The Miniature Schnauzer is the most popular terrier. This little dog was developed in Germany and is one of the few terriers not traced to the British Isles. It is an exact smaller replica of the Standard Schnauzer. The Miniature Schnauzer was used on farms and around stables as a ratter. It is still very able to live up to that reputation, though it is mostly found as a family companion.
Size:12-14 inches, ideally 13 1/2 inches.
Color:Black, salt and pepper, black and silver; tan shading is allowed.
Eyes:Small, dark brown eyes.
Body Structure:Very light build with strong, compact, muscular hindquarters and an angular profile. A rectangular head with an appealing face. Bushy eyebrows and whiskers give the dog an elfin expression. The tail is small and docked.
Hair Coat:Double coat; harsh and wiry outer coat and close undercoat with abundant hair on legs and feet.
Possible Health Problems:Healthy breed overall. Some dogs may develop liver disease, diabetes, bilateral cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, bladder and kidney stones, von Willebrand’s disease. Tear deficiency and skin acne may be a problem.
The Miniature Schnauzer is the most popular terrier there is. It is a true family dog, good with children and other pets. It is a good watchdog.
The Miniature Schnauzer does require grooming. It can be very vocal if not shown who’s boss.