All About Miniature Schnauzers

Miniature Schnauzers (pronounced “shh-now-zer”) are an extremely loving and intelligent breed. They are obedient and very devoted to their owners. However, although they are devoted, they also demand the same devotion and companionship from their owners. Therefore, these dogs do not take kindly to being left on their own.

The Miniature Schnauzer may show aggression to other dogs, and can be stubborn when it comes to training. Thus, they require proper obedience and proper socialization when they are still young.

Miniature Schnauzers are excellent companions and love just about everyone.

History of Miniature Schnauzers

Miniature schnauzers are from the 16 th century and originated in Germany and Bavaria. The Mini Schnauzer was prized for their overall good traits that made them superb watchdogs and ratters (rat catching).

It is believed that Schnauzers were developed from Wire-haired German Pinscher and Poodle-like dogs. The name Schnauzer (Schnauzer means “muzzle” or “Snout”) was given to the breed in the early 17 th century.

Due to the fact that Schnauzers were so popular there were three different sizes of the breed produced in order to accommodate people’s needs. For instance, the Giant Schnauzer stands 26-28 inches and was primarily used for cattle driving in Bavaria and then later as a guard dog. The medium size dog of the breed is known as the Standard Schnauzer (also the original version where the other two stemmed from). The Standard was 18-20 inches tall and was used to herd cattle and sheep and for pulling carriages. Last, but certainly not least, Miniature Schnauzers stand at 12-14 inches and were bred for catching rats and as watchdogs.

All three of these Schnauzer verities are available today, but Miniature Schnauzers are clearly the most popular of the three in North America, and have been since they were first introduced to America in the 1800’s.

Miniature Schnauzers make ideal house pets and love their families.

Miniature Schnauzers Are Lively and Loveable

Miniature Schnauzers are great companions for active families that take great interest in the dog. Mini Schnauzers love to be with their owner and/or family as much as possible. They are ideal travel companions and have plenty of energy and like the outdoors, which means they love to go on long walks.

The Miniature Schnauzer does well in the city or the country and is a suitable dog for an apartment. That being said, as was previously mentioned, Mini Schnauzers have plenty of energy and should be taken on long walks (at least 2 10 – 20 minute vigorous walks daily). Aside from walks this dog should also have adequate playtime and the freedom to run around.

Miniature Schnauzers stand 12-14 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 10 – 15 pounds. They live up to 15 years and are a relatively healthy breed. Nevertheless, there are certain health issues you should be aware of such as hereditary eye problems, skin disorders, kidney stones and liver disease. You should also take great care in not over-feeding the Schnauzer, as this breed can easily become overweight.

The Miniature Schnauzer enjoys the company of people and responds well to outsiders if they have been properly socialized as puppies. Schnauzers also like the company of children and don’t mind other dogs as long as they have been socialized with them as a pup. However, you should not have pet rodents if you own a Schnauzer. It is the dog’s natural instinct to hunt and kill these creatures as they were originally bred as ratters.

Training is another essential part of owning Miniature Schnauzers. These dogs require the proper obedience training so their intelligence can be put to good use. An untrained Schnauzer will use his own devices to get what he wants and will be virtually impossible to control. This being said, when this breed is effectively trained they display outstanding obedience, which makes them ideal for show rings. Nonetheless, because of the persistent training this breed requires, he may not be an ideal choice for the first time dog owner.

Miniature Schnauzers make excellent watchdogs and guard dogs. They like to bark, but their bark is not high pitched. You will likely not find it as annoying as you may think. Therefore, it isn’t really important for you to curb your dogs barking tendencies. It is very rare for this breed to bark without reason.

Grooming the coat of Miniature Schnauzers isn’t as difficult as it looks. As long as you brush or comb the wire coat daily your dog won’t develop mats. The coat of the Schnauzer should be fully groomed twice a year. For this grooming it is best to take him to a professional groomer. Another excellent aspect about the Mini Schnauzer is he barely sheds his coat, making him ideal for allergy sufferers and those who are not interested in having dog hair lying all over the home.

Miniature Schnauzers are part of the Terrier group and are a great breed. He is one of the most popular dogs in America to date and is a friendly companion unlike no other.

All About Miniature Schnauzer Puppies

Miniature Schnauzer puppies are adorable balls of fur. However, don’t let their puppy appearance fool you. When these pups grow to be adults, their appearance will change and look more like the breed standard.

To give you an idea of what to expect, here’s what you can look for when analyzing the appearance of Miniature Schnauzer puppies and the sire and/or dam of the litter.

When Mini Schnauzers grow into adults they will be characterized by their distinctive long mustache and strong body. The body of the Schnauzer is solid and well balanced. They do not have awkward movements and walk with confidence and carry their heads high with pride. They have flexible skin without extra wrinkling.

The neck of Miniature Schnauzer puppies is long and muscular, which is a nice compliment to their stocky, strong body. Their backs are straight but have a slight slop that extends into the tail. The tail is customarily docked and is carried high.

Mini Schnauzers have straight and strong forelegs and their hind legs are equipped with well muscled thighs. You will notice that the feet of Miniature Schnauzer puppies are round, short and have a cat-like in appearances. Furthermore, their toes are nicely arced and feature thick black pads.

Just as their neck is long, so is the Schnauzers head. The head of the Schnauzer is broad and is characterized by prominent eyebrows, whiskers and a thick mustache. They have medium sized and oval shaped dark eyes. The eyes should convey an alert, intelligent and dynamic expression.

The ears of Miniature Schnauzers can be cropped so they stand erect on the dogs head, or they can simply be left to fold down. Regardless if they are cropped or not, the ears are V-shaped and are a moderate length; they do not hang long and are not floppy.

Miniature Schnauzer puppies have a blunt muzzle and a black nose with wide nostrils. Their jaws are strong and feature a nice set of white teeth that form a complete scissor bite.

When deciding on your Miniature Schnauzer puppies you will need to consider which coat color you prefer. Schnauzers are available in “salt and pepper” (mix of light and dark hair, sometimes with slight tan shading), pure black, or black and silver. You may also find that some Miniature Schnauzers have a pure white coat. However, there is still much debate over this coat coloring and currently it is not recognized by many kennel clubs.

Despite the color you decide you like best; all Miniature Schnauzer puppies have two coats. The undercoat is dense while the top coat is coarse and wiry. A Schnauzers coat should not feel soft. As they become older, Schnauzers should be groomed so that the hair is longer on the legs and head, but is short on the rest of the body.

The physical appearance of Miniature Schnauzer puppies should matter to you. After all, not only do you want to make sure they coincide with the breed standard, but their physical appearance can also reveal the overall wellbeing of the dog.

Finding Miniature Schnauzer Breeders

It is imperative that you find an ethical Miniature Schnauzer breeder. Although you already know this, and likely have a good idea of how to determine a good breeder from a bad one, you may not know where or how to begin your search for such a breeder. Knowing how to look for a breeder is important, and if you know what you are doing, it is a process that can be done with ease.

The following information will guide you through the searching for a Miniature Schnauzer breeder process. You will discover when you utilize all the resources available to you, finding a reputable breeder isn’t as difficult as you think.

Now, let’s explore all of your options:

The Internet – The Internet is a useful search tool that you should take advantage of. For starters, begin by searching for a Miniature Schnauzer breeder by visiting the kennel club of your nation, as well as the Miniature Schnauzer club of your nation. Both of these websites will contain a breeder webpage that will provide you with a list of reputable breeders.

If you can not find a breeder close to you through this method, try typing in your city name and state or province in a search engine followed by miniature schnauzer breeder (IE. “Boston Massachusetts Miniature Schnauzer Breeder”) This search will return the best results available to you.

Newspaper – Check the classified sections in your city newspapers for a Miniature Schnauzer breeder that may be advertising a new litter. If you find a breeder carefully scrutinize the Ad. If the breeder is giving away dogs without needing to meet interested buyers this is a good indication that this seller is a backyard breeder or operating a puppy mill. All ethical breeders will want to meet the people they sell their puppies too.

Ask someone who has dog experience – Talk to someone you know in your area how has a Miniature Schnauzer or visit the local Vet. Ask the Schnauzer owner where they purchased their dog, and ask the Vet if they recommend a Miniature Schnauzer breeder.

If you discover that the closets reputable Miniature Schnauzer breeder to you is an hour or more away don’t let this discourage you. If you really want this breed an hour isn’t a long way to travel, nor is it really uncommon if you happen to live in the city. However, you should know that if you do decide to purchase a Miniature Schnauzer from a breeder who is a fair distance away, you need to be prepared to make a few stops on the way home to allow your new puppy to eliminate and take drinks of water. Therefore, make sure you bring a leash with you.

Always remember that regardless of how you find a Miniature Schnauzer breeder, never take someone else word for their credibility. Always go and investigate the breeder yourself.