Breed Information Centre

Miniature Schnauzer

Description

Illustration of Miniature Schnauzer

The original Schnauzer has been known in Germany from at least the 14th Century. It is thought that the miniaturisation was brought about by the infusion of Affenpinscher blood. The miniature variety was first officially recorded in 1888. Despite the reduction of size, there is no reduction in spirit – and they are hugely popular as companion dogs.

Breed Group
Utility
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Small
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
Medium
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
No
Town or Country
Either
Type of home
Flat
Minimum Garden Size
Small/Medium
Lifespan
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Utility Breed Group

This group consists of miscellaneous breeds of dog mainly of a non-sporting origin, including the Bulldog, Dalmatian, Akita and Poodle.

The name ‘Utility’ essentially means fitness for a purpose and this group consists of an extremely mixed and varied bunch, most breeds having been selectively bred to perform a specific function not included in the sporting and working categories. Some of the breeds listed in the group are the oldest documented breeds of dog in the world.


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