Harsh, hard & wiry
Pure black, or salt & pepper
Lively, very friendly and affectionate
Miniature Schnauzers developed
from crosses between the Standard
Schnauzer and one or more smaller
breeds such as the Poodle, Miniature
Pinscher, or Affenpinscher.
Miniature Schnauzers are quite distinctive in appearance. They should be compact,
muscular, and be "square" in build (the height at the withers should be the same as the
length of the body). They have long beards, eyebrows, and feathering on the legs. In the
USA, ears are sometimes cropped to stand upright and the tail is normally docked
Miniature Schnauzers are known for their lively personality. They are also highly loyal to
their owners and can be very energetic. Miniature Schnauzers make excellent
watchdogs. They extremely vocal dogs, and are known for their barking. As such they
tend to be excellent guard dogs. They are often guarded of strangers until the owners of
the home welcome the guest, upon which they are typically very friendly to them. The
breed is generally good with children, recognizing that they need gentle play. Miniature
Schnauzers are generally highly intelligent and easy to train.
The earliest records surrounding development of the Miniature Schnauzer in Germany
come from the late 1800s. They were originally bred to be farm dogs in Germany, to
keep the rats and other vermin out of the barn. In the breed's earliest stages, several
small breeds were employed in crosses to bring down the size of the well-established
Standard Schnauzer, with the goal of creating a duplicate in miniature.