What makes a Miniature Schnauzer a Miniature Schnauzer?


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Dobermans, Rottweillers, and Schnauzers all share common ancestry linking back to the Wurttenberg cattle dog. What we know as Standard Schnauzers today have also been known as Wirehaired Pinschers. When bred with Affenpinschers, Miniature Pinschers, and Toy Spitz, to name a few known possibilities, the offspring became what we know today as Miniature Schnauzers.

Schnauzers were bred to be working dogs, in particular herding dogs. The miniature size was desired so the dog might fit better into a household. Minis are just as comfortable hanging out with horses as with the family children. Although not bred as ratters, the Manchester Terrier aspect of the earliest breed helps make Mini Schnauzers excellent in Earthdog competitions today.

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You may have heard mention of the Standard, Giant, Miniature, Toy, and other Schnauzers. The Standard, Giant, and Miniature are the only breeds of Schnauzers recognized by standard setting organizations like the AKC. These three are separate and distinct breeds with their own standards including different temperaments, acceptable colorations, etc.

When you see advertisements for toy, white, or rare parti-colored schnauzers, know that any dog who has a registered sire and dame can be registered, but these are dogs that do not measure up to any Schnauzer standard. Learn about the standard for any dog you are considering, especially if you intend to show your dog. And find out who set the standard and why. Not all pairings of registered dogs produce quality offspring. And, in fact, it can be dangerous to breed such dogs without respect for their natural morphology.


  Schnauzers were bred as herding dogs.  

Miniature Schnauzers are big dogs in small bodies. They are also:

        Minis love to do everything with their family, even if they do get car sick!    
General Appearance


12 to 14 inches at top of shoulder 12 to 14 inches at top of shoulder
11 to 20 lbs depending on structure 11 to 20 lbs depending on structure
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