Stocky, robust little dogs standing 12 to 14 inches at the shoulder, Miniature Schnauzers were bred down from their larger cousins, Standard Schnauzers. Aside from the size difference, the two breeds look much alike. The bushy beard and eyebrows give Minis a charming, human-like expression. The coat comes in three color patterns: salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black. Created to be all-around farm dogs and ratters, they’re rugged and muscular—fearless, but not aggressive.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a bright, friendly, trainable companion, small enough to adapt to apartment life but tireless enough to patrol acres of farmland. They get along well with other animals and kids. They’re sturdy little guys and love vigorous play. Home and family oriented, they make great watchdogs. The breed is generally healthy, long-lived, and low shedding. Add an outgoing personality and sporty good looks, and you've got an ideal family dog.
Did You Know?
The Miniature Schnauzer is the most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds.
Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole, actress Mary Tyler Moore, actor Bill Cosby, and actor/martial artist Bruce Lee have all owned Miniature Schnauzers.
The Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat that requires hand stripping for the show ring. Most pet owners prefer to clip the outer coat of their dogs to avoid the extensive grooming required to keep this breed in show condition.
The Schnauzer is of German origin, said to be recognizable in pictures of the 15th century.
The Miniature Schnauzer is derived from the Standard Schnauzer and is said to have come from mixing of Affenpinschers and Poodles with small Standard Schnauzers. The breed was exhibited as a distinct breed as early as 1899.
The Miniature Schnauzer was originally bred to be a small farm dog, able to go to ground for all kinds of vermin.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & Silver||016|
|Salt & Pepper||167|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|