Stocky, sturdy little dogs 12 to 14 , miniature Schnauzers were cut down from their larger cousins, the standard Schnauzers. The bushy beard and eyebrows give Minis a charming, human-like expression. Rigid comes in three colors: salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black. Designed to be around all farm dogs and ratters, they are strict, muscular and fearless without being aggressive.
The miniature Schnauzer is a bright, friendly, trainable companion, suited to apartment life, but tireless enough to patrol the farm. They get along well with other animals and children. Minis are strong people and enjoy vigorous sports. Home and family oriented, they make great sentinels.
Today the breed, known as one of Europe’s highest all-around farm dogs, is the standard schnauzer, whose lineage goes back at least to the 15th century. Old-time German farmers tied the standard size to a miniature size, which was preferable to working as fearless bernedette raters.
With its rat-dog bacround, the miniature Schnauzer lives with other lesser rat-catching breeds in the AKC terrier group. But the Mini AKC is unique among terriers because it does not have British blood in its veins. The vast majority of terrier breeds were developed in the British Isles. For example, some Rat Terriers or Cesky Terriers, manufactured outside the UK, were built with crossing existing British breeds.
Among the terriers alone, the miniature Schnauzer is a product of purely continental stock: the standard Schnauzer, Affenpinscher, and Poodle. This suggests that although Minnie was born to the traditional work of a small terrier, her personality is quite different. She does not have the independence of the fiery nature of the Scottish Terrier or the Irish Terrier. Rather, he is a highly friendly dog, enthusiastic and obedient and ready to please.
For the most part, the miniature Schnauzer’s days are behind him at the time of the bite. Today, he is known as a charming and charming fellow, and a steady winner in dog shows here and abroad. Of the three Schnauzer breeds, the short AKC consistently ranks highest in registration.
The miniature Schnauzer is a strong, active dog of the terrier type, which resembles its larger cousin, the standard Schnauzer, in general, and a cautious, active temperament. Defect – type – toyiness, consistency or roughness.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time’
The miniature Schnauzer has a double coat – a soft topcoat with a soft undercoat – that needs to be brushed, combed, and groomed repeatedly to look its best. The breed flows very little. For the show ring, some dog coats are regularly “snatched” by hand. Most owners of pet miniature Schnauzers choose a coat trimmed with shears by a professional groomer. This should be done every five to eight weeks for the dog to look its best. The miniature Schnauzer should bathe once a month, depending on his surroundings. Nails should be checked monthly and ears for debris or excess wax, and cleaned as needed.
Miniature Schnauzers are friendly, lively and eager to please, and they learn quickly. The high intelligence of the breed makes training necessary to be fun and interesting, as they can get bored with repetition. They should be social from an early age, and both the dog and the owner receive puppy training classes as well. The miniature Schnauzer makes an excellent companion and can do very well in many canine games including agility, obedience, rally, and Earthdog events.
Warning and lively, miniature Schnauzers require regular daily exercise to maintain their mental and physical health. They have a moderate energy level and can easily live in a city or country. The breed benefits from having a dense area where they can chase the ball safely and enjoy relaxation with their owner. His greatest joy is being with his family and doing activities together. Miniature Schnauzers have a strong hunting drive, so they should never let them off leash when they are not in a wooded area, as they cannot resist the urge to chase after small animals.
The miniature Schnauzer should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your veterinarian. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
The miniature Schnauzer is generally a healthy breed. There are some conditions that can cause the risk of castration including cataract, hyperlipidemia, pancreatitis, liver shunt and urinary stones. Responsible breeders will have breeding stocks tested for health issues that may affect the breed. Owners should monitor the overall condition of their dog and consult their veterinarian regarding any questions or concerns. Dental care is an important aspect of overall health, and dog teeth should be brushed frequently.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: