Miniature Schnauzers are Utility dogs bred to guard and look after livestock and
families. They were also used for hunting small rodents such as rats. Their natural
diet would have consisted of small mammals and birds and scraps.
The amount and type of food will depend on the individual dog. A complete and balanced
diet is recommended to include poultry, natural meat and bone and seasonal vegetables
Miniature Schnauzer Temperament
Miniature Schnauzers are bright and alert dogs. They are friendly and intelligent
and willing to please. They need training to fulfil their potential.
They make excellent guards dogs and need proper socialisation to ensure strangers
are welcomed. They are quite vocal dogs expressing joy, excitement and displeasure.
They are prone to chase smaller animals.
Miniature Schnauzer Appearance
The Miniature Schnauzer is well-built with a robust, sinewy, square-looking figure.
They have a double coat, the exterior is wiry and the undercoat softer. The UK Kennel
Club standards ideal height is 30-36 cms for a male and female. Weight from 5-8 kgs.
The Miniature Schnauzer coat is normally trimmed to the body. Shedding of the coat
is minimal. It is found in many colours, traditional colours include all salt and
Miniature Schnauzers have a characteristic bushy beard, eye-brows and moustache together
with a long snout.
Miniature Schnauzer Facts
Miniature Schnauzer History
Miniature Schnauzers were developed in Germany in the 18th Century for guarding and
herding purposes. Their duties included hunting vermin around the farm.
It is closely related to Terriers and is believed to have evolved further to crossing
the standard Schnauzer with other breeds such as the Affenpinscher, Poodle and Miniature
Miniature Schnauzers Known Disorders
Miniature Schnauzers are prone to suffer from hip dysplasia, eye problems, heart
problems and liver disorders.