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Facts about Miniature Schnauzers For Kids


Miniature Schnauzers developed from crosses between the Standard Schnauzer and one or more smaller breeds such as the Poodle and Affenpinscher, as farmers bred a small dog that was an efficient ratting dog. They are described as “spunky” but aloof dogs, with good guarding tendencies without some guard dogs’ predisposition to bite.

  • Miniature Schnauzers are recognized in three colors internationally: solid black, black and silver, and a color known as ‘salt and pepper’.
  • There is a controversial fourth color variant in Miniature Schnauzers, pure white, which is not recognized universally.
  • As of 2013 it is the 17th most popular breed in the U.S. The earliest records surrounding development of the Standard Schnauzer in Germany come from the late 19th century.
  • The AKC accepted registration of the new breed in 1926, two years after Miniature Schnauzers were introduced to the United States.
  • International Kennel Club classifications vary; in the United Kingdom and Australia they fall within the Utility Group, while in Canadathey are in the Working Group.
  • In the AKC the Miniature Schnauzer is classed with the terriers.
  • Dorem Display, the first Miniature Schnauzer to win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
  • In show trim, the coat is kept short on the body, but the fur on the ears, legs, belly, and face is retained.
  • Docking of tails and cropping of ears has become a controversial practice, especially for non-working dogs, and is now illegal or restricted in a number of countries worldwide.
  • The white Schnauzer is one of four color varieties of the Miniature Schnauzer currently recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.
  • Miniature Schnauzers should have their ears dried after swimming due to a risk of infection, especially those with uncropped ears; ear examinations should be part of the regular annual check up.
  • Schnauzers require regular grooming, either by stripping (mostly seen in show dogs), or by clipping.
  • Many Miniature Schnauzers who are family pets have regular grooming appointments to have their hair clipped; clipping, using a mechanical clippers, produces a soft, silky, skin-close trim.