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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introducing the Miniature Schnauzer

Chapter 2 – History of the Miniature Schnauzer

The Schnauzer in Medieval Europe

The Development of the Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer Coat Colors

The Miniature Schnauzer During World War I

The Curious Classification of the Mini Schnauzer

Chapter 3 – What are the Breed Standards for the Miniature Schnauzer?

What are the Recognized Miniature Schnauzer Coat Colors?

What are Parti Miniature Schnauzers?

What is the Miniature Schnauzer Breed Description?

Chapter 4 – Is the Miniature Schnauzer the Right Dog for Me?

What is the Miniature Schnauzer Temperament?

What are the Miniature Schnauzer Space Requirements?

Will the Miniature Schnauzer Like My Family?

Will the Miniature Schnauzer Get Along with My Children?

Will the Miniature Schnauzer Get Along with My Other Pets?

Does the Miniature Schnauzer Demand a lot of Attention?

What Are the Miniature Schnauzer Grooming Requirements?

Chapter 5 – How Do I Find a Miniature Schnauzer Puppy?

How Do I Find a Reputable Miniature Schnauzer Breeder?

Do a Phone Interview with the Breeder

Visit the Breeder’s Kennel

How Do I Find a Miniature Schnauzer Rescue Organization?

Chapter 6 – What Should I Know About Miniature Schnauzer Puppy Mills?

Backyard Breeders versus True Puppy Mills

Pet Stores

Chapter 7 – How Do I Prepare to Bring My New Miniature Schnauzer Home?

How Do I Puppy-Proof My Home?

What Supplies Do I Need to Have on Hand?

Chapter 8 – What Should I Feed My Miniature Schnauzer?

Adult Miniature Schnauzer Feeding

Miniature Schnauzer Puppy Feeding

Senior Miniature Schnauzer Feeding

What are the Connections between Miniature Schnauzer Health Problems and Diet?

What are the Nutritional Requirements for Miniature Schnauzers?

Is Dry Dog Food or Canned Dog Food Better for My Miniature Schnauzer?

What Should I Know about Homemade Dog Food?

Can I Give My Miniature Schnauzer Treats?

What Foods Should My Miniature Schnauzer Avoid?

Can I Feed My Miniature Schnauzer a Vegan or Gluten-Free Diet?

Chapter 9 – How Can I Train My Miniature Schnauzer?

Basic Life Skills Training

Training to Correct Negative Behavior

Training for Tricks

Chapter 10 – How Can I Keep My Miniature Schnauzer Healthy?

Preventative Care: Miniature Schnauzer Vaccinations and Nutrition

Miniature Schnauzer Diseases: Pancreatitis

Miniature Schnauzer Diseases: Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis

Miniature Schnauzer Diseases: Epilepsy

Miniature Schnauzer Diseases: Diabetes

Miniature Schnauzer Allergies and Skin Problems

Miniature Schnauzer Eye Disorders

Chapter 11 – What Do I Need to Know about Miniature Schnauzer Tail Docking and Ear Cropping?

What is Miniature Schnauzer Tail Docking?

What is Miniature Schnauzer Ear Cropping?

Chapter 12 – Should I Show My Miniature Schnauzer in Dog Shows?

Showing Breeding Stock

Understanding Dog Breed Groups

Chapter 13 – What Do I Need to Know About Miniature Schnauzer Grooming?

Miniature Schnauzer Grooming Tools

Miniature Schnauzer Toenail Grooming

Miniature Schnauzer Bathing

Miniature Schnauzer Blow Drying

Miniature Schnauzer Grooming and Clipping

Miniature Schnauzer Dental Care

Miniature Schnauzer Anal Gland Care

Chapter 14 – What Do I Need to Know About Miniature Schnauzer Breeding, Pregnancy, and Birth?

How to Find A Mate for Your Miniature Schnauzer

What is the Miniature Schnauzer Heat Cycle?

Miniature Schnauzer Mating

Miniature Schnauzer Pregnancy

How Do I Prepare for My Miniature Schnauzer to Give Birth?

Miniature Schnauzer Labor and Delivery

Newborn Miniature Schnauzer Puppy Care

Chapter 15 – What are Common Miniature Schnauzer Mixes?










Chapter 16 – How Do I Care for My Aging Miniature Schnauzer?

Appetite Changes

Water Consumption, Kidney Function, and Bladder Leakage

Joint Pain and Stiffness

Change in Disposition

Vision and Hearing Problems

Memory Loss

Chapter 17 – Conclusion

BONUS CHAPTER Your Trusted Miniature Schnauzer Resource List

Miniature Schnauzer Breeders in the United States

Miniature Schnauzer Breeders in Canada

Miniature Schnauzer Breeders in the U.K.

Miniature Schnauzer Rescue Groups in the United States

Miniature Schnauzer Rescue Groups in Canada

Miniature Schnauzer Rescue Groups in the U.K.


Introducing the Miniature Schnauzer

Spunky and dapper, the Miniature Schnauzer is a dog breed that has turned its cheerful, sociable personality into a consistent appearance on the list of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, Canada, and throughout Europe. Truly “man’s best friend,” this little fella is an energetic extrovert, a loyal sidekick, and a wonderful addition to the family. The walrus mustache may make the Mini Schnauzer look sophisticated and intellectual, but he is really affectionate and comical. The Miniature Schnauzer is smart, active, curious, and loving…all in one fun-sized package!

The mini-Schnauzer dog breed likes to defy stereotypes. For example, you might think that his tiny stature means the Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect lap dog, but in fact, the breed requires a lot of exercise and, despite being affectionate, he can sometimes be standoffish. Cuddles happen on his terms. But rest assured, he has “his terms” a lot so there will be plenty of cuddles with your Mini Schnauzer. This dog breed is also very protective of his family, so the feisty, little Miniature Schnauzer can, despite his small size, be an excellent guard dog. He will bark at suspicious strangers as if to say, “No way! Not on my watch!”

The comical mustache is a hallmark of the Mini Schnauzer.

The goal of this Miniature Schnauzer book is to help you discover if the Mini Schnauzer is the right dog breed for you, and to learn more about your new Miniature Schnauzer puppy if you decide the answer to the first question is “yes.” This fun-loving breed offers plenty of unique benefits to pet owners, but you should be aware of some breed-specific information of the dog breed Schnauzer and mini Schnauzer, and issues so that you can keep your dog happy and healthy. In this miniature Schnauzer handbook, you will read about how to find a reputable breeder, how to introduce your Miniature Schnauzer to your household, how to feed your new pet, and how to keep him fit and healthy. You will also learn about caring for Miniature Schnauzers during each stage of life, from the carefree puppy days through the golden years.

This Mini Schnauzer book will also help you if you decide to breed your Miniature Schnauzer or show your dog. In fact, the Miniature Schnauzer is the subject of some debates in the dog show circles, and you will gain an understanding of these controversies. The more you know about this well-loved breed, and the more you increase your miniature Schnauzer savvy, the more you can appreciate the special attributes and characteristics that have helped move the Miniature Schnauzer up the ranks of popular dog breeds, and into so many people’s hearts.


History of the Miniature Schnauzer

Today’s Miniature Schnauzers are primarily used as companion dogs, but their initial purpose was to work. What were Schnauzers bred for? This breed served an important function on the farms of Germany, where the breed originated. German farmers wanted a tenacious and diminutive dog to rid the farmhouses, barns, and outbuildings of rats and other vermin. Infestations of rats posed serious problems to rural people living 150 to 200 years ago. Rats carried disease, ate stored foods, and destroyed crops. To eradicate the rodents, German dog breeders crossed the Standard Schnauzer, also known as the German Schnauzer, with black poodles and Affenpinschers to develop a dog that was similar in appearance and disposition to the Standard Schnauzer, or black Schnauzer dog, but smaller. They created a small dog they dubbed the ZwergSchnauzer, which translates to “dwarf Schnauzer.” We know it as the Miniature German Schnauzer, wirehaired Schnauzer, or the miniature Schnauzer terrier, but most commonly just the Miniature Schnauzer.

The Miniature Schnauzer can trace his family tree back to the farmlands of Germany.

The Schnauzer in Medieval Europe

The Schnauzer dog breed as a whole was developed in Western Europe during the medieval era by breeding for favorable traits, including his herding and ratting ability and good guard dog behavior. They were a staple on German farms for centuries, but German dog breeders began to pay attention to them when dog shows became popular in the 1800s. It was during this time that breeders started to breed the dog to a specific standard and temperament. Before the establishment of clear breed standards and breed specific clubs, litter mates could be classified as different breeds -- either short-haired German Pinschers or long-coated Schnauzers -- depending on the appearance of the puppy’s coat. Although some of the original German Pinscher coat types were most likely lost during World War I, the grey, or salt-and-pepper colored coat that is typically seen on the North American Standard Schnauzer, as well as the German Pincher, or silberpinsch, remains strong and serves as a visual link between the two closely-related breeds.

The Mini Schnauzer is the smallest of the three types of Schnauzers…the Miniature Schnauzer, the Standard Schnauzer, and the Giant Schnauzer.

The Development of the Miniature Schnauzer

How the name Schnauzer was even given to this breed, and its full-sized counterpart is an interesting story. The development of the Miniature Schnauzer occurred much later in history than some other dog breeds, although specific records and dates have been lost to time. We do know that, in 1879, a mustached wire-haired pinscher named Schnauzer, won first place at a dog show in Hannover, Germany. In the German language, the word “Schnauzer” means mustache, so the dog was aptly named. So much so, in fact, that the entire breed became known the Schnauzer.

A true Miniature Schnauzer dog named Findel was the first documented miniature version of the Standard Schnauzer breed when her birth was recorded in October of 1888. Just seven years later, the first breed club for Miniature Schnauzers was founded in the German city of Cologne, although the records show that other dog breeds were included in the club. At this time, the Miniature Schnauzer and the Affenpinscher were often viewed as the same breed of dog, but by the early 1900s, the two were recognized as separate breeds.

Miniature Schnauzer Coat Colors