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Description of Miniature Schnauzer

´╗┐The Breed History

In artwork of the 15th century, a dog with features consistent with the Miniature Schnauzer is pictured. By 1900, the breed was well established and was being shown. The origin of this dog is thought to be a mixture of Standard Schnauzer, with perhaps Poodle, Miniature pinscher, and Affenpinscher. They were brought to America around the year 1925. The name derives from the German word for nose (schnauzer). The AKC recognized this breed in 1933.

Breeding for Function

These dogs were widely used on the farm to control vermin such as rats, but the temperament of this breed varies from the classic terrier. Currently, they serve primarily as companion animals. Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: 12-14" (30.5-35.5 cm).

Weight: 14-16 lb (6.5-7.5 kg).

Coat: The double wiry, thick coat is commonly seen in salt and pepper (black and white intermixed in bands on some hairs to produce a grey appearance). Silver and black, and solid black are also seen. A small white patch is sometimes found on the black-coated dogs. Coat color may fade with age. The undercoat varies widely in color and can be beige, black, or gray.

Longevity: 14 years

Points of Conformation: This alert expressive terrier-type dog is similar in appearance to the Standard Schnauzer. Miniature Schnauzers are stocky in build, and the head is rectangular, and the flat forehead is free of wrinkles. The stop is slight, and oval ears are small, triangular, high-set, and lie close to the head. Some ears are cropped to have pointed tips, and to rest pricked up; if not cropped they fold forward. The eyes, overlain with bushy brows are dark brown, deep-set and small. Body skin is pigmented. Whiskers on the chin are left long to accentuate the face. The black nose is prominent with wide nostrils. The neck is well muscled and arched, and no throatiness is evident. The topline is straight but descends slightly as it goes toward the rear, the thorax is deep and ribs well sprung. No tuck up of abdomen is evident. The tail is carried up, and often docked short. Limbs are straight boned and feet are round, with well-arched toes and possessing thick, black pads. The gait is quick and agile.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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