The Miniature Schnauzer, also called a Zwergschnauzer (Dwarf Schnauzer), originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century.
Being a family lover from all sides, the Miniature Schnauzer makes for a great pet. Due to its size and level of energy, it’s no surprise that the Miniature Schnauzer was the 17th most popular breed in the United States in 2013.
Its popularity kept it from extinction when its number shrank in WWI, and this can be attributed to its happy and positive personality. People love its loving, caring and playful nature.
Originally the Miniature Schnauzer was bred to catch rats as well as to act as guard dogs on farms. The Miniature Schnauzer was created by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with other smaller breeds such as the Miniature Pinscher, Affenpinscher and maybe others smaller animals like the Poodle and Pomeranian. There are no exact records of how the Miniature Schnauzer was created, but the earliest record of a Miniature Schnauzer is from October 1888.
In World War I and II, as with a lot of breeds, the Miniature Schnauzer almost died out from the war. But, soon after WWI the popularity of the Miniature Schnauzer grew, and it has been on a high ever since.
The biggest change from the original Miniature Schnauzer to the more modern day version is the color. Miniature Schnauzers used to be red, black and tan, yellow or parti-color. Today; however, the Miniature Schnauzers are usually shades of black and silver.
The Miniature Schnauzer was accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1926, which was only two years after the breed was introduced to the United States.
The Miniature Schnauzer is considered a small-sized dog. The average height of a male Miniature Schnauzer is 14 inches, while a female is 13 inches in height on average. The weight average for a male Miniature Schnauzer is 11 to 18 pounds. On the other hand, the Miniature Schnauzer female averages 10 to 15 pounds.
Miniature Schnauzers are extroverts and love to be in the middle of everything. They are a very “full of life” breed. Miniature Schnauzers will love to sleep right up close to you, and even love to run up to you and put their paws on you to show affection.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a Terrier, so they are feisty animals and enjoy to play. They are very intelligent, which helps with training. But, the Miniature Schnauzers are full of manipulation skills and stubbornness. They will definitely keep their owners on their toes. They are not as feisty as other Terriers, and they are not aggressive toward other dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers love to be with their family. It is their favorite pastime. Miniature Schnauzers are very good with children, especially those that they grew up with. They will play together, and the Miniature Schnauzer will protect them.
Miniature Schnauzers live to be between 12 to 14 years old and like many breeds, are generally healthy. This does not mean; however, that they do not have any health problems. Some health problems that may occur in the life space of a Miniature Schnauzer may include the following:
Cataracts, Entropion, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrand's Disease, and Congenital Megaesophagus.
Keep your Miniature Schnauzer healthy by taking them to the veterinarians as recommended.
Miniature Schnauzers love to carry their toys around and follow their owners from room to room. They love to play outside in a yard but would be okay without one if they have daily walks. Miniature Schnauzers need at least 45 minutes per day to exercise.
As with most dogs, Miniature Schnauzers need early socialization. They need different exposures to different people, sounds, places, and adventures. By using crate training, Miniature Schnauzers are able to be house broken in the best way possible.
Miniature Schnauzers hardly shed with their double coat, and every five to eight weeks Miniature Schnauzers need to be fully groomed to keep their coat healthy. Miniature Schnauzers also need their teeth to be brushed two to three times per week to remove any build up. Nails also need to be trimmed once or twice per month. Make sure to check the ears of a Miniature Schnauzer weekly to make sure they are not red or have a bad odor.
Here is a link to The American Miniature Schnauzer Club. Please check your local area for other rescues near you or to learn more about this breed.