Miniature Schnauzer: the smallest among the Schnauzers


The Miniature Schnauzer is a popular dog breed and originally comes from Germany. There he was mainly used to fight vermin. Nowadays, this dog is suitable as a family dog, but it certainly still has its hunting instinct. The Miniature Schnauzer is friendly, loyal and lively. He gets along well with children and enjoys undertaking activities with his owner. Because of his small size, he can live in an apartment.

But his preference is for a house with a large garden, where a Miniature Schnauzer can let off steam. After all, he loves to be outside. The coat of the Miniature Schnauzer needs a relatively large amount of grooming to keep it looking good. An advantage of his coat is that it does not shed much. People with allergies therefore experience fewer complaints with this dog. Have you become curious and would you like to know more about the Miniature Schnauzer? Then read this article!


The history: a rat catcher from Germany

The Miniature Schnauzer originated in Germany in the mid-nineteenth century. It is the smallest type among the Schnauzers. The Germans were looking for a farm dog that could chase away pests such as rats. Earlier, the standard Schnauzer was used for this purpose, but this dog took up more space and the maintenance costs were more expensive. Breeders decided to cross the standard Schnauzers with Affenpinschers and Poodles. This cross-resulted in the Miniature Schnauzer, a smaller dog that was better at chasing away vermin.

Today, the Miniature Schnauzer is a popular family dog. The hunting instinct for small pests still has this dog breed in it. The Miniature Schnauzer first came to America after World War I. There this dog breed became immediately popular. Also in the Netherlands the Miniature Schnauzer is common and it is a popular pet.


The character: obedient, lively and friendly

The Miniature Schnauzer is a friendly dog and is nowadays a very popular pet. This dog breed likes to undertake activities with his owner and/or family. He prefers to be close to you and likes to be in the center of attention. Due to its size, this dog is easy to take anywhere. The Miniature Schnauzer is lively, playful and loyal.

Despite its small size, it is a real watchdog. He is alert and will warn you if strange people enter his territory. He will bark a lot in the process, but you can unlearn this at a young age. The Miniature Schnauzer is intelligent and obedient. This makes it relatively easy to train and socialize him. If he is not socialized properly, then there is a chance that he will show aggression towards large dogs. How best to socialize a Miniature Schnauzer, you will read later in this article.

Due to its friendly nature, the Miniature Schnauzer is suitable as a family dog. He gets along well with children and other pets. It is wise to socialize the Miniature Schnauzer early with children and pets. It is also important to always supervise, especially if there are small pets around him. Due to his instinct to chase small animals, he may sometimes chase small pets.

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The appearance of a Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog, but has a powerful appearance. A male dog has a height at the withers between 30 and 36 centimeters and weighs between 5.5 and 9 kilograms. A bitch has a height at the withers between 28 and 34 centimeters and weighs between 5.4 and 8.2 kilograms. In terms of size, the male and female are relatively close to each other. A male dog is slightly larger and heavier.

The physique of a Miniature Schnauzer is square. The chest of a Miniature Schnauzer is broad and the legs are straight and powerful. Its skull is elongated and the forehead is flat. The eyes are large and expressive. They reflect his friendly and cheerful nature. The Miniature Schnauzer has a beard and thick eyebrows. The large and hairy eyebrows are characteristic of a Miniature Schnauzer. He has a powerful upper and lower jaw and his lips are smooth and black. The nose is also black in color. The ears hang down and are set high.

The tail of a Miniature Schnauzer is often shortened to prevent injuries while running. This is usually done on the third or fourth day. The shortening of a tail is also called tail docking. It is almost impossible to find a Miniature Schnauzer puppy with a long tail. The Miniature Schnauzer comes in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Pepper and Salt
  • White
  • Black and silver.

A pepper and salt colored coat is most common in a Miniature Schnauzer. The Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat. The coat is thread-like and hard and the under coat is soft.


The care: intensive care is important

The Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat, but sheds minimally. This makes this dog breed suitable for people with allergies. Despite the fact that the Miniature Schnauzer has little shedding, it is important to brush the dog every day. If you brush the coat every day, then the texture of the coat will be preserved and it will look neat.

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