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.
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.
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.
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:
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.