Description & History

The Miniature Schnauzer is of German origin and is a cross between the Affenpinscher, the German Terrier and the Poodle. Although the breed has the same conformation as the Standard Schnauzer, it is a breed in its own right and has not been reduced in size by breeding from the runts of its bigger relation.

The breed's name was taken from the winning dog in the Wire-haired Pinscher class at the International Show in Hanover in 1879. Schnauze means 'muzzle' in German.

Schnauzer's have been popular dogs in Germany for a long time. Many artists have portrayed them in wood carvings, sculpture, paintings, and porcelain.

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt depicted the breed. Porcelain manufacturers from Germany, Austria and Italy have all produced quality figurines of the Schnauzer. More recently attractive postage stamps have been issued by Monaco and Poland.

The Miniature Schnauzer, in spite of its terrier qualities, was not bred as a terrier and does not have the temperament of one. Nevertheless, the breed were first class ratters in homes and factories.

The foundation stock of the breed was established in the United States in 1925 and a few years later the first dog was imported into Great Britain. The breed received separate registration from the Standard Schnauzer in 1932 and its first Kennel Club Challenge Certificates in 1935.

Rosamund Walters.

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