Miniature Schnauzer Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
German in origin, the Miniature Schnauzer is a smart little dog derived from the Schnauzer, reduced in size, it is believed, by crossing with the Affenpinscher. This is the smallest of the Schnauzers, the others being the medium sized dog, known simply as the Schnauzer in the UK, but the Standard Schnauzer elsewhere, and the Giant Schnauzer.
The breed name came from the winning dog in the Wire-Haired Pinscher (meaning terrier) class at the International Show in Hanover in 1879 and refers to his foreface, ‘schnauze’ meaning muzzle.
Dogs resembling the Schnauzer have long been popular in Germany and in the 16th and 17th centuries Durer and Rembrandt depicted dogs who were recognisably of Schnauzer type. His terrier background means that he is an excellent ratter and although he demonstrates some of the terrier characteristics of being on his toes and ready to defend himself against all-comers, he is primarily a stylish little companion who makes an excellent family dog.
His coat needs stripping twice a year, though most people will find it more convenient to have it clipped, and between clips he can be kept neat and tidy with a comb through his facial and leg furnishings. Permitted colours are all pepper and salt colours in even proportions, black or black and silver. Heights should be up to 14″ for dogs and it is important that he looks sturdily built and robust with no suggestion of the Toy about him.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.