The Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog that was derived in Germany. This occurred in the middle to late part of the 19th century.
Initially the dogs were bred to be medium sized for farm work. They were bred to herd and guard property, and are naturally protective of children.
The Miniature Schnauzer that lived the longest was a black female named Findel. She was born in October 1888 and was registered in the first stud book.
The breed was popular until 1902 when people became interested in dogs that were bred to work. However, they make a wonderful pet and have once again become popular.
The breed's size is small - about 12 to 14 inches tall. The females weigh 11 to 15 pounds and the males weigh 14 to 18 pounds.
The coat on a Miniature Schnauzer is doubled with a soft undercoat and wiry outside. The fur on their legs, ears and bordering their body is kept long, but the fur against their bodies is clipped.
The colors that Miniature Schnauzer is born with determine the Breed Standard and they include pure black and salt and pepper.
They can also be white, red and brown. They are a low shedding breed with thin tails, straight legs and short round feet.
The breed's temperament is smart and friendly with a desire to please. A Miniature Schnauzer is unaggressive, but they aren't timid either.
They take commands easily and will alert you when someone arrives. They are great watchdogs and will keep an eye on their family.
The breed will not welcome a stranger until their owner acknowledges knowing them. They are verbal animals that will greet their owner with a woof, but are not usually yappy. They will also bark when they are happy, excited or annoyed.
A Miniature Schnauzer is usually comfortable with children. However, all dogs should have an adult present when they are with small children.
They are a breed that loves to play, so owners should ensure that they receive a lot of time to run around and expend their energy.
Owners should be careful with other small pets that they may own such as hamsters, birds or reptiles, because Schnauzers have the instinct to prey upon other small creatures.
They may also take after cats, but this can be stopped with training. They will usually adapt to a cat if they grow up with one. They do well with obedience training and owners will have a better dog from it.
Miniature Schnauzers love company, so they are not recommended for someone who works all day.
They adore being the centre of attention, but often have one person among their family who is their favorite.
The dog will follow that person around everywhere and they will have their buddy with them all the time.
These animals are perfect for people who are looking for companionship and their owners will have a long-time friend.
Those who choose this breed for their home will have a pet that the whole family will enjoy.