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Miniature Schnauzer

Origin: Germany

AKC Group: Terrier

Height: 12 - 14 inches (30-36 cm) (Male)

Weight: 10 - 15 pounds (5-7 kg) (Male)

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Male height: 
12 - 14 inches (30-36 cm)
Male weight: 
10 - 15 pounds (5-7 kg)
Double coated: harsh, wiry outercoat with a soft undercoat.
Salt and pepper is the most common color, but they can also be found in black and black and silver. They come in many other colors, such as white, tan and chocolate, but these colors are not acceptable in the show ring.

Schnauzers come in three sizes: Giant, Standard, and Miniature. The breed began when fanciers of Standard Schnauzers bred smaller dogs with Affenpinschers and small black Poodles - and perhaps a few other breeds of which historians are not quite certain. Whatever the source, the type has been recognized for many centuries, and the Schnauzer has long been an all-around farm and family dog. His original purpose was to rid the farm of vermin and serve as a watchdog. The Miniature version debuted in the show ring in 1899 and in the 1920s reached the United States, where he has become increasingly popular as a stylish companion. His distinctive appearance includes feathering on the legs, a bushy beard and profuse eyebrows.

The Mini Schnauzer is the most popular of the Schnauzers. Lively, alert, charismatic and ultimately charming, the Miniature Schnauzer has something for everyone. This feisty breed is a true companion dog, with an outgoing temperament and humor that's hard to surpass.
At home: 
Adaptable to just about any living environment, the Miniature Schnauzer is serious about being a member of the family and does not enjoy being alone for long periods. Mini nature keeps them alert for intruders. This Terrier nature also makes them prone to barking and chasing after vermin.
The Miniature Schnauzer's energy level is moderately high. Don't neglect daily exercise sessions for your dog, or his energy will turn to destructive behavior and can even increase his tendency to bark. Daily walks for about 45 minutes should suffice. He is a hardy and healthy breed and is willing and able to participate in fun family activities.
Miniature Schnauzers are enthusiastic eaters and will usually gobble whatever is fed to them. Because of this, it is important to monitor their food intake to prevent obesity. Feeding twice a day is preferred.
Although their intellect and basic desire to please make them easy to train, Miniature Schnauzers can also be stubborn and manipulative. They will train their owners if their owners don't train them. With encouraging and rewarding training methods, the Mini Schnauzer can learn almost anything.
A smart and striking animal, the Mini Schnauzer draws a crowd wherever he goes, which suits him just fine and makes him easy to socialize. He prefers the company of his people to other dogs but can learn to play well with other canines. He can get along well with children if properly socialized from an early age.
The average life span of the Miniature Schnauzer is 15 years or more. Common health problems of the breed include dental problems, eye problems, hypothyroidism, pancreatitis, Schnauzer comedo syndrome and urinary tract infections.
Fun fact: 

"Schnauze" means "muzzle" in German.

Grooming blurb: 
His tough outercoat and soft undercoat, considered a "broken" coat, requires stripping or clipping to keep it from getting too bushy or unruly. A professional groomer can strip him so that he looks show-ring ready; otherwise, clipping the coat is fine.
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