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Miniature Schnauzer: History and Appearance
History
Schnauzers have existed as far back as the Middle Ages. The breed hails from Germany, and there are paintings featuring the dog that go back to the 15th century. It is unclear when breeding Miniature Schnauzers began, but it is certain that the intent was to create a smaller version of the much loved Standard Schnauzer. There is some suggestion that even Miniature Schnauzers date back this far, though there is little actual record of the breed until the 1800’s.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the Standard Schnauzer breed was popular as a rat hunter and guardian dog. During World War I, the breed served as messenger dogs and police dogs. Around the 1880’s, breeders began trying to develop a miniature version of the Schnauzer by crossing it with the Affenpinscher and the Poodle. The intent was to create a smaller version that was equally good at hunting and killing rats and other vermin. The resulting Miniature Schnauzer was an excellent ratter and valued as a family pet. The first Miniature Schnauzer on record was recorded in a stud book in Germany in 1888, with the breed making its first appearance in a dog show in 1899. It was that same year that Germany recognized the dog as a separate breed from the Standard Schnauzer.
Both World Wars were tough on the breed, as they were on many of the purebred breeds located in Europe. However, they gained a surge in popularity after both wars. The Miniature Schnauzer was first bred in the United States in 1925, and the breed steadily gained popularity, even if the various canine clubs were not sure how to classify it. The first club to sponsor the breed was the Wirehaired Pinscher Club of America, which sponsored both the Standard Schnauzer and the Miniature Schnauzer. Later, the breed was classified in the “terrier” group. In 1927 it was split into two separate breeds. In 1933, the American Kennel Club recognized the Miniature Schnauzer as a separate breed. The Standard Schnauzer was moved to the working dog class. The Miniature Schnauzer is the only schnauzer classified in the terrier group. It is also the only terrier that did not originate in Britain.
In modern times, the Miniature Schnauzer is consistently considered to be one of the top twenty desired breeds of dog in America, Europe, and other parts of the world. Once a working farm dog and ratter, the breed still possesses those abilities, though it is mostly cherished as a companion animal. Highly intelligent and energetic, the breed does well in advanced obedience and agility trials. They have even been taught hunting and retrieving skills. The Schnauzer is a natural digger, and will do well in canine activities that involve tracking and digging.
Appearance
The Miniature Schnauzer has a typically stocky build. It is distinguished by its mustached and bearded face, expressive eyebrows, and perky ears. It is a hardy, sturdy little dog. The Miniature Schnauzer should resemble the standard Schnauzer in appearance, and have a robust and alert disposition.
Most Miniature Schnauzers grow to 12 to 14 inches tall, though there is not standard weight for the breed. The body should be in proportion with a somewhat square profile.
The head is rectangular, with a smooth forehead and a strong muzzle. The muzzle ends somewhat bluntly and is accentuated by the mustache. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The eyes of the Miniature Schnauzer are deep set, oval, and dark brown.
There is some disparity in the appearance of a Miniature Schnauzer’s ears, as it varies from country to country depending upon laws about cropping an animal’s ears or tail. In much of Europe, cropping has been made illegal, so it is common to see Miniature Schnauzers with natural ears. Uncropped ears form a natural v-shape, and fold in towards the skull. Cropped ears are identical in shape and length and have pointed tips. They are carried erect.
The Miniature Schnauzer’s body is somewhat short with a straight back and no tuck-up of the abdomen. The height and length are in proportion to one another. The tail is set high and is carried erect. Tails are usually docked in proportion to the dog’s body. The Miniature Schnauzer has strong muscled, sturdy legs. The feet are short and round.
The Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat. The outer coat is hard and wiry, while the undercoat is softer and thicker. The coat must be stripped of dead hair, especially around the neck, ears, chest, tail, and head.
The Miniature Schnauzer’s coat comes in salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black; though it should be noted that in the past the breed was available in many more shades. The salt and pepper combination should feature black and white banded hairs, as well as solid white and solid black hairs. The salt and pepper coloring usually fades to light gray around the whiskers, throat, chest, and ears.
The black and silver color combination follows the same pattern as the salt and pepper coloring. The black in this variety is a true, deep black.
Black is the only solid coloring allowed on a Miniature Schnauzer when in show. It should be a true, glossy black, though a small white spot on the chest is permitted.
Showing a Miniature Schnauzer
When in the show ring, the Miniature Schnauzer should meet specific criteria in appearance, gait, and temperament. Light colored eyes, a low set tail, bowed legs, and an offset bite are all things that are considered to be faults. Difficulty with gait, such as sidestepping is also considered to be a fault.
Disqualifications include dogs that are under 12 inches or over 14 inches in height, dogs that have a dainty or “toy” appearance, as well as dogs that are heavily boned or husky. Coloring is expected to adhere to only those combinations that are listed.
The Miniature Schnauzer should be confident, alert, and not shy or aggressive.

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