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The Miniature Schnauzer is a popular small dog with a huge personality and loads of energy. This dog is very popular right around the world and the Miniature Schnauzer often makes 20 top most popular dog lists.
The Miniature Schnauzer has a strong personality so it is important that he is trained to understand his place in the home. This dog requires a fair amount of exercise to ensure that don’t become bored and destructive.
The top coat of the Miniature Schnauzer is very wiry the dog shedding very little hair if any. That makes the Miniature Schnauzer a good dog for allergy sufferers. Regular brushing will keep the dog’s coat in top form and clipping every few weeks will help maintain the Miniature Schnauzer’s appearance.
Miniature Schnauzers come in three colours including black, salt and pepper and black and silver. They have bushy eye brows and both male and female Miniature Schnauzers have long fur around their mouths that looks like a beard.
The male Miniature Schnauzer weighs between 5 kg and 8 kgs and the female weights between 4.5 kg and 6.8 kgs. The male Miniature Schnauzer stands at about 36 cms and the female stands at about 33 cms.
Miniature Schnauzers live to an average age of 13-15 years.
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Miniature Schnauzers can be a bit of a challenge to train as they can be a bit stubborn. But, the dogs are also highly intelligent and inquisitive so a commitment to training will lead to positive results.
Training should start when the Miniature Schnauzer is a puppy but training for an extensive period of time is not encourage because if there is too much repetition they can become bored.
It is important that the Miniature Schnauzer learns his place in the house and that human leadership is established. These dogs can also be trained to carry out agility or tracking work.
While they love an active lifestyle the Miniature Schnauzer is also happy to curl up on the lounge for a nap with their owners. The Miniature Schnauzer is also a good dog for apartment living as long as they receive regular exercise and daily walks.
Miniature Schnauzers have a good reputation around children but they can be a bit wary of strangers. It has been reported that Miniature Schnauzers don’t really need the company of another dog to keep them happy, they are more than happy spending time with their family.
Miniature Schnauzers have been known to bark a fair bit so it’s important that the dog is kept active so they don’t become bored.
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The Miniature Schnauzer is a descendant of the Standard Schnauzer and it said that it also includes Affenpinscher and Poodle in its ancestry. In addition to this gene pool there is speculation that the Miniature Schnauzer contains elements of Miniature Pinschers, Wire Fox Terriers and Zwergspitz.
It is thought that Miniature Schnauzers date back to the 1400s, but they did not achieve breed recognition until the late 1800s. On the other hand it has been suggested that very early Miniature Schnauzers were in fact just small standard Schnauzers.
Georg Riehl and Heinrich Schott are the men who miniaturised the standard Schnauzer through cross breeding in Germany. Records show that the first Mini Schnauzer was listed in 1888 with the breed appearing in dog shows in 1899.
The Miniature Schnauzer is the ultimate rat catcher and the dog was developed and used around farms for this specific purpose. The German word ‘schnauze’ means muzzle.
Schnauzer Club of NSW: http://www.schnauzerclubnsw.org.au