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Miniature Schnauzer

Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Miniature Schnauzer puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Miniature Schnauzer please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Miniature Schnauzer puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Miniature Schnauzer puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Miniature Schnauzer breed is also commonly known by the names Zwergschnauzer (Dwarf Schnauzer).

Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

Pedigree Breed Status: KC Recognised in the Utility Group

Height
Males 30 – 36 cm
Females 30 – 36 cm

Weight
Males 5 – 9 kg
Females 5 – 8 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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Small (4/10)

Exercise

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medium (6/10)

Training

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very easy (10/10)

Shedding

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very low (2/10)

Grooming

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high (8/10)

Children

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average (6/10)

Health

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average (6/10)

Cost to Keep

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medium (4/10)

Being Alone

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moderate periods (6/10)

Intelligence

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high (10/10)

Introduction

The Miniature Schnauzer is a smart looking little dog that was first bred in Germany.  They are the smallest of the Schnauzers being the more recent addition to this charming breed.   The Miniature Schnauzer is considered a low shedder which is another reason why they have gained popularity not only here in the UK, but elsewhere in the world too.

History

Schnauzers are thought to be an ancient breed with their ancestry dating back to the 15th century with dogs having been depicted in works of art that date back to that period in history.  The one thing that is certain is that they have always been highly prized in their native Germany thanks to their loyal characters, even temperaments and the fact they are able to distinguish between a friend and a foe which makes them excellent watchdogs.  This together with their reputation for being exceptionally good “ratters” has always meant that Schnauzers were always in demand with people who lived in the country and in towns too.

The actual origins of how the Miniature Schnauzer first came about remains a bit of a mystery although some people believe they were created by breeders who only used the smallest examples of a Schnauzer in their breeding programmes.  However, other people feel they came about by crossing a Standard Schnauzer with the Affenpinscher as well as other small breeds.  These charming little dogs were first exhibited at a dog show in 1899 and they were an immediate hit thanks to their size and their charming looks.

Miniature Schnauzers were officially recognised as a unique breed in 1899 in their native Germany and were first introduced to America in the mid-twenties where they were an immediate hit.  The breed was officially recognised by The Kennel Club in 1948 when a breed standard was established.  Today, Miniature Schnauzers remain a very popular choice both as companion dogs and family pets thanks to their charming looks and loyal, affectionate natures both here in the UK and elsewhere in the world.

Appearance

The Miniature Schnauzer is a charming looking little dog with their bushy eyebrows and whiskers.  They boast a compact, athletic appearance with nicely proportioned heads which are a good length and quite broad between a dog’s ears.  Their foreheads are flat with Minis having well-muscled cheeks and a medium stop that accentuates their eyebrows.  Muzzles are powerful and blunt with lots of bristly hair that forms their charming moustaches and whiskers.  Noses are black with nice wide-open nostrils and lips are tight.

Their eyes are dark and oval shaped being medium in size with dogs having lovely bushy, arched eyebrows which adds to their charming appeal.  Their ears are V-shaped being set high on a dog’s head and dropping forward.  The Miniature Schnauzer has a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite where their upper teeth neatly overlap their lower ones.  Necks are strong, slightly arched and moderately long before merging cleanly into a dog’s shoulders.

Minis have strong forequarters with well laid back, flat shoulders and they have nice straight, well-muscled front legs.  Chests are deep and moderately broad with dogs having a quite noticeable breastbone that reaches as far down as the elbow.  Their backs are straight and strong being slightly higher at the shoulder than over a dog’s hindquarters.  Loins are short and well developed with dogs having well sprung ribs.

When it comes to their coat, the Miniature Schnauzer boasts having a harsh, wiry coat with a dense, softer undercoat.  The outer coat is short which adds to the smart look of a Mini.  The hair on a dog’s neck, shoulders, ears and skull is clean, but harsher on their legs with furnishings being thick but never silky to the touch.  The accepted breed colours are as follows:

Pepper and salt, Pure Black, Black and silver, White

Miniature Schnauzers should always have a nice pigmentation no matter what colour coat they happen to have.

Temperament

Miniature Schnauzers are intelligent, lively little dogs and they thrive in a home environment.  However, they do have a bit of a stubborn streak in them which is why their socialisation and training should start as early as possible.  These little dogs are never happier than when they know who they can look to for direction and guidance.

They are quite vocal and are always very quick to let an owner know when there are strangers about or when something they don’t like is going on in their environment which in short, means the Mini is a good watchdog.  They tend to be a little wary and aloof around people they do not know.

Intelligence / Trainability

Miniature Schnauzers are intelligent and they are always willing and eager to please which makes them easy to train.  However, the key to successfully training one of these active and alert dogs is to make training sessions short and extremely interesting.  Longer more repetitive sessions do not bring the best out of these little dogs because they would soon lose interest in what is going on.

They are quite sensitive dogs by nature and therefore they do not respond well to any sort of harsh correction or heavier handed training methods.  They do answer very well to positive reinforcement training which always brings the best out of a Miniature Schnauzer.

Children and Other Pets

They also get on well with other dogs and in particular if they have been well socialised from a young enough age.  If they have grown up with a family cat in a household, they generally get on well together, however, a Mini would think nothing of chasing off any other cats they come across.  Care has to be taken when they are around smaller animals and pets just in case they see them as prey so any contact is best avoided.

Health

The average life expectancy of a Miniature Schnauzer is between 12 and 15 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.

Like so many other breeds, the Miniature Schnauzer is known to suffer from a few hereditary health issues which are worth knowing about if you are planning share your home with one of these active and good-looking dogs.  The conditions that seem to affect the breed the most include the following:

Diabetes, Urolithaisis, Fatty Tumours.

Caring for a Miniature Schnauzer

As with any other breed, Miniature Schnauzers need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition.  They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy.  On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.

Grooming

Miniature Schnauzers have short to medium length coats which are wiry and quite harsh to the touch.  As such they need to be groomed at least twice a week to keep things tidy and tangle free.  Their coats also need to be hand stripped twice a year or they can be clipped which makes life a lot simpler on the grooming front.  These tasks are best left to a professional dog groomer who would be able to trim a dog’s nails too.

It is also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. 

Exercise

The Miniature Schnauzer is a high energy, intelligent little dog and as such they need to be given the right amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation for them to be truly happy, well-rounded dogs.  They need to be given anything from 40 to 60 minutes exercise a day with as much off the lead time as possible.

A shorter walk in the morning would be fine, but a longer more interesting one in the afternoon is a must.  These dogs also like to be able to roam around a back garden as often as possible so they can really let off steam. 

With this said, puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still growing.  This includes not letting a dog jump up and down from furniture or going up or down the stairs.  Too much pressure placed on their joints and spines at an early age could result in a dog developing serious problems later in their lives.

Feeding

If you get a Miniature Schnauzer puppy from a breeder, they would give you a feeding schedule and it is important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets. 

Older dogs are not known to be fussy eaters.  It is best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it is good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements. 

Average Cost to keep/care for a Miniature Schnauzer

If you are looking to buy a Miniature Schnauzer, you would need to pay anything from £600 to over £1000 for a well-bred pedigree puppy.  The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Miniature Schnauzer in England would be £21.87 a month for basic cover or a lifetime policy, this would set you back £41.75 a month (quote as of July 2016).  When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK, a dog’s age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed among other things.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry making sure it suits the different stages of a dog’s life.  This would set you back between £40 – £50 a month.  Moreover, you need to factor in veterinary costs.  The cost of neutering or spaying a dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks.

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Miniature Schnauzer would be between £50 to £80 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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