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Miniature Schnauzer

While they may be the smallest in the Schnauzer family, they are confident, sociable and determined, which helps explain why they have become the world’s favourite Schnauzers.

About the Miniature Schnauzer

A Schnauzer through and through, with the temperament and behaviour of a small dog. Intelligence, endurance and vigilance make Miniature Schnauzers great family dogs, patient with children and other animals in the home.

Their adaptable nature means that they will easily settle into any new family and are perfectly suited to life in a flat.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Group
FCI Group 2, AKC Terrier Group
Size category
Small
Avg life expectancy
12–15 years

Determined / Intelligent / Confident / Alert / Even-tempered

Key facts

  • Makes a great family dog
  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Garden not essential
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Origins of the breed

The standard Schnauzer has been a feature in German history from at least the 14th century. It’s thought that their miniature counterparts were developed by crossing the original with Affenpinschers. Others believe that poodles and other black spitz types were involved in the development of this dog.

The first Miniature Schnauzer was registered in Germany in 1898 and has since made a name for themselves as loving companion dogs.

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