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Miniature SchnauzerA terrier breed that originated in Germany in the mid-19th century, the Miniature Schnauzer was bred from a mix of standard Schnauzer and the Affenpinscher, with other evidence pointing to experimental crossing with the Miniature Pinscher and Poodle.

Today, the Miniature Schnauzer - with its salt & pepper coat and distinctive bearded muzzle - regularly appears on U.S. Top Ten lists of most popular dogs, both for their loyal companionship and lively personality.

Behavior & personality

Intelligent, affectionate and full of nervous energy, the breed requires more loving attention from their masters than most other breeds. In return, the Mini is typically gentle around small children and quite protective of their adoptive family.

Miniature Schnauzers make for excellent watchdogs, although their habit of sometimes barking loudly at passersby or strangers may require patient training to help them distinguish friend from foe.

Mini schnauzerOwners should be sure to provide an outlet for regular play and exercise to help avoid a marked tendency for the breed to become sullen or overly aggressive if not shown enough care and companionship.

Care & health

Proper feeding is very important throughout their lives, since obesity may become a debilitating factor, along with diet-related diseases such as diabetes.

Hyperlipidemia, or canine high cholesterol, can also become a problem as they age and is usually best corrected by limiting fat in the diet.

More about Miniature Schnauzers around the Web:

The American Miniature Schnauzer Club - Information and fact sheets on common diseases, proper nutrition, grooming, how to's for choosing a Miniature Schnauzer puppy, breeder directory, related FAQ, photo galleries, rescue resources.

American Kennel Club - Miniature Schnauzers - Description of official breed standards, photo gallery, history & fun facts.

Miniature Schnauzers - Wikipedia - Helpful information on their general health & temperament with picture gallery, related resources.


also see -> Westminster Dog Show | National Dog Show

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