Did you know?
Dogs’ vocal cords are quite a bit thicker and less sensitive than ours which means that they can bark longer than we can before getting a hoarse throat.
Dogs can only make about 10 sounds.
A dog starv’d at his master’s gate
Predicts the ruin of the state. – William Blake
The Miniature Schnauzer hails from Germany where he is known as the Zwergschnauzer. He was created by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with smaller breeds such as the Affenpinscher and Miniature Pinscher.
Originally used for herding, protecting the flocks, and as a watchdog and barnyard ratter, the Miniature Schnauzer soon became a treasured family pet.
The Schnauzers may take their name from the German word “schnauze” which means “snout” or from the word “schnauzbart” meaning “an obvious mustache”.
Photos displayed courtesy of Tracey Brown, Silvercastle Reg’d, Ontario
His size (14 inches at the shoulder) makes him at home in almost any environment from urban apartment to rural farm. His coat is harsh and wiry and can be solid black, black and silver, or salt and pepper. Daily brushing is required to keep the coat mat-free. This dog can be a wonderful companion for allergy sufferers as he is naturally clean and his coat does not shed.
The Miniature Schnauzer’s engaging personality and devotion to his family make him an excellent family pet and children’s playmate. He is energetic, active, charming, and attractive. He has a naturally eager-to-please personality. The only one of the three schnauzers who is classified as a terrier, the Miniature Schnauzer is as spirited and active as any terrier.
He needs long, daily walks and loves to play off leash. The Miniature Schnauzer is intelligent and easily trained but requires a confident handler who is fair and consistent. Schnauzers have minds of their own and need variety in training to keep their interest.