Dogs 101: Miniature Schnauzer Dogs Most Popular Dog Breeds – Animal Facts

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From Wikipedia: The Miniature Schnauzer is a breed of small dog of the Schnauzer type that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century. Miniature Schnauzers developed from crosses between the Standard Schnauzer and one or more smaller breeds such as the Poodle and Affenpinscher, as farmers bred a small dog that was an efficient ratting dog. They are described as "spunky"[1] but aloof dogs, with good guarding tendencies without some guard dogs' predisposition to bite. Miniature Schnauzers are recognized in three colors internationally: solid black, black and silver, and a color known as 'salt and pepper'. There is a controversial fourth color variant in Miniature Schnauzers, pure white, which is not recognized universally.

The breed remains one of the most popular worldwide, primarily for its temperament and relatively small size. As of 2013 it is the 17th most popular breed in the U.S.

Miniature Schnauzers have a very square-shaped build, measuring 13 to 14 inches (33 to 36 cm) tall and weighing 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kg) for females and 11 to 18 pounds (5.0 to 8.2 kg) for males.[1] They have a double coat, with wiry exterior fur and a soft undercoat. In show trim, the coat is kept short on the body, but the fur on the ears, legs, belly, and face is retained.[10] Recognized coat colors are black, salt and pepper, black and silver, and pure white.[11]

Miniature Schnauzers are often described as non-moulting dogs, and while this is not entirely true, their shedding is minimal and generally unnoticeable. They are characterized by a rectangular head with bushy beard, mustache and eyebrows; teeth that meet in a "scissor bite"; oval and dark colored eyes; and v-shaped, natural forward-folding ears (when cropped, the ears point straight upward and come to a sharp point). Their tails are naturally thin and short, and may be docked (where permitted). They will also have very straight, rigid front legs, and feet that are short and round (so-called "cat feet") with thick, black pads.[5][12]

Docking of tails and cropping of ears has become a controversial practice, especially for non-working dogs, and is now illegal or restricted in a number of countries worldwide.[13]

The earliest records surrounding development of the Standard Schnauzer in Germany come from the late 19th century. They were originally bred to be medium-sized farm dogs in Germany, equally suited to ratting, herding, and guarding property.[1] As time passed, farmers bred the Standard Schnauzer into a smaller, more compact size for ratting by combining it with the Affenpinscher and Miniature Poodle.[1][3] The first recorded Miniature Schnauzer appeared in 1888, and the first exhibition was held in 1899.[3][4]

The AKC accepted registration of the new breed in 1926, two years after Miniature Schnauzers were introduced to the United States.[5][4] They were originally known as Wirehaired Pinschers.[6] International Kennel Club classifications vary; in the United Kingdom and Australia they fall within the Utility Group, while in Canada they are in the Working Group. In the AKC the Miniature Schnauzer is classed with the terriers.[4] It was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1948 and also classed as a terrier.[7] The start of the modern Miniature Schnauzer is generally considered to begin with Ch. Dorem Display, the first Miniature Schnauzer to win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.[8] He was born 5 April 1945 and lived to be nearly fourteen.[8] Almost every living Miniature Schnauzer in America can trace its lineage back to Dorem Display.[8]

Miniature Schnauzers were the 11th most popular breed in the U.S. in 2008, falling to 16th most popular in 2015.[9]


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69 Comments on “Dogs 101: Miniature Schnauzer Dogs Most Popular Dog Breeds – Animal Facts”

    1. Thank you for the clarification. I saw they were “terriers” from a few sources… but this does make sense, I mean they don’t even look like terriers.

    2. Animal Facts they are terriers they have it in there bloodline poodle mix with affenpinscher and Standard Schnauzer than you get a miniature schnauzer

  1. I miss my dog… He was also a schnauzer, and he died the day before yesterday… I really miss him, and his death was so sudden. He was going to turn 6 years old this coming April 26. I can’t stop thinking about him… I keep on crying. He looks like one of the schnauzers in this clips, and I feel like I’m a bad owner when I watched this. I want to take good care of him better, and I wanna cuddle him once more… He deserved more love and care :'( R.I.P. to my beloved dog, Lennard…

    1. Sorry for your loss. Don’t beat yourself up about it. I lost my cat suddenly 3 months ago, he was only 7. I miss him every day.

  2. Anyone ever have a schnauzer as a traveling companion? Thinking about this breed due to their non-shedding and small built would be with them 23/hrs a day .

    1. we had a mini schnauzar mix that went everywhere with us . we traveled from comic con to comic con as vendors all over. she did fine she also made sure that no one entered our booth that was’nt supposed to. she never tried to bite but let us know they were there. when we opened a shop she came with us daily. i miss her so much and am looking to get another one., good luck.

  3. they are the best dogs! mine barks at me when I’m texting or watching YouTube! She’s spoiled but I love her so much!

  4. I call Miniature Schnauzers “a big dog in a little body.” Everyone who owns one knows exactly what I mean. To me, they’re the perfect dog, and I’m sure that my new puppy “Roscoe” (who is now watching me intently) would probably agree 🙂

    1. I’ve had two, and that’s the perfect description. Schnauzer’s adapt to the energy in the room when they’re grown. My previous white one could play in a pile of his own toys for hours without bothering anyone if you told him you didn’t want to play at the moment, but he would go bonkers when you squeaked the ball after you were done with your stuff and he could finally play with you. It’s a misconception that they’re not chill. They’re as chill as you are or want them to be, generally.

  5. I have two. One wants to lay in bed all day, the other wants to run around all day. The one that lays in bed wants more attention so one time they were barking at the window and I started to pet the one that wants to run around all day and the one that lays down all day for jealous, so instead of just pushing her out of my arms he runs across the house, barks at a window so it makes the other one run to the window and then he comes back so I can pet him

  6. I have 2 schnauzers and they are the BEST! I love whiskey and Lola…. I love you my little schnauzers!!!!

    1. matthew glover why do people get their hair cut. why do men who look like bums resemble Moses. why can’t a new born walk five minutes after birth. why do politicians want you to vote.

    1. +Newest Addition getting a haircut doesn’t permanently maim you. You’re better off asking “do you get your pinky cut off for no practical reason”

  7. We recently lost ours to old age and disease. Buster was the best dog we ever owned, practically human. After he passed, we swore we would never get another dog. Losing him was like losing a family member, and we couldn’t bear going through that kind of grief again. As the days and weeks passed however, it became more and more difficult to come home to a quiet and empty house. We finally decided to get another one. Best decision we ever made. This time we got a female, and it’s really spooky just how much like Buster she really is. Her name is Maggie, and although she’s just a puppy, my wife and I see so much of Buster in her that we constantly tell each other “Did you see that?”, “Let me tell you what she did today”, or “Remember when Buster did that?” It’s almost as if, well, never mind, you get the picture. They are the best dogs!

  8. I LOVE MY MINI SCHNAUZER!!!! She is the BEST dog in the entire world, and she’s my best friend. I also have a giant and a standard schnauzer

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