The Miniature Schnauzer is a small breed developed in Germany as a farm dog which guarded the herds and family, and a vermin hunter. The breed began with the crossing of the Standard Schnauzer with the Affenpinscher, Miniature Pinscher and Poodle in order to bring down the size. The first recorded Miniature Schnauzer was in 1888. It is currently recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Terrier breed.
The Miniature Schnauzer stands 12 to 14 inches high and weighs 13 to 19 pounds. The breed has a long head with a distinctive bushy beard and eyebrows. It has dark oval eyes and V-shaped ears. It has a thin small or docked tail and round “cat feet”. Its coat is harsh with a soft undercoat, and it is generally black, black and silver, red and pepper, and sometimes it can be white.
The Miniature Schnauzer makes an excellent pet and an even better guard dog. It is often guarded toward strangers, as well as territorial. It is a relatively fearless breed which guards its home and its family with its voice. Schnauzers bark at any type of threat they perceive. The breed is generally good with families and children, as they are playful and energetic. The breed needs to be well-trained in order to keep it from being destructive.
The breed is generally healthy and lives on average from 10 to 12 years. The breed may experience health problems including: diabetes, bladder stones, pancreatitis, idiopathic hyperlipidemia, ear problems, obesity, and skin allergies.