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Care Info

Many times owners look at these cute puppies and forget that they grow up and have individual traits & needs.  For instance; a Lab may live happily outside while Miniature Schnauzers need to be with their humans.  Each breed has specific instincts & needs that develop as the puppy develops.  Our number one concern is finding the right owner for our dogs and then secondly, matching the right puppy to the owner. It is so important to us that potential owners know about the breed before the adoption of one of our babies so please take the time to read about Miniature Schnauzers before deciding on adopting. 

Group: Terrier

Affiliation Recognition: AKC, CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR

Height: 12-14 inches    Weight: 13-18 pounds

Life Expectancy: Miniature Schnauzers are hardy, healthy pets with a generous life span of approximately 17 years, showing no signs of age until quite later in life.

Living Conditions: The Miniature Schnauzer is a popular choice for many prospective owners being that they are hypoallergenic and non-shedding dogs.  They are a good dog for apartment dwellers or someone with a house and yard.  Miniature Schnauzers are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard.   They are energetic little dogs that need daily exercise (long, brisk, walks, and love play sessions off the leash).  Miniature Schnauzers easily adapt to any change of condition or climate.  Their deepest need however, is to live as a part of the family; going where they go, doing what they do.  Sleeping on the bed, or in his own space beside his owner is his greatest joy.

Personality:
Miniature Schnauzers are delightful companions with their energetic, charming, and perky personalities.  They make an excellent companion because they are devoted to their home and family, good with children, very intelligent, quick to learn, curious, playful, and are easy to train. 

The typical Miniature Schnauzer is alert and spirited, yet obedient to command. He is friendly, intelligent and willing to please. They should never be overaggressive or timid.  The Miniature Schnauzer is sweet, loving and loyal to the entire family.  The Miniature Schnauzer demands time and companionship from its owner. 

The Miniature Schnauzer is a little dog with a “big dog” attitude.  Miniature Schnauzers are not random incessant barkers, they are discriminating and intelligent dogs assume their natural duty to defend.  Once mature, they have a strongly developed territorial instinct that makes them an ideal guard dog, as he defends vocally rather than physically.  A good Schnauzer will bark at anyone who may appear a threat to his home.  They are often guarded of strangers until the owners of the home welcome the guest, upon which they are typically very friendly to them. 

If properly introduced, the Miniature Schnauzer will get along with other dogs, but will not accept every dog that comes its way.  

The breed is generally good with children, recognizing that they need gentle play.  Miniature Schnauzers are highly playful dogs, and if not given the outlet required for their energy they can become bored and invent their own “fun”.

Miniature Schnauzers excel in formal obedience trials and are seen more and more in agility competitions.  They are frequently used as Therapy Dogs, Cancer Sniffing Dogs, and Guard Dogs.  Miniature Schnauzers are also eligible to participate in earth-dog trials and greatly excel at them.

Appearance: The Miniature Schnauzer resembles his larger cousin, the Standard Schnauzer, in general appearance, and of an alert, active disposition.  The Miniature Schnauzer is relatively small in size but in no way toyish or delicate.  When you pick him up you will discover he is sturdy, heavy, and muscular; a ruggedness combined with elegance and beauty. 

The Miniature Schnauzer is a squarely-proportioned with a bushy beard, mustache and eyebrows, and a strong muzzle.  The thick, prominent eyebrows and long mustache are often trimmed to accentuate the dog’s square cut shape.  The front legs are very straight.  The tail is usually docked.  The oval eyes are dark colored, and the v-shaped ears fold forward when left natural or are cropped to a point and stand erect.

There are four AKC accepted colors for Miniature Schnauzers.

  • Salt & Pepper: The eyebrows, beard and legs will be light gray or silver white.  The hairs of the harsh topcoat are banded, alternating black and white and then back to black again.  Any combination of black & white banded hairs, and solid black & white unbanded hairs, with the banded hairs predominating; all mixtures from light to dark with tan shadings are permissible.  Salt and Peppers come in various shades of gray from almost silver white to almost black.  Salt and Peppers will often fade to lighter shades of gray.
  • Black & Silver: Follow essentially the same pattern as the Salt and Peppers except the topcoat and undercoat color are solid black. The beard and legs tend to be more silver than white and the dark hair may extend farther down the legs.
  • Black: Entirely Black with a black undercoat, except they may have a small white patch on the chest.
  • White: Entirely White. 

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