The Schnauzer is of German origin, said to be recognizable in pictures of the 15th century.
The first recorded Miniature Schnauzer appeared in 1888, and the first exhibition was held in 1899.
The AKC accepted registration of the new breed in 1926, two years after Miniature Schnauzers were introduced to the United States.
Stocky, robust little dogs standing 12 to 14 inches at the shoulder, and weighing from 12 – 18 pounds Miniature Schnauzers were bred down from their larger cousins, Standard Schnauzers. Aside from the size difference, the two breeds look much alike. However, the Miniature Schnauzer is more intelligent by a lot and is rated higher as a great family pet than the Standard. So at the end of the day they are more popular.
Miniature Schnauzers come in 4 different colors (grey) Salt and Pepper, Black and Silver, Black, White.
Salt and Pepper is the most dominant gene so Salt and Peppers are a dime a dozen. The Black and Silver is a recessive gene and are seen less walking around. The Black and Silver is my favorite and is what I specialize in breeding. The Silver in the Black and Silver come in 2 different colors. The bottom part of the leg is either a darkish grey or almost a vanilla that many people mistake for white. The second one is often referred to the Black and Silver Phantom.
The solid Black Miniature Schnauzer is also impossible to find it is also a recessive gene, however, unlike the Black and Silver, the solid black requires at least 1 parent be a solid black to produce a solid black and even with that you are not guaranteed more than 1 black in the litter.
The White Miniature Schnauzer is not yet accepted in the AKC show ring. They are AKC registered and they are accepted in the show rings in other countries but not yet in the United States. The White Miniature Schnauzer is also a recessive gene and are not as prevalent as the Salt and Pepper which is the dominant Miniature Schnauzer gene.
The bushy beard and eyebrows give Minis a charming, human-like expression. The coat comes in four color patterns: salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black and solid white. Created to be all-around farm dogs and ratters, they’re rugged and muscular—fearless, but not aggressive.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a bright, friendly, trainable companion, small enough to adapt to apartment life but tireless enough to patrol acres of farmland. They get along well with other animals and kids. They’re sturdy little guys and love vigorous play. Home and family oriented, they make great watchdogs!!! The breed is generally healthy, long-lived, and non-shedding. Add an outgoing personality and sporty good looks, and you’ve got an ideal family dog. (from AKC)
The American Kennel Club breed standard describes the Miniature Schnauzer’s temperament as “alert and spirited, yet obedient to command… friendly, intelligent and willing to please… never overaggressive or timid. Usually easy to train, they tend to be excellent watchdogs with a good territorial instinct, but more inclined toward barking than biting. They are often aloof with strangers until the owners of the home welcome the guest, upon which they are typically very friendly to them.
They are highly playful dogs, and, if not given the outlet required for their energy, they can become bored and invent their own “fun”. Miniature Schnauzers can compete in dog agility trials, obedience, showmanship, flyball, and tracking. Schnauzers have a high prey drive, which means they may attack other small pets such as birds, snakes, and rodents. Many will also attack cats, but this may be curbed with training, or if the dog is raised with cats.
Personally I have sold Miniature puppies to homes where they have then been trained for “search and rescue”, “diabetic dog”, “agility”, “therapy dog”, “obedience” and more. The dog Rita in Cabo San Lucas was trained to perform in a tourist area “off leash” about 100 commands by the age of 6 months including things like walking backwards and various obedience commands, as well as, search and rescue, and for fun she knows how to boogie-board and so much more.
Since Miniature Schnauzers are in the top 12 AKC dogs of intelligence they of course easier to train. With that being said they can be drained to do everything that a German Shepherd, Golden Retriever , a Labrador, etc or any other dog can do.
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