Other Names: Zwergschnauzer Country of Origin: Germany Lifespan: 14 Years Male Height: 12-14 Inches Male Weight: 13-15 Pounds Female Height: 12-14 Inches Female Weight: 13-15 Pounds
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The Miniature Schnauzer is the smallest of the three sizes of Schnauzers. This is a very playful, inquisitive, spunky, and companionable little watchdog. They are very attached to their owners, though they can be rather boisterous around strangers. The Miniature Schnauzer loves to play, and will sulk when left out of family activities.
Don't be fooled by the Miniature Schnauzer's size, he is a tough dog and needs a confident handler who is able to be firm and loving with him. He gets along with other animals better than many of the other terriers, and his rapport with children is well documented. You can expect many years from this healthy and long-lived dog, but be prepared for the higher than average grooming requirements.
The Miniature Schnauzer originates from Germany, and his name comes from the German word Schnauze which means "nose" or "snout". He was bred primarily for ratting, at which he excelled. The Miniature Schnauzer is a product of his bigger brother the Standard Schnauzer mixed with the Affenpinscher and the Miniature Pinscher. All three of the Schnauzers get their name and lineage from a single dog named Schnauzer, who was exhibited around 1879 in Germany.
The Schnauzer Pinscher Club was formed in 1895, and four years later the Miniature Schnauzer was exhibited in Germany as a breed, separate from the Standard Schnauzer. He arrived on North American soil shortly after World War II, and the American Kennel Club separated him from the Standard Schnauzer in 1933. The North American Kennel Clubs classified the Miniature Schnauzer as a Terrier, unlike in Europe where he was classified with his two brothers in the Utility group. Though the Miniature Schnauzer was the last of the Schnauzers to arrive on North American soil, his popularity grew at an enormous rate and he is now the most popular of the three.
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