The Miniature Schnauzer originated from Germany. Belonging to the lineage of the Standard Schnauzer and the Affenpinscher, the Miniature Schnauzer was used as house pets to catch mice.
A little hairy dog, with heavy whiskers and leg furnishings, the Miniature Schnauzer possesses a distinctive square frame, long head, powerful muzzle, and a black nose. The dog has a thick and wiry outer coat, while its undercoat is comparatively softer. Its ears are folded forward, cropped and erect, hair around the eyes and ears are trimmed, the tail set high, is usually docked and the dark brown, small, oval eyes are highly expressive conveying a feeling of happiness. The Miniature Schnauzer flaunts different colors and patterns; salt-and-pepper, black and black-and-silver.
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.
Extremely friendly, playful, intelligent, faithful and obedient, the Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent watch dog and is extremely good at catching mice. Alert, highly active and courageous, the dog can easily adapt to any kind of environment; urban surrounding or a home in the country. The dog has a variable temperament, barks a lot and might behave fiercely even with larger dogs. However, they are fond of children and love to be in their company.
The average age expectancy of a Miniature Schnauzer is up to fifteen years. They are usually twelve to fourteen inches in height and weigh around fifteen pounds. The most common health disorders that affect the Miniature Schnauzer are kidney stones, liver skin diseases and hereditary eye problems.
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