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Schnauzer (Miniature)


General Information - Schnauzer (Miniature)


Group:
Utility

Size:
small

Lifespan:
12-14 years

Exercise:
medium

Grooming:
medium

Trainability:
medium

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
very low

Area of Origin:
Germany

Date of Origin:
1800's Other

Names:
Zwergschnauzer Original

Function:
Ratting



History

The Miniature Schnauzer, who resembles his cousins the Giant and Standard Schnauzers in everything but size, originates from Germany. This breed was developed in the 1890's by crossing smaller specimens of the Standard Schnauzer with the Miniature Pinscher or the Affenpinscher. His main function was originally barnyard ratter; however most are now cherished family pets.

Temperament

The Miniature Schnauzer is an inquisitive, playful and affectionate breed. It is less dog-aggressive than most other terriers. Easy to train, this dog breed makes a good companion and family pet. The Miniature Schnauzer is generally good with children. It can be a barker.

Upkeep

This energetic breed can have its exercise requirements met with a moderate walk on leash or a good game in the yard. Even though it can physically survive living outdoors in warm to temperate climates, it emotionally needs to share its life with its family inside the home. Its wire coat needs combing once or twice weekly, plus scissoring and shaping (clipping for pets and stripping for show dogs) every couple of months.