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Miniature Schnauzer

Also known as: Zwergschnauzer

Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Small farm dog.

AKC recognized: 1926
AKC group: Terrier

Size: Weight: 11 to 20 lbs
Size: Height: 12 to 14 inches
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Color: Salt and pepper, black and silver, or solid black.

Life span: 12 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Miniature Schnauzer is alert, spirited, obedient, friendly, robust, active, intelligent, and willing to please. They are devoted to their family and fond of children, making them great family pets. They are not a fighter typically, but will stand up for themselves if necessary, and make excellent watchdogs. They adapt easily to living in apartments as well as in the country. They have a strong prey drive and may chase and/or attack small pets such as birds, rodents, or sometimes cats. However, if they are raised with cats from a young age, they can learn to get along with them.

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Good with children? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

OK in apartments? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, earthdog

Grooming requirement: The double coat sheds very little but should be groomed by a professional every five to eight weeks. Some owners can learn to do the grooming themselves. The beard and leg furnishings should be brushed weekly. Bathe as necessary.

Known health problems: Juvenile renal disease, retinal dysplasia, urinary stones, progressive retinal atrophy, autoimmune diseases, cancer, myotonia congenita, neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinosis.

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Recommended books for further reading:

The Miniature Schnauzer
By Phyllis Degioia
Published in 2006
208 pages

Miniature Schnauzer (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Lee Sheehan
Published in 2003
158 pages

Miniature Schnauzers (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Karla Rugh, DVM
Published in 2009
95 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Miniature Schnauzers
By Charlotte Schwartz
Published in 1998
160 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Miniature Schnauzer Club
Wikipedia breed information page
American Miniature Schnauzer Club Rescue

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