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Miniature Schnauzers

Updated on May 13, 2011

Mini Schnauzer

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Miniature Schnauzer History

The earliest records of the Miniature Schnauzer come from Germany in the late 1800s. They were originally bred as farm dogs to keep the rats and vermin out of the barn.

The breed was established by breeding the Standard Schnauzer with other smaller breeds such as the Affenpinscher, Miniature Pinscher, and even the Miniature Poodle. And, as breeders worked towards stabilizing the gene pool, mismarked, parti-colors, and white puppies were removed from the breeding programs.

The earliest recorded true Miniature Schnauzer was in 1888, and the first exhibition was in 1899. With their bold courage, the Miniature Schnauzer was originally used for guarding herds, small farms, and families.

As time passed, they were, also, used to hunt rats, because its small size was perfect to get into tight places to catch them.

The AKC accepted registration of the new breed in 1926, two years after they were introduced to the United States.

Miniature Schnauzer Appearance

The Miniature Schnauzer is less than 15 inches tall at the shoulder.

Like the other two versions of the Schnauzer, the mini schnauzer has a harsh, wiry outer coat and a dense, soft undercoat.

The coatcolor can vary between salt and pepper of gray, black, and white.

The schnauzer has minimal shedding concerns.

The hair on the face, is a little longer, to where it forms a beard at the muzzle. They have very long eyebrows.

Overall, Schnauzers are robust and sturdy dogs that are heavy for their height.

Miniature Schnauzer Temperament

The Miniature Schnauzer is known for its lively personality, loyalty, and energy.

They are considered to be a spirited dog. The standards deems that the breed must be obedient, friendly, intelligent, and willing to please. Miniature Schnauzers should never be overly aggressive or timid.

Mini Schnauzers are not naturally aggressive dogs, but they should be fearless.

This schnauzer makes a great guard dog, as they tend to bark at anyone who may appear as a threat.

They are by nature great with children, as well, as they are highly playful. But remember to supervise any playtimes with younger children.

Miniature Schnauzers will do well living in an apartment, although at times they can be very active.

Miniature Schnauzer Health

If they aren't given the proper exercise and a balanced diet, Miniature Schnauzers can gain weight easily.

But, for the most part the breed is relatively healthy and robust.

The more common health concerns include:

  • Kidney stones
  • Liver disease
  • Skin disorders
  • von Willebrand's disease
  • Diabetes
  • Liver ailments
  • Cysts

The Miniature Schnauzer can, also, suffer from hereditary eye problems.

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    • Cynthia Haltom profile image

      Cynthia Haltom 

      4 years ago from Diamondhead

      So cute!

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      Jaye Denman 

      8 years ago from Deep South, USA

      My mini Schnauzer girl is six years old, and she's had pancreatitis twice, so I'm very careful to keep her diet lowfat. She has her cholesterol level checked as often as I have mine done! The vet told me that mini Schnauzers are prone to pancreatitis and can get it even when fed a lowfat diet. Otherwise, she's healthy, happy and my dear companion. Jaye

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      9 years ago

      I agree gracenotes, i also got a kick of the origin, only difference is i have a min pin! I am picking up my new puppy tomorrow

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      9 years ago from North Texas

      I adopted a miniature schnauzer earlier this year. She is so cute!

      I have always gotten a kick out of the story of the origin of the miniature schnauzer, which mixes in a little poodle.

      Coincidentally, I have a poodle at home too!

      Nice hub.

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      9 years ago

      That pup is so cute. My Archie looks exactly like this one except my miniature schnauzer has more of the silver coat. Adorable!

    • Helenuk profile image


      11 years ago

      The Schnauzer Pup is soooooo cute !!!!



    • MrMarmalade profile image


      11 years ago from Sydney

      A magic hub, I like that one too

    • compu-smart profile image


      11 years ago from London UK

      I'm such a pet lover and i adore the Miniature Pinscher:)

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Georgia

      I agree. The pup in the picture is photo perfect. I'm just surprised the other breeds shown, where what created the end result of the Mini Schnauzer.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      11 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      They are absolutely the best looking dog in my eyes. The one in the picture is absolutely gorgeous.

      Great HUB

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      11 years ago from Chennai

      The one in the first pic looks like a high-brow writer! Beautiful people, these!

    • alfred1128 profile image


      11 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Not really a pet lover but I found this interesting.


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