Height: 12-14 in
Weight: 13-15 lb
Temperament: affectionate, obedient, playful
Giant, Miniature and Standard Schnauzers are three
separate breeds and were all developed during different
times and from different stock. All three were developed
within Germany. This is the only terrier that is not from
British Isle stock. Their main task was to hunt rats
within barns, but they were also a great traveling
companion for their master’s horses.
Make an ideal watchdog for the home. They are alert and
will sound a warning bark. Their head is long and their
ears are usually docked. If left uncut, the ears fold
forward toward the face. Color: salt/pepper, black, black
and silver. The coat is short, wiry, straight and rough.
Their coat requires regular clipping and stripping.
Stripping needs to be done about twice each year to remove
dead hair. Other grooming needed is regular nail clipping
and ear cleaning. Shed minimally. They have bushy
eyebrows, a beard and a mustache upon their face. Tail is
docked, set high and carried erect.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a solid, sturdy and muscular
dog. Ideal size for those living in an apartment or in a
home lacking a yard. Happy living in city or country, just
as long as he or she is near its family. They are an
athletic little dog that needs daily exercise. They need
to live and sleep indoors where they can be close to the
family; this is when they are happiest. This Schnauzer is
good with older, gentle children. Good traveling
companion. This breed is smart and obedient, they learn
quickly - early socialization, consistent, firm obedience
training is required. They are good with pets, fairly
aggressive toward strange dogs.