About Miniature Schnauzers

Thank you for visiting Miniature Schnauzer Rescue Houston.  At MSRH, we appreciate your interest in learning more about the Schnauzer breed.  We hope this section provides you with useful information as you work to make an informed decision as to the dog breed that best fits your family’s lifestyle and personality.  We think you’ll agree – the Miniature Schnauzer is a special breed complete with many enduring qualities.  And we thank you for considering adopting one of our rescues who, through no fault of their own, finds themselves without a loving family.  Can you provide a forever home to one of our great dogs?  Thank you for your consideration!

 The Miniature Schnauzer

The typical well-bred Miniature Schnauzer is relatively small in size but in no way toyish or delicate. When you pick him up you will discover he is sturdy, heavy, and muscular… a ruggedness combined with the elegance and beauty of a pure-bred. He makes an excellent companion because he is extremely obedient and quick to learn, is devoted, playful and affectionate. His alertness makes him an excellent guard dog. He is spunky and fearless but not aggressive so that he can run with other dogs. And, like other terriers, he will go to ground to attack vermin of all kinds. One must become aware of these characteristics lest he be lost, stolen, or a victim of an accident. In the suburbs he should be fenced in or walked on a leash.

He is as much at home in the city with a small amount of exercise as he is in the country where he appears tireless. And, he easily adapts to any change of condition or climate. His deepest need, however, is to live as a part of the family, going where they go, doing what they do. Sleeping on the bed, or in his own, beside his owner is his greatest joy. The Miniature Schnauzer does not generally shed, so he often can be enjoyed by people who are allergic to other breeds of dogs. In return, the owner must keep him groomed to maintain his handsome appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the Miniature Schnauzer come from?  The breed originated in the late 1800’s in Germany, as a smaller version of the Standard Schnauzer, that could live more easily as a house pet but still hunt vermin.

Aren’t there different sizes of the Schnauzer?  The Miniature, Standard, and Giant Schnauzers are distinct breeds though their conformation is very similar. The Standard Schnauzer was bred to keep the vermin population down on the farm, herd and guard the farm. The Giant Schnauzer was bred to do all those things plus pull carts and also has been used for police work. The Miniature, Standard, and Giant Schnauzers have similar but distinct personalities.  By the way, there is no recognized breed named the Toy Schnauzer or the Teacup Schnauzer.

What size and weight are Miniature Schnauzers?  The breed standard calls for the height at the withers or shoulder blades to be at least 12″ and no more than 14″. It does not specify any particular weight for the breed. That will depend on size and bone structure. A dog measuring 12″ to 14″ will be 11 to 20 lbs. Some breeders are producing Miniature Schnauzer that are under 10″ tall. This is a disqualification according to the breed standard. Sometimes the term ‘toy’ is used to describe them. The ‘Toy’ Schnauzer is not a separate breed, it is simply an undersized Miniature Schnauzer.

Is the Miniature Schnauzer good with children?  Miniature Schnauzers are generally good with children if raised with them from a young age. Each is an individual with an individual temperament and socialization experience. Young children need to be introduced carefully to dogs and no young child should be left unsupervised with a dog of any breed. The breed is generally very good with older children and teenagers, joining in all sorts of games. Sometimes there is an instinctual reaction from the dog with young children. Don’t forget they were bred to react to quick actions and high pitched noises. As far as adopting an older dog, how they react to younger children depends mostly on their former experiences. Those that have been used to younger children usually are more tolerant than those that have not.

Does the Miniature Schnauzer shed or cause allergies?  Miniature Schnauzers shed very little, if at all. They tend to cause fewer and less severe reactions in people allergic to dogs than breeds that shed more. Of course, anyone allergic to dogs should spend time around the breed before buying a Miniature Schnauzer because individual reactions vary widely.

Does the Miniature Schnauzer require a lot of grooming?  Miniature Schnauzers should be groomed every five to eight weeks to look their best. This is something most people choose to let a professional do, but some choose to learn to do it themselves.  The equipment needed – clippers and scissors – will pay for itself after just a few groomings. The beard and leg furnishings should be brushed weekly and may be bathed as often. Most people choose to machine clipper pets as this is the most convenient way to keep them looking sharp. The breed has a double-coat; wiry topcoat and soft undercoat. To achieve this look (as shown in the picture on this page) the dog needs to be plucked or hand stripped. A usual pattern can be found in the AMSC award winning grooming chart.  Few groomers are knowledgeable of the stripping process and even fewer pet owners would take the time to properly complete this task.  Stripping is almost exclusively limited to show dogs.

Will my Miniature Schnauzer chase animals?  All dogs love to pursue prey, whether they do so for hunger or not. The games puppies play as they grow to maturity feature aspects of hunting and pursuing. Miniature Schnauzers have a keen interest for small animals of the rodent variety but also show an interest in birds. If you have small pets like birds or hamsters, they should be gradually introduced to the dog in a controlled manner so that the dog begins to understand that the animal is friend, not foe.

Source:  The American Miniature Schnauzer Club.  Visit them at www.amsc.us


The Standard Schnauzer

For information on the Standard Schnauzer, please visit the Standard Schnauzer Club of America at www.standardschnauzer.org


The Giant Schnauzer

For information on the Giant Schnauzer, please visit the Giant Schnauzer Club of America at www.giantschnauzerclubofamerica.com