German in origin, the Miniature Schnauzer is a smart little dog derived from the Schnauzer, reduced in size, it is believed, by crossing with the Affenpinscher. This is the smallest of the Schnauzers, the others being the medium sized dog, known simply as the Schnauzer in the UK, but the Standard Schnauzer elsewhere, and the Giant Schnauzer. The breed name came from the winning dog in the Wire-Haired Pinscher (meaning terrier) class at the International Show in Hanover in 1879 and refers to his foreface, 'schnauze' meaning muzzle.
Dogs resembling the Schnauzer have long been popular in Germany and in the 16th and 17th centuries Durer and Rembrandt depicted dogs who were recognisably of Schnauzer type. His terrier background means that he is an excellent ratter and although he demonstrates some of the terrier characteristics of being on his toes and ready to defend himself against all-comers, he is primarily a stylish little companion who makes an excellent family dog.
His coat needs stripping twice a year, though most people will find it more convenient to have it clipped, and between clips he can be kept neat and tidy with a comb through his facial and leg furnishings. Permitted colours are all pepper and salt colours in even proportions, black or black and silver. Heights should be up to 14" for dogs and it is important that he looks sturdily built and robust with no suggestion of the Toy about him.
Click here to read the Miniature Schnauzer Breed Standard.
Miniature Schnauzer Breeders
Ferncliffe Giant and Miniature Schnauzers
We breed typical Schnauzers, all of excellent temperament. All our stock hold current, clear eye certificates. All our puppies will be Kennel Club Registered, micro chipped, eye tested, wormed, insured for 6 weeks and come with a full puppy pack and life long after sales care. We are Kennel Club Accredited Breeders as well as being licenced by Lancaster City Council and inspected annually.
Impartial advice on the breed freely given. To contact Karen or Rick please phone 01524 411220 or email or visit the website. Located in Lancashire.
Miniature Schnauzer Breed Clubs
Miniature Schnauzer Rescue and Rehoming
Schnauzer Club of Great Britain Rescue
Breed Rescue Co-ordinator Mrs Hilary Lockyer 01992 892881 (after 4pm)
or Secretary of the Schnauzer Club of Great Britain, Mrs E Kelly 01245 357333
Standard Schnauzer Rescue
Mr & Mrs A Leadbetter 01646 692943
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