The Miniature Schnauzer is of German derivation and began its recorded history as a yard and stable dog. His job to be a ratter and vermin hunter above ground.
The adult Miniature Schnauzer will stand between 12 and 14 inches at the shoulders and weigh between 14 and 18 pounds. The three approved colors are Salt & Pepper, Black & Silver and Black. Miniature Schnauzers have a short wiry body coat that when clippered is soft. Leg and underbelly hair is longer than body coat and of course the eyebrows and beard that are so characteristic of the breed. Miniature Schnauzers don’t shed so are considered a “hypo allergenic” breed suitable for people with allergies to dog hair.
The temperament of the Miniature Schnauzer should be a dog that is alert, and spirited, yet obedient to command. He is friendly, intelligent and willing to please. They are extremely interactive and expressive dogs. The M.S. is easily trained, they will however without the right guidance easily train their owners. They should never be over-aggressive or timid. If you want a dog that does not bark, you do not want a Miniature Schnauzer. They can be quite verbal but with training and proper socialization will be only an alarm and not a yappy nuisance.
General requirements of a Miniature Schnauzer would include approximately 1 cup of a quality dog food daily. Proper veterinary care and regular professional grooming (every 6-8 weeks). This breed does not shed, but does require at least a weekly brushing of his beard, underbelly and leg furnishings to keep mats form forming in the hair. To make your Miniature Schnauzer a complete companion, one that is a pleasure to be around, dog training classes for proper socialization and behavior are recommended. The Miniature Schnauzer requires moderate exercise as an adult somewhat more as a puppy. The M.S. makes a nice family dog, being small enough to be a lap dog but robust and active enough for play with children. This breed is normally fine with other pets as well.
The Miniature Schnauzer is generally a healthy breed and long lived. Reported health problems; bladder and kidney disease, diabetes, pancreatitis, allergies, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Retinal Dysplasia (RD), cataracts, Juvenile Renal Dysplasia (JRD), liver shunts, Myotonia, and SARDS.
When considering a Miniature Schnauzer to purchase for a pet, ask the following questions:
Can you see one or both parents?
Can you see a copy of the pedigree?
Has the puppy had the proper vaccinations?
Do the parents have yearly eye checks? (by a V.O.)
If the seller does not have the puppy you want is he
or she willing to refer you to another reputable breeder?
Is the puppy's health guaranteed in writing? (especially
against congenital defects)
Don't forget to ASK YOURSELF:
Can you provide a clean, safe, healthy environment? Can you provide proper food, veterinary care, grooming? Can you provide time for training and exercise and many years of love and attention?
Compiled by Beth Santure, Loneacre Miniature Schnauzers