The distinguished miniature Schnauzer

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Schnauzer comes in three different sizes, the miniature, standard, and giant. The Miniature Schnauzer tops the list in popularity according to the American Kennel Club.

Bred down from the Standard Schnauzer, the mini was originally bred to be a small farm dog where he hunted vermin.

That is where his distinct long eyebrows and beard come in to play; they would protect him from angry vermin trying to scratch his face and eyes.

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The Mini originates from Germany and the breed’s name comes from his beard and mustache on his muzzle (which is “schnauze” in German). Schnauzers are found depicted in German paintings as far back as the 15th Century.

The Miniature Schnauzer was first recognized by the AKC in 1926 and finds his place in the Terrier Group. To fall into the breed’s standard; he should be between 12 to 14 inches in height and can be the colors of salt and pepper, black and silver, or solid black.

The coat of a show Schnauzer should be hand-stripped while a pet Schnauzer should be clipped to a length suitable for your lifestyle and how much time you wish to spend brushing him.

The Miniature Schnauzer is a terrier through and through. He is alert, spirited, intelligent, and willing to please his owner.

He is a tough, hardy little dog that can run with the horses in the stable during the day and spend an evening in front of the fireplace with the family at night.

The breed is discerning and protective, but not overly protective.

Many people like the Miniature Schnauzer because of their size. He is not too big or too small and his temperament fits the lifestyle of just about anyone.

He is also a good fit for someone with allergies, because they do not shed.

Since there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog, it is best for someone with allergies to spend some time with the breed to make sure they have no adverse reactions before making one part of the family.

The Mini demands attention from his master and definitely will not be satisfied as an “outside dog.”

He will thrive with an owner who incorporates him into his daily life and makes him a true family member.

The Miniature Schnauzer typically gets along well with all family members and other dogs, but it is wise not to leave him alone with small pets that he may think is prey.

He will always have the terrier instinct to catch small creatures, so use caution.

If you are interested in the Mini do the research and find a reputable breeder or check out the Miniature Schnauzer Club at

The Miniature Schnauzer is a great watchdog, family member, and a true terrier.

If you are looking for a dog that adapts well to every environment and that will be faithful to the end, look no further.

The Miniature Schnauzer may just be the dog for you. Remember, every dog deserves to be a show dog.

Tony Barker

The BARKer Shop