Breed Group: Terrier Group
Shoulder Height: 13-14 in.
Weight: 10-18 lb.
Life Span: 12-14 years
Colors: Black, salt-and-pepper, silver, white
- Miniature Schnauzers were originally bred in Germany as ratters, herders, and guard dogs.
- The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1926.
- They have a distinctive appearance with a soft, grey coat, cream beard and prominent eyebrows that give them an intelligent, quizzical look.
Miniature Schnauzers are your traditional terriers: smart, friendly, and small in stature. They make excellent companion dogs and are even better for families with small children, with whom they often enjoy playing.
Schnauzers are can be territorial and sometimes struggle with dog-to-dog interaction and play. However, with proper socializing and training, they will be able to get along great with other canines. If you can achieve this balance between good society and their natural territorialism, they will make a fantastic watchdog.
Though they do not shed very much, Miniature Schnauzers are longhaired dogs, so you have to keep them well groomed. Their energy also requires regular walking, so they do not make perfect apartment dogs unless you are able to take them out frequently.
Miniature Schnauzers are a very healthy breed with a long life, as is traditional with smaller breeds.
- Most of the problems associated with Miniature Schnauzers come from high fat levels; hyperlipidemia and diabetes are genetic conditions which need to be watched out for.
- They are also particularly susceptible to bladder stones.
- A condition specific to the breed, called comedone syndrome or Schnauzer Bumps, is a common ailment that produces pus-filled bumps on their back.
- Some Schnauzers possess folded ears, which increase their chances of ear infections.
- Errol Flynn had a Miniature Schnauzer named Arno.
- George Reeves, who played Superman in the 1950s series Adventures of Superman, kept a Schnauzer named Sam.
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