Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-14 years
Weight: Male: 6-10, Female: 5-9
Height: Male: 13-14, Female: 12-13
Origin of Name: The Miniature Schnauzer is a breed of small dog of the Schnauzer type that originated in Germany.
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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.