Ideally dogs should measure 35cm at the withers and bitches should measure 33cm.
Ideally dogs should weigh 8kg. Bitches should weigh 7kg.
Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Agility, Herding, Tracking, Search and Rescue, Therapy
The Mini is a lively, active little dog. They can be stubborn and willful and do need a firm hand when training. They do get on well with children and other household pets if they are introduced at an early age. The Miniature Schnauzer makes an ideal family pet and watchdog. They are quite vocal and will be quick to alert the family of any strangers approaching their territory. The Miniature Schnauzer is the most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds, it also is said to have the best temperament.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a small sized dog. They are sturdy and muscular with an alert outlook. Their eyebrows, moustache and leg hair give them a very distinctive appearance.
There are several conditions that occur in the breed. Breeders are trying to reduce them by careful and responsible breeding and screening where possible.
Feeding of this little dog is relatively easy; however, care must be taken that they do not become overweight.
A Schnauzer type dog has been represented in art and sculptures as early as the 1400’s. This breed is a result of crossing the Standard Schnauzer with the Affenpinscher and other small breeds. The name Schnauzer was first associated with this breed in 1879. They were recognised as a separate breed in 1899 in Germany and first appeared in America in 1925.
The Standard Schnauzer is the original and oldest of the Schnauzer breeds, which includes the Miniature and Giant Schnauzers. The breed’s name is derived from the German word “schnauze,” which means “muzzle.”