If you are in the need of an easily trainable small sized breed that is a bit spunky but aloof, with good guarding tendencies, Miniature Schnauzer might just be the right breed for you.
The earliest records of the Standard Schnauzer in Germany come from the late 19th century, when they were originally bred to be medium-sized farm dogs, equally suited to ratting, herding, and guarding property.
Farmers later bred the Standard Schnauzer into a smaller, more compact size and the first recorded Miniature Schnauzer appeared in 1888.
They have a double coat, with wiry exterior fur and a soft undercoat. The coat is typically kept short, but the fur on the ears, legs, belly, and face is retained.
When it comes to the color, recognized patterns are typically black, salt and pepper, black and silver, and pure white.
The American Kennel Club breed standard describes temperament as “alert and spirited, yet obedient to command… friendly, intelligent and willing to please… never overaggressive or timid.”
- may suffer health problems associated with high fat levels
- susceptible to diabetes
- may develop bladder stones
Should I adopt/buy a Miniature Schnauzer?
If you are looking for an alert and lively small breed watchdog that is easily trainable, Miniature Schnauzer is waiting for you.