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The History of the Miniature Schnauzer

The History of the Miniature Schnauzer
By Carl Johannsen

The Miniature Schnauzer originated in Germany in the early nineteenth century. This type of breed was created in order to “bring down” the size of the Standard Schnauzer. The goal was to make a miniature version of the Standard Schnauzer. The Affenpinchser and Miniature Pincheser were breed together and that is how the Miniature Schnauzer got its mismatched colorings. Many breeders will not breed a white dog with another type of dog to prevent these so-called “part” colorings. Some people would not have their Miniature Schnauzer any other way.

The Miniature Schnauzer is a wonderful dog that is a mixture of pepper, salt, black and silver. The Miniature Schnauzer only weighs fifteen pounds and reaches a maximum height of twelve inches. The top coat of the Miniature Schnauzer is hard and very coarse but the undercoat is incredibly soft. The coat of the Miniature Schnauzer needs a lot of grooming performed. The Miniature Schnauzer’s coat must be kept clean and untangled. This is a non-sporting type of dog that has a life expectancy of fourteen years.

The downside to owning a Miniature Schnauzer is that this type of dog can not be trusted around small pets. A Miniature Schnauzer was once used as a rat hunter and it seems that this is a natural instinct for a Miniature Schnauzer to attack a pet small in size. Otherwise a Miniature Schnauzer does well with children and larger pets. It is usually best in the Miniature Schnauzer has grown up with the children and other pets. The Miniature Schnauzer does best when kept indoors.

This type of dog is usually uneasy around guests at first but will eventually warm up to them. A Miniature Schnauzer once comfortable in its surroundings is a warm, loving and loyal dog. This type of dog is a great addition to any home.

Written by Carl Johannsen. Find Miniature Schnauzer Dogs For Sale find more at Animaroo!

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The Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer

by Sidy Boy

Sam and Simon The Miniature Schnauzer is derived from the Standard Schnauzer and is said to have come from mixing Affenpinchers and Poodles with small Standards. The Mini’s were exhibited as a distinct breed as early as 1899, and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926.

Miniature Schnauzers should be no less than 12 inches in height, and no more than 14 inches. They are sturdily built, nearly square in proportion of body length to height with plenty of bone. The weight should range between 14 to 18 pounds depending on height.

Schnauzers may be several colors. Salt and Pepper is the most common, though blacks and black & Silvers are being seen in increasing numbers. Their “Show Coat” differs from their “Pet Coat.” The show coat is a thick wiry coat, which is obtained through stripping the dog-pulling the hair out with a stripping knife. The pet coat is a much softer clipped coat. The breed has a soft undercoat, and if the dog is clipped, in time only the undercoat will remain. Pet owners are not recommended to try for a show coat on their dogs-not only is it very expensive to have done ($150+ each time), but it may be very difficult to find a groomer who is knowledgeable enough about the breed to do it. Having your pet clipped is best, and this should be done on a regular basis. The grooming schedule for a Miniature Schnauzer is normally every 4 to 8 weeks, depending on their hair growth. They will need to be combed and brushed in between full groomings to help prevent matting of their furnishings, and especially their beards. Just brushing the dog is not enough- they must be combed as well or their long furnishings will matt.

Miniature Schnauzers are hardy, healthy, intelligent, and fond of children. They were developed as a small farm dog, used as ratters. Their small size has permitted them to adapt easy to city living, though they still do quite well in the country, and can cover a large amount of ground with little tiring. They make wonderful family companions, and are extremely easy to train. They do well not only in conformation events, but also in obedience and agility.

Health concerns in the breed include Urolithiasis which is bladder stones. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) which is a degenerative disease of the retinal visual cells which leads to blindness. Cataracts which is Lens opacity that may in part or in total affect one or both eyes. Blindness results when cataracts are complete and in both eyes.

Panosteitis which is a developmental problem associated with too rapid growth. Lameness can occur in one limb or over time in all limbs. Typically the dog will stand with one leg up- a day or so later the dog will hold another leg up. The pain associated with Pano will often switch legs several times. Treatment usually involves resting and sometimes an arthritis type pain medication for a few days. This is not life threatening nor will it affect the dog throughout it’s lifetime.

Other concerns are immune dysfunction’s, heart problems and diabetes. For a full list and description of Miniature Schnauzer health concerns, please click here.

A reputable breeder will screen for inherited health problems and will be able to discuss if there has been any problems in their lines.

NOTICE: Despite what you may see on some websites, the only Miniature Schnauzers recognized by the AKC are blacks, salt and pepper and black and silvers. White Schnauzers (as well as the 3 AKC permitted colors) are recognized by the FCI. As with all breeds, please screen breeders carefully to assure you are getting a healthy, well balanced dog. There are many breeders out there only looking to make some money and will fool you into believing that their dogs are of the proper type. We have personally seen some “badly bred” Schnauzers that barely resemble the breed at all, and you must realize that when they lack one quality, they will most likely lack others- and health and temperament are extremely important qualities! Quality is important- proper structure, health and temperament. I’ve personally seen many illbred dogs who were loaded with health problems, and were noisy, and biters, so please be careful!

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