Is a Miniature Schnauzer Right for You?
Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole and actors Mary Tyler Moore, Bill Cosby and Bruce Lee have all owned Miniature Schnauzers.
Smart, trainable and consistently cheerful, this diminutive breed adapts easily to small city apartments, yet remains just as much at home in the country with lots of space to run around. Their double coat requires hand stripping for the show ring or clipping for the average pet owner, but sheds very little. If you are considering purchasing a Miniature Schnauzer puppy, learn more here.
- Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1926.
- Ranging in size from 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder (withers).
- Farm dog; companion.
The breed is hardy, healthy, intelligent, and fond of children. It was developed as a small farm dog and used predominately as a ratter. The size of the Miniature Schnauzer, 12-14 inches at the withers, has permitted him to adapt easily to small city quarters. On the other hand, he is still at home in the country and can cover a substantial amount of ground without tiring. As a rule, a Miniature Schnauzer is not a fighter, although he will stand up for himself if necessary. The Miniature Schnauzer is now viewed primarily as a charming and attractive companion. He is seldom addicted to wandering. He is devoted to his home and family, and functions very well as a guard dog in that he can give an alarm just as well as a larger dog. The good health, good temperament and attractive appearance of the Miniature Schnauzer combine to fit him admirably for his role as family pet.
Miniature Schnauzers have been bred in the United States since 1925 and have gained steadily in popularity. The American Miniature Schnauzer Club began its independent operation in August 1933.