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Amazingly Fun Facts – Miniature Schnauzer Puppies

January 12, 2021
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By registrations, the Miniature Schnauzer is ranked as the 10th Most Popular Dog Breed in the world. This German hound is loved for its compact size and loyalty, especially amongst senior citizens. Discover more about our Miniature Schnauzer puppies for sale below!

Breed History

Miniature Schnauzers have their origins in 19th Century Germany where farmers crossbred the Affenpinscher, the Standard Schnauzer, Poodle, Pomeranian, and the Miniature Pinscher to create the spirited breed. Their most dominant traits stem from the Schnauzer’s physique, and the Miniature Pinscher’s size and this fusion form the Zwergschnauzer which is German for Dwarf Schnauzer or Miniature Schnauzer. These small dogs were bred to assist farmers by catching rats, guarding properties, and herding cattle. In 1924, four Miniature Schnauzers were imported into the US from Germany, and 84 years later in 2008, they were ranked as the 11th Most Popular Dog Breed in the country. Their wiry coats come in silver, black, pepper and salt or white colors.

Temperament

Miniature Schnauzers are friendly, alert, and exceptionally territorial dogs. They only bond with strangers after their owners have cleared them as safe by interacting with them. They come highly recommended for elderly people and young children that are not rowdy. They are obedient and loyal, never overaggressive, and need to be continuously occupied. They are spirited creatures and tend to keep themselves busy when they are bored by creating their own entertainment. With early socialization, they are friendly towards other dogs and cats. They are excellent trackers and are easy to train.

Environment

Miniature Schnauzers acclimatize to changes in their environment and lifestyles of their owners very quickly; however, they do not tolerate being left alone. They don’t fuss when being taken from one place to another and they love boat rides. They prefer moderate weather conditions. They have an average propensity to roam but should be taught to obey commands that keep them in check.

Exercise

They have an average exercise requirement of about forty-five minutes daily. Short strolls every day and much longer ones on the weekends are all it takes to keep a Miniature Schnauzer active and happy.

Grooming

Miniature Schnauzers have a low shedding rate. Their fur does not stick to furniture and clothes when brushed occasionally. They have a double coat – a wiry overcoat and a soft undercoat. They have a beard and mustache, which requires cleaning after every meal.

They require advanced grooming to keep their great looks, which means a trip to the groomer is in order every 2-3 months.

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