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Miniature Schnauzer Information, a Playful and Intelligent Dog

Why This Breed Makes Such a Great House Pet

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IS THE Miniature Schnauzer RIGHT FOR YOU?

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    Known for a distinguished, handsome appearance, Miniature Schnauzers are a beautiful show dog.

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    Don't be fooled by the Miniature Schnauzer's small stature; they are spirited, loud and excellent watchdogs.

HISTORY

The Miniature Schnauzer hails from Germany, being the result of crossing the Standard Schnauzer and the monkey-faced Affenpinscher, with maybe a sprinkling of Poodle thrown into the mix. They were used as ratters in farms and homes, and still carry with them a lot of those instincts. Today the Miniature Schnauzer is primarily a companion dog, but they can still hack it as watchdogs, hunters, trackers, ratters, or trick performing dogs.

quick facts

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    Size

    Toy/Small

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    Lifespan

    12-14 years

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    Hair Length

    Medium

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    Male Height

    From 12-14 inches at the withers

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    Male Weight

    11-20 lbs

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    Female Height

    From 12-14 inches at the withers

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    Female Weight

    11-20 lbs

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    Litter Size

    3-6 puppies

APPEARANCE

A hairy little pooch, the Miniature Schnauzer has a tiny, square frame with a strong muzzle, straight front legs, and a docked tail. Their fur is coarse, with a wiry top coat and a somewhat softer undercoat. They generally have their ears cropped so they stand up straight. They have a distinct look, with hair on their face resembling a mustache, beard, and bushy eyebrows.

PERSONALITY

Smart, loving, and excitable, the Miniature Schnauzer make for excellent companions. They are great at catching mice and also make good watchdogs, but today most people just want to sit with them in their lap. They should be socialized early and well to make sure they dong develop “small dog syndrome.” They are generally very good with people, friends and strangers alike, and they also play well with children. Also, if they are properly socialized, these dogs are very easy to travel with.

color

Schnauzers can be salt and pepper, black and silver, and black. Other combinations are not recognized for purebreds, as it is believed other breeds were mixed in to achieve these colors: white, chocolate, and parti-colored.

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