Toy Breed, well suited for a indoor, companion dog and a very good ratter.
Characteristics: This nearly square dog is sturdy, strong. The conformation in a miniature Schnauzer is considered more important than sheer appearance. A moderately broad chest, a strong straight back, well muscled things and a head of good length comprise the dog's structure. Colors include salt and pepper, black and silver and solid black. The coat is harsh and rough, and has fairly thick furnishings conspicuously adorn the head and legs. Height: 12 - 14 inches (30 1/2 - 35 1/2 cm.). Weight: 13 - 15 pounds (6 - 7 kg). Ears may be cropped in America but are not tampered with in England. Tails are customarily docked.
History: The Miniature Schnauzer, known in its native Germany as the Zwerg - Schnauzer, was derived from cross the Standard Schnauzer with smaller dogs, probably the Affenpinschers. The breed was exhibited in Germany by the early 1920's. In the United States and Canada the Miniature Schnauzer is classed as a terrier and was at one time the most popular terrier there. In Britain, where it is regarded as a member of the utility group rather than as a terrier. The Schnauzer is a popular family pet and also does well in the obedience and show rings. The Miniature Schnauzer is a delightful small dog which makes an excellent family pet and children's companion. Like its larger contemporaries, it needs a fair amount of exercise and its coat should be periodically stripped and plucked.
Kennel Clubs: FIC, AKC, UKC, CKC, ANKC, ACA