The origin of the Schnauzer was in Germany, and it
is reported that there are pictures of the
...And how my Schnauzer fits in...
Schnauzer dating back to the fifteenth century.
...probably so, everytime there is a camera around, Skeeter
is in front of it...
It is believed that today's schnauzer was derived
from the crossing the black poodle, wolf gray
spitz, and the Old German Pinscher dogs, and originally the
schnauzer was a black and tan or
fawn colored dog.
...watching Skeeter nap I am convinced that they threw some
sloth in there...
The Schnauzer is stocky built, has a harsh, wiry
coat with wiry whiskers. Their primary colors
today is the salt and pepper this is a mixing of the light and
dark banded hairs, and today we can
get solid blacks, black and tan, and solid whites,
and occasionally a silver.
...hmmm, stocky built. Skeeter passed stocky 5 pounds ago...
To begin with the Schnauzer was a yard and stable
dog, and a rodent eradicator, but due to the
size the schnauzer is unable to go to ground
after small animals.
...Skeeter is definitely a yard dog, but the only thing he
eradicates is Alpo...
It is believed that they are wholly in relationship
in blood and origin as the British terrier. The
temperament is that of a terrier and is classed as a terrier
in the United States, but in Germany
and England they are not considered terriers.
...In Tennesse, they are considered one of the family...
To get the miniature size the medium Schnauzer was
used to cross into the Affenpinschers, and
this is a small German breed that is black in color. The crossing
of the two breeds is not registerable, but due to the
cross their temperament has mellowed and they are not as aggressive
as their predecessors.
...Mine must have gotten crossed with a Mellowpinscher...
Records show that they were showed in
the show ring as early as 1899.
...Skeeter will put on a show at the drop of a hat (or a dog-treat)
The Miniature Schnauzer is hardy, active, intelligent,
likes children, and are good ratters. The
Miniature Schnauzer is happy in an apartment or out in the country.
The Miniature Schnauzer is
not a fighter but will stand up for himself if necessary, and
they do not tend to wander from home.
...Skeeter runs off to explore any time he finds a way out...
The Miniature Schnauzer should be twelve (12) inches
tall for females and the males should be a
little bit taller-up to fourteen (14) inches. They have not established
a weight standard, but rule of
thumb says that a female should weigh twelve (12) pounds and
a male should be around fifteen
(15) pounds. Heavy boned Miniature Schnauzers will increase
their weight faster, and the finer
boned, leggy dogs tend to be lighter in weight but are
less desirable for the show
...15 pounds? That was a lot of Alpo ago...
Toady's Miniature Schnauzers should be almost square
in shape. The chest should be moderately
broad, a straight, strong back, with well muscled things, and
the head should be of good length.
The coat color is salt and pepper, black and silver, solid black,
and now there are even some white
Miniature Schnauzers, as well as silver. The coat is coarse,
and fairly thick. The ears are cropped
in the United States, but in England they do not tamper with
the ears. American Kennel Club as
well as the other dog registries does recognize both cropped and
uncropped in the show ring. Their
tails are docked and should not be longer than one
(1) inch in length.
...Skeeter's tail is docked, but I couldn't bear cropping his
big, floppy ears...
The Miniature Schnauzer requires regular grooming,
and it takes a skilled groomer to give the
proper cut on the Schnauzer.
...A skilled groomer with a LOT of dog-treats...
Miniature Schnauzers are considered to be one of
the elegant breeds of the terriers. The breeds
instincts are more that of a doormat than its ancestors, and
today not many people use the
Miniature Schnauzer for going to ground.
...Doormat sounds about right...flat on the floor in the way...
Today the Miniature Schnauzer is considered to be
one of the most popular companion dogs as
they are very stylish and friendly dogs, and their temperament
should never be overly aggressive
or extra timid.
...I have to say that out of all the different breeds of dogs
that I have had contact with, the Miniature Schnauzer is my absolute
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