Everyone, in one way or another, has surely come across with America’s 11th most famous breed, the Miniature Schnauzer. This small breed of dog is famous for its bushy beard, mustache and eyebrows and rugged yet elegant look. Although little, you can not expect this dog to be delicate and toy-ish for it is sturdy, heavy, muscular and brave.
The Mini Schnauzer is the result of crossing the standard Schnauzer and Poodle or Affenpinscher. Just like its standard counterpart, Schnauzer, the Mini Schnauzer originally came from Germany during the late 1800s. In fact, its first recorded existence was in 1888.
This breed was developed for the intention of having a small Schnauzer that will hunt and catch rats and vermin that live inside the farmers’ barns. Also, it was used as a house guard and stock herder and watcher. Presently, the Miniature Schnauzer is widely known as a family pet rather than a working or farm dog.
The Miniature Schnauzer was first introduced in the US in 1924. In 1926, it was officially recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club. In 1948, the UK followed suit and accepted the Miniature Schnauzer as a breed, too.
The official standard for this breed is said to be lively, alert and obedient. It should be friendly, eager to please and highly intelligent. It should never be too aggressive and not overly shy either.
The Mini Schnauzer is an excellent watchdog that uses barking, instead of attacking physically, to ward off intruders and warn the household. It only stops yapping when its owners recognize the stranger to be a friend. This breed isn’t too much trouble since it is trainable to do favorable tasks and obeys attentively.
This little breed is full of energy and loves to play and so it should be given activities to release its bounded energy. If not, it becomes bored easily and thus will tend to come up with its own kind activity. It is also patient and playful with children and it understands the need to be gentle around them.
Physically, this breed possesses a wiry overcoat and a smooth undercoat. They usually come in colors of pepper and salt, black and silver, black, white and parti. This breed is one of the non-shedding kinds and is therefore safe or less threatening to people with allergic reactions to dander and animal hair.