The Miniature Schnauzer is a small, sturdy, muscular dog with an alert outlook. Their eyebrows, moustache and leg hair gives them a very distinctive appearance. They can be salt and pepper, black with silver markings, solid black or white in colour, although white is rarely seen. Ideally, adult males are 36cm in height and weigh 8kg. Adult females should measure 33cm and weigh 7kg.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For an hour a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
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Miniature Schnauzer

Origin

A medium-sized wirehaired-Pinscher type dog, found in 15th century Bavaria, was used for ratting and other general farm duties. It is from this dog that all three sizes of Schnauzer descend. The Miniature Schnauzer dog breed is a result of crossing the Standard Schnauzer with the Affenpinscher and other small breeds.

Personality

The Miniature Schnauzer is a lively, active little dog and can make a fun, rewarding companion. They can be stubborn and wilful, however, and do need consistent training and socialisation. A natural watchdog, they are quite vocal and will be quick to alert the family of any strangers approaching their territory.

Health

The Miniature Schnauzer is generally a healthy breed, but there are some breed specific problems that they can suffer from which include high blood fat levels, inflammation in the pancreas, diabetes and bladder stones.

Exercise

An hour's daily exercise is needed for an adult, but he will take more if you can offer it – this dog is quite adaptable and will fit into his family's routine.

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

The coat of the Mini Schnauzer is harsh, wiry and short with a dense undercoat. All over grooming is required at least twice a week. Handstripping is a must for the show ring, but clipping is straightforward and easy for the smart family pet, although the body colour does pale over the years.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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The Miniature Schnauzer, with its distinctive facial hair, is a rewarding companion for anyone who can offer the consistent training he needs. Read more here.

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What to Consider next

Adoption

It is incredibly fulfilling to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization. It often means offering them a second chance in life. There are many dogs waiting for a loving family, a forever home. Reputable centers will be very careful about matching the right people with the right dogs. Staff learns all they can about the dogs they take in, and will spend time getting to know you, your family and your lifestyle, before they match you with any of their dogs. They’ll also be happy to give you advice and answer any questions you might have before and after the adoption.

Finding a good breeder

If your heart is set on a pedigree puppy, then your best bet is to find a reputable breeder. Contact The Kennel Club or a breed-club secretary who may have a list of litters available, or should be able to put you in contact with breeders in your area. Try to choose a breeder who is part of the Kennel Club’s assured breeder scheme.Visit dog shows to meet breeders in person and inquire about availability of pups of your chosen breed.

Welcoming your dog home

Whether you’re bringing home a tiny puppy or rehoming an adult dog, this is a hugely exciting time for everyone. While you’re waiting for the big day you might need to distract yourself, so luckily there are a few things you need to sort out before you welcome your new arrival. Click here for more information