10 Fun Facts About Miniature Schnauzers
The Miniature Schnauzer may be small in size, but don’t let them fool you. This dog breed makes up for their small size with their big, outgoing personalities. Most people can’t resist their sporty look, portable size, and bushy beard. Whether you have a Mini Schnauzer or you’re thinking of adding one to your family, you might learn something new in these 10 fun facts about Miniature Schnauzers!
1. The Schnauzer comes in three different sizes.
There are three different sizes of Schnauzers: the Giant Schnauzer, the Standard Schnauzer, and the Miniature Schnauzer. The Mini Schnauzer is the smallest of the three Schnauzer breeds. Unlike the Poodle, which has three size varieties that fall under the same breed, the three sizes of Schnauzers are recognized as separate breeds.
2. They are the most popular of the Schnauzer breeds.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Miniature Schnauzer is the most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds. These friendly, small dogs have big personalities, and their distinguished looks are quite charming. Plus, these active and intelligent dogs stay small, which many people find adorable. The Miniature is the only Schnauzer that falls under the terrier group, although they can have very different personalities than other terriers.
3. They come from Germany.
Unlike many terrier breeds that came from the British Isles, Schnauzers originated in Germany. The Miniature Schnauzer was originally created to be a small farm dog to keep the rats and other vermin away. They are fearless, robust, quick, and muscular, and they are known for being less aggressive than their terrier cousins.
4. They used to be called Wirehaired Pinschers.
Schnauzers used to be called Wirehaired Pinschers. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that the name Schnauzer took over. The word “Schnauzer” comes from the German word, “schnauze,” which means snout or muzzle. This seems like a fitting name for the dog’s square, whiskered snout.
5. The Miniature Schnauzer was bred down from the Standard Schnauzer.
The Standard Schnauzer was the original size of these breeds, and the Miniature Schnauzer and the Giant Schnauzer were developed from the original size. German farmers bred the Standard down to a mini size, so they could serve as barnyard ratters. Small Standard Schnauzers were crossbred with the Affenpinscher and Poodle to create a Miniature Schnauzer. The AKC says the Mini Schnauzer was exhibited as a distinct breed as early as 1899.
6. They have a distinct, wiry coat.
The Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat, which requires frequent brushing and grooming. There’s a soft undercoat and a wiry topcoat, which typically comes in three signature color patterns: solid black, black and silver, and salt and pepper. Although not universally recognized by all kennel clubs, (including the American Miniature Schnauzer Club), Mini Schnauzers can also be white. They are low-shedding, which is ideal for pet owners with allergies.
7. Their whiskers serve an important function.
That bushy beard may be charming, but it actually served an important function. When these whiskers matted together, they protected the Schnauzer from being bitten or scratched by the vermin they hunted on farms.
8. The Miniature Schnauzer is a generally healthy breed.
With an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years, Miniature Schnauzers are generally healthy. However, there are a few health problems that they are prone to, including cataracts, hyperlipidemia, Von Willebrand's disease, liver shunts, and pancreatitis. It’s important to remember that it’s difficult to predict when or if your pet will become injured or sick. Pet insurance can help by offsetting the cost of vet bills if your dog would become sick or injured.
9. Mini Schnauzers are willing to please.
Although Mini Schnauzers were created to do the traditional work of small terriers, they have a different personality than most terriers. While many other terriers are independent or have a fiery temperament, the Miniature Schnauzer is friendly, royal, obedient, and willing to please. But have no fear, they don’t lack spirit! They are very devoted to their families and often serve as good guard dogs.
10. They have a very good sense of hearing.
Schnauzers are known for having a keen sense of hearing. In fact, they can hear frequencies that are two times higher than people can and at four times the distance. They used their good hearing to help guard their farms and hunt and kill vermin.
Bonus fact: PetMD points out that Miniature Schnauzers are predisposed to urolithiasis, which is the presence of stones (calcium deposits) in the urinary tract. These stones often rub against the bladder wall, which causes discomfort and irritation to the surrounding tissues. Pet owners can help minimize the chance of stone formation with Thomas Vet’s Cal Ox, which minimizes available oxalates, limits crystallization, and supports ideal urine pH and flow.
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