The Miniature Schnauzer is a small, sturdily built dog. The Miniature Schnauzer is an intelligent, loving, happy dog. It is energetic, playful, gets along well with children and likes to be with its people. This breed makes a good watchdog and vermin hunter. An easy dog to travel with. The Miniature Schnauzer is a good dog for apartment life and will be calm indoors so long as it gets enough exercise.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a German breed. During the years around the turn of the century, both smooth German Pinscher and coarse-haired Schnauzer pups appeared in the same litters. The German Pinscher Schnauzer Club initiated a policy requiring proof of three generations of pure coarse-haired Schnauzer coats for registration. This quickly helped set type and made them a distinct breed from the German Pinscher. These Schnauzers were given the name Standard Schnauzer. Miniature Schnauzers were developed by crossing small Standard Schnauzers with the Affenpinscher and possibly the Poodle. The Schnauzer name derived from the German word “Schnauze,” which means “muzzle.” It was used as a ratter and still retains the ability, but is mostly a companion dog today. Some of the Schnauzer’s talents include: hunting, tracking, ratter, watchdog, competitive obedience and performing tricks.