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Miniature Schnauzer

Personality:Friendly, smart, obedient

Coat & Grooming:The double coat—hard and wiry on top, and soft beneath—requires clipping or stripping

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Alert, lively dogs, they enjoy playtime and brisk long walks

Originally: Germany

Nicknames: Mini

Size: Small

Meet the Miniature Schnauzer

​Stocky, robust little dogs standing 12 to 14 inches at the shoulder, Mini Schnauzers were bred down from their larger cousins, Standard Schnauzers. Aside from the size difference, the two breeds look much alike. The bushy beard and eyebrows give Minis a charming, human-like expression. The coat comes in three color patterns: salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black. Created to be all-around farm dogs and ratters, they’re rugged and muscular—fearless, but not aggressive.

What's Their Story?

​The Mini is in the AKC Terrier Group. And the dog was originally bred, like terriers, to catch rats and other vermin. But the Mini, created by breeding Standard Schnauzers with Affenpinschers and Poodles, is not a true terrier by blood. The breed’s history goes back to the 1890s. That sounds like a long time ago, but considering that many breeds on Woofipedia go back hundreds—even thousands—of years, the Mini is a baby among breeds.

What are they Like?

​The Miniature Schnauzer is a bright, friendly, trainable companion, small enough to adapt to apartment life but tireless enough to patrol acres of farmland. They get along well with other animals and kids. They’re sturdy little guys and love vigorous play. Home and family oriented, they make great watchdogs. The breed is generally healthy, long-lived, and low shedding. Add an outgoing personality and sporty good looks, and you’ve got an ideal family dog.

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