schnauzer is a low shedding dog. Actually it is almost non-existent and unnoticeable. But the dog is actually pretty high demanding when it comes to grooming it. You will have to spend a lot of time to get this dog in order. For instance, you need to clip this dog every five to eight weeks.
Brushing the dog’s hair is also important as you will need to remove the dead hair which is created. Many people take their dogs to professional groomers but in various situations you can learn to do it yourself. Period baths are also important and also clipping its nails once in a while is necessary.
Miniature Schnauzer Price and Breeders
Depending on its background and history, a Miniature Schnauzer can cost quite a lot. But they’re high attainable dogs when it comes to availability. There are many breeders in Germany but in America and Canada also. In fact, the high popularity of this dog in recent years made it available everywhere. You only need to pay a price between 500 USD to 2,700 USD and you can become a proud owner of a Miniature Schnauzer.
But if you are not really sure if buying a Miniature Schnauzer is the best option for you, there is always a possibility of rescuing a dog. The American Miniature Schnauzer Club is one of the biggest and most popular places with Miniature Schnauzers available. You can visit their page and see what they have in stored for you.