Schnauzers originated in Germany in the 1400’s, and the miniature variety came from cross breeding with breeds such as the Poodle and Affenpinscher during the mid to late 1800’s. They are considered working dogs and are muscular and sturdy dogs. Many people have kept them as guard dogs, used them for herding, and even catching rats.
The breed’s smaller size enables them to get into tight places to catch them, and this is why most Mini-Schnauzers will chase after small rodents. The Miniature Schnauzer is very common in America, and as of 2007 ranks eleventh in popularity, according to the American Kennel Club. In Deutschland (Germany), they are referred to as Zwergschnauzers, or Dwarf Schnauzers.
Adult weight of a mini is approximately 12 – 15 pounds for males and 11 – 13 pounds for females. Mini-Schnauzer full grown height is 12 – 14 inches for both male and female. They have rigid front legs and a box style skull. The most identifiable features include the eyebrows, mustache, and bushy beard.
Their coats colors vary from black, white, and salt-and-pepper. Like Kaiser, most schnauzers have soft “puppy fur” during their early development. Once matured, a wiry coat is produced for the outer coat, but the undercoat remains soft. When not trimmed to the customary “Schnauzer cut” the hair is soft and curly. When groomed the hair is harsh and wiry. All Schnauzers are considered non-shedding dogs.
Tails are pretty thin and some owners dock (cut) the tail for show purposes. Kaiser still has his whole tail, don’t worry.
Schnauzers are generally great around kids and serve as an excellent family dog. They don’t require a big back yard like a lot of other dogs, and if you live in an apartment they should be just fine. Mini-Schnauzers are not overly energetic but definitely require exercise and play time or they can get a little ornery.
Schnauzers date back as early as the 1400’s and comes from the German word “schnauzer” or “snout” in English. Mini’s came about in the 19th century from cross breeding. The first exhibition including Mini Schnauzers was in 1899. The American Kennel Club first officially recognized minis in 1926.
Like other pure bread dogs, Schnauzers are susceptible to health issues such as epilepsy, diabetes, and pancreatits. Mini-Schnauzers can be prone to health problems that are linked to high fat levels. It is always best to avoid feeding any dog human food, especially if its fatty or high in sugar. Schnauzers need also to mind their ears as they can become infected if not dried out after swimming or other similar activities.