Miniature Schnauzer is a dog breed who’s got it all in one small package: intelligence, affection, an extroverted temperament, humor, and a personality that’s twice as big as he is.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Miniature Schnauzer.
In the 1800s, breeders decided that a smaller schnauzer would be ideal for households. They bred the standard schnauzer with the poodle and affenpinscher to make a more compact version. By 1899 the miniature schnauzer was recognized as its own breed.
Miniature schnauzers were farm dogs that were used as ratters, bred to hunt and kill any uninvited guests. The thick facial hair was sometimes matted down into thick armor that protected the canine’s face from any potential retaliation from its prey.
Sometimes miniature schnauzers can be bouncing off the walls, and the next they will be snuggling up to you for a nap. The excitable pooch enjoys runs outside and snoozes inside in equal measures.
The standard colors of this breed, as defined by the American Kennel Club, are black, black and silver, and salt and pepper, with no distinct markings. However, there are some chocolate and wheaten-colored Minis that aren’t officially recognized as part of the breed standard.
5) Family Pet
Miniature Schnauzer is happy, friendly, affectionate, intelligent and stubborn dog. It is good choice for families with kids and other dogs (but not with small animals). Miniature Schnauzer is not aggressive toward other dogs, but it will not hesitate to fight with much bigger dogs when it is provoked.
These little dogs have big voices. The canines use this vocalization to say hello, alert you of something they found, or to let you know how they’re feeling. They bark when they’re happy, sad, or just bored. An untrained schnauzer might keep an owner up at all hours happily barking away. That's why it's important to train your dogs early on that barking is an emergency-only activity.
Being bred in Germany led to a German moniker. Schnauze comes from the German word for muzzle, referring to the dog’s square snout and distinct facial hair.
8) Healthy Dog
The Mini Schnauzer is considered one of the healthiest breeds, with few congenital disease issues. However, some may be susceptible to eye ailments.
Miniature schnauzers have a thick, wiry double coat. It came in handy when they dug into the ground, as it naturally kept the debris off. And, as a bonus, they do not shed much, so they work well for owners who have allergies.
Miniature Schnauzer is suitable both for the life in the apartments and in the houses with backyards. It requires regular daily exercise (of at least 45 minutes) to stay healthy.