Laurel Crown Schnauzers

About The Breed

 History of the Breed

The miniature schnauzer is a small energetic terrier that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century.

The word “schnauzer” means “beard,” and in Germany, the miniature schnauzer is known as the Zwergschnauzer (zwerg meaning “dwarf”).   Their bodies are stocky, compact, and square.  Originally bred as hunters, ratters and guard dogs to work on farms, miniature schnauzers are believed to have long beards and mustaches to protect them from bites to the snout.  Being a very vocal breed with a keen sense of smell and intense prey drive, this is the perfect job for the miniature schnauzer!

Descendants of affenpinschers, poodles, and standard schnauzers, miniature schnauzers are the product of decades of crossbreeding for compact size and conformity.  The time periods of WWI and WWII were hard on dog breeding, particularly in Europe, where some breeds were nearly lost to us forever.  Interest in miniature schnauzers later boomed, and their popularity has not waned since.

In 1933 the miniature schnauzer was recognized by the American Kennel Club as their own breed.  Due to its overall appeal, miniature schnauzers were the third most popular breed in America at one time, and it remains as a favorite breed to this day!

Personality and Physical Attributes

An attractive dog of small stature, the miniature schnauzer has a distinguished appearance and massive personality!  As loyal, protective, task driven animals, minis can seem fearless at times, and maybe even confrontational in the defense of their property and loved ones.  Miniature schnauzers are sociable, affectionate dogs that are sometimes feisty and a bit full of themselves, but they want little more in life than to serve their people.  As a social breed they do well in a pack setting and being included in the family’s daily activities is their deepest need.  They are versatile animals that desire to participate in everything from lounging with their owners to going out for a brisk walk outdoors.  Equally content living in the city as in the country, minis have the adaptability to make them great companions for a variety of lifestyles and living arrangements!

Weighing between 11 to 20 pounds and measuring 12” to 14” tall at the shoulder, miniature schnauzers are sturdy animals.

In addition to the benefits of their size, being hypoallergenic and non-shedding dogs, miniature schnauzers are one of the top choices for people who need allergy-free pets.  Miniature schnauzers do require regular maintenance with frequent brushing, and periodic hair & nail trims.  A complete grooming is usually required about every 8 weeks, yet some owners choose to have them done more often.

The miniature schnauzer has an average lifespan of approximately 12 to 15 years, with some even being recorded as living 20 years or more; making them a long-term commitment for pet parents.

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