The Miniature Schnauzer should ideally be 13″ (Bitches) and 14″ (Dogs) at the shoulder. However you may come across some dogs/bitches that are a little bigger or smaller than the average.
Pepper and Salt (the most frequently seen), Black and Silver, Black and White. The latter two being solid black and solid white without the distinctive silver beard and leg furnishings of the other two colours.
As the Miniature Schnauzer usually possesses a long beard and leg furnishings you should be prepared to groom your dog on a regular basis.
Even if you do intend to send your dog to a grooming parlour you should at least comb your dog’s beard and leg hair to ensure he/she is free from knots. It is not fair to send your dog to a groomer every six to eight weeks and expect them to cope with a ‘matted mini’.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Cataracts (both congenital and hereditary) occur in the Miniature Schnauzer. Every endeavor should be taken to eradicate such problems from the breed. All Miniature Schnauzers must be eye tested before mating. You should also check before purchasing a puppy that it has a clear eye test certificate.
For more information please see Hereditary Eye Problems
The Miniature Schnauzer makes an ideal family pet and will fit in with all age groups. They are excellent house dogs but can be quite vocal. If someone is around they will soon bark and let you know. The breed is also suitable for people suffering from allergic conditions. Please remember that small children should be taught that dogs are a family pet and not a toy to be continually picked up.
Miniature Schnauzers will accommodate to your lifestyle and take as little or as much exercise as you want them to. However please try and be consistent as you cannot expect a dog that has been a couch potato for long periods to suddenly go for long walks, particularly in hot temperatures. All animals can suffer heat stroke.
Miniature Schnauzers usually have good appetites so you may have to watch their diet. Seldom will they refuse food especially the wrong sort. Be careful with titbits or you will become the owner of a very obese dog.
Please remember a dog is for life and the Miniature Schnauzer is a lovely breed.
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