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Miniature Schnauzer: Training, History, Temperament, Exercise (Mini Schnauzer, Zwergschnauzer)
About Miniature Schnauzer
Country of Origin, History of the breed
Miniature Schnauzer is the
result of breeding that started with the Standard
Schnauzer, a much larger dog. They were developed by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with smaller breeds like the Miniature Pinscher, Poodle, or Affenpinscher. He is a German breed. ‘Schnauzer’
comes from the word ‘schnauze’
which means ‘muzzle.’ Its purpose
was to keep vermin (mainly rats) away from
the home and also to make a fine companion.
Its watchdog skills are still in effect.
Schnauzers hunt, track,
do watchdog duties, and compete in obedience
and agility and perform tricks.
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A General Appearance of the Dog
The breed is a small, rectangular
dog with a long head. The bushy eyebrows, beard,
and mustache are often trimmed to accentuate the
squareness of the head. The back is very straight
and level, parallel to the floor. The Mini Schnauzer
has v-shaped ears which fold forward on each side
of the head. Often the ears are cropped to a V and
stand up erect.
The dog’s nose is black
and the eyes are dark. the docked tail of the dog is carried high. The front legs are straight.
This dog is a very sturdy-looking dog, strong and
muscular with a very alert expression.
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Temperament of the Dog
This dog’s watchdog skills
are still in effect and this terrier finds extreme
pleasure in announcing guests, the mailman, the
meter reader and any other person that steps foot
near his door. Early training can keep this instinct
from becoming overused.
The breeds are very energetic,
playful and happy. They tend to be quite feisty
and will pick a fight with any other dog, even those
quite larger than themselves. Most of the time they
do not intend to fight, only to challenge. However,
their attitude can get them into trouble.
When raised with other canines
they can be quite amiable but newcomers will be
met with reserve until they are ready to accept
them. Socialization with a variety of dogs and people
when they are young will help minimize the feistiness
of the dog.
They love attention and is usually
good with children of all ages. Protection of food
and toys is inherent, so smaller children should
be watched until they can understand this concept.
The breed's compact size makes
them excellent travelers and they love the attention
it brings. If training is begun early and continued
consistently and firmly, the dog will be joyfully
obedient. The dog is loving, affectionate, and very
This can be a good breed for allergy
sufferers as it sheds very little and little or
no oil and dander.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
This dog is very active indoors.
He likes a yard but it is not necessary as long
as he gets short walks through the day. This breed
needs to live in the house.
Are they suited to homes
If raised with children, the dog
will adore and play with the children. A 10-15 year-old
can obedience train a dog if he is firm and consistent
and will enjoy the adoring looks he gets when praising
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How Active is the Breed?
The dog is very active indoors.
He likes a yard but it is not necessary as long
as he gets short walks through the day.
Apartment life is agreeable with
this breed but will need occasional walks on lead
to complete its exercise needs.
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
Puppies are more active than adults.
They would like an occasional romp in a yard or
at a dog park. Adults and puppies are very active
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The distinctive look of the face
and body of this breed comes from very specific
grooming and should be done professionally every
6 weeks. A longer, less complicated puppy cut can
be done 3-4 times a year as well and save on grooming
expenses. Both will require frequent brushing by
the owner to keep its coat in shape and mat free.
Almost daily combing or brushing
with a wire brush is necessary for this dogs.
Whiskers and beard need to be
cleaned after meals.
Show dogs require hand stripping
of the coat.
your dog yourself, at your home and at your convenience
will help you build a strong bond with your breed.
You will not only save yourself the hassle of taking
him to a groomer regularly, you save some money
The dog coat colors include salt
and pepper, black, black with silver, and white
(white is not an AKC recognized color).
The dog’s coat is double
with the outercoat being hard and wiry and the undercoat
Health problems that are hereditary
can be of the eye, liver and skin.
Do seek a reputable breeder to
limit these concerns and to observe the temperament
of the parents which will indicate the future temperament
of the puppy you choose.
If you carefully watch the diet
and do not overfeed, you will have an active lively
dog that can live 15 years and beyond.
Usually healthy, but they can
suffer from kidney stones, liver disease, skin disorders,
von Willebrand’s disease, diabetes, and cysts.
Breeding the Dog and any
Your breeder should be consulted
on what mate would be a good match for your dog.
A dog's health is directly related to it's diet.
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you can help your Miniature Schnauzer to live longer.
6 – 8 puppies
Life Span: 12
– 15 years is the normal life span. Most Schnauzers
show no sign of aging in terms of energy until very
late in life.
Weight: 10 –
Height: 12 –
Group: AKC Terrier; KCGB Utility
Ranking : 10 in AKC; 13 in KCGB
Also Known As: Mini Schnauzer,
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National Breed Clubs
British – Miniature Schnauzer
Schnauzer Club of Great Britain – (all 3 sizes)
US – American Miniature Schnauzer Club - http://amsc.us
Other Recognition: CKC,
FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI,
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