The Mini Schnauzer originates from the slightly larger Standard/Medium Schnauzer. Some historians believe that Wire-haired Fox Terriers and Miniature Pinschers may have also contributed to the creation of the breed. While a lot of paintings suggest that the first Mini Schnauzers were born in 1400's, they were not approved as a separate breed until the last decade of the 1800s. These dogs first appeared on a show in 1899. Mini Schnauzers were bred in North America from approximately 1924 and puppies for sale became more popular with each year. The US Wire-haired Pinscher Club was formed in 1925. In 1927, the breed was divided into two types: Standard Schnauzer and Miniature Schnauzer. In 1933, the American Club of Schnauzer was divided into American Standard Schnauzer Club and American Miniature Schnauzer Club, the two breeds compete in the ACC group of Terriers.
Mini Schnauzers are small, but strong dogs. They have a distinctive beard and hard coat. Their thick eyebrows and sharp expression make them look grumpy sometimes. The ears are set high on the skull, may or may not be cropped. The head is rectangular, the muzzle is strong and dull. The tail is usually trimmed and carried upright.
Character and behavior
Mini Schnauzers are terriers and have almost the same features: excessive barking, digging, chasing everything that catches their eye, stand against the big dogs, suspicious of strangers, etc.
Today, the Mini Schnauzer is mainly a charismatic comrade, cheerful by nature and completely devoted to its owners. The breed is excellent as a guard dog. It is highly intelligent, obedient and amenable to training.
Training and education
The key to raising an obedient and polite Schnauzer is the early socialization and maintaining an appropriate exercise.
Barking is a trait that cannot be re-educated in the Mini Schnauzer. They are vigilant watchdogs that will alert early if someone approaches your front door. Teach your pet to obey commands to spare your eardrums, as its barking can be quite shrill.
The Mini Schnauzer is a long-living breed, with an average lifespan of 14 to 15 years. The health problems may include allergies, dislocation of the lens of the eye, diabetes, seizures, renal dysplasia, melanoma, retinal dysplasia and cryptorchidism.
Before choosing from different puppies for sale, always check the health certificates of the parents.
Grooming and care
The Mini Schnauzer has been raised as a farm dog and ratter. It feels equally well in rural and urban environment, the small size makes it suitable for living in an apartment.
To look beautiful, the Mini Schnauzer's hair should to be cropped every 5 to 8 weeks. Many homeowners prefer to use the services of professional hairdressers, since proper trimming can be tricky. It is important to brush the hair two to three times a week to prevent clumping. Wash the dog's chin after eating to remove any leftover food and to avoid entanglement. Check the ears of the Mini Schnauzer regularly for signs of accumulation of earwax, infection or inflammation. It is good to brush the teeth once a week to prevent bad breath.
Children and other pets
These dogs are not suitable for homes with small children. Schnauzers enjoy the company of older children, but younger kids do not understand that dogs have limits and might be bitten.
Small pets, rodents and cats are in real danger.
The love of Miniature Schnauzer to its owner and family is almost fanatic, dogs of this breed are willing to do everything to protect their master and please him.