The Miniature Schnauzer is a fascinating pedigree dog that is suitable for different family constellations and types of housing. He can be both a sporty companion, a child-friendly family dog, and a reliable protector.
History of the Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer as we know it today emerged from the mating of Small Schnauzers and Wire-haired Pinschers, which until the middle of the 19th century were still members of a large, undifferentiated group of dogs. Only around 1870 did this superordinate group split into subcategories (differentiated by size and color). At that time, the dog had a variety of tasks. He escorted carriages, guarded the yard, and kept the stables vermin-free.
German breed breeding began around 1880 with the aim of creating the smallest possible Schnauzer that retained the characteristics of the medium and large Schnauzers. The first breeding club (Pinscher-Schnauzer-Klub) was founded in 1895, and in 1955 the Miniature Schnauzer was recognized by the FCI. However, there were similar dogs long before that, as can be seen from illustrated traditions from the Middle Ages. The Miniature Schnauzer is a dog that has never lost its relevance over the years and is a very popular (in some places even the most popular) dog breed worldwide.
Essence and Character
The small pedigree dog bundles many personality traits that are actually inherent in larger dogs: Guard and Companion Personality: The Miniature Schnauzer combines the main qualities of a good family dog and a guard dog. He is both people-oriented, cuddly, and loyal, but also stands up for his own protection and that of his caregivers.
Sporting spirit and cognitive performance: Due to its endurance, the Miniature Schnauzer is also a great sports companion and performance dog, who can also solve and learn challenging tasks.
Purchase of a Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzers are rarely found through animal shelters, and private purchases are also rare. Purebred Miniature Schnauzers are most likely to be found through the breeding club (Pinscher-Schnauzer-Klub 1895). Inquiring with one of these breeders has the advantage that the origin is trustworthy and secure.
By the way: It is much easier to buy a pedigree dog because there are normally no Miniature Schnauzer crossbreeds. Not because mating with dogs from other breeds would be biologically impossible, but because it usually only happens by chance.
What do I need to pay attention to when purchasing?
Once you have decided to buy a Miniature Schnauzer, the next step is the preparation phase, inspection, and purchase. In order for the purchase to be a positive experience, you should include the following considerations in the planning:
Purebred dogs have a proud price, which is made up of medical costs and breeding work, among other things. Breeders who sell their Miniature Schnauzers for less than 700 euros appear dubious. Private sellers often do not work as professionally as the members of the breeding association. Nevertheless, their dogs also need an up-to-date health check. Make sure the dog appears fit, has been dewormed, and has a complete vaccination record. Every dog develops its own nature. However, the character of the parents sets a direction in which the personality of the puppy goes. Therefore, inquire about the characteristics of the breeding animals or, if possible, get your own picture.
The first weeks of life are a very important step for puppies. During this time they get to know human interaction, explore their surroundings, and are socialized. If the seller has already provided their dogs with extensive learning experiences, you will have a better time training the Miniature Schnauzer puppy. Therefore, ask what environmental stimuli the dog already knows (example: cars, noises) and what knowledge it already has (example: cats, children).
Puppy Development and Education
The Miniature Schnauzer is a bright little dog that loves to cooperate with people. But he also has a dominant streak and his own stubborn head. It is therefore important that he learns the rules of behavior from a young age. The right upbringing is a mixture of love, understanding, sovereignty, and consistency. The sensitive dog can react sensitively to punishment, which is why training should be as defensive as possible.
Because the Miniature Schnauzer has his stamp as a “barker”, you should socialize with him early on. He also needs multifaceted external contact so that he gets used to the different stimuli and reacts calmly. The Miniature Schnauzer is an intelligent animal that loves to learn, which is why it is very open to training offers. The upbringing is therefore comparatively easy. Due to its easy handling, the Miniature Schnauzer can also be considered the first dog for a beginner.