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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
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?
Water Consumption, Kidney Function, and Bladder Leakage
Joint Pain and Stiffness
Change in Disposition
Vision and Hearing Problems
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.
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.
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 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.
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.