This energetic breed is lively, loving and loyal. The Miniature Schnauzer makes a great companion and is very eager to please. They are alert and intelligent which makes them great watch dogs. This breed loves a good romp in the yard with the older crown but also know when to be gentle with small children, making them a good family pet.
The Miniature Schnauzer has a coat which is made up of two layers. They have a soft undercoat and a wiry & harsh outer coat.
This breed comes in Salt & Pepper, Black & Silver and Black.
It is best to brush the Schnauzer daily to keep their coat from matting. They should be clipped all over two times a year.
The life expectancy is between 12 – 14 years. Here are some common health concerns in the Miniature Schnauzer breed:
• Eye Disorders – Cataracts & PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy)
This breed was created by mixing the Standard Schnauzer with other small breeds such as the Affenpinschers and possibly the poodle. They were used for guarding children, being a watchdog and guarding flocks. This breed was brought to American in 1925. The AKC gave the Miniature Schnauzer was given full acceptance in 1926 and was grouped in terrier.