The Miniature Schnauzer is an all-around great dog to own. The dogs are smart, playful, fun-loving, and they get along well with children.
The Miniature Schnauzer is easy to care for. Here is a list of more fun facts about the Miniature Schnauzer.
Made mini status in the 1800s
The Miniature Schnauzer became a mini breed in the 1800s. The Schnauzers and the Affenpinschers came together to create the Miniature Schnauzer.
The idea behind this breeding was to create a dog who would be more house-friendly and less expensive than a full-size Schnauzer. The first exhibit of this new breed was in 1899. The Miniature Schnauzer came to America in 1924. In 1926, the breed was given the recognition of being a separate breed.
Top of the class
Miniature Schnauzers are smart dogs. The dog breed intelligence list ranks the Miniature Schnauzer 12th. This is out of 350 dog breeds.
The Miniature Schnauzers are always the top of their class in obedience school. The dog will learn tricks easily but can be a bit stubborn.
The mustache has a purpose
The mustache is a distinguishing trait of a Minature Schnauzer, but it has a purpose. The Miniature Schnauzers are hunters.
Their job on the farm was to take care of the rats and get rid of any guests that did not receive an invitation. When the mustache is not kept clean, it becomes facial armor and protects the Minature Schnauzer from predator attacks.
Little dog big bark
Miniature Schnauzers bark loud and a lot. The Miniature Schnauzer shows their emotion through their bark.
The dog will bark when he is hungry, sad, happy, tired, or bored. He will bark to get your attention; he will bark just to hear himself bark.
If not trained, you are in for a lot of sleepless nights. It is best to bark train him early. He needs to learn that barking is something to do in an emergency.
Home is where the heart is
The Miniature Schnauzer is not particular on where he sleeps each night as long as he is with his people. He will settle happily into a two-bedroom apartment with not much space. He will not have a problem with having a farm to guard each day.
The Miniature Schnauzer will be ready and waiting for you when you get home for work, so be ready. What he needs most is to be with his people. As long as he has that, he will sleep well every night.
Dogs yes cats maybe hampsters not
Though the Miniature Schnauzer will gladly make himself at home anywhere. He may not like his roommates. Unlike most Terriers, the Miniature Schnauzers will get along with almost all dogs. The more dog roommates like to play chase, the better.
As for cats, it depends. If it is a tiny kitty, it may wind up on the losing game of chase. If the cat is large and can hold its own, the animals should be fine.
However, if there is a hamster, mouse, or any rodent type critters in the house, there will be a problem. Your sweet Miniature Schnauzer will turn into the hunter it was bred to be.
Little legs go far
If you are looking for a walking companion, look no further than the Miniature Schnauzer. He may not be in a hurry to go for a run. However, he will walk and walk and walk.
The Miniature Schnauzer is not big into major workouts, but he likes being out into the world. He is curious by nature, and long slow walks allow him to explore. This breed will never turn down a family walk to the park.
Did someone drop a pin?
You may think you are quietly opening a bag of snacks, but there stands your Miniature Schnauzer. Remember, he is wired to hear vermin.
He can hear up to frequencies twice as high as you. So, your snacks do not stand a chance, nor do anything else. This is why he always knows that someone is at the door before you do.
There are three dominant colors for a Miniature Schnauzer, which are salt and pepper, black, and black and silver. However, though most people do not acknowledge it, there is a fourth color.
A Miniature Schnauzer can also be pure white. There is some controversy regarding the white coat. Some believe a gene modification is the cause of the white coat. Kennel clubs and international breeding federations frown upon gene modification.
Therefore, they do not recognize pure white Miniature Schnauzers. There is no need to panic if you are the owner of a white Miniature Schnauzer. There is nothing wrong with your sweet dog. This just means that your Schnauzer will not be a show dog.
While talking about looks, the Miniature Schnauzer’s special coat keeps the dog clean. Miniature Schnauzers like to play and dig in the dirt. So, when the dirt goes flying, the wiry coats helps the little guy stay clean. The double coat does not shed much.
However, the coat does need to be brushed at least once a week. Not only does brushing remove loose hair, but it also helps the coat to stay healthy. People with allergies tend to be able to tolerate the Miniature Schnauzer.
What’s for dinner?
Miniature schnauzers love their food and yours. Be sure if a child drops food, the Minature Schnauzer will be there to clean it up. However, their love for food can cause them to become overweight. It is hard to resist the little con artist.
The dog will give you the sad puppy dog eyes to get your food. However, be strong, Do not cave in. It is fine to feed them dog treats.
It is okay to add fresh vegetables to their dry food too. However, do not feed them anything with spices or seasonings. The tummy of a Miniature Schnauzer is very sensitive and can become upset easily.